Maryland and Virginia’s battle for new FBI HQ
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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore challenged Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin to a game of basketball by joke on Friday. It was to determine which state would be the new home of the FBI. The Maryland Democrat has tweeted a short video of him making a shot at the Capital One Arena. This happened before the Washington Wizards played the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Youngkin, a Republican, has also accepted the challenge by tweeting a short clip of him draining a shot as he happened to be on the campaign trail. Indeed, it was a moment of levity amidst the budding war between the two states.
States making their final pitches.
Maryland officials revealed that changes made to the scoring process last year have unfairly tipped the process towards Virginia’s Springfield site. Both states made their final pitches to the General Services Administration on Wednesday. A three-page letter was written by the Maryland leaders on Thursday asking President Biden to get involved in the decision, explaining what he expects out of the process and making a public statement that will be about racial equity. The Virginia leaders argued about the Springfield site bringing federal facilities to one of the nation’s most diverse areas, thereby putting it in line with the president’s guidance. It will be all about taking racial equity into consideration.
Diversity isn’t the same as equity: Maryland.
Maryland leaders countered that diversity isn’t the same as that equity while pointing out that Prince George’s County is majority Black. It is evident that the decision could come down to a game of HORSE … heck, or maybe just the coin toss.