If you’ve watched any television the last few weeks, you’ve seen them: a barrage of campaign ads.
The slot machines at Newport Grand chirp just like the ones in Vegas. The winners exult and the losers shrug just as they do in Atlantic City. But ask for the blackjack tables and you’ll be directed to a video game screen with a smiling, virtual dealer. The nearest table action is 50 miles away in Connecticut.
Massive amounts of money are being poured into the casino controversy. Expanded gambling is now the most expensive political battle ever waged in the state of Maryland.
Gov. Martin O’Malley on Wednesday fired back against television advertisements opposing the state’s proposed gambling expansion, contending the casino company behind them is simply trying to protect its large operation in West Virginia from losing Maryland gamblers.
The Washington Redskins on Tuesday urged their fans to support a ballot question in Maryland to expand gambling, a high-profile endorsement for efforts to allow a casino in the Maryland county where the team plays its home games near the nation’s capital.
Players in the campaign to pass or fail expanded gambling in Maryland are stepping up their game.
There are new voices in the controversial expanded gambling debate. Groups in Prince George’s County are in a tug-of-war over putting a new casino at National Harbor.
In just a few months, crews will break ground on what’s to become a Harrah’s casino in downtown Baltimore.
MGM Resorts International has spent about $8.4 million for advertising to support an expansion of gambling.
Two groups say the bidding process for a casino license in Baltimore should be reopened now that lawmakers have paved the way for the casino to have more gambling options and lower taxes than under the previous bidding.
Millions in advertising. Maryland may not get a lot of national attention in the presidential election, but the state’s plate is full when it come to ballot issues.
Maryland gears up for another battle over casinos. Lawmakers approve expanded gambling, but voters will ultimately decide whether to allow it.