VLT Opponents Hold Rally
As reported by the Washington Post: "Opponents of a campaign to bring video lottery terminals to the District said yesterday that the introduction of large-scale gambling to Anacostia would stunt economic growth and increase crime in an area that has struggled for decades to improve its image. "As cars whizzed by and bulldozers worked in the background, politicians wearing suits, ministers carrying bullhorns and teenagers worrying about the future held a rally in the historic neighborhood to deliver the same message: Nothing good could come from more gambling. ".The rally was meant to disrupt a political action committee's petition drive to obtain more than the 19,000 signatures required to put an initiative on the November ballot. If approved, the Video Lottery Terminal Gambling Initiative of 2006 would allow its backers to put an undisclosed number of slot machines near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road SE. The initiative would allow similar sites to be established across the city. "In 2004, an effort by entrepreneur Shawn Scott to bring up to 3,500 video lottery terminals to Northeast Washington was upended by widespread election law violations that included forged and improperly collected signatures."