State Roundup, October 12, 2012

Former state Sen. Clarence Mitchell III dies; Gov. O’Malley, other gay marriage supporters urge reinstatement of Gallaudet official; U.S. Rep. Hoyer speaks about his change of mind; gaming interests employ studies to bolster arguments; Red Maryland goes after congressional candidate John Delaney; 6th District Congressional debates are on; Sen. Frosh mulls AG run; the Dream Act costs are hard to pin down and Maryland expecting high voter turnout in General Election.

House floor leader didn’t like the gambling expansion bill he advocated, and won’t say if he’ll vote for Question 7

The chair of the House of Delegates gaming subcommittee who defended the expansion of gambling that appears on the ballot this fall is telling constituents he “would have voted against the bill” if he hadn’t been the floor leader.

In an interview, Del. Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat, also declined to say how he planned to vote on Question 7 which would add a sixth casino and table games for all of them and reduce taxes for casino operators.

Commentary: New progress index pits wealth vs. well-being

Jim Pettit of Change Maryland writes: Here is the official tagline of a little-noticed new Maryland state government program called the Genuine Progress Indicator: “Wealth vs. Well-Being — How Do We Measure Prosperity?” State government decided to pit wealth against well-being. It could have said wealth and well-being because to most people these aren’t mutually exclusive attributes. But to state government it’s “versus.”