|The Washington Post reports that Governor Glendening remains adamant, despite leaving office next year, that there will be no new gambling developments in his state. “No slots, no casinos, no exceptions” remains his motto.|
Meanwhile, the promotion of slot-machine operations is expected to increase and slot machines are supported by Robert Ehlrich, who will be the next Republican candidate for governor. Ehrlich also supports racetrack gambling, along with the state’s House Appropriations Committee chairman, Howard P. Rawlings, who leads other key state legislators in a pro-gambling stance. .
Congresswoman Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, of the Kennedy family and the Democratic candidate for governor, is opposed to slot machines at race tracks, a rather compromise position, but closer to the governor’s than anyone else’s.
But perhaps Governor Glendening’s own most contentious stance against gambling comes as his veto to a proposal to let Maryland recognize a group of people “claiming to be Indians” (writes the Post). The Piscataway-Conoy Confederacy and Sub-Tribes have expressed the intent to conduct gambling operations on the basis of their native rights to do so if federal recognition, a grant for which they’ve applied, is given of their Native American ancestry.
Those opposed to the Governor’s veto say the proposal would have made it easier for the claimants to receive health and education benefits (at least).