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January 11, 2011

State slots commissioner steps down

Retired judge James H. Taylor is stepping down from the state slots commission this week, the leader of the panel, Donald C. Fry, said today.

Taylor was one of two appointees to the commission by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. Miller's other appointee, former Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall, stepped down last year. Miller will soon appoint a replacement for Taylor, Fry said.

The slots commission, which is meeting in Annapolis today, received a brief legal update on the Baltimore casino site. The first bidders, the Baltimore City Entertainment Group, have sued over a contract dispute with the city and the state. This morning, The Sun reported on other groups that are lining up for the state's second try at securing a developer for the city site.

Laurel Park is also pursuing a claim that it was wrongly rejected by the slots commission. The sole license for Anne Arundel County was awarded to developer David Cordish for a site at Arundel Mills Mall. Laurel Park's owners submitted a bid, but not the full licensing fee, and was tossed out. A Circuit Court judge is expected to hear arguments in that case later this spring, at attorney general told the slots panel today. 

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 4:20 PM | | Comments (6)
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'Laurel Park is also pursuing a claim that it was wrongly rejected by the slots commission. The sole license for Anne Arundel County was awarded to developer David Cordish for a site at Arundel Mills Mall. Laurel Park's owners submitted a bid, but not the full licensing fee, and was tossed out. A Circuit Court judge is expected to hear arguments in that case later this spring, at attorney general told the slots panel today.'
Why would ANY judge even entertain the idea of hearing anything from these clowns? The Arundel Mills casino is going to be built, as decided by the voters. It seems to me that Laurel is still trying to tread water.The only water it is treading is from the tears they are crying.

Don Fry needs to step down. His schemes have been dragging this City down for years now.

Without a doubt the most poorly handled issue ever to be fumbled by the State legislature.

Annapolis certainly has done a fine job totally screwing up slots in Maryland.
Nice job MOM. Miller and Busch the 3 Stooges!

I can't help thinking it never had to be this way.
Yet, for those who still believe slots will be our financial savior, may all of them win tons of money forever and ever, amen!

REMEMBER THIS SLOGAN

VOTE YES FOR SLOTS
NO NEW TAXES.

YEAH RIGHT MORE MISINFORMATION FROM MARYLAND'S POMPOUS PROGRESSIVES.

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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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