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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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Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is resigning, leaving his post four months before his contract was up. Starr left after it became apparent support on the county Board of Education wasn't there to bring him back. Starr's resignation is effective February 16. Under an agreement he reached with the board, he will receive all pay and benefits even thou...
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It took just two months for a key part of the third term agenda of Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett to fall apart. In his third inaugural address at the start of December, Leggett called for an independent transit authority for Montgomery County that would raise mon...
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After the recent arrest of a substitute teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student, Montgomery County school leaders promised action on preventing similar incidents in the future. Now, the school system is considering beefing up the background checks it does on its ...
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A barcoded paper is printed by the touchscreen voting machine to be placed in scanner. (Matt Bush/WAMU) When Maryland voters head to the polls next year,...
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Supporters of legalizing marijuana in Maryland got a boost Friday from officials in the first two U.S. states where voters chose to legalize the drug. But there is still a very high mountain to climb for legalization here. Colorado and Washington were first in the nation on legalization. But each was able to do it in a way that can't be done in Maryland. The matter was put b...
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It's a big morning for supporters of legalizing marijuana in Maryland as officials from the first two states to do so will brief lawmakers in Annapolis on how it has gone. Colorado state representative Johnathan Singer and Seattle, Washington city attorney Pete Holmes will speak about how legalizing — and then taxing and regulating marijuana — has fared in their states. ...
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Maryland's legislative black caucus wants to meet with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to discuss budget cuts they say will disproportionately affect black constituents. Lawmakers in the black caucus are nearly all from Prince George's County and the city of Baltimore. In a letter to the governor, they say cuts in education spending could lead to widespread teacher layoffs and d...
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A study of the top donors during last fall's elections in Maryland shows their money was not well spent. The Center For Public Integrity's report shows the top five donors for each state-level election last fall. In Maryland, all five gave heavily to or ran adds supporti...
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Animal rights advocates in Maryland are pushing for several bills this year in Annapolis, including one that could potentially save taxpayer dollars. Democratic Del. Jeff Waldstreicher says typically every year animal rights supporters put most of their support behind one "large" bill. This year it's his regarding "costs of care." "In Maryland, the taxpayers have to...
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The Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United ruling turned five years old last week. One Maryland lawmaker says that ruling redefined what "citizen" means, and wants to fight fire with fire. Montgomery County Democratic Sen. Jamie Raskin has a bill this y...
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Montgomery County schools superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr could be on his way out after just four years on the job. The county board of education is unlikely to renew Starr's contract, which is up in June, ...
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Maryland lawmakers are looking at tightening the law that bans e-cigarette sales to anyone under age 18. Selling the devices to minors is illegal in Maryland. The General Assembly approved the ban three years ago, and Democratic Sen. Mac Middleton of southern Maryland wants to expand its reach. "What we overlooked when we passed the legislation were all the co...
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On the fifth anniversary of the landmark "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling, some Maryland lawmakers are pushing the state to become the fourth in the U.S. to call for a constitutional convention in hopes of reversing the decision. Democratic Maryland State Sen. Paul...
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The child neglect investigation into a Silver Spring couple who espouse "free range parenting" is getting closer to wrapping up in Montgomery County. Danielle and Alexander Meitev are being investigated ...
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The president of the Montgomery County council is saying that cuts included in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's first budget proposal can be withstood. The most noteworthy spending cut included in Hogan's plan slashes in half an education funding formula called the Geographic Cost of Education Index that benefits large school districts. Montgomery County council president George ...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned on cutting taxes, but he has yet to formally propose any. But the Republican says he will do so however in the coming weeks, despite the fact that lawmakers already have tax cut bills before them — but they were proposed by a Democrat. Sen. James Brochin of Baltimore County actually voted for one of the fees slash taxes he now wants to ...
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A bill to close a loophole in Maryland's decriminalization of marijuana is now before the General Assembly. Maryland lawmakers approved decriminalizing the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, making it punishable by a fine instead of jail time. But that measure did no...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan released his first budget proposal today to much anticipation in Annapolis. While the plan did fill in some blanks, it left others still empty — including one major priority for suburbs around D.C. Hogan, who campaigned on promises of cuts in spending and taxes, had remained tight-lipped about what his first budget would look like since he was ele...
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Full audio of inaugural address As snow fell...
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Wednesday, thousands will head to Annapolis to witness the inauguration of Maryland's 62nd governor, Larry Hogan, on the steps of the historic statehouse. But while the inauguration of a new governor is a major event, the statehouse has been around long enough to have witnessed even bigger. Workers are putting the finishing touches on a renovation to one room of the building th...