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Arundel slots and Asti’s revenge (access required)

Anne Arundell was born into the English aristocracy, married well, and died at age 34. She had nine kids during her 21-year marriage, having gotten hitched at age 13. Her son, Charles Calvert, became Lord Baltimore and inherited the Maryland colony upon the death of his father, Cecil. Although Anne never stepped foot in the county that now bears her name, she may be proud that recently it was the battleground for a fascinating local election. Two issues were particularly interesting to me: Question A/slots and the ouster of a sitting judge. Regarding slots, most Marylanders became familiar with the “Question A” controversy due to ubiquitous commercials and campaigning. On one side was billionaire developer David Cordish; on the other was the Jockey Club and the “No Slots at the [Arundel Mills] Mall” crew. Initially, when the state put the slots licenses up for bid, Cordish put his money where his mouth is and won the Arundel license fair and square. Afterwards, like clockwork, he had to fight off NIMBY yelps, expensive litigation, and dishonest commercials.