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July 12, 2013
The citizens of Maryland should be extremely elated over the "take" of our state's gambling casinos ("Casino take soars in June," July 6). They should also be doubly dejected over the time wasted to achieve this goal. Years ago, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was elected to open these casinos, but the micro-brained, childish legislators could not permit its passage under a Republican governor. The state lost hundreds of millions of dollars as a result. Is it really possible the electorate is deluded enough to constantly return to Annapolis representatives with a lack of intelligence as well as a complete disregard for the good of the public?
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Even on a normal night, casinos can assault the senses with glitz, flashing lights, showgirls, cocktails, high rollers, fancy food and blaring music. So it follows that the long-awaited opening night of the $442 million Horseshoe Casino Baltimore would include all of those things - but magnified tenfold. As gamblers and curiosity-seekers lined up to enter the building Tuesday night for the first time, VIPs were treated to a performance by a vertical dance troupe - men and women suspended from cables dancing and spinning up and down a high outside wall.
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NEWS
May 20, 2014
I spilled my coffee and laughed out loud when I read this sentence in David Selig's Preakness commentary ( "Coffee Companion (5/19): Chrome's nose, throwback uniforms and more ," May 19). He wrote: "The casinos that have opened under the administration of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Brown have aided the horse racing industry by boosting the size of purses. " Some of us remember the five years between 2002 and 2007 when Mr. O'Malley and the dim bulbs in Annapolis fought allowing any casinos to operate in Maryland and said that using gambling money to help the state was "morally bankrupt" because casinos would bring "undesirable people, prostitution and crime.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
In the casino industry, they are known as "whales. " At Maryland Live, they are plied with personal parties, guaranteed seating at concerts, free tickets to sporting events and even quarterly car detailing. Helena Wong, a former VIP host at the Hanover casino, specialized in catering to those high rollers. So when her former employer suspected she had copied a list of its 1,000 best customers before taking at job a dozen miles away at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Maryland Live sued.
NEWS
July 12, 1995
Howard County Executive Charles Ecker, County Council Chairman Charles Feaga and other local county Republicans have laid their cards on the table: They oppose casino gambling, and they don't want it anywhere in Maryland.Especially not in Howard County.Mr. Ecker, Mr. Feaga and two other council members -- Republicans Darrel Drown and Dennis Schrader -- recently wrote a letter to Gov. Parris Glendening urging the state's chief executive to keep casino operators out of the state.The two Democrats on the Howard County Council, Vernon Gray and Mary Lorsung, did not sign the letter.
NEWS
October 23, 1995
The Broadneck Federation will sponsor a forum tomorrow on casino gambling in Maryland at Broadneck library, 1275 Green Holly Drive.Gerald Evans of Harvey's International will discuss the benefits of casino gambling, and Bernard Horn of Maryland NOcasiNOs will talk about the disadvantages. The federation will take a straw poll at the end.The federation's business meeting will be at 7 p.m. The forum will be at 7:30 p.m.
NEWS
August 7, 1995
Area residents are invited to a discussion on legalizing casino gambling in Maryland, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Glen Burnie United Methodist Church,The Anne Arundel County Coalition Opposed to Casino Gambling was formed to address proposals to permit a limited number of casinos and riverboat gambling throughout the state.A task force has scheduled several open hearings to gauge public opinion before the issue is debated in the General Assembly in January.The church is on Crain Highway at Second Avenue, S.E.Information: 761-4381.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Eric Siegel and Joan Jacobson contributed to this article | February 17, 1995
Gov. Parris N. Glendening pledged yesterday to veto any bill this legislative session to legalize casino and riverboat gambling in Maryland, in effect slamming the door on such efforts until next year.He urged state legislators to resist the lure of easy money promised by 29 bills that would bring gambling to casinos and riverboats in different parts of the state. The issue needs more study first, the governor said."I believe very strongly that we should pause before taking any hasty action that could endanger Maryland's quality of life.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Sun Staff Writer | March 24, 1995
A nine-member task force, with a majority of its members appointed by the governor, wouldbe asked to study the future of legalized casino gambling in Maryland under a bill approved by a House committee last night.The proposed Joint Executive-Legislative Task Force to Study Commercial Gaming would be made up of two state senators, two delegates and five public members appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening in consultation with the Senate president and House speaker. The governor also would designate the chairman.
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By Stephen Vicchio | March 2, 2003
Gambling is the child of avarice, the brother of inequity and the father of mischief. -George Washington, Letters, Jan. 15, 1783 IN THE spring of 1994, Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke appointed me to what came to be called the Baltimore Casino Gambling Commission. The charge given to the group by the mayor was to decide whether casino gambling would be good for the city. The commission was chaired by a local judge and included a faculty member of the University of Maryland Law School, myself and several other prominent members of the community.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Baltimore officials plan to divert $3 million in anticipated casino revenue that had been earmarked for community improvements to replace a major artery in the city's underground steam pipe system. The proposal has drawn criticism from local elected officials and community leaders who say it is a misuse of the funds to be generated by the new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. They want the money to be used for neighborhood-oriented projects, such as walking trails or efforts to connect unemployed residents with jobs.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Open gambling tables and slot machines were easy to find this week at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, now that the standing-room crowds once common to the high tourist season at the world's most famous boardwalk have found spots closer to home to place their bets. The Trump Plaza's 30-year run is coming to an end, making it one of four casinos here that since January have closed or announced they will close by the fall. That's four of 12 casinos, taking with them nearly 9,000 jobs - roughly a quarter of the city's casino employment.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
The owners of Maryland Live casino in Arundel Mills have started planning a roughly $200 million hotel and spa, betting on a successful pairing of hospitality and gambling that goes back to the early days of legalized casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. David S. Cordish, chairman and CEO of the Baltimore-based development company whose affiliate owns Maryland Live, said the hotel was part of the original lease with the property owner, and plans are now taking shape. "That will be a Phase Two," Cordish said.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
Zachary Roselle has never gambled in a casino, but by late July he hopes to snag one of the better-paying jobs on the floor of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. "I've been a card game player for a long time," said Roselle, a 22-year-old gas station cashier from Curtis Bay. "My dad always told me if I had to play cards all the time, I might as well get paid for it. " Roselle, one of 400 students in Horseshoe's dealer academy, says running games such as blackjack and roulette would come with other benefits.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
I spilled my coffee and laughed out loud when I read this sentence in David Selig's Preakness commentary ( "Coffee Companion (5/19): Chrome's nose, throwback uniforms and more ," May 19). He wrote: "The casinos that have opened under the administration of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Brown have aided the horse racing industry by boosting the size of purses. " Some of us remember the five years between 2002 and 2007 when Mr. O'Malley and the dim bulbs in Annapolis fought allowing any casinos to operate in Maryland and said that using gambling money to help the state was "morally bankrupt" because casinos would bring "undesirable people, prostitution and crime.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Su | February 22, 2014
The gleaming new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore that greets visitors entering the city on Russell Street rises from gritty surroundings, flanked by a Holiday Inn Express and a concrete bunker-like block of storage units. Those two neighboring properties tell different stories about the possibility of a casino-powered transformation of the gas station-lined corridor, which links the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Interstate 95 with M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards and downtown. The hotel owners and others say the $442 million casino will put the Carroll Camden section of South Baltimore on the map and hope it will bring spillover development to the largely industrial area.
NEWS
By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | October 17, 1994
United Methodists are mounting a vigorous campaign to stem what their leaders call a "raging flood" of efforts to bring casino gambling to Maryland."We want to explore every option possible in halting this spreading menace," the Rev. Warren Ebinger, pastor of Severna Park Methodist Church, said yesterday."
NEWS
By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
COLLEGE PARK -- What do members of the clergy, restaurateurs, racetrack owners, horse breeders and bus operators have in common?Yesterday, they represented the unlikely coalition of people opposed to casino gambling in Maryland.In a sometimes emotional hearing before the gambling task force set up by the state legislature and Gov. Parris N. Glendening to study the issue, opponents attacked proposals to legalize casinos, often alternating between moral and economic arguments."We're a smorgasbord," acknowledged state Sen. Christopher J. McCabe, a Montgomery Republican, co-chairman of Marylanders Against Casinos, a recently formed statewide organization of the disparate interests opposing casinos.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
The citizens of Maryland should be extremely elated over the "take" of our state's gambling casinos ("Casino take soars in June," July 6). They should also be doubly dejected over the time wasted to achieve this goal. Years ago, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was elected to open these casinos, but the micro-brained, childish legislators could not permit its passage under a Republican governor. The state lost hundreds of millions of dollars as a result. Is it really possible the electorate is deluded enough to constantly return to Annapolis representatives with a lack of intelligence as well as a complete disregard for the good of the public?
NEWS
July 6, 2013
When Maryland was first contemplating legalizing slot machines, supporters pointed to Delaware and the success of its "racinos" - racetracks with slot machine gambling - and how they drew in thousands of Maryland residents each year. Turns out there was something to that observation, because it appears those patrons are now sorely missed. The latest reports on 2012 gambling revenue from the First State show that the opening of Maryland Live Casino has had a staggering effect on Delaware's three racetrack casinos.
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