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Gambling: An issue Gov. Martin O’Malley can’t escape (David Cordish, the developer of the state's largest planned casino, which is scheduled to open very soon in Anne Arundel County, makes an intriguing comment at the end of this article: "I guarantee you, if Prince George's is extended the sixth (casino license), there will be a seventh and an eighth asking for a license, that's just the nature of this animal." I completely agree, and it therefore follows that the same could have been said about his license and those before his. It is clear from observing many other states that once casinos are allowed the intense pressure for more will continue and continue.)
One special session down, another to go? Legislators face prospect of return to Annapolis over gambling (I believe this article supports the idea that another special session would be folly.)
Funds cut as number of needy Marylanders hits new high/State is budgeting less for assistance in the coming fiscal year (I work closely with Neil Bergsman who I believe is one of the most dedicated and effective "lobbyists" for those who cannot speak for themselves.)
Intercounty Connector a life-changer for motorists, residents (Whatever you may think of the ICC, one thing is clear - until we start spending a greater percentage of the state's transportation funds on transit, highway congestion will only increase.)
Citizens United II Our view: Supreme Court has an opportunity to correct the grievous error that created the 'Super PAC' and uphold Montana's 106-year-old anti-corruption law (In recent weeks I have received numerous constituent requests that I support Congress in overturning the Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court. I was one of the sponsors of a resolution during the 2012 legislative session to do just that. Hopefully Congress will have the wisdom and courage to do so.)
'We still have to fight. So for God's sake, fight.' David Simon urges Georgetown graduates to struggle, in the face of absurdity, to make the world a better place (The word "hero" is sometimes used rather loosely in my opinion, and I rarely use it myself. David Simon, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun is truly a hero to me for the courage he has shown over many years in shedding a bright light on social and economic injustice in our country. Georgetown chose well.)
Two Recent Occasions at Home in Columbia
Last week I was invited by John DeWolf of Howard Hughes Corporation to join about a dozen others to see a presentation in his office of the plans for the first new building in Town Center. I had to leave shortly after the presentation and took the time to express my thoughts. After almost five years of numerous less than mediocre presentations, by other developers, it was so encouraging to see such a creative and well thought out project: quality architecture, quality design, quality landscaping, quality public spaces, and quality environmental features.
Another cause for optimism about our beloved Columbia
Last week I also attended the end of year concert for our granddaughter Katerina at Wilde Lake Middle School. To get to the school we drove through the long neglected Wilde Lake Village Center, the first in Jim Rouse's Newtown.
I leave on Saturday for my ninth annual week-long silent retreat by the James River in Virginia.
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