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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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Call it a good example of planning ahead. On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council held a public hearing on a new snow removal plan as temperatures were approaching triple digits. The hearing at the Council chamber in Rockville attracted only one speaker. Carl Custer of Bethesda said he agrees with lawmakers looking to beef up enforcement of the county's snow removal laws, ...
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The Montgomery County Council has given final approval to a resolution asking state lawmakers to go further in decriminalizing marijuana. When the General Assembly approved a bill earlier this year decriminalizing the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, they did nothing about possessing the means to use the drug. While possessing marijuana itself will soon be a less...
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One race from Maryland's two-week-old primary remains undecided, but today additional ballots are being counted in the Democratic primary for the District 2 seat on the Prince George's County Council. Deni Taveras leads Doyle Niemann for the Democratic nod by only 10 votes. The final ballots left to be counted are expected to be tallied today by elections officials. Niemann,...
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Authorities in Prince George's County need volunteers to be evacuees. Not real ones — just for pretend. On Friday, July 11, Prince George's County will hold an exercise simulating flooding in certain areas of the county, with volunteers needed to play residents in need of evacuation to a shelter, which will be Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro. Reside...
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Police in Maryland are gearing up for a busy holiday weekend of getting drunk drivers off the road. Two high-profile incidents in the past week have only made officers focus their efforts even more. A Montgomery County policeman was grazed by a car operated by a drunk driver while directing traffic around an accident on the Beltway yesterday, and last week, another crash inv...
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The Montgomery County Council will spend much of its time this month looking at a development plan for the White Oak area in the eastern part of the county. The plan has courted plenty of controversy, much of it regarding traffic. The centerpiece of the White Oak plan is the consolidation of offices of the federal Food and Drug Administration at the White Oak Research Center...
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A suspect accused of setting off homemade bottle bombs at area movie theaters earlier this year has been formally indicted in Maryland. Twenty-year-old Manuel Joyner-Bell faces six counts of second-degree assault, as well as possession of a destructive device, conspiracy to use a destructive device, and reckless endangerment charges. Prince George's County state's...
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The push for campaign finance reform in Montgomery County is hitting some roadblocks. Earlier this year, Council member Phil Andrews introduced a bill that would provide a public financing option for any candidate running for a county office like executive or Council member. All of his colleagues co-sponsored the bill. The state of Maryland has a similar voluntary public opt...
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This year's primary election in Maryland is less than a week old, but leaders are already talking about the next one. Turnout last week was around 20 percent statewide, and even lower in Montgomery County, the state's largest jurisdiction. County Council President Craig Rice knew...
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The Quicken Loans National golf tournament went into sudden death at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, and for repeat winner Justin Rose, it was sweet redemption. He bogeyed the 18th hole during regulation, following up a poor tee shot with an even worse approach shot from the rough. "I was hoping it was going to be the glory shot for a second or two off the...
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Some of golf's lesser-known names carved up Congressional Country Club in Bethesda this morning during the second round of the Quicken Loans National. One reason this tournament is popular with players and fans is that it is one of the few regular PGA Tour stops held at a course that has hosted the US Open---considered golf's toughest major tournament. That's something Congr...
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The Quicken Loans National got underway this morning at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. For the tournament's host, Tiger Woods, it was a rough start, but he provided fans some glimmers of hope at the end of his round. For Tiger Woods, the applause came this morning, but it took a while. This is the first tournament Woods is playing since undergoing back surgery in Ma...
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What is the best beer selected by a Maryland gubernatorial candidate? Voters in Maryland are hitting the polls today as both Democrats and Republ...
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Tomorrow is the primary election in Maryland. This month, we've been profiling candidates and races. Today, we wrap up those profiles with a look at the Democratic primary for attorney general. Baltimore County Del. Jon Cardin would like to be talking about his work in the legislature fighting Internet crimes like cyber-bullying and revenge porn. But he's had to add...
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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...