There's an interesting article in today's Washington Post about Congresswoman Donna Edwards lone stance against the effort to bring casino gambling to National Harbor (Question 7). I've always been impressed by her independence. It got me thinking.
I had to suffer through about 20 gambling industry sponsored ads for an against this while trying to watch Hurricane Sandy news tonight. The money being spent is incredible - and it's because the stakes are high.
The problem is that the ads are completely disingenuous. I don't think this fight is about keeping $500 million of Maryland's money in Maryland. I think it's more about attracting Northern Virginia's discretionary spending into Maryland which is why they are going to park the casino a 10-minute car ride from my front door and just about everyone else with an Alexandria post office address just in time for the completion of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.