State Roundup, October 13, 2009

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Lots of gaming news today. Magna wants to auction its tracks, but keep the Preakness here, reports Robert Little in the Sun, while the editorial page proclaims the need for the best possible video lottery terminals to be bought by the state for slots parlors.

A more critical assessment of the state’s consideration of adding Powerball, from Liz Farmer at The Daily Record. “Fiscal desperation” is what one Nevada gaming expert calls it.

Navy will have cyber command at Fort Meade, Ryan Justin Fox at the Capital reports, and Pentagon says the fort is “preferred location” for the entire defense cyber security operation.

Another record year for oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay, reports Pamela Wood in the Capital.

The Sun has a fine tuned analysis of the continuing delay on death penalty procedures.

The NAACP is in a dither about who would succeed Mayor Sheila Dixon if she’s convicted – as if the City Charter somehow didn’t matter, reports the Sun, following a story in Investigative Voice.

Not to worry – PG County Executive Jack Johnson is backing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s re-election, just a little late, says the Post blog.

Robin Ficker is in the news again, as ACLU joins his protest of Montgomery County parks policy against signage, as Maryland Politics Watch and the Gazette report.

Who will lead the Maryland GOP? Doug Tallman at the Gazette has the details on the race between Chris Cavey and Audrey Scott.