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Peter Franchot Slams General Assembly on Gambling

August 16, 2012

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The gambling bill designed to fatten the big gaming corporations has passed both houses of the Maryland General Assembly and was quickly signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley. Comptroller Peter Franchot responded with the following statement, printed in full below: “The passage of legislation that will pave the way for a Las Vegas-style casino in Prince […]

Special Session On Gambling in Maryland

August 10, 2012

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Here it is the dawg days of August, and the General Assembly is back in Special Session in Annapolis. It’s the second Special Session this year. Makes you wonder if Maryland legislators can accomplish anything at all without a Special Session. Gov. Martin O’Malley called this August session to consider the urgent issue of gambling. Specifically, […]

Summer 2012 Flying By In Ocean City (Photos)

July 10, 2012

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Images of Summer 2012 in Ocean City, Maryland Photos by John Hayden. Maybe it just seems like summer is flying by because I’m working full-time in the hospitality business.  Is this safe? Is this safe? We’ve seen more and more of these rented motor scooters on the roads in Ocean City the past couple seasons. […]

Slots Open For Business At Ocean Downs on Rt. 589

December 14, 2010

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Black billboard with gold lettering, at the intersection of Rt. 50 and Rt. 589, announces casino gambling at Ocean Downs. After many delays, the era of slot machine gambling is about to begin at Ocean Downs. The grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 4, barring last-minute hitches. The new casino needs a final certificate from […]

Slot Machines In Maryland: What We’ve Learned So Far

October 8, 2009

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[picapp src=”0/e/9/1/Struggling_Casino_Industry_912d.jpg?adImageId=4977768&imageId=4716270″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] It has been 11 months since the voters of Maryland decided, in last November’s referendum, to allow slot machines at five locations in the state. Here are some of the things we have learned since then: It’s feasible to jump-start a modest slot-machine operation in an out-of-the-way place, without a […]

Slots In Maryland — Big Loser Is Magna Entertainment

February 5, 2009

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Slot machines in Maryland: Fiasco of the year! Magna Entertainment, the Canadian casino operator that invaded Maryland with dollar signs in its eyes, is the big loser. Hey, nobody said playing slots was a game for the faint-hearted! Magna bought the Maryland Jockey Club and took over Pimlico Racetrack in northwest Baltimore City, and Laurel […]

Slots In Maryland: Winners Are Cordish Cos. and Arundel Mills Mall

February 3, 2009

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UPDATE — Statewide, bidders offer to put in 6,550 slot machines out of 15,000 possible. Cordish at Arundel Mills would be the largest — 4,750 slots at a $1 billion slots palace, in an adults-only building separate from the mall.  Second largest number of slot machines would be 800 at Ocean Downs racetrack near Ocean […]

To: Gov. Martin O’Malley. Re: Slots in Maryland

November 13, 2008

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Gov. Martin O’Malley, It looks as if your legacy is going to be bringing slot machines back to Maryland. Parris Glendening refused to do it and Bob Ehrlich was unable to do it. Martin O’Malley accomplished slot machines. I know that you will have many other significant accomplishments in your remaining six years as governor. […]

Maryland Votes on Slot Machines and Early Voting: Yes and Yes

November 5, 2008

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Was I wrong, or what! The vote on slot machines in Maryland wasn’t close. The statewide totals Wednesday morning are 1,155,204 votes for the constitutional amendment to allow slot machines in Maryland, and 818,156 against slot machines. That’s without votes from Prince George’s County, which are not yet available. Slots won everywhere, in Baltimore City […]

Slots In Maryland, A Mad Gamble

November 2, 2008

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Voting for slot machines in the Maryland referendum is like poking yourself in both eyes with a stick. Ouch! Why would anyone do that? Here are the mad reasons why otherwise prudent voters will fall for the seductive promise of slot machines on Tuesday: The money would help Maryland’s public schools. Really? Private casino operators […]