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Maryland Special Session – Leadership

November 20, 2007

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The Special Session of the Maryland General Assembly put Democratic leaders to the test of breaking government gridlock in Maryland, and most of them passed. Gov. Martin O’Malley justified the decision of Maryland voters who selected him over Republican Bob Ehrlich in the 2006 election. O’Malley was still seen as the brash young upstart with a mixed […]

Maryland Special Session – Questions and Accomplishments

November 18, 2007

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The three-week Special Session of the Maryland General Assembly has ended. It accomplished much, most notably raising the revenue needed to close the state’s structural budget deficit and avert drastic spending cuts. As the legislators go home for Thanksgiving, questions remain. The two big questions: Is this tax package fair and progressive? The income tax brackets […]

Five Republicans Share Gumption on Slots

November 17, 2007

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Five Republicans found the gumption to join with Democrats in voting for the slots referendum, probably because slots are popular in their districts. I’d like to think those votes might signal the beginning of the end of bitter partisan unpleasantness in the Maryland General Assembly, but not likely. The Republican votes were critical to passing the referendum bill, […]

Maryland Delegates Find Gumption on Slots

November 17, 2007

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The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill Friday setting up a referendum on a slot-machines constitutional amendment for the November 2008 general election. The vote was 86-52, only one more than the three-fifths majority needed for a constitutional amendment. House Democrats could not have passed the bill without help from a handful of Republicans. […]

Maryland Special Session – Not Over Until It’s Over

November 16, 2007

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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 […]

Maryland Wants ‘Can-do’ Government

November 15, 2007

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Today (Thursday), 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. If not, does the Special Session unravel? While the delegates are waiting and grumbling, this would be a good time to ask: What do The People of Maryland want? […]

Slots in Maryland – Other Locations

November 12, 2007

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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 […]