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September 16, 2010

Second Cordish slots ad hits Laurel Park

The Cordish-Cos.-backed group, “Jobs & Revenue for Anne Arundel County” released its second television advertisement Thursday, in its media blitz for passage of a slots referendum on its slots parlor at Arundel Mills mall on the November ballot.

The ad hits on the theme that Cordish has promoted -- that Laurel Park, whose owners are helping finance the opposition to the project, is not a viable alternative to the Arundel Mills plan. Project opponents are largely fighting based on opposition to the location at a mall. The ad shows a footprint of the building, separate from the mall.

Check out Nicole Fuller's story on how the continuing battle over Arundel Mills could delay the state's planned first slots parlor in Perryville.

Posted by Andy Rosen at 8:56 PM | | Comments (18)
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Check out the actual size and location of the proposed casino:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=49493650185&ref=ts

That diagram of the mall, and the location of the casino is horribly misleading. The actual proposed complex is far larger, and much closer to the mall. See a graphic comparison on Facebook :

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=49493650185

Who is playing fast and loose with the truth? While we're being truthful, how come "The Children's Place" isn't labeled on that map of the mall? Because its directly adjacent to the casino possibly?

Tom, more like, finally, someone tells the truth. As, I've been saying all along, the No Slots at the Mall group is a sham. It's One Big Lie. They've brainwashed just about everyone into thinking the mall is some "family-friendly" playground for kids. But the truth is, it's not. The mall is already full of adult-oriented materials, such as porn, alcohol, and yes even gambling already exists at the mall. The No Slots At the Mall Group is nothing more than a crusade by Magna International to cheat it's way into a 2nd shot at a gaming license which they shot themselves in the foot on the first time, and Penn National Gaming to stymie slots in Anne Arundel County altogether to protect their Bottom Line in West Virginia. The Biggest Lie of all is that Laurel Racetrack is even a viable option as long as Penn National is involved. . State law prohibits any company from holding more than one slots license or interfering with another licensee.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/VoteForQuestionA?ref=ts

In all the rhetoric above from Joe I did not see an explanation for how the casino shrank and moved away from the mall and into the conservation area of the trees and closer to the homes directly behind those trees. Or how Children’s Place disappeared? Maybe there isn’t one? Other than…Lies! I live close to the mall and I don’t know of any bars selling alcohol and offering gambling around the clock as the casino proposes. I haven’t seen in the Cordish commercials (pardon me Jobs and Revenue) any information on the “good” jobs being good paying jobs because they’re not. Not to mention most are temporary and can be available wherever the casino is built. And I say where the casino is built because according to the MD Constitution AA County is a site for slots. Voting against question A does not change the MD Constitution, if it did everyone in the state would be voting and not just our county.

On Nov. 2nd, vote against Question A!!!!!!!

Philip, it is strange that you are so concerned about children when you run a porn site.
How many children may accidentally go to your site? There are no controls on that site to warn minors not to view.

I've noticed that alot about any post by the person named "Joe". Spouts garbage without any facts and then ignores the truth. I noticed at the polling places that all the "jobs and revenue" volunteers were paid! They even admitted it when asked... the NoSlots people I talked to were not paid but actual local citizens... I guess "Jobs & Revenue" is providing jobs then... since I haven't met one that hasn't been paid so far..... or even from the local area. What's that say about Jobs & Revenue?
Sure would love to see that growing list of jobs get published to include wages, hours and benefits.... but that might put more truth out there that Cordish doesn't want.

I thought the story printed here was about Penn Gaming trying to get a second Casino. Most of the postings look like they were written by minions of Penn Gaming.
Cmon, the story is about Penn gaming subverting gaming in Maryland and the minions have to try and change the story. Where is the StopSlots getting their millions of dollars? The amount of commercials looks like at least a half-million a day.
You are worried about children? The track advertises Birthday parties for children at the track! Puts their name in the racing book! is there a stool for them to reach the betting booth?

The No Slots at the Mall Campaign keeps using the term "family friendly" to describe the mall. But, they make no mention about how right now, any adult could go into the mall, get nice and drunk at the Chili's Margarita bar in the foodcourt or the large open bar area in Dave and Busters which has kids running around in it. They make no mention of how after said adult gets drunk, then can go and by porn at the FYE. Then, after buying a porn, said adult could go finish his or her day off with a big fat cigar and a lottery ticket from the Tobacco leaf. If they were so "family friendly" they'd want these things cleaned up from the mall. Maybe, if Question A fails, the next time Philip Van Der Vossen is in the mall, I'll go by a porn and shove it in his kids' face and then blow some cigar smoke in the kids' face and they'll see how "family friendly" the mall truly is.

Joseph + LS,

There is really no reason to make this personal. I DO NOT run a porn site, but the site I DO run is certainly not intended for children. That analogy is completely irrelevant though, unless Disney and Lego were some how linking to it. This issue isn't about content online though, it is about appropriate zoning in a residential neighborhood.

As for the term "Family Friendly", that is what the Mills Corporation used to describe the mall when they originally wanted to build it. The fact that it doesn't currently represent the original intent (and has numerous security issues) only helps to strengthen our argument that the facility is spiraling out of control into something that the Arundel Mills Task Force never agreed to when the project was originally conceived.

Joseph, I don't have a kid, but that doesn't make your comments any more appropriate. I'm not sure why these online publications continue to allow you to comment, but your level of hostility is not appreciated, and does little to help your cause.

Philip, why should you expect anyone to believe your outrageous "claims" when it's been highly publicized that the very group you're campaigning for has been known to play fast and loose with the truth?

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-slots-campaign-20100819,0,2082335.story

The mall has restaurants that serve alcohol, but there is not 24 hour consumption as there is in Atlantic City. There may be some stores that offer the sell racy videos but there are no strip clubs, as there are every few blocks in Atlantic City. The pro-side includes very few people who live in the Mall area, which is clear given the dearth of pro-slots signs in front of actual homes (as opposed to public areas and businesses that expect to benefit from the casino). You people don't care if our quality of life in the area goes in the toilet.

Also, the pro-side can't even answer the issue of traffic. The Mall is already horribly overcrowded and there are no plans to widen roads. Then again, if you are a wealthy developer, why worry about things that trouble the average citizen?

...'I've noticed that alot about any post by the person named "Joe". Spouts garbage without any facts and then ignores the truth.'

Actually, David, Joe is spouting nothing BUT the truth. It is you and others that are getting caught up in the lies that Penn National Gaming is spouting. Go to Google, type in Penn National Gaming Lawsuits, and you will see that they have done it before up in Ohio.

...'I noticed at the polling places that all the "jobs and revenue" volunteers were paid! They even admitted it when asked...'

That couldn't be further from the truth, David. We are a coalition, just like yours, of UNPAID volunteers. Another lie that Penn National Gaming told you to publish on this site. If you indeed witnessed this, come up with some names, since you say you talked with them. You want us to come up with proof to our facts, but you can't come up with proof to your facts.

These anti-slots people crack me up. You bought a house by a major mall. Did you not think at some point the mall may expand or have the possiblity of slots. No one ever said for certain that the slots parlor would serve liquor 24 hours a day. This assumption is propaganda spread by penn national. As for the family mall thing, as someone who works in the mall there are still events based on the family. If these people actually were parents and parented their kids instead of letting them run wild in the mall it wouldn't be an issue. Where were all these anti-slotters when all of the hotels opened around the mall with who knows what going on in them? Didn't hear too many complaints about that. These will be the same people whining when taxes go up and there is no money for schools.

These anti-slots people crack me up. You bought a house by a major mall. Did you not think at some point the mall may expand or have the possiblity of slots. No one ever said for certain that the slots parlor would serve liquor 24 hours a day. This assumption is propaganda spread by penn national. As for the family mall thing, as someone who works in the mall there are still events based on the family. If these people actually were parents and parented their kids instead of letting them run wild in the mall it wouldn't be an issue. Where were all these anti-slotters when all of the hotels opened around the mall with who knows what going on in them? Didn't hear too many complaints about that. These will be the same people whining when taxes go up and there is no money for schools.

Good. I think more ads like this need to be shown. We don't need to be contributing to the environmental hazard and animal abuse haven Laurel park is. I don't want to see them digging up Oxbow Nature Preserve to put a slots parlor in there. Put it where it belongs in one of those big empty fields at Arundel Mills where proper drainage, traffic control, and space is available.

Also, someone needs to get the police to enforce graffiti laws. The anti-slots campaign has been defacing pro-slots signs all over the place. It's really gotten out of hand.

Oh please - lets go over the Martin O'Malley accomplishment list....
1. We got a 50% rise in electricity rates, which he swore to stop if we made him governor...
2. We got a sales tax increase that was supposed to raise $700 million, but only raises $400 million...
3. We got a idiotic slots bill that is supposed to fund education, but is so badly thought out that nobody opens a slots parlor and NO revenue comes in...
4. We get a 'millionaires tax' that runs people out of the state so that we actually take in LESS revenue.

Go ahead Marylanders - just keep mindlessly pulling the D lever in the voting booth while a few thousand more businesses move into Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania as Uncle Martin and the boys down in Annapolis decide which businesses need to have their services taxed. As I remember their 'computer services' sales tax was such a big hit that they had to repeal it 6 months later.

To put everyone's mind at ease...the casino will close at the time the last store (Dave and Buster's) closes...at 2 am. This is not a 24 hour casino! Cons Demo, the reason most homes don't have signs posted in the Hanover area is because their HOA probably doesn't permit them to do so. Signs don't win elections...hell, they hardley even influence them. The truth...what Mr. Cordish is getting out there to the public...is what wins elections.

Slots is a sham.
The cordish group already runs a casino in Indiana which is a disaster.
Everyone's hopes are on Slots money funding the state.
People are still going to W. Va and De for table games and also they don't trust the slot machines in new casinos because the payout is much less.

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