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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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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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Maryland is one of eight states partnering together to put more than three million zero-emission vehicles on the road in the next ten years. The Multi-State ZEV Action Plan includes states from both the East and West coasts, and hopes to put 3.3 million such vehicles on roads by the year 2025. To achieve that goal, the plan lists three actions: Building the market...
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As next month's Democratic primary for governor inches closer, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is going after Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown for skipping a debate this week. The latest TV ad from Gansler's campaign criticizes the lieutenant governor for skipping Tuesday night's debate at a Baltimore TV stati...
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Casa De Action — the political arm of the top immigrant advocacy organization in Maryland — made its endorsements for statewide offices and county executive and council seats in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties on Wednesday. Anthony Brown got the group's nod for governor and Brian Frosh for attorney general. The rest of the endorsements went heavy for incumbents,...
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One elected official from Montgomery County is calling for the end of liquor-control policies in Maryland's largest jurisdiction. State Comptroller Peter Franchot is a Montgomery County resident, but in his position as Maryland's top financial official, he is also the state's chief regulator of alcohol. Speaking to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce this week, Fran...
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Just as he received the endorsement of The Washington Post, Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan is under attack from two opponents over fundraising. Hogan's top two competitors for the GOP nomination are complai...
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Voters in Maryland have less than two weeks to register for the June 24 primary election. The state board of elections has set a June 3 deadline for voters to register. That's also the deadline for voters to change parties if they wish to prior to the primary. Primaries are not open for federal and state offices in Maryland, so only registered Democrats and Repub...
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The three Democrats seeking to become Maryland's next attorney general clashed in their first debate at the University of Maryland-College Park last night. Qualifications to become the state's top legal officer were a big topic of discussion among the trio. Polls show Baltimore County delegate Jon Cardin in the lead, but he is now battling back against attacks that he missed...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will veto a bill that delays a wind farm project off the state's Eastern Shore. O'Malley had just a week left to make up his mind on the measure, which delays the project in the Chesapeake Bay off of Somerset County for 13 months while a study is completed on whether the wind turbines would have any effect on radar at the Naval Air Station Patux...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley held the last bill-signing ceremony of his tenure yesterday in Annapolis, and despite it being his last year in office, there's still one more bill that he has to deal with. O'Malley started yesterday's signing ceremony with a tinge of nostalgia, thanking all the lawmakers he's worked with during his two terms. "I'm very very proud to have been ...
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Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has signed into law a bill that protects transgender people from discrimination. Dana Beyer says she's been working on getting this bill passed in Maryland for a decade. Herself transgender, Beyer says today was "extremely satisfying." "We started w...
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Seventeen homicides have occurred in Prince George's County this year, a drop of more than 40 percent from this time last year. That's on top of even larger reductions in murders and violent crime the last three years in the county, which has allowed Maryland to post it's lowest statewide violent crime rates in three decades. County officials say those decreases haven't come...
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Big name endorsements have helped Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to the top of the polls in the Democratic primary for governor in the state. In Montgomery County last night, Brown's campaign highlighted it's endorser-in-chief. Former President Bill Clinton appeared with the lieutenant governor in front of about 700 people at a fundraiser at the Bolger Center in Potomac....
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A man dressed as the Washington Monument was earning his mone...
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The Montgomery County Council will soon be getting a bill that deals with a problem that President Obama has been speaking about recently. County Executive Isiah Leggett is sending the council a bill he is calling a "pay equity" piece of legislation. It would require all contractors doing business with the County government file data with the County showing how they compensa...