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County Council Ticks Off Governor

| August 07, 2009, 09:53 AM | 4 Comments

Anne Arundel Holding Up Slots Statewide

Because of their recent spine-ectomy, the County Council has ticked off the Governor leading him to claim

“It’s very frustrating. They were waiting for the court, and then the court said, ‘We’re not going to be the County Council for you, you all need to make a decision.’ You’ve told them to make a decision, the courts have told them to make a decision, we’re urging them to make a decision, we need them to make a decision.”

County Council Chairwoman Cathy Vitale has taken a “who? me?” approach and denies that they have anything to do with the delay.  Strange how we are coming into an election year and none of the council members want to take a stand on something controversial. Imagine that!

What happened to the representative government guaranteed under the Constitution? Once again, the voters of MARYLAND overwhelmingly voted to have slots. The voters of ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY overwhelmingly voted to have slots. The voters in the DISTRICT SURROUNDING ARUNDEL MILLS MALL overwhelmingly voted to have slots. What part of this concept is escaping the County Council? Oh, that’s right the “protect my seat at all costs” amendment.

People need to remember this issue during the next election. If we cannot entrust our elected representatives to represent our interests, we need to vote them out.  All of them!

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  1. DB says:

    Yes I see it now. Come November and Josh Cohen steps aside to be Mayor of Annapolis and yet another delay. These guys are just cowards and I for one am ashamed that we as a county elected ANY of them to serve our interests. They are self serving cowards afraid to make any controversial decision for fear of their own political future. Sorry guys, this is the reality of politics and if you aren’t able to eat with the grown ups head back to the kid’s table and run for your local Homeowner’s Association!

  2. Tim Brown says:

    I always thought slots were a bad idea. I bet you will too if they put them anywhere near where you live.

  3. Eye Spy says:

    Good or bad idea is a personal opinion. Many thought gambling would harm Atlantic City (if that was possible in the 70s) and it was the thing that resurrected the city. The fact is that the state, county, and voters in the affected districts APPROVED the referendum allowing slots. Now it seems there is voter’s remorse because they are not going in the exact place they “thought”.

    Yes, it is a bummer for those in the Arundel Mills area, but they should have read the question they were supporting. The County now has the legal ability to make the slots happen or go away with the zoning issue.

    Obviously the Governor is looking for some revenue and wants them to approve the zoning, but they can just as easily deny it. The fact that they are sitting there posturing for Election 2010 is reprehensible.

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