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A Gamble on Question 7

7 7 7 Local officials look for next step after bill

BY MICHELLE HORST

games to its existing five casinos. The language of the ballot question indicates the “primary purpose” of adding table games at the five existing CHARLES TOWN — The ballot Maryland casinos and adding a sixth Question 7 in Maryland passed after casino in Price George’s County, Md., the unofficial vote tally Tuesday would be for education. evening, and West Virginia officials “This all started in West Virginia,” immediately will look to what necesSnyder said of Maryland, Ohio and sary steps will have to be taken. Sen. Herb Snyder of the 16th Sena- Pennsylvania’s gaming legislation. Penn National, owners of the Hollytorial District, said this legislation is a wood Casino at Charles Town Races, copy of what West Virginia already had, and because it was so successful, has invested more than $400 million at Charles Town, according to Snyder, Maryland went on to copy that in and he believes the company will gambling – and now it will add table JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

work to protect its investment. “We will compete head to head with Maryland,” Snyder said. “Is it helpful? No, it’s not. But we will compete with them,” he said. According to the West Virginia Lottery, $6.4 million is expected for the Board of Education, counties and municipalities this year, with $4 million going to the Jefferson County Board of Education. Penn National states on its website that lost revenue from Maryland competition will affect the amount available to state funds and education.

Maryland approves gambling expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland voters have passed a ballot measure to expand gambling in the state. The vote for Question 7 on Tuesday came after the most expensive political advertising campaign in Maryland's history. More than $90 million was spent on television and radio ads. Gov. Martin O'Malley called a special session in August to take up the gambling expansion to allow table games like blackjack and a casino near the nation's capital. Lawmakers approved the legislation, which required voter approval. Supporters say they voted for the ballot question to keep Maryland gamblers from spending their money in neighboring states like Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Opponents say they voted against the expansion because they did not believe the money would be used for education as lawmakers have said. VOTERS ON TUESDAY ALSO approved allowing illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria to pay in-state tuition at public colleges, making Maryland the first state in the nation to pass by popular vote a version of the Dream Act. Illegal immigrants can pay in-state rates if they attend a Maryland high school for three years and if they or their parents can show they filed state income taxes during that time. "We rejoice and give praise that Marylanders pushed our state out in front as a beacon to other states and to our president in how we treat the stranger in our midst," said Bishop Douglas Miles, chair of the Maryland Industrial Areas Foundation. It is a consortium of Maryland congregations, schools and community groups that has been a strong supporter of the ballot question. Kevin Bruffey, a 35-year-old Cockeysville resident, said the Dream Act would bring financial consequences. He described Maryland as already being a "sanctuary state" for illegal immigrants due to other laws, and he said this law will draw more to the state. "It's going to be a huge burden for the taxpayer," Bruffey said. Maryland residents faced a variety of highprofile ballot questions this year, including whether to allow same-sex marriage. Votes were very close.

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CHALRES TOWN — With the end of his 12th year in the state Senate coming to a close, Sen. Herb Snyder will again be returning to his long-held Senate seat for another four-year term. Snyder gathered 20,434 votes, with opposing Republican candidate Jim Ruland ending with 17,450 votes in the senatorial district that includes portions of both Jefferson and Berkeley counties. “I am humbled once again. I’m always humbled to win an election,” Snyder said. “I don’t know if it’s all the work that I’ve done or reflection of my reputation in Charleston, that I think is pretty good, but I’m very, very pleased,” he said. Currently serving as the Chairman of the Senate Government Organizations Committee, a position that he said brings more weight into the Eastern Panhan-

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CHARLES TOWN — Incumbent Jefferson County Sheriff Robert E. “Bobby” Shirley won a second four-year term as sheriff after besting his Republican opponent in a close race during Tuesday’s general election. With all 32 Jefferson County precincts reporting, unofficial results show the 61-year-old Democrat, who was indicted in June by a federal grand jury. won his re-election bid with 50.71 per-

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for me for their support and belief in me, and, outside of that, Earl EFFERSON OUNTY HERIFF Ballenger ran a good, clean campaign. I’m appreciative of that, and Earl Bobby I’m appreciative of the fact that the voters still support me and believe Ballenger Shirley in me,” Shirley said Tuesday night. Ballenger won 48.78 percent of the vote and earned a total of 10,216 votes, according to the unofficial results. The remaining .51 percent of the vote, or 106 total votes, went to write-in candidates. cent percent of the vote, earning a opponent, Earl Ballenger, by 404 Ballenger thanked those who total of 10,620 votes. The unoffivotes. voted for him and supported him in cial results show Shirley beating his “I want to thank those who voted

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53.9√% Herb Snyder

46.1% Jim Ruland

the election. “I’d like to thank those people. I’m a little disappointed in the outcome, but people made their voice heard and they chose the incumbent. Other than that, I don’t really have a whole lot to say,” Ballenger said Tuesday night.. A native of Jefferson County, Shirley was first hired as a deputy in 1981 and attended the West Virginia State Police Academy in 1982. During his career with the sheriff’s department he worked his way

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Confusion, long lines irk voters during election BY HOLLY SHOK

experience. “I was one who also got moved to a new district and polling place with no MARTINSBURG — Berkeley County notice from the county,” said Catlett. voters faced more than just long lines on “Went to three places because poll workers didn’t have correct info either. This Election Day. Some encountered confuhappened to many, many people at Mussion in knowing where to cast their balselman High, where I finally ended up. lots. Various comments posted on The Jour- Once I got to the right place, only in line nal’s Facebook page — detailing waits of 30 minutes. But all the runaround was very frustrating. Epic fail by Berkeley more than an hour and experiences of designated precinct commotion — served County. Lots of voters in the wrong to sum up the day’s various voter frustra- places,” Catlett posted. According to Chief Deputy of Elections. tions Bonnie Woodfall, the designated “They changed my polling place. No voting precinct of many residents has notification. I was talking to people in changed since the Oct. 4, 2011, general line and this was the 3rd polling place that they were sent,” Penni Moler posted. election. A redistricting was completed Erika Shiflet Catlett shared a similar See VOTERS B2 JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

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