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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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A Maryland delegate who is currently serving time in jail for two alcohol related offenses wants any elected official in the state who is convicted of similar crimes to serve a similar sentence. Anne Arundel County Republican Don Dwyer is currently serving a 60-day jail sentence after being convicted of both boating while drunk and driving while drunk. He is serving his term...
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Do you think grain alcohol should be banned from Maryland liquor stores? The Maryland Senate passed a bill today by a vote of 37-10 that would ban high-proof alc...
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The Bethesda station will be a centerpiece of the proposed Purple Line in Maryland. But what the station will consist of — and look like — still seems like anyone's guess to county leaders. The Bethesda station will be the western terminus of the Purple Line, and will connect to the station for Metrorail's Red Line in the heart of a large business district full of restaura...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will headline a rally today in support of raising the state's minimum wage. The governor and the mayor will be joined at the rally in Baltimore by several of the city's faith leaders, including the Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore Denis Madden. O'Malley has proposed a bill that would raise the min...
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Republican Larry Hogan has chosen Boyd Rutherford as his running mate in his campaign for Maryland governor, which he formally kicked off this week.  Like Hogan, Rutherford was a member of former Republican governor Bob Ehrlich's cabinet. Rutherford al...
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A man was arrested for making threats at a mall in Montgomery County on Tuesday just days after a shooting at a mall in neighboring Howard County that left three people dead, including the gunman. Maryland State Police say a man was taken into custody at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda after threatening to kill workers at a luggage store. George Hong Sik Chin, 31, of Rockville was...
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Police say a shooting has occurred at the Columbia Mall in Howard County, Md., and confirm that three people, including the shooter, have been killed. Debby Sergi works at a candy store in the mall. She said just after 11 a.m. she was startled by loud bangs. "It sounded to me like three shots and then a pause and then two more shots," she said. When the man, ...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley gave his final State of the State Address yesterday in Annapolis. Beyond spelling out what he wants for his final legislative session, observers watched the speech for any hints as to O'Malley's future political plans. O'Malley has been ...
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Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says that if he's elected governor he'll push to extend early voting in the state, including a second day where all polls would be open. On the 50th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that banned poll taxes to prevent people from voting, Gansler said on Thursday that he wants to give people more time to vote. He would extend ea...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will give his final State of the State address today in Annapolis. O'Malley's final speech to a joint meeting of the General Assembly will differ greatly from his previous ones, as the governor is not seeking as sweeping an agenda in his final year in office as his previous seven. But there will still be plenty of intrigue. Publicly ...
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The Republican field of candidates for Maryland governor grew this week, while the Democratic field stayed static thanks to the decision of one prominent Democrat not to run. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger says he will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor and instead will see re-election to his current job.  Ruppersberger has represented Maryland's 2nd Distric...
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The so-called "Rain Tax" in Maryland is not even a year old, but some lawmakers in Annapolis are already trying to repeal it. The General Assembly last year approved a bill that makes the ten largest jurisdictions charge the fee to pay for cleanup of stormwater runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. Republicans started calling the fee the "Rain Tax", and have vowed to get it repeal...
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The Maryland Senate has approved an emergency bill to help residents who were not able to sign up for insurance coverage on the state's troubled health exchange website because of technical issues. The bill offers residents the ability to receive coverage from a state healthcare plan for high-risk patients. It now moves to the House of Delegates.  Depending on how many pe...
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The field of candidates for governor of Maryland will grow by one more today when Republican Larry Hogan formally starts his campaign. Hogan served in the cabinet of Republican governor Bob Ehrlich from 2003 to 2007. Since then, he founded the website Change Maryland, which has been critical of all the tax and fee increases passed during the tenure of current Democratic gov...
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Later tonight, the Maryland Senate could vote on a rule change supporters say would bring more transparency to the work of the General Assembly. Currently, all floor proceedings in the statehouse are audio only — no cameras at all — and the same goes for hearings in Senate committees. Only House committee hearings are broadcast via webcam, but when committees in both bra...
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The Marijuana Control Act of 2014 would: make the personal use, possession, and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol allow for the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp ...
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Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly are rallying around a plan to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by the year 2016. But with Republicans offering up alternative plans, Maryland Senate president Mike Miller says the plan won't pass his chamber. Del. Neil Parrott of western Maryland wants counties to have the final say on whether to raise the minimum w...
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Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has released his final budget proposal to the tune of $39.3 billion. It contains no tax or fee increases and includes millions in spending cuts that would help close the state's budget deficit. The proposal includes a 3 percent increase in college tuition, $4 million go...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will include a bill that would raise the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 per hour by the year 2016 in his package of legislation sent to the General Assembly. Including the minimum wage hike in his legislative package is a big coup for supporters of the measure, whom O'Malley joined at a rally on Lawyers Mall in front of the statehouse in An...