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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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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says a deal has been reached to keep the filming of the hit Netflix show "House Of Cards" in the state. In a press release, the governor says an agreement has been reached with Media Rights Capital that will keep the filming of the third season of the show in Maryland. While set in D.C., much of House Of Cards is filmed on a sound sta...
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A national veterans group claims that Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is being "swift-boated" in his quest for the Democratic nomination for governor. In a fundraising letter the group VoteVets.org claims that Attorney General Doug Gansler's comments this week are akin to the attacks that led to the term "swiftboating" being coined. Speaking before the Tech Coun...
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With snow finally done falling in our region — knock on wood — Montgomery County is looking at how it can remove it better by next winter. Montgomery County Council member Hans Riemer has introduced a bill that would overhaul the county's snow removal process. First on his list is an online map that will aid residents with their complaints about uncleared sidewalks. Coun...
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In Maryland, the Montgomery County council commemorated Earth Day by passing nine different bills regarding environmental matters. The measures range from increasing the amount of parking spaces that have chargers for electric cars to zoning changes that allow residents and businesses to install larger solar panels. Councilman Roger Berliner sponsored all of them, ...
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While Congress has been out on a week-long recess, scaffolding has been creeping up around the U.S. Capitol Dome, marking the beginning of a two-year $60 million restoration project. Meanwhile, in the news this week, the D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent Gray for not implementing a ballot measure that would give the District greater budget autonomy. David Hawking...
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While President Obama highlights the issue of unequal pay between men and women nationally, a new study from National Journal finds that there may also be a significant pay disparity between men and women leaders here in Washington. In a survey of non-profit or...
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The licensing and regulation of alcohol in the state takes up a lot of the work the Maryland General Assembly does in its yearly session. That much becomes clear when looking at some of the new laws that were passed by legislators before they adjourned for the year this week. A report released earlier this year looked at nightlife in Maryland's most populous county, and the ...
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Before they adjourned for the year this week, legislators in the Maryland General Assembly officially rescinded a vote their predecessors had taken in the year 1862. Right as southern states were seceding from the Union precipitating the Civil War, and right as Abraham Lincoln was making his way to Washington, D.C. for his first inauguration in 1861 — avoiding an assassina...
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In the case of a 1976 quintuple murder in Montgomery County, the FBI has placed a suspect on its "Top 10 Most Wanted List." It's one of the most notorious and unresolved murders in Montgomery County history. William Bradford Bishop Jr. is accused of bludgeoning his wife, mother, and his three children to death inside their Bethesda home in 1976. Authorities say he ...
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The Maryland General Assembly adjourned for the year this week, but not before passing several bills that will affect both drivers and the roads on which they travel in the state. HOV lanes in Maryland will now be open to motorcycles and plug-in electric vehicles with the proper permit at all times regardless of how many passengers those vehicles are carrying under legislati...
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The Maryland General Assembly adjourned for the year this week. When lawmakers convene next year in Annapolis, both branches will look much different. It's an election year and all 47 seats in the Senate and 141 in the House are up for grabs. While many who hold those seats will be returned by voters this fall, some won't. Others cast their final votes on Monday and won't be...
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While the Maryland General Assembly did pass many measures during it's yearly session that ended this week, lawmakers did not approve anything to respond to a court ruling which could end up being very costly to the state and local governments. A court ruling (pdf) mandated that all defendants receive legal re...
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The failure of the Maryland General Assembly to approve an increase in tax credits for film companies before it adjourned for the year last night has some in Annapolis worried that the producers of the show "House of Cards" will follow through on their threat to leave the state....
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The Maryland Senate has approved the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who says he'll sign it after months of being evasive on the topic. "There are very few people if any who have been sentenced to prison for the possession of marijuana on their first offense, or second offense, or even third offense," O'Malley said....
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Several headlining issues remain before lawmakers in Maryland as the yearly session of the General Assembly winds down. Two of those issues got closer to being decided today, while another was delayed again. The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval to a compromise bill raising the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by the year 2018. The vote came after exhaustive d...
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The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill stalling a wind-farm project off the coast of the state's Eastern Shore. It's already passed the House of Delegates. At issue is whether the wind farm would affect radar at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay. Supporters of the bill want more time to study it, while opponent...
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The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a bill raising the state's minimum wage this morning, but it's a different version than one passed by the House of Delegates last month. The bill still raises the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in Maryland, but it does so on a longer timeline than the initial proposal that was submitted by Gov. Martin O'Malley which the House appr...
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Supporters of decriminalizing marijuana were dealt a serious setback this week by a House committee, which voted to study the issue instead of advancing a bill that would punish possession of small amounts of the drug with a fine instead of jail time. But the fight isn't over yet, even with the General Assembly scheduled to adjourn for the year on Monday. In the Se...
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Do you think a June primary in Maryland will hurt turnout? The moving up of the primary to April is ...