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Matt Bush

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Bush is the Maryland reporter for WAMU. He can be found most of the time on the job in Annapolis, Rockville, or Upper Marlboro covering state and county governments. He's a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Point Park College in downtown Pittsburgh


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Polls, campaigning, advertisements, mailers... the candidates for governor in the Maryland Democratic primary have done all of them. But the result is likely to come down to one thing: voter turnout. As get-out-the-vote efforts are in full swing, the reason turnout may matter more in this primary as compared to others is simple, according to Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown...
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For the first time this century, Bob Ehrlich will not be the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Maryland. Instead, four candidates are squaring off to secure the Republican nod ahead of next week's June 24 primary. Yesterday we profiled Larry Hogan and Charles Lollar, and today...
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While the Washington Redskins might "fight for old D.C.," they actually play their games in Maryland. And one candidate in the state's gubernatorial race is decrying the ruling that stripped the team of it's trademark by calling its nickname "disparaging." Larry Hogan, the frontrunner in the Republican primary, says the ruling by the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sho...
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For the first time this century, Bob Ehrlich will not be the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Maryland. Instead, four candidates are squaring off to secure the Republican nod ahead of next week's June 24 primary. Larry Hogan, who served in Ehrlich's cabinet, leads in the most recent polling on the race. ...
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Heather Mizeur is facing an uphill fight in the Democratic primary. Polls show her trailing her two opponents: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler. Mizeur doesn't have the name recognition or the money that her opponents do, but she is beating them in one area — she has far more policy plans and detailed proposals. "Some people run for governor because...
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In the final week of campaigning, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's mantra is: avoid complacency. "So it's constantly reminding folks: 'Hey look we have work to do,'" Brown says. "There are a lot of Marylanders who still have not heard the message. Who still want to be in the conversation with us about what the plans are, and the ideas, and things we are going to do to build a better Mar...
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Doug Gansler says he is used to taking on the state's Democratic establishment and winning. He did so in 1998 to be elected Montgomery County state's attorney, defeating the father of current governor, and then again eight years ago to be state attorney general. In 2008, he co-chaired Barack Obama presidential campaign in Maryland, a year when nearly all of the state's Democratic lead...
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The Montgomery County Council will introduce a resolution urging Maryland lawmakers to go further on marijuana decriminalization. Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed a bill decriminalizing the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, and it was signed into law b...
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In Maryland, polls this week show the Democratic primary for governor opening up, while the one for attorney general tightening. But there's a question of whether those poll numbers will hold up. The Washington Post poll on the gubernatorial primary showed Lieutenan...
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District 1 is Montgomery County's largest and richest council district. It stretches from the D.C. border, runs along the county's entire shoreline with the Potomac River, and out to the border with Frederick County. It includes both urban communities like Bethesda a...
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District 5 covers the easternmost parts of Montgomery County, including Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Burtonsville. Cherrie Branson currently holds the seat. She was appointed earlier this year to fill out the term of Valerie Ervin, who resigned to take a job headi...
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Phil Andrews is the one constant in the Maryland Democratic primary. At first, it appeared he would be squaring off against some of his council colleagues for the party's nomination for county executive. And then former county executive Doug Duncan entered the race, followed shortly thereafter by current executive Isiah Leggett. That scared away all the council members who ...
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A new poll shows Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown doubling up on his opponents in the Democratic primary for governor. The Washington Post poll, out today two weeks before the primary and two days before early voting starts, shows Brown with a commanding 46-23 percentage point lead among likely voters over Attorney General Doug Gansler. Montgomer...
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When he was easily re-elected four years ago, Isiah Leggett all but said that it was his last campaign and that he would retire after two terms. But sometime last year, Leggett changed his mind, feeling he had "unfinished business." "I assumed we'd have a transportation bill in place that would provide revenues for the county. We didn't get that until very, very late in the...
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Doug Duncan was last heard, at least politically, eight years ago. He was running for the 2006 Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland, when he abruptly dropped out of the race to get treatment for depression. After receiving that, Duncan returned to finish out the final months of his third term as Montgomery county executive. Duncan explains why eight years later ...
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There's a new task force in Montgomery County designed to stop human trafficking, announced today by County Executive Ike Leggett. If residents don't think there is a problem with human trafficking in Montgomery County, Police Chief Thomas Manger says think again. The cases are becoming more widespread but also harder to spot. First, there are allegations a Kenyan ...
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Come December, for the first time this century, Phil Andrews will not be the county councilman for District 3, which includes both Gaithersburg and Rockville. After four terms, he decided to run for county executive this year. Four Democrats are seeking to replace Andrews and three of them took to the Aspen Hill Library on Wednesday for a debate ahead of Democratic primary on June 24....
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The Democratic candidates for Montgomery County executive held their first televised debate Tuesday morning. The county's "big white elephant" was a big topic of discussion. When the debate ended, candidate and former County Executive Doug Duncan visited the still-closed Silver Spring Transit Center. With construction going on in the background, Duncan reiterated his call fo...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley says an Obama administration plan for reducing pollutants blamed for global warming is in line with steps Maryland has already taken. In a statement, the Democratic governor applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal Monday for ...
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