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NEWS
September 11, 2008
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Opponents of slot machines are taking their battle over the November slots referendum to Maryland's highest court. Attorney Irwin Kramer filed a notice of appeal Thursday with the Maryland Court of Appeals. The parties must file briefs by noon Friday, and oral arguments are set for Monday. On Wednesday, a panel of three Anne Arundel County Circuit judges ruled that ballot language asking voters to legalize slots was misleading. They ordered state elections officials to add a single word to the ballot question to make clear that not all revenue from slots would fund education.
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NEWS
August 28, 2000
W.Va. Lottery Commission mulls limiting slots By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The chairman of the West Virginia Lottery Commission said he expects the commission eventually to consider limiting the number of slot machines and video lottery machines at the state's four race tracks, including Charles Town Races. Lottery Commission chairman Virgil Thompson said Monday he does not have any concerns how video lottery machines and slot machines have expanded at racetracks.
NEWS
December 4, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The coins finally began to jingle Saturday afternoon at the Charles Town Races after an electrical problem last week temporarily delayed implementation of the new coin-operated slot machines. The first set of 65 of the new slot machines went operational at noon Saturday, three days later than planned. All of the electrical problems that cropped up on Dec. 1 have been resolved, according to Bill Bork Jr., marketing director at the racetrack. A grand opening ceremony is planned when the racetrack's temporary slot facility with 500 more machines is opened, Bork said.
NEWS
November 24, 2000
Charles Town Races to build gaming addition By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 10,000 square-foot addition will be constructed at Charles Town Races for a new slot machine gaming area, the track's president said Friday. The announcement came as the track prepares this morning to open a new slot machine gaming area that has been under construction this year. If the track gets state and county approval, it could begin building the addition in the spring and have it completed by the end of next year, said track president Jim Buchanan.
NEWS
October 26, 2006
· Curtail property-tax increases by freezing property assessments until homes are sold · Change state policy of dropping some paroled prison inmates at the bus station outside Hagerstown and giving them money for a ticket home · Nonmonetary reforms - such as requiring expert trial witnesses - to stem rising medical malpractice insurance premiums · Legalize slot machines to pay for education · Eliminate some...
NEWS
June 19, 2008
Slots will cause, not solve, our problems To the editor: As a veteran of the slot machine wars of the 1960s, I appeal to voters to consider thoughtfully your vote on the November referendum to legalize slot-machine gambling in Maryland. Many people argue that they enjoy playing slot machines and that they should not be denied that right. Their pleasure is paid for by some of our poorest citizens, who hope that gambling will offer them their only chance to escape poverty.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | June 16, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com Sharon and Loy Clements of Joppatown, Md., rode their Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Charles Town Races & Slots on Sunday. They said they'll be glad when the racetrack opens its new gaming area because they sometimes have trouble finding seats. Even with 2,700 slot machines, the large operation has room to grow, said track President James Buchanan. By the end of the year, when all 3,500 slot machines are online, the facility will be the largest slot machine enterprise in West Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | February 12, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com In an effort to slow the train bringing slot machines to Maryland, a Washington County lawmaker has introduced legislation that would let voters decide the matter. Del. John P. Donoghue is calling for a referendum that would delay the debate on slots this year. If passed by three-fifths of the Maryland General Assembly, Donoghue's bill would stall Gov. Robert Ehrlich's plan to use $395 million from slot machine licensing fees and revenues to help fix the state's budget deficit next year.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | May 30, 2000
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The new director of marketing at Charles Town Races says bringing in major musical acts might be one way to make the thoroughbred track more appealing and keep visiting gamblers in town longer. cont. from front page Brian Harris, who for 10 years was director of slot machine marketing for Bally's Park Place casino in Atlantic City, N.J., took over the Charles Town post earlier this month. He said he will focus on increasing tour bus visits to the track and expanding the amount of time patrons spend at the oval.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 29, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - This election season, one issue in particular - gambling - does not divide neatly along party lines. In a tightly fought race for Maryland House of Delegates Subdistrict 2C in Washington County, Republican Paul Muldowney and Democrat John P. Donoghue agree on legalizing slot machines. Meanwhile, in Subdistrict 1C, which also includes Washington County, incumbent Republican LeRoy E. Myers Jr. is diametrically opposed to the governor - a fellow Republican.
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