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June 2, 2012
National Harbor, just outside of our nation's capital, is a wonderful place for day-trippers from Baltimore ("Vegas on the Potomac? Some see it as a sure bet," May 29). I have been there several times and I'm sure that others from the area will eventually discover what is has to offer. What National Harbor does not need is casino gambling. Maryland's current law calls for five casinos. Two locations are currently open, with one at Arundel Mills opening on June 6. We do not need a sixth location.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Two companies that unsuccessfully bid to win a casino license in Prince George's County have agreed not to challenge the decision, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Tuesday. In exchange, the state will give back millions of dollars in fees and bonds. Both Prince George's Racing Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, and Maryland Racing LLC, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing, recently signed a "Release and Covenant Not to Sue," state officials said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
Look for an announcement sometime this week from the developer of National Harbor of an alliance with a leading casino company to serve as the prospective operator of the casino the Peterson Cos. hopes to host at thePrince George's Countysite. Developer Milton Peterson said this week that he can guarantee that Caesars Entertainment, which is seeking approval as operator of a casino in Baltimore, will not be its partner. Caesars has so far been supportive of National Harbor's efforts to win General  Assembly approval of a sixth Maryland casino -- expecting to get permission to offer table games in return.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 22, 2012
 Sen. Anthony Muse, who represents the district that includes National Harbor, testified in a Senate hearing Wednesday against Prince George's ExecutiveRushern L. Baker III's plan to locate a high-end casino there. Muse said he objected to the way Baker excluded him and other local representatives from consultation over the county's choice -- calling it a breach of legislative courtesy. He asked senators to delay any decision -- which could push a required referendum into 2014.
EXPLORE
By Judy Colbert | September 15, 2011
Luke Clausen found a rare day in June when, on the fourth day of the FLW Tour bass fishing tournament on the Potomac River out of National Harbor, he brought in 19 pounds, 4 ounces of fish, two pounds more than any other professional fishermen had caught that day. His total catch weighed 69 pounds, 14 ounces, and it earned him a cool $125,000 paycheck. Rocell Viniard, vice president and director of marketing for National Harbor, figures several thousand people attended the event, particularly on the last day, when FLW and sponsors have a lot of free family activities that are open to the public.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
MGM Resorts International will open a visitor center at National Harbor next week as part of its campaign to win approval of its plans to build a "destination" casino at the site on the Potomac River. The international casino and entertainment company said it will open a storefront center along the mixed-use development's main drag to offer visitors information about MGM's plans to the resort, which will likely be decided in a referendum on gambling expansion in November. MGM has been spending millions on television ads in its battle with Penn National Gaming over the fate of Question 7, which will ask voters whether they approve of table games at all casinos and a new gambling location in Prince George's County.
NEWS
May 13, 2012
Dan Rodricks raises an interesting point but still only offers two possible solutions to the slots conundrum ("On slots: A deal's a deal, baby," May 10). While it's true that developer David Cordish is playing by the rules originally set out in the 2008 slots referendum and that he has valid and understandable concerns with a gambling facility at the National Harbor, most observers continue to paint the situation as one with only two possible outcomes: 1) either hold to the original bargain and disallow a gambling facility at the National Harbor or 2)
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by Annie Linskey | June 22, 2012
A group supporting gambling expansion in Maryland released a new radio ad this afternoon that focuses on costs of the slot machines, which under the current law are funded by taxpayers instead of casino operators. "Maryland is one of the only states in America with government-owned slot machines - where taxpayers pay twice as much as private companies," says a disgusted-sounding man in the ad. "Maryland is about to waste more than $290 million over the next five years on government-owned slot machines.
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by Annie Linskey | July 13, 2012
A new television ad debuted Tuesday from a group pushing a casino at National Harbor. It asserts that failure to authorize a casino during a special session this summer will: (1) cost Maryland "$1 billion" in tax revenue and (2) will deny the state's economy "thousands" of "good paying jobs. " The ad is sponsored by Building Trades for the National Harbor, a coalition of unions and businesses that has sponsored other TV and radio ads aimed to pressure politicians to come back for a special session.
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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 | December 16, 2013
Less than a week before state officials are expected to award a casino license in Prince George's County, one of the three bidders is calling the state's research "flat-out wrong. " Greenwood Racing, which wants to build a Parx casino on Route 210 in Fort Washington, has asked the state's special site selection committee to delay a decision currently scheduled for Friday. The company wants more time to challenge findings that a rival bid would be more lucrative for the state. Two weeks ago, consultants to the state concluded that a proposal from MGM Resorts International to build a casino at National Harbor would bring in more revenue than Greenwood's proposal or that of Penn National Gaming, which wants to build a Hollywood casino at nearby Rosecroft Raceway.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Members of a state casino site selection commission reviewed final details Thursday of three competing proposals for a casino in Prince George's County - including one that sweetened its offer since the commission met last week. Greenwood Racing, which wants to build Parx casino on Route 210 in Fort Washington, said this week it will pay an additional $100 million, on top of $100 million already pledged, toward highway improvements near its casino site. Greenwood is competing against proposals for a Hollywood Casino by Penn National Gaming at nearby Rosecroft Raceway and an MGM Resorts International casino at National Harbor.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
A casino at National Harbor would bring in more revenue and tax dollars than two other sites vying for the state's sole casino in Prince George's County, according to consultants who presented data to state gambling officials in Annapolis on Friday. A group of six consultant firms, hired by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission to evaluate the casino proposals, said the MGM Resorts International resort and casino proposed for National Harbor would bring in annual gambling revenue of $713 million to $719 million.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2013
The three players bidding to build a new casino in Prince George's County have shown their hands, and the state will pick a winner by the end of December. The stakes are high as the state prepares to hold a series of meetings beginning this week and culminating Dec. 20 to choose who gets to operate the state's closest casino to Washington. All three pitched casino resorts costing hundreds of millions of dollars to be built near where Interstate 95 crosses into Maryland. The decision will be made by a special casino site-selection body, known as the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, based on what it deems best for the state.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will speak to members of the American Medical Association on Saturday as he is honored for advocacy of "freedom-based" health reform. The group Doctors for Patient Freedom will present him with the Ed Annis Medical Freedom Award at the AMA's interim meeting at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor. The award recognizes comments Carson made at the National Prayer Breakfast in February suggesting that Americans establish and contribute to individual health savings accounts that can be passed along to future generations.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
A proposal by the Prince George's County executive to single out National Harbor as the only acceptable site for a casino in that county ran into fierce opposition on multiple fronts Wednesday in Annapolis. At a hearing before a state Senate committee, the owner of Rosecraft Raceway predicted that slots at National Harbor would lead to the demise of the harness racing track. Also objecting was the developer of the soon-to-open slots casino at Arundel Mills, who opposed the opening of any new gambling sites before the five locations already authorized have proven their viability.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
The owner of the soon-to-open Maryland Live casino at Arundel Mills and proponents of a new casino in Prince George's County squared off Friday as a work group set up by the governor and legislative leaders began looking at the issue of expanding gambling in Maryland. During a five-hour initial meeting in Annapolis, the Workgroup to Consider Gaming Expansion heard starkly different recommendations for future casino development in the state. The 11-member panel heard policy prescriptions ranging from the wait-and-see approach favored by Maryland Live owner David Cordish to a full-speed-ahead course urged by the advocates of a prospective casino at National Harbor on the Potomac River.
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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 Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Greenwood Racing Inc. showed its hand Wednesday in its bid to build a casino in Prince George's County. The owner of Pennsylvania's largest casino said it would plow $100 million into local road improvements and generate $30 million a year in tax revenue for the state, in part by accepting a higher state tax rate than required by law, if it wins the gambling license. Greenwood Racing wants to build a $761 million Parx Casino Hotel and Spa on 11 acres of undeveloped land off Indian Head Highway — an area it says is "ripe" for development.
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