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Honest Bet: Put Slots At Mall, Not Horse Track

Through all the years, as Republicans and Democrats alike schemed to legalize slot machines in Maryland, politicians desperately tried to cover their big money grab with high-toned purpose. Slots, they said, would benefit our kids; gambling would save the state's elegant horses and the picturesque farms on which they were raised. Always, slots were presented as a strictly limited vice, anything but a steppingstone toward full-blown casinos. Now we're seeing how empty all those promises really were. We're learning -- as if we needed proof -- that the politicians are happy to put thousands of slot machines at a shopping...

By Marc Fisher | May 7, 2009; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (6)

Binary Man: Should Maryland Buy The Preakness?

In the strange space where horse racing, slots, Maryland politics and the state of the economy come together, this question has forced its way into the limelight: Should the state's taxpayers buy the Preakness Stakes, the legendary race first run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in 1870? Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has spent the better part of his time in office arguing that the state desperately needs the surefire torrent of revenue that would come from legalizing slot machines, is now moving toward a different kind of bailout. This time, it's the horse race that for many...

By Marc Fisher | April 8, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (4)


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