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MoCo Democrats Vote Against Slots

Montgomery County Democrats have formally staked out a position against the November slots referendum proposal.

The 16-1 vote last night by the Democratic Central Committee comes less than one week after Democratic County Executive Isiah Leggett reversed course and endorsed the ballot measure, which is also backed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Before voting, the Democratic organization heard pitches against the measure from Sen. Jamie Raskin and Comptroller Peter Franchot - and for it from Sen. Richard Madaleno.

Leggett, however, did not attend the meeting to make his case for allowing up to 15,000 slot machines throughout the state to raise more than $500 million a year in state revenue within a few years.

The party's opposition will be listed on the Democratic sample ballot, which will be sent to thousands of voters throughout the county before the Nov. 4 election.

By Ann Marimow  |  September 25, 2008; 11:07 AM ET
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If only we had honest, forthright members on the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee. But alas, we take a back seat to MoCo yet again.

Thanks Senators.

Posted by: PG'er | September 25, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Which one of the Central Committee members voted for slots?

Posted by: Whodunnit? | September 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Voters in Montgomery County are more worried about property taxes than they are about slots. But you wouldn't know it from reading the Post which posts 500 articles about slots for every one about property taxes. Talk about media thought control! Look for a 15% to 20% increase in property taxes next year if Question B does not pass. This on top of a 14% property tax increase and 10% energy tax increase this year as well as the largest state tax increase in history. Vote FOR B! Save Our Homes.

Why did the Committee duck a vote on Question A, which was put on the ballot by the County Council?
Question A seeks to repeal overwhelmingly-approved-by-the-voters prohibitions on garbage dumps and sewage sludge trenching in residential zones. The last time the county tried to locate a dump they chose th site of the Avenel Golf Coure! I am not making this up. Does the Committee want kids and dogs tracking raw sewage sludge onto the carpet again! Vote AGAINST A Save Our Homes!

Posted by: Robin Ficker, Broker Robin Realty | September 25, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone really ready to welcome folks to Atlantic City, Maryland?

Just cancel the $3,200,000,000 ICC toll road boondoggle instead!

Posted by: Donny | September 25, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The link to this blog on the first WP webpage is bad - had to manually type it in. Plz fix!

Posted by: haggis1 | September 25, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Robin Ficker, why do you still live around here?

Posted by: Neighbor | September 25, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Montgomery County Democratic party votes on ballot questions September 24, 2008.

1.The slots vote was by raised hand.
I did not record who was for slots.

2. We voted on Question A to support the removal of illegal charter items.
This will not put sludge around the County.
The comment is a red herring.

Milton J. (Milt) Minneman
Communications Director
Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee

Posted by: Milt Minneman | September 25, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Good for Montgomery County.

Posted by: Gary E. Masters | September 25, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as a long time Montgomery County Democrat the members of the Democratic Central Committee are worthless. They are a bunch of idiots that are totally out of touch with their Montgomery County constituient.

Posted by: moco dem | September 25, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Our representatives in Annapolis have once again muddled the issue. If you vote for this measure, you are approving the following:

1. Slot machines
2. Slot machines in specific locations
3. Amending the state constitution
4. A specific splitting of the revenue

I'm all for slot machines but I'm not thrilled by how the revenue is to be split up. And maybe I'd like to have machines in Montgomery County. Now what do I do? Was this measure dreamed up by opponents of slot machines to make it look as if they were cooperating with the overwhelming majority of the public but in private wanted to sandbag the whole deal?

Posted by: MrBethesda | September 25, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I appauld their vote.

Please Google and watch "Moey as Debt" to understand why there is not enough money for the basis neccessities of life or government services.

The extreme shortages of circukating money cause us to look for the wrong answers to the problem.

The answer is to issue money directly from the US Treasury not borrow it at interest from the private Fed banks.

If the Federal government fails to provide lawful and Just Money than we must issue a private interest currency that meets the needs of our local community.

A working example of private currency is the Wir Bank of Switzerland which accounts for $2 billion in transactions a year.

Just think of the state of Montgomery Counties economy and government services with an additional $2 billions in transaction. That would be an additional $120 million in sales tax.

Wir Bank members can take out loans for zero interest. Just think how much you pay in terest each year.

Posted by: Peter James | September 25, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't want slots. I want legalized poker halls. No one I know plays slots 3-4 times a week in their garage, a friend's house or other home slots games. However, there are literally thousands of MC residents playing poker home games (some with house fees and rakes) every single night, not to mention online poker playing. Open up legal poker parlors across the state and see the income jump. I play the lottery, but I wouldn't drive a half hour to bet on horses or pull a lever. I'd drive that half hour to play poker, legally.



Posted by: JayRockers! | September 25, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Good for Montgomery County! Slots are bad horrible nasty news. It was not exactly a wise decision to bank the future of the county on them. Good for Montgomery County!

Posted by: matchstick | September 26, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Milt. Question A will put sewage sludge back on the agenda where your party had it in the early 1980's. WSSC budget deficit---remember. No Judge in the United States has ruled that the anti-sewage sludge trenching charter section is improper. As a matter of fact no attorney has so ruled except the attorney for the County Council, which wants to start trenching again.

Posted by: Robin Ficker, Broker Robin Realty | September 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I personally find the slots referendum much "scarier" than a tax hike. Here's why:

When the economy bounces back (if it does) we can lower taxes...its been done before.

However, if we make the decision to start Maryland on a track of depending on gambling revenue, it will be near impossible to ever throw the corporate gambling interests out of the state.

So, lets ask ourselves the question "Do I really want Maryland to begin depending on gambling revenue?"

I do not.

Posted by: Donny | September 27, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

What a great thing for peeople to really look at an issue and see the ramifications of bad government.

Posted by: Theresa Dudley | September 28, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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