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Join Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood on Fridays at noon for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Each week Kojo and Tom help make sense of legislation, hold elected officials accountable and provide in-depth analysis of local issues and elections. The Politics Hour is also a vital forum for Washingtonians to engage directly with their local leaders.

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Join Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood on Fridays at noon for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Each week Kojo and Tom help make sense of legislation, hold elected officials accountable and provide in-depth analysis of local issues and elections. The Politics Hour is also a vital forum for Washingtonians to engage directly with their local leaders.

    Data center fight intensifies in Loudoun County; D.C. primary day nears

    Data center fight intensifies in Loudoun County; D.C. primary day nears

    D.C.'s primary day is coming up fast and there are a number of notable races. In Ward 8, two challengers are attempting to unseat incumbent Trayon White. Washington Informer reporter Sam P.K. Collins joined the show to break down the race, and gave us the latest on the Ward 7 and Ward 4 contests.After last week's primaries in Maryland, voters are turning their attention to November's general election. Neil Parrott - Republican nominee in Maryland's 6th Congressional District race - weighed in on his own primary win and what it will take to defeat the Democratic nominee April McClain Delaney later this year.The fight over data centers in Loudoun County is intensifying with Google's announcement last month it was investing a billion dollars into Northern Virginia infrastructure. Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Juli Briskman got behind the mic to give her thoughts on the data center deal. Plus, Loudoun County schools pulls back on a delayed school start plan.Become a member of WAMU: wamu.org/donateSend us questions and comments for guests: kojo@wamu.orgFollow us on Instagram: instagram.com/wamu885Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/thepoliticshour

    • 50 min
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Angela Alsobrooks on her big primary win; D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen talks bike lanes and crime

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Angela Alsobrooks on her big primary win; D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen talks bike lanes and crime

    It was a big win for Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. She beat out three-term congressman David Trone, despite being significantly outspent. Now, she moves on to the general election, where she will take on the popular former Maryland governor, Republican Larry Hogan, in a race that’s already garnering national attention. Alsobrooks joins the show to discuss how she defied the odds, what she heard from voters on the campaign trail, and how she’s preparing for November’s face-off against Hogan.There were other important primary races in Maryland as well. Maryland Matters reporter Will Ford gets behind the mic to break down the results in several Congressional District elections, plus more insight into what propelled Alsobrooks to a win.Congress is once again intervening in D.C. affairs. On Wednesday, the U.S. House voted to restrict the D.C. Council from passing any legislation changing sentencing laws in the District. While the bill still needs to pass the Senate and the president has expressed opposition, it has city officials deeply concerned. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen discusses why he thinks the legislation is a bad idea. Plus, could bike lanes be back in the plans for Connecticut Avenue?Become a member of WAMU: wamu.org/donateSend us questions and comments for guests: kojo@wamu.orgFollow us on Instagram: instagram.com/wamu885Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/thepoliticshour

    • 50 min
    D.C. police arrest protesters on GW’s campus; Virginia budget deal

    D.C. police arrest protesters on GW’s campus; Virginia budget deal

    With the primary now only days away, polls show a very tight race for Maryland’s Senate seat. The election is capturing national attention as record spending continues to define the campaign for the Democratic nomination. Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters told us why the stakes are high, how it’s become so close, and what we might see happen on Tuesday.

    Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and state lawmakers reportedly agreed on a deal for a new state budget. It’s been a long road to this point, but deal was reached that won’t include any tax increases. Delegate Mark Sickles was involved in these talks and joined us on the show to break down the deal for us.

    Early Wednesday morning, D.C. police cleared an encampment of protesters on George Washington University’s campus. This came just before a U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing into the city’s refusal to clear the encampment earlier. With protests continuing, D.C. Councilmember Robert White got behind the mic to give his take.

    Plus, D.C. reaches agrees on a settlement with two women who accused former mayoral aide John Falcicchio of sexual harassment.


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    • 50 min
    Monumental Sports owner Ted Leonsis on what's next for Capital One Arena

    Monumental Sports owner Ted Leonsis on what's next for Capital One Arena

    Last month, the D.C. Council voted to spend $515 million to help Monumental Sports renovate Capital One Arena. Now, negotiations are underway with owner Ted Leonsis on an agreement aimed at addressing public safety and development around the arena. Leonsis joins Kojo and Tom to discuss the deal and his vision for the future of the arena and the surrounding neighborhood.

    It's gotten tense in the Maryland's 6th congressional district as frontrunners air attack ads against one another. MoCo360 politics reporter Ginny Bixby updates us on the race, why reproductive rights remain a top issue, and gives us a preview of the general election.

    The Prince George's County Council approved a resolution on Tuesday expanding the youth curfew countywide. This comes as the council debates permanent legislation that would allow commercial districts, like National Harbor, to request police to put a curfew in place preventing unaccompanied minors from staying out past 5 p.m.  It would also fine parents who allow their kids to violate curfew. The bill's sponsor, Prince George's County Councilmember Edward Burroughs, gets behind the mic to explain the legislation, why it's needed, and what comes next.

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    • 40 min
    Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks wants to be Maryland’s next U.S. Senator

    Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks wants to be Maryland’s next U.S. Senator

    The race is heating up for the open U.S. Senate seat in Maryland. With the Democratic primary only three weeks away, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Congressman David Trone compete for endorsements, air time, and Maryland’s votes. Alsobrooks joins the show to talk about the campaign, money in politics, and how former Maryland governor Larry Hogan’s late entry changed the dynamics of the race. Plus, how will expanding the youth curfew in Prince George’s County impact juvenile crime rates?

    The contest to replace long-time councilmember and former mayor Vincent Gray on the D.C. Council is also intensifying. There are currently ten candidates vying to represent Ward 7 — with the Democratic primary now only six weeks away. Washington Post reporter Michael Brice-Saddler gets behind the mic to talk about why this election is a big deal, the major issues driving folks to the polls, and Gray’s legacy representing Ward 7.

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    • 50 min
    Montgomery County avoids tax hikes; Virginia General Assembly reconvenes

    Montgomery County avoids tax hikes; Virginia General Assembly reconvenes

    The Virginia General Assembly reconvened on Wednesday to consider Governor Glenn Youngkin’s 223 budget amendments and a record-setting number of vetoes. A deal was quickly struck between the governor and the legislature to work together on a new state budget, averting a crisis — at least for now.

    Virginia Delegate Marcus Simon, who represents Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County, joined us in the studio to discuss how it all came together.

    He said Youngkin now realizes the limits of his executive power and the need to negotiate with the Democratically-controlled General Assembly.

    “We are a co-equal branch of government. We are not a board of directors where you just tell us what the decision is going to be, we actually participate.”

    One of the biggest points of contention when the General Assembly meets again next month will be Metro funding. Lawmakers want the state to pony up $150 million dollars, while the governor wants most of the funding to come from money previously allocated to Northern Virginia jurisdictions.

    On Thursday, a teen was charged with threatening mass violence at a Montgomery County high school.

    County Executive Marc Elrich joined the show directly from a press conference where the FBI, Montgomery County Police, and the State’s Attorney’s Office detailed what led up to the arrest of eighteen-year-old Alex Ye.

    Officials tracked Ye for months and obtained a copy of a manifesto, where the eighteen-year-old wrote about carrying out mass violence at Wootton High School in Rockville.

    Law enforcement also noted Ye did not have access to firearms. On the show, Elrich praised Maryland’s strong gun safety laws.

    “It’s good to hear that somebody had a hard time getting guns because if he had been able to easily get these guns, who knows how this would have transpired in reality.”

    Elrich also talked about the potential reopening of White’s Ferry.

    The County Executive addressed why he’s not proposing to raise taxes, unlike last year, and the current state of Maryland’s expensive U.S. Senate race.

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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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38 Ratings

JMS32205 ,

Wonderful show

Tom and Kojo. Two DMV legends walking us through the local political scene. Helloooo everybody.

Margo from Fayetteville NC ,

Best of WAMU

Even though I have moved from Fairfax, VA to Fayetteville, NC, I tune into WAMU every weekday at noon for the Kojo NNamdi show. I noticed that the Politics Hour with Tom Sherwood has been taken off the network and there is no Apple Podcast available. What's going on???

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Can Tom Sherwood let the guest finish a sentence??

Can Tom Sherwood let the guest finish a talking??

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