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Leggett and O'Malley On The Line For Slots

Robocalls are being made to households in Montgomery County by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), urging voters to support the slot-machine gambling referendum on election day. It's paid for by For Maryland For Our Future, the pro-slots advocacy group.

The two Democrats predict an infusion of much needed cash to the strapped state treasury:

"Hi, this is Governor Martin O'Malley, and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett calling with For Maryland For Our Future to remind you when you vote this Tuesday, make sure you vote for Question 2.

"Question 2, which will allow for a limited number of slot machines in five locations, will pump $660 million in new money into Maryland schools without raising taxes. For the future of Maryland, please don't stop at the top of your ballot and remember to vote FOR Question 2 on Tuesday November 4. Thank you."

The top section is getting cut off on voicemail in some instances, leaving it unclear who is calling to urge you to vote for slots.

That might be just fine by Leggett, a reluctant slots backer who said recently he is supporting the measure only because of the current economic downtrun, and who has heard from many in his county who are dismayed that he has climbed on the slots bandwagon.

By Miranda Spivack  |  October 31, 2008; 3:35 PM ET
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Vote NO on 2, No on A and Yes on B!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | November 1, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley and Co. want you to think that school doors will close if the slots referrendum doesn't pass. That's why the question is worded such that it is.

If slots are such a vital part of education funding, the legislature should have passed the initiative years ago under Ehrlich. But playing politics in order to undermine a Republican Governor was apparently more important for four years than education funding. That fact is an indictment in and of itself against the MD Democrats. This measure is now being rammed down our throats with disingenous wording to sway the public. Note the key word in the question: "PRIMARILY for education". That leaves more than enough room to divert slots revenue anywhere the legislature sees fit. What a load of BS.

I'm voting against Question 2 which is yet another O'Malley tax on the backs of the less fortunate disguised as a legitimate source of educational funding. Shame on the MD legislature for their handling of this whole process.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | November 1, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Some terms are optional, but I am used to "slot machine" and "slot" seems just stupid. There are lots of slots in the world.

Only the government is organized enough to rob the poor. This is just one way to do it.

Posted by: gary4books | November 2, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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