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July 26, 2010

Arundel slots debate could go statewide

The two top gubernatorial candidates have staked out different positions on a seemingly hyper-local issue of whether a casino should be built in the Arundel Mills shopping center, a development likely to inject slots into another Maryland political campaign season.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, made a series of calls to reporters last week to stress his support for a county-wide referendum. Meanwhile Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich was paid to help a Baltimore developer bring the casino to the mall and thinks the venue is an “appropriate” place for a mall, according to a spokesman.

O’Malley’s campaign shop hopes Ehrlich’s client history will anger some of the Northern Anne Arundel Republicans who don't want it to be built near their homes. Ehrlich’s camp says the referendum will remind voters that the O’Malley slots program has still not gotten off the ground.

Meanwhile, surrounding states are doing slots version 2.0, adding table games to draw more visitors to their casinos. Maryland's law does not allow Vegas-style gambling like roulette and blackjack.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 10:42 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Slots


Slots in Maryland is nothing but a bad dream.
The blame lies with Busch and Miller who ptrevented Ehrlich from racking up a victory in this blue state. Heaven forbid a Republican pass slots. Git to give MOM credit too for so bungling this issue. Nice job MOM!

O'Malley introduces the bill, O'Malley forces the bill through with tax increases, O'Malley signs the bill, now O'Malley runs from the bill???

Slots in Anne Arundel is a winning proposition for not only the county, but for the state. What I do not understand is the major opposition to the Arundel Mall project is a race track that was in such financial difficulty, they could not even bid on the licensing needed. Please see the link below to show what the American Gaming Assoication has surveyed and found, pages 25 - 28 of the "2010 State of the States" documentation.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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