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O'Malley Pitches Mid-Day Voting -- and Slots Measure

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), flanked by city leaders at a Baltimore elementary school this morning, urged voters to arrive at their polling place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. next Tuesday to avoid long lines.

What he didn't do was make a pitch for the referendum to legalize slot machine gambling--until a radio reporter pressed him to make a "closing argument" for slots.

The governor, who has kept a low profile during the slots campaign, encouraged a "Yes" vote on Question 2.

"It's limited. It's moderate. It's state-controlled," O'Malley told reporters at Northwood Elementary School. "It will allow us to continue to make investments in public education."

Asked after last night's Democratic Party gala, also in Baltimore, to handicap the chances that the General Assembly would vote to legalize slots if the ballot question fails, O'Malley predicted a continued paralysis on the issue in Annapolis.

"After all that's been done and debated, it would be very difficult to get members of the General Assembly to change their minds. It would be hard to bring it back."

By Lisa Rein  |  October 28, 2008; 3:09 PM ET
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Slots will help Maryland the same way gambling helped Atlantic City. Been to Atlantic City? One block from the Casino and you are back in slum city.

The slots advocates are dreaming about the goose that laid the Golden Egg. Their consultants have sold them on all this "free" revenue. There's no such thing as a free lunch - which we will learn when we are asked to pay for increased police patrols, maintenance costs, etc., at all these slot locations. The state's take will all go towards those items, while the out of state gambling interests pocket any profits.

Not to mention that it won't be rich, out-of-state widows playing Maryland slots Mr. O'Malley, it will be poor people spending their last three welfare quarters...

Posted by: nospam778 | October 28, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

According to the commercials, we are losing 400 million dollars each year, but if we vote yes for slots - then we gain 660 million for our schools. As an accounting major in college, this didn't add up then and it doesn't add up now. Guess it must be the new accounting standards, which is why the country is facing budget problems.

Does anyone want to borrow my ROSE COLORED GLASSES?

Posted by: joycemcd | October 28, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Atlantic City is a gambling town with many full-fledged casions. Question Two, on the other hand, sets forth modest and limited numbers and locations for the slot complexes. It also requires that 48.5% of the revenue raised from slots go into an Education Trust Fund, money from which can only be spent on education. It is a way for Maryland to dip its toe into the gambling water without taking the full, Atlantic-City style plunge.

As for the "fuzzy math," I don't think it takes a math-a-magician to decipher that the estimates we're seeing in ads and from both pro- and anti- slots groups are being trumpeted for partisan purposes. At the very least, it would appear that some who go out of state to play slots would not stay home. If we're losing $400 million, at least that would stay home. And who knows? Maybe more Marylanders would be inclined to play slots if they are here.

Posted by: billyc123 | October 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

If the early voting question passes, there will be less need for mid-day voting in future. Vote Yes to Early Voting.

Posted by: spikemilligan | October 29, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

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