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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 governor-elect Larry Hogan will reportedly seek to repeal the so-called "Rain Tax" once he takes office next month. It's the first clear policy move from the Republican, who has said he would not give detailed positions until his inauguration. Members of the General Assembly aren't waiting for Hogan, however, and are putting the final touches on bills that will be i...
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The Montgomery County Council has selected a new president: George Leventhal. Tuesday was the first full day of Leventhal's fourth four-year term on the council, and his colleagues elected him president for the second time. He also served as council president in 2006, and fittingly, he quoted another long-serving politician upon taking the title again: "I want Montgomery Co...
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The Montgomery County government will look largely the same for the next four years as it has for the previous four. County executive Isiah Leggett is starting his third term, while seven of the nine county council members are also back for another term. On Monday, Leggett took the oath of office for the third time. He took the opportunity to lay out a six-point plan for his...
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Inauguration ceremonies were held across Maryland today for county executive. The state's D.C. suburbs are one of the few areas where there is no change at the top of county governments. Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett kicked off his third term at Montgomery High School in Rockville, where he took the oath of office. In his inaugural speech he laid out a s...
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The start of Maryland's General Assembly session is a little less than two months away, but state lawmakers are already crafting bills. Bills can be prefiled before the session starts, meaning they can be introduced on Day One of the session in Annapolis. The Montgomery County delegation has 15 they are working on, and several deal with alcohol licensing, an at-times mundane...
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Montgomery County was at the forefront of banning traditional cigarettes in bars, restaurants and other public places, and one council member now wants the county to join the growing number of places that treat electronic cigarettes the same way. Electronic cigarettes are quickly increasing in popularity, so much so that the process of smoking them—vaping—has made its ling...
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The Montgomery County Council wants to double the fines for drivers caught passing stopped school buses, but it may prove to be an uphill battle. Cameras are placed on the stop sign arms that extend when buses stop to pick up or drop off students. The maximum fine for those caught is $250, but those caught rarely pay. "The fine that was being assigned was the $125....
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Police in Montgomery County are starting a holiday crackdown on alcohol-related offenses. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols along roadways with a history of alcohol-related crashes and DUIs are a big part of the strategy. But the focus is not just on drivers. Police will do compliance checks on businesses that sell alcohol, and undercover officers will do...
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A Montgomery County woman whose children have been missing for more than two months is not competent to stand trial in their disappearance, a new court filing says. Catherine Hoggle faces multiple charges in the September disappearance of two of her children, ages 2 and 3. Police...
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Five feet of snow has blanketed western New York state, but our area hasn't seen anything so far. Authorities hope it stays that way as long as possible. With no snow to clear, the plow trucks were just for show today at the Maryland State Highway Administration depot in Silver Spring. The state has added a few "monster plows" to its roster. "Our normal trucks carr...
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Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan isn't saying much about what policies he'll seek when he takes office in January, but one of his choices for his transition team could be very telling. Hogan campaigned on rolling back tax and fee increases passed during the tenure of current Gov. Martin O'Malley, but the Republican said he wouldn't provide specifics until after he's inaug...
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Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars. The Republican says he believes his upset victory earlier this month in the he...
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The Montgomery County School Board's recent decision to remove all religious references to holiday breaks on the school calendar came after Muslims in the community asked for two holy days to become school holidays. That may still happen, just not right now. Th...
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Maryland's medical marijuana program took a big step forward to becoming reality this week. On Thursday, a panel charged with forming the regulations for starting the state's medical marijuana program finally approved the rules after a series of delays. Those regulations must still be okayed by the state department of health and mental hygiene as well as the General Assembly...
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Maryland Governor-Elect Larry Hogan will head to Baltimore County on his "Thank You" tour today, a jurisdiction that gave him more votes than anywhere else in the state. Yesterday he named a key member to his transition team: Former Democratic State Sen. Robert Neall will overse...
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Public schools in Maryland's Montgomery County will still be off on major Christian and Jewish religious holidays, but those holidays will no longer be the "official" reason. The road that took the board to this decision started in a different place. Members of Montgomery County's Muslim community sought to have two Islamic holidays become days off on the school calendar. Th...
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One week after he scored a stunning upset victory, Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan kicks-off a "Thank You" campaign across the state Tuesday morning. The Republican will take part in the Leonardtown Veterans Day parade this morning in St. Mary's County as part of a tour that will take Hogan to all counties in Maryland to thank voters for supporting him. Of Ma...
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Possession of marijuana will soon be legal in D.C. (pending congressional review) after voters gave their approval at the polls last week. In neighboring Maryland, several lawmakers have been pushing for legalization too, but they're not expecting a victory anytime soon. Montgomery County Demo...
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On Monday, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett will sign into law the so-called "Ban the Box" bill recently passed by the county council. The measure delays when most employers can ask about a prospective employees criminal record to the end of the first job interview instead of on a job application. Supporters say it will help reduce recidivism by removing a barrier f...
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As absentee ballots continue to be counted in Maryland's sixth district, Democrat John Delaney's lead is holding firm over Republican Dan Bongino. Delaney's lead was just over 2,000 votes after Election Day, and it remained right around that level as the first day of counting of absentee ballots took place. In early voting and on Election Day, the one-term incumb...