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Memorial Day Weekend 2012

May 23, 2012


Once again, the summer season begins in Ocean City, Maryland. All things are possible. Cruising OC weekend was spectacular, thanks to perfect sunny weather on Saturday.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the town packed so tight on the third weekend in May. A few hot rodders left behind a bit of burned rubber. You’ll see […]

Now Mike Miller Wants Slots in Prince Georges

January 19, 2010


Not a single slot machine has been put in service in Maryland, and already Senate President Mike Miller is suggesting adding a casino in his home county, Prince Georges, according to  reports in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. This is the latest development in the slots fiasco in Maryland. Voters OK’d 5 Slots Loations, […]

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

October 8, 2009


[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 […]

Special Session Fatigue in Maryland (Slot Machines Were the Last Straw)

April 19, 2009


The once-a-year session of the Maryland General Assembly has been a historical curiosity for a long time. Now it is becoming a downright embarrassment. Maryland needed a Special Session, after four years of deadlock over slot machines. The Special Session brought progress — the lawmakers agreed they were unworthy to decide on slots within the […]

Maryland Special Session – Not Over Until It’s Over

November 16, 2007


Today (Friday), we wait to see if 85 members of the Maryland House of Delegates can work up the gumption to vote for a referendum on slots. Wait a minute. That’s what I wrote yesterday! The Special Session of the General Assembly is starting to look like the movie Groundhog Day. Senate President Mike Miller is […]

Slots in Maryland – Other Locations

November 12, 2007


UPDATE 08-16-2008 — BLOB’S PARK The recently closed Blob’s Park dancehall in Jessup has popped up on the radar screen as a possible alternative to slots at the Laurel Race Course. Both the racetrack and the shuttered polka dancehall are located between I-95 and I-295  in Anne Arundel County. Both are within two miles of […]

Maryland Special Session – Inside Baseball

November 12, 2007


For Maryland politics fans, here’s an “inside baseball” look at the General Assembly Special Session votes so far on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s tax and slots initiative. First, in the House of Delegates vote passing the mildly progressive income tax bill, 82-55, 18 Democrats voted no, along with all 37 Republicans. In the House vote passing […]

Maryland Special Session – House of Delegates

November 6, 2007


Gov. Martin O’Malley and Speaker Michael Busch will have the votes to pass a tax package in the House of Delegates during the special session of the General Assembly, a package that has some resemblance to the one the governor proposed. That’s just my opinion. And I’m talking only about the tax part, including the progressive income […]

Slots in Maryland: Location, Location, Location

October 27, 2007


Many in Maryland think slot machine gambling is a good idea. As long as slots are far away from where they live. The appeal of slots is easy to understand. For people who despise taxes, gambling is the easy way out. For people who understand the need for government spending on schools, infrastructure, and public health and […]