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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 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...
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Maryland's healthcare exchange website has been beset by problems, which has also hampered the political ambitions of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is seeking to become the state's next governor. On Tuesday, Brown went before state lawmakers in Annapolis pushing a bill that would provide coverage to those who tried to sign up on the exchange but couldn't because of technical problems....
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will headline a rally this evening in Annapolis on raising the minimum wage in the state. O'Malley, as well as Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, will speak at the rally hosted by Raise Maryland, a group that is seeking to raise Maryland's minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by the year 2016 and then have the wage rise annually with the ...
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Tomorrow in Maryland state Senate and House committees will take up an emergency bill designed to help residents who tried to sign up for health care on the state's troubled health exchange but were unable to because of technical problems on the website. The problems with the state's exchange have been an embarrassment to Maryland's Democratic leadership, as the website was ...
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In Maryland, opponents of the drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking," are asking that the General Assembly approve an 18-month moratorium on the practice in the state. This summer, a commission tasked by Gov. Martin O'Malley will issue its recommendations on whether — and how — to allow fracking in Maryland. Parts of western Maryla...
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Opponents of the drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking," are asking the General Assembly to approve an 18-month moratorium on the practice in the state. This summer, a commission tasked by Gov. Martin O'Malley will issue its recommendations on how to allow fracking in Maryland. Parts of western Maryland in the state's pandhandle lie atop the Marcel...
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When the Maryland General Assembly convened this week, the Republican leadership in both branches was different from last year. The new GOP heads in both the House and Senate outlined their goals for this year's session. For Anne Arundel County Del. Nic Kipke, being a leader in Annapolis is new.  He takes over as the minority leader in the House this year and even though ...
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In years past people could count on tax refunds coming to them as early as next week. But that will not be the case this year because of last October's federal government shutdown, and Maryland's comptroller is asking people to be patient. The government shutdown meant the IRS was delayed in processing returns according to Peter Franchot. The comptroller says that means stat...
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The Washington Redskins have their new head coach — Jay Gruden. Gruden comes to the Redskins after serving as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals the last three seasons. During that time, the Bengals reached the playoffs each year, and a key reason for that was Gruden's help in developing their quarterback. At his introductory press conference, "com...
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As the Maryland General Assembly convened in Annapolis yesterday, Gov. Martin O'Malley said he's "not inclined" to support legalization or decriminalization of marijuana in the state. Given that this is an election year, even the most ardent supporters of legalizing marijuana in Maryland admit this probably isn't the session for them to get it passed. But Montgomery County D...
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The Maryland General Assembly convened today in Annapolis for its annual 90-day session, and this year's gathering is expected to be particularly eventful. Both branches of the General Assembly are likely to pass some sort of minimum wage hike, following in the footsteps of the councils in the state's two most populous counties: ...