Sunday, November 4, 2012
A civil case adds to the controversy over Question 7.
Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS - Former Prince George's County Councilman Thomas Dernoga filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutionality of the expanded gambling referendum. If successful, the lawsuit could nullify the results of Question 7 on Tuesday. The suit argues that in order for Question 7 to pass, the majority of all registered voters, not just those who turn out to vote, would need to approve the measure. The suit names Gov. Martin O'Malley, Attorney General Doug Gansler, the State Board of Elections and others as defendants. "There has been some confusion created about the standard required to certify the election result," Dernoga said. Dernoga's claim is based on the language of the constitutional amendment that …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
As the high-stakes campaign hits its home stretch, a pair of polls suggest Question 7 could be a losing bet.
Maryland’s casino industry has made a high-profile addition to its roster of supporters after the Washington Redskins came out in favor of a ballot initiative to expand in-state gambling. The NFL team—which is based in Northern Virginia but plays its home games at FedEx Field in Prince George’s County—is calling on its Maryland fans to vote yes on Question 7 when they head to the polls next month. The hotly contested ballot measure would open Maryland’s five casinos to table games such as poker and roulette, add a sixth mega-casino—potentially in Prince George’s—and allow more than 1,000 new video lottery terminals statewide. Question 7’s ultra-expensive advertising campaign—the Baltimore Sun pegs it at $25 million spent so far—has …
Friday, September 21, 2012
County executives from Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties are advocating for a casino at National Harbor, adding table games and expanding casino hours around the state.
Friday, September 21, 2012
By Carl Straumsheim, Capital News Service Using Saturday's University of Maryland Terrapins football game as a metaphor, county executives Rushern Baker III, Ike Leggett and Ken Ulman on Thursday framed the referendum on expanding gambling in Maryland as a conflict between economic development and out-of-state interests. "Just like I want Maryland to beat West Virginia on Saturday in football, I want Maryland to beat back this out-of-state money in November," Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said. If passed, the referendum, which appears as Question 7 on the ballot, would allow a casino to open at National Harbor in Prince George's County -- the sixth casino in the state. It would also enable existing casinos to stay open around the clock…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Group can't agree on question of expansion.
Maryland state legislators won't have a chance to debate whether gambling should be expanded across the state because a working group hasn't been able to come to an agreement on the issue. The group— which should have determined how the new casino tax revenue would be allotted— met for six hours in private Wednesday, The Daily Record reported. Without an agreement, it did not recommend a special session. In a statement released Wednesday, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said he was disappointed that the work group didn't reach a consensus. "Fortunately, there is still time for them [to] come to an agreement and not leave 4,000 jobs and over $200 million in additional revenue for the Maryland Education Trust Fund on …