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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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Before he ran for governor, Larry Hogan founded the advocacy group Change Maryland. His victory this week certainly did that. Now that he is governor-elect, Larry Hogan is moving from campaign mode to governing mode. "I gotta tell you it wasn't easy running that campaign and winning here in Maryland. But that's nothing compared to the challenges that lie ahead," Hogan said....
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Anthony Brown entered the general election in Maryland as the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in a state where his party holds a 2-1 edge in voter registration. He had far more campaign money to work with than his Republican opponent Larry Hogan, who accepted public funds. Brown had appearances with his party's last two presidents and first ladies in the waning days of the campaign...
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Voters head to the polls around the D.C. region today, and voters in Maryland have some important choices to make. The headlining campaign in Maryland is for governor, as Democrat Anthony Brown faces Republican Larry Hogan. Polls have shown the race to be much closer than anticipated, despite Democrats holding a large voter registration edge in the state. If he wins, Brown w...
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As Election Day nears, polls show a tightening gubernatorial race between Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan. Now, Democrats have called in another big name to help maximize their advantage in the state. Former first lady, U.S. senator, and secretary of state Hillary Clinton told a crowd made up mostly of students at the University of Maryland College Park to av...
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The word "cosmetic" can be both an adjective and a noun. The differences between those uses is fueling the fight over a bill in Montgomery County regarding pesticides. County Council Vice President George Leventhal is pushing a bill that would ban the use of what he calls "cosmetic" pesticides, ones he says are used for "nonessential" purposes but carry great health risks....
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While the D.C. council just passed legislation to regulate ridesharing services like Uber, their colleagues in neighboring Montgomery County are just starting to look at their options. The majority of council members say they want new regulations to bring traditional taxi cabs to the level of...
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The Montgomery County Council today passed one measure designed to aid workers while introducing another that would punish employers who retaliate against employees for discussing wages in the workplace. The so-called "Ban the Box" bill passed unanimously today. It delays the point when most employers can ask whether an applicant has a criminal record to the end of the first...
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Maryland Gov. O'Malley and Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Joshua Sharfstein (WAMU/Matt Bush) Forced quarantines will not be part of Maryland's response to suspected cases of Ebola, s...
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Early voting centers opened across Maryland for a second day Friday. Turnout was very low for primaries in the state this year, and one statewide official worries it will be again for the general election. Comptroller Peter Franchot believes as long as the economy remains "lethargic," voters will...
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Early voting gets underway this morning in Maryland. Voters who want to get their ballot over with will have plenty of options. Montgomery County has nine early voting locations where a ballot can be cast, while Prince George's County has eight. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day starting today until next Thursday. A full list of the locations ...
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Two months from today is the start of winter, and just in case it comes sooner, Montgomery County lawmakers have approved updates to the county's snow-removal law. The law requires sidewalks be cleared of snow 24 hours after a storm ends. Last winter, that law was being widely ignored by many businesses and residents, leading to calls for the county to strengthen its enfor...
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Montgomery County officials say treating the nurse infected with the Ebola virus at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda poses no threat to public health and safety. County Council President Craig Rice says NIH has been in constant contact with local au...
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Maryland Democrats have tried to make guns a major topic during this year's gubernatorial election. The next issue they want to push: mass transit. Several Democratic leaders from Montgomery and Prince George's counties will hold a press conference this afternoon discussing their support of the Purple Line. They are hoping to spotlight the differences between the Democratic ...
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The Montgomery County Council has passed a bill that will likely please many when they upgrade their cellphones. The Council approved a measure that updates a nearly 30-year-old law that was initially intended to stop criminals from selling stolen merchandise to pawn shops. ...
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Maryland gubernatorial candidates Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan held their second debate Monday, and while some of the topics were different, the tone remained the same. Democrat Brown and Republican Hogan both spent much the hourlong debate on NewsChannel 8 on the attack, just as they have on the campaign trail. When Brown defended his role overseeing the rollout of...
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The candidates for the Congressional seat for Maryland's Sixth District are clashing over immigration and economic policies ahead of next month's election. Republican Dan Bongino is hoping his views on immigration will help him unseat Democrat John Delaney in the Sixth Congressional District, which encompasses all of western Maryland. The former Secret Service agent told a H...
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The campaign thus far for governor of Maryland has been mostly negative between Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan. Their first debate didn't start that way, but it didn't take long for the attacks to start. Each opening statement from the WJZ-TV studios in Baltimore was basically an introduction to voters, with Brown talking about his military background, whi...
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The Washington Nationals finally have an opponent for their National League Divisional Series which starts tomorrow. The Nationals will face the San Francisco Giants, who won the one-game National League Wild Card playoff last night over Pittsburgh. The Nats went 5-2 against the Giants this season. Game 1 of the divisional series is Friday afternoon at Nationals Park. Step...
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Leaders in Montgomery County aren't giving up on the possibility of a land deal that would allow for a larger Purple Line station in Bethesda. Earlier this month, the county rejected an offer for the Apex Building in Bethesda, which planners want to raze to allow for a more spacious station for the Purple Line in Bethesda. That station would be the western terminus of the pr...
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Despite its small size, Maryland has seen the sixth-highest amount of political television ad spending on state-level races this year in the U.S. The hotly contested Democratic gubernatorial primary pushed Maryland into such a lofty perch, according to ...