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Friday, March 13, 2009

Thousands of e-mails from D.C. United fans crash state leaders' servers

Soccer fans roar for new stadium;Thousands of e-mails from D.C. United fans crash state leaders' servers.
Gazette, 13 Mar 2009 (Valentine)
D.C. United President Kevin Payne's plea to soccer fans this week to contact Maryland's lawmakers in support of a proposed $195 million stadium in Prince George's County has prompted one of the largest legislative e-mail campaigns in years.
"I've heard from all these other countries. I haven't heard from my district," said Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Dist. 25) of District Heights, chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. "The concern is what the impact will be. This is a budget item. [My decision] will be based on the funding."

The sentiment was shared by Appropriations member and Prince George's Del. James Proctor Jr. (D-Dist. 27A) of Brandywine.

"When somebody in Spain tells me, ‘You need to do this,' there's no influence there," Proctor said. "If somebody in the 27th district is writing, I pay attention."
"What happens if attendance isn't what you thought it was?" asked Councilman Tony Knotts (D-Dist. 8) of Temple Hills. "Who fills the gap?"
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(Posted 13 Mar 2009)


  1. you can find money to bulid a stadium, the please the fans. But you can't find the money to pay your police and fire department, to help serve and protect the citizen of Prince George' County

  2. That theory never made any sense. Maryland has a special tax on stadiums. You want to pass a special tax on the police department to make it pay for itself?

    Besides, I have lived in PG County, the District, and Montgomery, and been to most places in the DC area, and your premise is false in the first place--nowhere in the entire DC area that I've ever seen has more police presence than PG. They are *everywhere* in PG.

    Number of police isn't the problem--lack of economic development is.