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Season 3 of 'House of Cards' at a stand still

Now to life imitating art. Real-life politicians are playing hard ball with the fictional politicians on the hit show "House of Cards."
This all started  because the producers threatened to stop filming in Maryland if they don't get millions of dollars in tax breaks.
But now Maryland is fighting back, in a fittingly bare-knuckles manner.

"There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted."

All playing out on the hit netflix show "House of Cards."
But now another plot is unfolding:  The show looks like it takes place in Washington, but it's actually filmed in neighboring Maryland.

To attract House of cards, the state handed out $26 million in tax breaks for the first two seasons.

"Power is a lot like real estate. It's all about location, location, location."

But now the show says it wants even more and is holding up the production of season three.

Now, House of Cards is getting a dose of political reality.  Show executives have threatened to pull out, telling Gov. Martin O'Malley:
"We will have to break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state."

Maryland lawmakers are doing what Kevin Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, might do: Playing hardball.

"Certainly the idea of being threatened by Frank Underwood seemed to prompt--  seemed to us to invite a Frank Underwood style response."

"I may have pushed him too far, which is worrisome. Friends make the worst enemies."

They passed an amendment threatening to seize "certain property of certain film production entities" if they leave the state.
In other words--  if House of Cards wants to leave Maryland, the state wants a chance to make it hurt.

There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.

Politicians are on the edge of their seats. All those addicted House of Cards fans, wondering whether it will delay the next season.