In Maryland, voters gave an overwhelming mandate to the progressive policies that have made Governor Martin O’Malley an early mention in the open field of 2016 presidential candidates. Among the more contentious of the state’s ballot questions were 4, 6, and 7, all of which passed.
Question 7 allows for the expansion of gambling in Prince George’s County. Implementation will create a new casino on the Maryland Harbor and allow table games at existing casinos. The measure passed by a 52% to 48% margin statewide with 59 percent support in Prince George’s County.
Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International, gave a statement after results were tallied:
“The people of Maryland have delivered a message: Sorting through an onslaught of dishonesty, voters chose to support progress. They want good jobs and more money for their kids’ schools. Many voices came together to form the Coalition For Jobs and Schools in Maryland and they all deserve great credit. Elected officials, small businesses men and women, labor leaders and union members and many others, stood up to represent the truth, communicating openly and honestly throughout the campaign. No one expected such a vicious campaign, but common sense prevailed and Maryland will certainly benefit from our hard work to fight a campaign of unrestrained distortion. Starting today, MGM’s talented team of designers and resort experts begin work on our proposal for a great destination resort for the people of Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland. We stand ready to compete with all comers for this license and the privilege to bring an MGM resort to National Harbor.”
Questions 4 and 6 were part of the progressive backbone. 4 is the state’s version of the DREAM Act:
To qualify for in-state tuition, students have to have been brought to the United States as children, have attended at least three years of high school in Maryland, and come from families that have filed state tax returns, among other requirements. Marylanders favored this measure by an almost 2-1 margin. Maryland is the first state to pass legislation similar to the DREAM Act by a citizen vote.
Maryland, along with Maine, passed a marriage equality act on this historice night for the LGBT movement. Question 6, which narrowly won with 51.9% of the vote, will allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain civil marriage licenses starting January 1, 2013.