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The Politics Hour - February 5, 2016

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced a run for his old Ward 7 Council seat. The Supreme Court won't challenge Virginia’s newly drawn Congressional districts. And Maryland’s former governor Martin O'Malley drops out of the presidential race.

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The Politics Hour - January 29, 2016

The region digs out after "Snowzilla." Metro gets a new board chair. Virginia considers an amendment to open the door to more charter schools.

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The Politics Hour – January 15, 2016

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.

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When One Pick Isn't Enough: County Considers Ranked Choice Voting Proposal

As part of an effort to increase voter turnout, Montgomery County lawmakers are looking at introducing ranked choice voting for rare instances when there is a special election for certain countywide positions.

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The Politics Hour - December 4, 2015

D.C.’s Public Service Commission revisits a possible Exelon-Pepco merger. Local election officials in Prince William County debate the possibility of election fraud. And the trial of officers in the Freddie Gray case begins in Baltimore.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from the system and county officials are holding out for alternatives.

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The Politics Hour - November 20, 2015

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood.

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The Politics Hour - November 6, 2015

Democrats fail to turn the Virginia Senate blue. Incumbents win big in Maryland. And the D.C. Council votes to close the city's largest homeless shelter, D.C. General.

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Outside Money In Virginia's Elections: A Bellwether For 2016 And Beyond?

Special-interest money poured into General Assembly elections across Virginia this year, as outside groups tried to influence races in several key districts. The glut of advertisements had mixed results, but experts say the tactics won't end anytime soon.

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Virginia Post-Election Analysis

With the entire General Assembly in Virginia up for re-election, control of the state Senate hangs in the balance. And in other local contests, the Alexandria mayor's race comes down to a challenger and an incumbent who lost his party's primary and is running a write-in campaign. We explore these and other outcomes in our region's races.

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