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March 18, 2009

Special session to make sure the Preakness doesn't become the next Colts?

From the Baltimore Sun's Laura Smitherman:

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said today he would be open to holding a special session of the General Assembly if legislation is needed to ensure the Preakness Stakes stays in Maryland.

The lawmaker, a staunch supporter of horse racing, has been talking in recent days about the possibility of the state taking over the race in case its owner, the bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp., seeks to sell the rights to an out-of-state buyer.

"It’s not only a matter of pride, it’s a matter of economic development," Miller said. "The question is do you want the Preakness run in Florida or California? Or even worse do you want the Preakness run in West Virginia or Delaware?"

The current legislative session ends next month, and Miller said state officials must wait for Magna’s next move. The best option, he said, would be for a "white knight" buyer to take over Magna’s tracks in Maryland and keep the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. While Maryland law gives the state the option to buy the Preakness if it is for sale, that would be the last resort, Miller said.

Remember what happened with the Colts? Not this time, he said.

"We all remain traumatized by the Colts moving out of Baltimore in the middle of the night," he said. "That’s not going to happen. We’re forewarned. The Preakness is going to stay in Maryland, period. Guaranteed."

-- Laura Smitherman

Posted by David Nitkin at 3:13 PM | | Comments (7)
        

Comments

Special session means taxes!
Trust me!

Was he and Mike Busch the same morans who said back in Ehrlichs days as Gov- ( If the horse racing industry cant stand on its own it should fail. We should not pass slots to supplement a faltering racing industry) Now without any voters being asked Mike Miller who thinks he is King Miller is just going to decide for all of us he is going to spend my and your money to buy the Preakness and his own personal racetrack to put slots in. When does this jerk come up for election- I will be the first in line in Annapolis to hold a sign to fire this moran and no way I want anymore tax money spent on such nonsense. Let Miller get back the money from AIG and use that to buy a racetrack!!! I am seriously considering moving to Delaware or PA.

Unlike when our politicians used the threat of eminent domain against the Colts that blew up in their faces, at least the state has a right to purchase the Preakness if they match the best offer from a thrid party. And all they had to do to avoid this mess was agree with a Republican governor six years ago to get slots passed. This could be one expensive proposition for the state, and I doubt taxpayers will agree with Mr. Miller to foot the bill.

It is about time Senator Miller got some class. Don't forget it was Senator Miller who tried to terminate the funding for the Ravens stadium when Mr. Cooke tried to claim Baltimore as Redskins country.

David,
Here is the example of our previous discussion.
"The lawmaker, a staunch supporter of horse racing, has been talking in recent days about the possibility of the state taking over the race in case its owner, the bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp., seeks to sell the rights to an out-of-state buyer"

The reporter doesn't provide the reason why Senate Pres. Miller is such a staunch supporter. Why no mention of the campaign contributions given to Miller by Magna and other slots interests? If memory serves the Sun was very vehement " in providing this information during the Eurlich adminstration.

Yeah, but people actually like football. Lots of people. How many really give a rat's backside about horse racing?

If Sen Miller's foreign gambling buddies don't have the scratch, let him put up his own money, not raid the depleted public purse.

Um, no, kayleemackenzie, Miller never said that during the Ehrlich days. He was, in fact, the most dependable ally Ehrlich had in the general assembly for slots. (They may have thought like dogs over other issues, but NOT on slots.) Look, I'm no MIller appologist and I voted for Ehrlich twice, but why is it that because someone is a democrat some people will always assume they were against slots when Ehrlich was Governor? Can we limit the criticism to FACTS? By the wya, I'm not keen on the state getting into the racing biz either, but hammer Miller on that FACT. Don't make up stories about what he supposedly said several years ago. Busch is the one who has flip flopped on the issue, NOT MIller.

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