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Pro-slots group begins effort in Anne Arundel

Thumbnail image for aaslots.jpgProponents of a slots casino at Arundel Mills mall have launched a ballot issue committee to bolster support for a November referendum on local zoning legislation needed for the facility to move forward.

The group, backed by the casino's Baltimore-based developer, Cordish Cos., is billing itself as Jobs and Revenue for Anne Arundel County.

A snazzy new Web site features a national-debt-style ticker purporting to show revenue lost by delays in building the casino, which would be the largest of five authorized by Maryland voters in 2008.

Besides Cordish, the group says its members include "citizens, parents, community organizations, teachers, police and fire unions, local small business owners, Chambers of Commerce, ... horse industry leaders and taxpayer advocates."

The campaign is being run by Todd Lamb, a lobbyist and education consultant who saw his influence in Annapolis grow during the administration of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

Both sides are expected to spend heavily to influence Anne Arundel County voters on the ballot measure. At issue is zoning legislation passed by the County Council in December that would allow construction of the 4,750-machine casino to move forward.

An opposing group, No Slots at the Mall, already has television ads in heavy rotation. It is planning to open its campaign headquarters in Hanover on Saturday.

By John Wagner  |  August 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner , Slots  
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Been to Atlantic City?

That's your fate Arundel Mills.

Posted by: b1978367 | August 27, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Please vote Yes for QA. Don’t drive another business out of Maryland. We need the jobs, we need the tax revenue, we need to shed the reputation that Maryland is bad for business.

Posted by: owenprice521 | August 27, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Please vote AGAINST QA. We will still get jobs, we will still get tax revenue, but let's make sure we put the slots at an appropriate location. Casinos/Slots and residential areas should not mix!

Posted by: cgmignon | August 27, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

It's the people versus the powerful. A big money developer and elected officials want to ram slots down the throats of people who live near and patronize the mall. It is already overcrowded and the casino will add to it and bring crime. The developer and politicians don't care about quality of life at the mall, they just want $ in their pockets. Hopefully the people will win.

Posted by: RealChoices | August 27, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

It's all about greed and money... both on the part of Cordish, and our local elected officials and citizens. You honestly believe that Taxes will magically not go up if Slots go in? The referendum isn't about Slots, it's about it's location. Most of the StopSlotsAtTheMall folks are not anti-slots. They don't want it next to the mall in the middle of their communities.

Cordish should have never been given a license as the zoning was NOT in place at time of issue. Had they gone to a W1 zoned location to start with, they'd already be up and running with your 2500 *Temporary* Jobs (construction), and 1500 permanent jobs (most of which are minimum wage without benefits by the way), and everyone would be getting all the over-inflated estimates of revenue, which still won’t solve the financial mismanagement of our elected officials. That is where the real problem is.

Posted by: lezertyme_d | August 28, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

It's all about greed and money... both on the part of Cordish, and our local elected officials and citizens. You honestly believe that Taxes will magically not go up if Slots go in? The referendum isn't about Slots, it's about it's location. Most of the StopSlotsAtTheMall folks are not anti-slots. They don't want it next to the mall in the middle of their communities.

Cordish should have never been given a license as the zoning was NOT in place at time of issue. Had they gone to a W1 zoned location to start with, they'd already be up and running with your 2500 *Temporary* Jobs (construction), and 1500 permanent jobs (most of which are minimum wage without benefits by the way), and everyone would be getting all the over-inflated estimates of revenue, which still won’t solve the financial mismanagement of our elected officials. That is where the real problem is.

Posted by: lezertyme_d | August 28, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"Please vote AGAINST QA. We will still get jobs, we will still get tax revenue..."

In FACT you don't "still" get either. Don't let the images of horse racing in the anti-slots ads fool you into thinking slots will end up at another location. If QA fails, slots are gone for the county...along with the jobs...along with the revenue.

Posted by: owenprice521 | August 30, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't be fooled by the No Slots at the Mall campaign. They're no grassroots effort at all. They have extremely dirty, corrupt comapanies such as the Canadian Magna International backing/funding them. I bet you would all like to know about Magna International's dirty money, unknown trusts, and offshore accounts.

http://www.rferl.org/content/Analyst_GM_Scared_Off_By_Partners_In_Proposed_Opel_Deal/1871465.html

They have the backing of Frank Stronach, the greediest, most corrupt businessman in Canada

http://www2.macleans.ca/tag/frank-stronach/

Also, Penn National Gaming, which owns a Hollywood Casino in Charlestown, West Virginia is helping to fund this group. Their only motive is to delay the implementaion of slots in Anne Arundel County so they can protect their bottom line at the Casino in West Virginia and their soon to open Casino in Cecil County.

Even Rob Annicelli, creator of No Slots at the Mall, was quoted in this article about being in bed with these sleazy, corrupt bussiness men from Canada.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-hancock-slots-neighborhood-20100822,0,1648899.column

It's a marriage of convenience. I think anybody will admit it," mall slots opponent Rob Annicelli says of the Jockey Club corporate apparatus. "Politics makes strange bedfellows. But I've got to tell you, they've been upfront and honest about everything. We've been true partners with them. Even though they bring the money, we bring the organization."

Annicelli and the rest of the No Slots at the Mall group are trying to enrich these Canadian Tycoons. Another quote from the article"

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-hancock-slots-neighborhood-20100822,0,1648899.column

"How Cordish took the slots momentum from Frank Stronach, the Canadian auto-parts magnate who controls the Jockey Club through the MI Developments real estate company, is a tale too twisted to recount here.

Suffice it to say that ads advising, "Vote to Enrich the Canadian Tycoon, Not the Baltimore Tycoon," wouldn't have brought out the vote the way Stronach intends. So the Jockey Club has become an advocate for wholesomeness and an opponent of games of chance, at least within certain precincts."

Posted by: JoeCool1983 | August 30, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

We must vote for Yes for Question A to keep these sleazy, corrupt foreign companies from taking over in MD. We should all support a local company, based right in the heart of MD, in Baltimore, at Power Plant Live, the Cordish Co.

Posted by: JoeCool1983 | August 30, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Joe Cool1983, Respectfully NO Slots at the Mall is a grassroots organization and I happen to be a volunteer. Remember how cold it was this winter?; well my husband and I would come home early from work and go door to door to get signatures. Some people wanted to sign the petition and some didn't so this whole business about falsified signatures was/is ridiculous. I am gaining nothing from volunteering except getting the opportunity to have peoples voices heard. Yes Penn National is backing us but if they didn't, how would us small town folk be able to afford the signs and advertisements that helped our voices be heard! Personally I could care less if the slots are located at the Laurel Racetrack, I just don't think they should be located in a residential area.

Posted by: cgmignon | September 2, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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