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October 29, 2012
When you critically analyze a problem, you can come up with minor faults, major faults, and faults that are inexcusable. I am writing about an inexcusable fault in the bill that supports expanded casino gambling in the state of Maryland ("Path to jobs or bad bet for Md.?" Oct. 25). Let me say that I am a poker player. I am not against casinos in general. I am against giving a gambling license to an outfit that consorts with organized crime. This same outfit once operated in the state of New Jersey.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Diplomats and businessmen from around the globe. Tourists from across the country. Day-trippers from neighboring states. They flock to the nation's capital for commerce and pleasure and might also try their luck at a planned MGM casino near the National Harbor development, high on a bluff above the Potomac River and just south of Washington. MGM says more than two-thirds of the visitors to the resort are expected to come from outside Maryland. Such an international destination could transform a Maryland gambling industry that until now has mostly focused on creating a regional foothold.
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by Annie Linskey | September 18, 2012
MGM Resorts International put another $3 million into a campaign to expand gambling in Maryland, bringing their total to $8.3 million. The new check means $19.4 million  been raised -- almost entirely from gambling companies -- to influence Marylanders who will vote in November on a ballot measure to expand gambling. The amount exceeds the $17 million spent by both sides in the 2010 gubernatorial race. The gambling measure, passed during a heavily lobbied August special session, would add  a sixth casino in Maryland and allow table games like poker at all of them.
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December 23, 2013
Maryland's Video Lottery Facility Location commission faced a much harder decision in awarding a license to a Prince George's County casino than it had for any of the licenses before. This was the first time that the commissioners had a choice between three qualified proposals by well-heeled bidders. The decision was also the most fraught because it involves the expansion of a gambling program that has not yet fully come to fruition and the risk that the new competition will simply cannibalize existing business rather than adding meaningfully to the state's coffers.
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by Annie Linskey | September 6, 2012
A new commercial supporting gambling expansion began broadcasting Wednesday. It attacks the credibilty of the opposition by painting it as an "out-of-state" interest. What the ad says: The ad opens with an image of Penn National Gaming's Charles Town casino in West Virginia, and notes that it is Marylanders cross the state line and lose million of dollars there each year. Next the ad pivots to Maryland, where supporters want to build a "world class" casino in Prince George's County on the banks of the Potomac.
NEWS
August 1, 2012
Now that Gov.Martin O'Malleyhas called a special session of the legislature to authorize a sixth casino site in Prince Georges County, how is it that no one has asked why MGM should get preferential treatment? All the other five casino operators had to go through a review process so lengthy that two locations have not even been built yet. MGM thinks their claim that they do not need a break on the taxes charged by the state should be considered by the legislature. Who really cares what MGM thinks?
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
MGM Resorts International has kicked in another $3 million for its effort to win passage of Maryland's gambling expansion referendum as the money meter in this duel of the casinos shot past $40 million. With MGM's newest contribution, posted at the State Board of Elections Thursday, the total contributed by the company and its allies now amounts to $22 million -- of which $17.8 million has been spent. That puts MGM and its allies -- Caesars Entertainment and Peterson Cos. -- roughly at parity with rival Penn National Gaming.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2012
A television ad from a group opposing a casino at National Harbor went on the air this month with an inflammatory charge against MGM, the prospective operator of the proposed facility. The ad, sponsored by the Prince George's Contractors and Business Association, links MGM with organized crime by pointing to the company's decision to leave the New Jersey market rather than cut its ties to a Chinese business woman whom that state's gaming commission deemed an unfit partner. The ad says, in part: What do we really know about a proposed casino at National Harbor?
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
MGM Resorts International has pulled narrowly ahead of rival Penn National in one measure of the spending orgy surrounding gambling expansion by allocating another $6.7 million to the effort to win approval of Question 7 on Maryland's Nov. 6 ballot. MGM, the prospective owner of a new casino at National Harbor in Prince George's County, disclosed Wednesday that has put contributed $29.5 million to the ballot committee supporting the question. That narrowly edges Penn National's $29.1 million -- at least until Penn National's next disclosure.
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by Michael Dresser | October 4, 2012
MGM Resorts International reported a modest increase in its spending on the ad wars over the referendum on gambling expansion in Maryland, but it isn't matching rival Penn National million for million. The MGM-supported ballot committee, FOR Maryland Jobs and Growth, reported aggregate spending of $14.6 million on its effort to win approval of Question 7, which would permit a Prince George's County casino along with table games at Maryland's slots parlors. In its report last Friday, the committee reported having spent $14.1 million.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
Now that MGM Resorts International won the state license to build a casino in Prince George's County, officials say they have no doubt it will become a world-class destination — and a revenue-generating powerhouse for the state. "I believe this will be the most successful commercial resort outside of Las Vegas," said Jim Murren, MGM's chairman and CEO, shortly after a state commission awarded his company the license on Friday. "I've never seen a site like this. " Analysts agree that the MGM National Harbor casino has major promise — projections are that it could generate hundreds of millions a year in tax revenue — but also that it will compete with Maryland Live at Arundel Mills and the rising Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Playing the last hand of the week in a round of bidding for the rights to build a casino in Prince George's County, MGM Resorts said Friday that the merits of its $925 million resort next to the Capital Beltway trump the others. Its ace in the hole is a location on a hill above the Potomac River at National Harbor, said Jim Murren, MGM's chairman and CEO. "We have never seen a site more perfectly tailored," said Murren during a site visit Friday by members of the state's Video Lottery Facility Location Commission.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
MGM Resorts International presented an early look Wednesday at the design for its proposed $800 million casino and resort at National Harbor in Prince George's County — a glassy echo of Washington monuments atop a 1,600-foot-long stepped pedestal. MGM is one of three companies bidding for a license to build the state's sixth casino, to be located in the suburban D.C. county. The other bidders are Penn National Gaming, a casino and racetrack operator already in Maryland, and Greenwood Racing, which owns Pennsylvania's most successful casino.
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By Eileen Ambrose and Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Two more bidders emerged Friday to compete against MGM National Harbor for the right to build a casino in Prince George's County. Penn National Gaming submitted a proposal to the state's gaming control agency for a $700-million Hollywood Casino Resort at its Rosecroft Raceway site. And Maryland Casino LLC, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing Inc., bid to build an $800 million Parx Casino Hotel & Spa in Fort Washington. MGM National Harbor dropped off its own proposal — outlined in 13 boxes of materials — Thursday for an expected $800-million project.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
The state commission charged with awarding a casino license in Prince George's County will call for proposals at a meeting in Annapolis on Jan. 31. Don Fry, the group's chairman, anticipates setting a due date in May and, depending on the number and nature of the applicants, awarding the license no later than the end of the year. MGM Resorts, a partner in a proposed $800 million project to be built near National Harbor, will begin work on its proposal as soon as the request is made, spokesman Gordon Absher said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2012
The campaign that won last month's referendum on expanded gambling spent almost $48 million, its share of the most expensive political fight in Maryland's history. But it but didn't provide much of a direct cash infusion to the state's economy. "For Maryland Jobs and School – Vote Yes on 7," the ballot committee backed by pro-expansion casino companies led by MGM Resorts International, spent only 4 percent of that money on companies, nonprofits and individuals with Maryland addresses, according to its post-election report to the State Board of Elections.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
LAS VEGAS -- Nine days of hell.That is how Jay Larkin, Showtime's vice president for programming, remembers the round-the-clock negotiations last March for his cable television company to gain exclusive rights to former heavyweight Mike Tyson's ring comeback just prior to his release from prison."
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
A broad coalition of donors — including casino giant MGM, Delta Airlines, a Washington nightclub and thousands of individuals across the country — together gave nearly $6 million to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, providing a financial advantage that supporters say was critical to the effort's success. Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the main group working for approval of Question 6 on this month's ballot, raised $5.9 million — more than twice as much as opponents of the measure, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.
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