Michael E. Busch
American politician
Michael E. Busch
Michael E. Busch is the current Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates in the United States. Busch has been a member of the House since 1987, and Speaker since January 2003. He represents Anne Arundel County, which includes the state capital of Annapolis.
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Maryland Republican Serving Jail Time For Drunken Misdeeds Apologizes, Will Seek Reelection
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Del. Don Dwyer, who is serving jail time on weekends after two alcohol-related convictions, apologized Friday to fellow members of the House of Delegates for bringing "undue attention" to the General Assembly. "I ask you for your forgiveness," Dwyer said. "I've made some serious mistakes that I'll regret for the rest of my life." His colleagues reacted to the apology with silence. Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican, spoke at the close of the morning session, one day after House Speaker Michael E. Busch stripped him of his seat on the Ways & Means Committee. That makes Dwyer the only state lawmaker without a vote on one of the committees that review, shape and often kill proposed legislation. "I completely accept the removal of my committee assignment," Dwyer told colleagues. The three-term delegate said he also accepts the decision of a judge to sentence him to serve 30 weekends in jail after being convicted of drunken driving last October. The sentence was for that ...
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Michael Busch: Dead Ball at the Met
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tucked away in the furthest reaches of its American wing, the Metropolitan Museum currently has a nifty little show on view. "Legends of the Dead Ball Era," an exhibit of early-issue baseball cards, quietly opened in July as part of a wider push to celebrate this year's All Star Game at Citi Field in Queens. It's also the latest in a string of card shows sponsored by the Met over the last year. "Legends" follows directly on the heels of "A Sport for Every Girl," which featured cards of women athletes from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Before that, the museum hosted a remarkable show celebrating the first black players to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. As the title of this most recent exhibit indicates, the cards on display date from the so-called "dead ball era," a period when home runs were rarely hit, and when the small-change tactics of today's game -- bunting, stealing, and working bases on balls -- were the chief engines of run p ...
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What Makes A Campus Safe From Sexual Assaults?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This article, written by investigative journalism students at the University of Massachusetts, is presented as part of a larger series addressing issues related to sexual assault on college campuses. The federal Clery Act requires colleges to alert their communities of ongoing threats, as well as to keep and disclose an accurate log of crimes on campus. But when it comes to dealing with sexual assaults on campus, administrators at colleges across the country often wrestle with complying with the law and informing the public, while at the same time trying to maintain a positive image of their schools. At the University of Massachusetts-Amherst police notifications regarding active campus threats are sent directly to students. The decision to send notices of other crimes, including sexual assaults, that occur on campus is left to the discretion of administrators. In October 2012, officials at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst took the unusal step to hold a press ...
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Meet The Family At The Center Of Maryland's Pit Bull Controversy
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The scars across 16-year-old Dominic Solesky's face are faint, but that doesn't stop people from asking where he got them. The Towson High School junior and his family have told the story many times. Six years ago, Dominic was mauled by a pit bull named Clifford in the alley behind his red brick rowhouse in East Towson, an attack that resulted in trauma surgery at John Hopkins Hospital and a year of rehabilitation. The family's case seeking restitution resulted in last year's Maryland Court of Appeals decision labeling pit bulls "inherently dangerous" and broadening the liability of landlords. Before that decision, a victim of a dog attack had to prove that the animal's owner, or the landlord, knew the pet had a vicious tendency based on past behavior. But the court ruled that landlords and owners of pit bulls can be held liable in attack cases even if there is no evidence that they knew the dog was dangerous. In Annapolis on Monday, lawmakers failed to reach a compromis ...
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Will Pit Bulls Be Spared?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
With most of the heavy lifting behind them, Maryland legislators will convene Monday for a final frenzy of lawmaking before the 2013 General Assembly session adjourns at midnight. Bills that could affect every dog owner and every driver who talks on a cell phone still await approval, as does legislation that would craft tighter rules on speed cameras, legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes and put new restrictions on government speed camera programs. Most lawmakers said these remaining issues and scores more will likely find resolution by the end of the day. "We're in pretty good shape," House Speaker Michael E. Busch said as his chamber adjourned Saturday afternoon. In the past 89 days, lawmakers have passed nearly 500 of the more than 2,600 bills introduced this year, including high-profile, controversial bills to repeal the death penalty, enact strict gun laws, raise the gas tax and finance $1 billion in borrowing to build new Baltimore City schools. T ...
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Could Legalization Be Next?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
As the Maryland Senate voted Tuesday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, advocates for legalizing the drug saw an opening move in a multiyear effort to make it completely legal. "I think the taboo has been lifted on talking about marijuana in Maryland," said Del. Curt Anderson, a Baltimore Democrat who introduced a separate bill that would legalize marijuana, regulate it, and tax it like alcohol. He said he doesn't expect it to pass this year. "All we want to do is start the conversation," Anderson said. "It's not as dangerous a drug as cigarettes, which can kill you. It's not as dangerous as a drunk driver." While their end goal likely is long off, advocates for legalizing marijuana said the political climate is tilting in their favor -- both in Maryland and across the country. This year Gov. Martin O'Malley reversed his stance on medical marijuana and, through his health secretary, endorsed a limited plan for academic centers to make it availab ...
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Asteroid's Spin Intrigues Astronomers
Voice of America - about 4 years
Astronomers hope to learn more about Asteroid 2012 DA14's features and composition as it flies past Earth at about 7.8 kilometers per second - far faster than a speeding bullet.  But that's not all they hope to discern when the object comes within 28,000 kilometers of our planet on February 15.  SPIN Michael Busch is a planetary astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico.  He says the direction of DA14's ...
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O'Malley Initiative Could Gain New Momentum
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Wednesday that he will make sure that legislation to repeal Maryland's death penalty gets a vote in his chamber if the governor lines up enough support for approval. Despite his personal support of the death penalty, Miller said, he would give Gov. Martin O'Malley the opportunity to win passage of such legislation -- which has been bottled up in a Senate committee. "If he shows me the votes, if he's got the votes on the floor of the Senate, then we'll find a way to move it forward," Miller said in an interview. "But this is not just a debating site where you sit and debate the bills that don't have a chance of passage." O'Malley, a longtime death penalty opponent, sought repeal four years ago but settled for a compromise that sharply limits the circumstances under which it can be imposed. He has come under pressure from death penalty opponents, including NAACP President Benjamin T. Jealous, to renew the fight when the General A ...
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Michael Busch: Drug War Mexico: A Conversation With Peter Watt (Part Two)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I recently spoke with, Peter Watt, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield, and co-author of a new study examining Mexico's disastrous fight against narcotrafficking, Drug War Mexico. We discussed the origins and development of the Mexican drug trade, the intersections between neoliberal economic policies and the American-sponsored "war on drugs," the prospects of continued democratization in Mexico, and what the new presidency of Enrique Pena Nieto might possibly hold for the country moving forward. This is the second in a two-part series. The first can be found here. You and Roberto Zepeda spend time looking at the effects of the end of PRI hegemony. Some thought the 2000 elections would turn a hopeful new page in Mexican history. You argue it ushered in something quite different. Can you talk about what happened during this change of the guard, and why? There were great hopes pinned on the supposed transition to democracy in 2000. It's unsurprisin ...
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Michael Busch: Why Nations Fail: The Sachs Attack
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This fall, I assigned Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson's Why Nations Fail as part of my international political economy course, and so I've been reading this massive study in preparation for our upcoming seminars on it. I was tickled, then, to notice Jeff Sachs' review of the book in the last issue of Foreign Affairs (Sept/Oct), which gave over generous real estate in its pages for the good doctor's critique. It's scathing stuff. Though it takes him roughly 4,000 words, Sachs' argument about the book boils down to a basic claim -- Why Nations Fail is simple, misleading, and frequently wrong. While the narrative spun throughout the book "sounds good" and will soothe the minds of Western liberals, Sachs contends, it falls victim to a laundry list of "conceptual shortcomings," conflations, and misinterpretations. "The overarching effect of these analytic shortcomings," writes Sachs, "is that when Acemoglu and Robinson purport to explain why nations fail to grow, they act l ...
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Michael Busch: Keeping Faith With the Kids: An Interview With Jonathan Kozol
Huffington Post - over 4 years
For nearly 50 years, Jonathan Kozol has documented the landscape of impoverished America. Since the appearance of his landmark memoir Death at an Early Age, which detailed his experiences as a teacher in the Boston public school system, Kozol has produced perhaps the most influential body of work illustrating the links between broken schools and the perpetuation of socioeconomic injustice for the poor in America. At the heart of this campaign are a series of books looking at life in the South Bronx. The portrait Kozol paints is as harrowing in its descriptions of institutional failure and structural violence as it is hopeful in its stories of the resilient children that populate New York City's streets, schools, and churches. Fire in the Ashes, Kozol's latest effort, returns to the lives of the children featured in previous books, and traces the trajectory of their journeys from little kids to young adults. Some have survived and are thriving. Others are dead. Yet wheth ...
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Expanded Gaming Passes, Pit Bull Legislation Dies
Baoadneck Patch - over 4 years
Maryland voters can add expanded gaming to the list of referendum issues they'll be asked to vote on in November. The Senate early Wednesday morning voted 32-14 to accept a gaming bill amended hours earlier by the House of Delegates. But a bill meant to overturn a controversial Court of Appeals ruling that declared pit bulls an inherently dangerous dog breed failed after Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the House gave senators a "take it or leave it" ultimatum. "The House said take our amendments or nothing and the two committees weren't able to work out an agreement," said Miller. The Senate was able to reach a separate peace on the gaming bill where senators quickly agreed to all of the amendments delegates put on the bill Tuesday night. The biggest of those late amendments was a provision to allow so-called pull tab bingo machines in VFW and other veterans clubs around the state. House Minority Leader Tony O'Donnell said the provision, which has been rou ...
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House majority leader sees yes vote on gambling
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A key ally of Speaker Michael E. Busch expressed confidence that the votes will be there to pass Gov. Martin O'Malley's gambling expansion bill when it comes to the floor of the House of Delegates Tuesday.
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Las Vegas on the Chesapeake
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Our view: Expanding gambling now is a mistake, but if the legislature insists on doing so, it must make key changes to the governor's bill The possibility that Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch will round up the votes needed to authorize a referendum to expand Maryland's casino program shows just how far attitudes have shifted in the last five years. Lawmakers and their constituents are generally more comfortable with the notion that the state will raise significant revenues from casinos and will embrace table games in addition to slot machines. But the political dynamic surrounding the issue in Annapolis is largely unchanged. The Senate is gung-ho for gambling expansion, the House is reluctant, and Governor O'Malley is once again proposing legislation aimed at keeping both sides happy. That produced a disappointing gambling program the first time around, and it threatens to do so again.
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Busch says Internet gambling won't be in casino bill
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House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Tuesday that Internet gambling, which he had put on the agenda for the special General Assembly session on gambling expansion that begins Thursday, will not be part of the bill lawmakers consider.
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As clock ticks, Busch calls huddle on special session
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Supporters of expanded gambling struggle for House votes With time growing short to call a special General Assembly session on gambling legislation, House Speaker Michael E. Busch plans to huddle with his leadership team Wednesday as top Democrats assess whether there are enough votes to justify calling lawmakers back to Annapolis.
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Md. casino owner meets with speaker on gambling
Yahoo News - over 4 years
The owner of Maryland's largest casino has met with House Speaker Michael Busch to discuss the potential expansion of gambling in the state.David Cordish, owner of the Cordish Cos., met for about two hours ...
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O'Malley, Busch attempt to persuade Baltimore legislators on P.G. casino
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Public barred from closed-door meeting of mayor, governor and city delegates Gov. Martin O'Malley, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met behind closed doors with Baltimore's House delegation Wednesday to ask the lawmakers to support having another casino in Maryland.
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 60
    During the 2007 legislative session, he sponsored a bill with other members of the leadership, the Children and Working Families Healthcare Act of 2007, which proposed to provide health care access to 250,000 Marylanders and all children in the state.
    More Details Hide Details For the past four years, Speaker Busch has annually voted to support classroom teachers, public schools, police and hospitals in Anne Arundel County. Since 2002, funding to schools across the State has increased 82%, resulting in Maryland being ranked top in the nation for K-12 education.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 56
    At the beginning of the 2003 session of the Maryland Legislature, Busch was elected, by his colleagues in the Maryland House of Delegates, Speaker of the House.
    More Details Hide Details Speaker Busch is known for his interest in the areas of health, insurance, and economic development, with a focus on health care.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    Busch first got involved in politics at the urging of parents of his students. After winning election in 1986 to the House of Delegates, Busch served on the Judiciary Committee, the Economic Matters Committee, which he later chaired, and as Chairman of the Anne Arundel County Delegation.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 23
    Mike Busch was born in Baltimore City and has been a lifelong resident of the state of Maryland. He attended St. Mary's High School in Annapolis and in 1970 received his B.S. degree in education from Temple University where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.
    More Details Hide Details Busch was pursued by the National Football League as a running back, prior to a knee injury. Busch then returned to Maryland to coach athletics and teach. He is married to Cynthia Abbott Busch, with whom he has two children: Erin and Megan and he is an active member of Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 0
    Born on January 4, 1947.
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