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October 4, 2021 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: Vaccination Mandates, Renaming White Flint Metro Station

Casey Aiken hosts the latest episode of 21 This Week. On this week’s show, Aiken and the panel discuss: The County Council introduced legislation to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all county employees despite opposition from County Executive Elrich and three employee unions. A lawsuit was filed challenging the public schools’ vaccine mandate claiming a religious […]

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August 2, 2021 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: County Redistricting Commission, Delta Variant

Casey Aiken hosts the latest episode of 21 This Week. On this week’s show, Aiken and the panel discuss: Do you understand the function of the county’s commission on redistricting? Commission Chair Mariana Cordier explains. ( 1:12 ) The County is preparing for the COVID-19 Delta variant. ( 11:08 ) County Executive Elrich proposes a […]

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July 13, 2021 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: Highway Expansion Dysfunction, Increase in Opioid Deaths

Casey Aiken hosts the latest episode of 21 This Week. On this week’s show, Aiken and the panel discuss: The Washington Post opinion piece on July 6 describes “Maryland’s dysfunction over highway expansion” ( 0:57 ) Opioid deaths are up 33% in Montgomery County this year.  ( 6:30 ) Virginia’s Loudoun County grappling with the […]

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June 14, 2021 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: School’s Social and Cultural Polices

Casey Aiken hosts the latest episode of 21 This Week. On this week’s show, Aiken and the panel discuss: Recent school board meetings where staff and parents challenge social and cultural policies of the school system. ( 0:59 ) Gov. Hogan’s decision to cut federal unemployment benefits. ( 9:02 ) How should Senator Majority Leader […]

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May 17, 2021 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: Who’s to Blame for Current Gas Shortages?

Casey Aiken hosts the latest episode of 21 This Week. On this week’s show, Aiken and the panel discuss: Governor Hogan is lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Will Montgomery County follow? ( 0:56 ) Maryland Department of Transportation scales back the plan to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway ( 7:23 ) More women are running […]

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March 16, 2021 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: State Police Reform Bills, COVID-19 Restrictions

Casey Aiken hosts the latest episode of 21 This Week. On this week’s show, Aiken and the panel discuss: Police reform bills passed the Maryland Senate. ( 1:22 ) Governor Hogan lifted many of the COVID-19 restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining, retail business, religious facilities, casinos, fitness centers, hair salons and other indoor recreational […]

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February 1, 2021 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: County Vaccination Process, Maryland General Assembly

Casey Aiken hosts the latest episode of 21 This Week. On this week’s show, Aiken and the panel discuss: Challenges with the COVID-19 vaccination process in the county. ( 1:00 ) Upcoming election to replace Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. ( 7:00 ) The Maryland General Assembly tackles legislation directed at Maryland’s minority residents in the current […]

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January 19, 2021 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: Vaccines, Schools, and Impeachment

Casey Aiken hosts the latest episode of 21 This Week. In this week’s episode, Aiken and the panel discuss: The County’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. MCPS decides to keep schools closed until March 15. Reasons to impeach the outgoing president. This week’s panel of political observers features Sam Statland, Mark Uncapher, Laurie Halverson, and Susan […]

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December 16, 2020 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: Housing and Racial Equity in Montgomery County

Casey Aiken and his panel of political observers discuss County Council bills introduced that address racial equity and social justice in housing in this segment of the latest episode of 21 This Week. Aiken is joined by Sam Statland, Mark Uncapher, Laurie Halverson, and Susan Heltemes. You can watch their discussion on housing and racial […]

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December 16, 2020 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: Reopening Montgomery County Schools

Casey Aiken and his panel of political observers discuss reopening county schools in this segment of the latest episode of 21 This Week. Aiken is joined by Sam Statland, Mark Uncapher, Laurie Halverson, and Susan Heltemes. You can watch their discussion on reopening county schools below: “21 This Week” airs on Channel 21 on Sundays […]

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