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Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 5:29 AM

Sherwood's Notebook: DC Councilmember Todd, Entangled...

Sherwood's Notebook: DC Councilmember Todd, Entangled...

Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd has a political mess on his hands. Somebody’s been bad at accounting for tens of thousands of dollars in a campaign report. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 10:26 PM
Beer Battle Brewing In Maryland

Beer Battle Brewing In Maryland

While touring a brewery in Frederick, Maryland, State Comptroller Peter Franchot announced he would seek a total rewrite of the state's beer laws to support craft breweries. And he says he will involve... Watch »

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 6:03 AM

Maryland's Lawmakers Cap Session Aimed Against Trump

Maryland's Lawmakers Cap Session Aimed Against Trump

Maryland's Democrat-controlled General Assembly on Monday wrapped up a legislative session that was full of measures in opposition to policies supported by President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 7:04 PM

A Look at Bills Passed by the Maryland General Assembly

Maryland's 90-day legislative session is coming to an end. Here is a look at some of the legislation that already has passed: Read »

Monday, Apr 10, 2017 at 6:48 PM

DC Councilmember Denies Wrongdoing After Scathing Audit

A D.C. councilmember denied any wrongdoing Monday after a scathing audit disclosed he is unable to account for more than $100,000 in campaign spending. Read »

Monday, Apr 10, 2017 at 6:56 PM

Maryland's Lawmakers Cap Session Aimed Against Trump

Maryland's Lawmakers Cap Session Aimed Against Trump

Maryland lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a legislative session that has been full of measures aimed at countering President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress. Read »

Monday, Apr 10, 2017 at 5:13 PM

Medical Marijuana Licensing Starts Monday in Maryland

Medical Marijuana Licensing Starts Monday in Maryland

Many patients and caregivers in Maryland can now sign up for medical marijuana licenses. Read »

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 1:27 PM

Jaffe Report: Bowser's 2018 Budget Lacks Message, Shorts Schools

Jaffe Report: Bowser's 2018 Budget Lacks Message, Shorts Schools

Decoding the numbers in Mayor Muriel Bowser's 2018 budget and the message they send, I have to wonder whether she's planning to run for a second term. Read »

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 at 8:21 PM
Bowser and Gray Clash During DC Council Meeting

Bowser and Gray Clash During DC Council Meeting

Former D.C. mayor Vincent Gray clashed with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over healthcare during Thursday's council meeting. News4's Tom Sherwood spoke with Gray and Bowser after the meeting about their potential... Watch »

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 at 6:47 AM

Virginia to Study Marijuana Decriminalization

Virginia to Study Marijuana Decriminalization

Candidates running for governor this year in both parties have called for decriminalizing the drug. Read »

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Julie Carey
Julie Carey News4 Virginia Reporter Julie Carey is a News4 reporter focusing on Virginia issues and politics.
Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon News4 Maryland Reporter Chris Gordon is a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4, focusing on Maryland.
Mark Murray
Mark Murray NBC News Deputy Political Director Mark Murray is the NBC News Deputy Political Director, NBC News First Read analyst and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
Tom Sherwood News4 Political Reporter Tom Sherwood is a reporter for News4 specializing in politics and the D.C. government.
Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is the Moderator of Meet the Press and NBC News' Political Director.
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