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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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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: ...
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Later this morning a who's who of Maryland and Prince George's County leaders will announce the final 2013 crime statistics for the county. County executive Rushern Baker will be joined by law enforcement officials will announce that the overall crime rate — and the number of violent crimes — fell again for Prince George's County. That would mark the second st...
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Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has touted a long list of endorsements in his quest to become the state's next governor, but his most recent one has come as a bit of a surprise. Equality Maryland gave its endorsement to Brown, saying of the three Democratic candidates he would be the most effective for the group's issues and for state residents. Equality Maryland was most vo...
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Today Maryland officials are expected to announce which company will be awarded a gaming license for a casino in Prince George's County. The Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission is expected to announce it's decision today. The heavy favorite to win the license is MGM Gaming, which would build a casino at National Harbor. The other contenders are Pe...
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Maryland residents like history — at least when it comes to their state parks. A state-sponsored poll from Goucher College shows that Maryland residents heavily favor state parks with some historical interest. The school surveyed 665 residents via telephone and asked about the most appealing activities at state parks.  As many as 69 percent said they would likely or ve...
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Six candidates for governor of Maryland took part in a forum in Montgomery County Monday morning, the first time both Democrat and Republican hopefuls faced each other. The forum showcased the issues expected to dominate the campaign next year.The winner of the Democratic primary will become the heavy favorite to be Maryland's next governor, and the two frontrunners for th...
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The Montgomery County council hopes to appoint a new member by the end of January, but the new member won't likely be on the council for long. Councilwoman Valerie Ervin announced this week that she's resigning to take to executive director position at the New York-based non-profit Center For Working Families. Her resignation is effective Jan. 3.  In a statement,...
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Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says fixing problems with the state's health care exchange is an "evolving process." Brown was given the lead role in implementing the federal Affordable Care Act in Maryland, and the exchange website is the key piece of that law.  Sign-ups on the site, which went online Oct...
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Last month, the councils in both Montgomery and Prince George's Counties passed a hike in the minimum wage as part of a regional effort with the District of Columbia. Cooperation of this kind could be happening again very soon. Craig Rice, who was ...
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Embattled Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is still refusing to comment on reports that he was ready to quit at the end of last season because of team owner Dan Snyder. Shanahan addressed the media this afternoon, a day after the reports surfaced and a day after his team was walloped at home by Kansas City 45-10 in front of the smallest crowd in FedEx Field history...
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Some of the major candidates for governor in Maryland will take part in a forum on the proposed Purple Line light rail project tomorrow night. Conspicuously absent will be attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler. Gansler will not be at the forum at Montgomery College. Instead, he'll be at fundraiser ...