Gansler Issues Opinion On Slot Machine Debate. Maryland’s attorney general has issued an opinion in a dispute between two companies with slot machine licenses. Attorney General Doug Gansler wrote Tuesday that he does not believe the Maryland Lottery Commission can order Penn National Gaming to stop funding opponents of the state’s largest proposed casino in Anne Arundel County. The proposal faces a referendum vote in November that could sink the project.
Summit Shines Light On Community Colleges. The White House held its first summit on community colleges on Tuesday.The White House said it’s critical that America turn out more college graduates, especially those in community colleges, to help fill critical jobs.Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, kicked off the community college summit in the East Room of the White House.Educators, students and business leaders from the across the country shared ideas of how to strengthen community colleges. President Barack Obama is calling it a major next step in job creation.”In the coming years, jobs requiring at least an associate’s degree are going to grow twice as fast as jobs that don’t require college. We will not fill those jobs or keep those on our shores without community colleges,” Obama said.
Poll Puts O’Malley Ahead Of Ehrlich. For the second time in two weeks, a new poll shows Gov. Martin O’Malley pulling ahead of former Gov. Bob Ehrlich in the Maryland race for governor.The Rasmussen Reports poll of 750 likely Maryland voters was taken Monday.It shows O’Malley taking 49 percent of the vote to Ehrlich’s 41 percent. O’Malley’s lead is outside of the 4-point plus or minus margin of error.
Funeral Protests Cross The Line? High Court To Decide. The father of a Marine killed in Iraq is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a $5 million verdict against members of a fundamentalist church who picketed his son’s funeral with signs like “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates the USA.” The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in the dispute between Albert Snyder of York, Pa., and members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The case pits Snyder’s right to grieve privately against the church members’ right to say what they want, no matter how offensive.