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The Capital Claims To Know Voter Intent

| March 22, 2009, 09:15 AM | 2 Comments

capital-gazette-logo72By now, we all know about how messed up the bids are for slot machines. The Capital Gazette never hid its disdain for the slot referendum leading up to election day in its editorial pages.  And apparently, the disdain continues today.

In today’s Editorial, The Capital alludes that it knows what voters think. And to think that we have been wasting all those tax dollars holding elections when we could have just called The Capital!

In the Editorial, The Capital states:

We’re convinced most voters, despite the vagueness of the ballot, thought they were voting for slots at the Laurel racetrack. Containing slots to a confined location already engaged in gambling is more acceptable than developing a new site close to homes and businesses…Although there is no evidence those who voted in favor of the referendum are now opposed to a slots parlor near Arundel Mills, our hunch is they do…However, the County Council shouldn’t be compelled to make a zoning change if they feel the new location is not what the voters had in mind.

slot_machineTheir argument is that they think the voters did not know the definition of two miles. According to the ballot question, slots would be allowed within a two miles of MD Route 295. That seems pretty clear to me. If you live withing two miles of MD Route 295 there is a chance you may have slot machines (or video terminals) in your neighborhood.

But what really strikes me is that The Capital is still forging ahead with their agenda even though the voters have spoken. All one has to do is look at the results. In the Statewide vote, the question passed with 59% of the voters in favor. In Anne Arundel County, the margin increased (despite the incorrect figures stated by The Capital) to 63%. Almost 2/3 of out County population is in favor of the slots. Yet, The Capital is encouraging the County Council to block any slots if they “feel” it is not what the voters had in mind.

Once again, the County Council was elected by these same voters that approved the slot machines. These County Council members should be doing what their constituents want–not what The Capital “feels” their constituents want.  And if it comes down to the wire, the County Council should hold several public testimony hearings to really understand how the citizens of Anne Arundel County “feel”. I am pretty sure The Capital is not the most accurate barometer.

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About the Author - John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for nearly 25 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news–and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.

John’s background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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  1. Well it would be interesting to know what the voters were thinking when they voted for an amendment to the state constitution to legalize slots. It’s probably the same thing women are thinking when they drive with their knees at 60 mph while applying eye-liner.

    But I agree that the Kapital board of editors is a day late and $600 million short. I don’t know if “disdain” is the word to describe what I preceived as the editorials’ position on the issue. The paper was definitely not openly supportive and may even have expressed skepticism and cautious doubt in an editorial or two.

    This while its news columns ran verbatim press releases from MD Chamber of Shameless Opportunists and the gaming lobby.

    So what I think you are seeing in this editorial is a “See! I told you it probably might not be a prudent thing to amend the constitution for the sake of legalizing slots” shot at redemption.

    Mike Netherland’s last blog post..Striking Teachers and The Bay

  2. Jesse Barron says:

    We all know that The Capital isn’t the best at getting correct numbers published.

    Friends and family tell me that they CONSTANTLY misprint lottery numbers.

    I can only imagine how upset I’d be if I turned to the paper for the numbers — thought I had won because of what they published — and then found out that I wasn’t a winner.

    Power Ball is my retirement plan!

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