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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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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Before they adjourned for the year this week, legislators in the Maryland General Assembly officially rescinded a vote their predecessors had taken in the year 1862.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 ...
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A bill to increase penalties for handheld use of a cell phone while driving in Maryland is languishing in the General Assembly days before lawmakers adjourn for the year. Both the House and Senate have passed their own versions of the bill, called "Jake's Law," and they have some big differences. The Senate version only increases the penalties for crashes that cause serious ...
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Montgomery County schools have picked the two days that students will attend classes to make up for snow days. Students will now have school on April 21, known as Easter Monday because it's the day after the holiday, and on Friday June 13, which will be the final day of school for students this year. The system took 10 snow days this year, six more than were schedu...
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(Matt Bush/WAMU) The Maryland statehouse in Annapolis was paid a visit by two tractors this morning. They had rolled in to protest a bill that a...
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Today is the deadline for people to enroll for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. In Maryland, it's also likely the last day for the state's troubled exchange website in its current form. The state is poised to drop its website and replace it with one that's being used in the state of Connecticut. While it's been a pr...