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  •  Ballot questions (4+ / 0-)

    They say marriage and gambling are bringing folks out.

    •  Whatever... (2+ / 0-)
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      radarlady, ms badger

      ...it takes. I know MD is as blue as the Bora Bora outer reef but numbers are good as well as down ballot...

      "Good to be here, good to be anywhere." --Keith Richards

      by bradreiman on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 02:35:40 PM PDT

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    •  The ballot question are big ones, to be sure (1+ / 0-)
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      I just wonder how many came out and stayed to wait on those lines just for the ballot questions.

      If I'm indicative, I'm ambivalent about two of the four questions -- not the Dream Act o for marriage equality. I don't know that I'm keen on the gambling. I would welcome the tax revenue, but wonder what it will cost us in the end. As for the gerrymandering -- while I appreciate the push to get Bartlett out of the House, I cannot condone the absurd map the Maryland Dems came up with.

      I'm sure that there are folks who feel strongly enough to stay and vote on the marriage or gambling bills. Maybe even the Dream Act bit (though it seems that non-citizens would be more engaged on the issue). I'm not questioning that there are those who are determined to vote on those questions, but I suspect that's small minority.

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      by FischFry on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 02:42:03 PM PDT

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      •  My more positive spin (2+ / 0-)
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        is that the nonstop ads in the DC market have convinced MD Dems that Romney is worth voting against, even in a blue state with the electoral college system.

      •  I spoke with a few in line today while waiting (0+ / 0-)

        to vote in Baltimore City.  Everyone that I spoke with agreed that the gambling issue was a non starter for them.  The money will not go to the schools as promised.  That was what the lottery was supposed to be allocated for and it went into the 'general fund'.

        •  It is different (0+ / 0-)

          There will be money going into the education trust fund and spent on school construction. That is guaranteed under the law we're voting on. Will that mean additional money being spent on education and schools? Maybe. Maybe not.

          It will, without a doubt, increase tax revenues for the state -- the general fund. How is that a bad thing?

          The state wants to build the Purple Line from PG County to Bethesda. They want to build the Corridor Cities transit way which will facilitate Johns Hopkins Science City construction north of Rockville. Finally, in Baltimore, they want to continue the Red LIne expansion.

          There is, maybe, the money for one of those projects coming from the federal government. The others won't get built, unless the state can come up with new revenues.

          Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

          by FischFry on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 07:45:41 PM PDT

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