Catholics Bishops Oppose More Casinos

Catholic bishops representing all four dioceses in Connecticut have spoken out in opposition to the expansion of casino gambling in our state. In a statement dated March 9 the bishops offered “a perspective based on the wisdom our tradition” and concluded “in light of the negative consequences that can result in a society already burdened by so many social problems we are strongly opposed to the expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut.”

Read their full statement here.

East Windsor Selectman Won’t Let Bob Steele Speak to Seniors


The Journal Inquirer is reporting that East Windsor First Selectman Robert Maynard is preventing Bob Steele from speaking at the town’s senior center because the talk might “upset” seniors in the audience.

Read the full story.

East Windsor Residents Should Get To Vote On Off-Reservation Casinos

Chris Powell

Chris Powell


Posted: Thursday, March 9, 2017 9:14 am

Opponents of the plan to let Connecticut’s two casino Indian tribes put a third casino in East Windsor to intercept traffic to the new casino in Springfield say the town should hold a referendum on the plan. They’re right.

The Board of Selectmen, which has committed the town to the casino, notes that it had the authority to do so. But a casino will change East Windsor . . . more


Forum Focuses on Casino Costs

By Anthony Branciforte, Journal Inquirer
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

EAST WINDSOR — Opponents of locating a casino in town say it would foster a toxic culture while failing to deliver on its grand economic promises.

Around 100 of them came to a forum Monday night sponsored by the Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut, a group that includes 14 religious organizations.

Read the full story here.

Denise Terry Finds Flaws in East Windsor Casino Deal

The Rev. Denise Terry spoke to residents of East Windsor on Monday, March 6. She focused on the proposed “deal” between the town and the Pequot-Mohegan tribes joint venture, and exposed some flaws in the promises of jobs and financial benefits. Here is a video of her presentation.

Bob Steele Speaks to Residents of East Windsor

Bob Steele spoke to residents of East Windsor on Monday, March 6. He offered some telling truths about casino gambling and problems that East Windsor would face if it allowed a casino in its town. See a video of Bob’s presentation here

WNPR Interviews Coalition Member Denise Terry, East Windsor Selectman Bob Maynard

After East Windsor’s Board of Selectmen voted to support a casino, WNPR interviewed First Selectman Bob Maynard and Coalition member Denise Terry. The Rev. Terry offered very cogent arguments in opposition to a casino in East Windsor.
Read more and listen to the interview. . .

Courant Says More Gambling Is a Bad Bet

Editorial | November 12, 2014

It’s not hard to understand why the owners of Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun are worried that a new casino in Springfield, Mass., will lure some of our state’s gamblers.

Do the math: Hartford to Uncasville, 46 miles. Hartford to Springfield, 26 miles. Who wouldn’t pick the shorter driving distance?

Their solution — applauded by some in the legislature — is to add more in-state gaming facilities. It’s a terrible idea. The state needs to wean itself off its addiction to gambling revenues.


Banned from Casino

By Sean Murphy | Globe Staff  JANUARY 30, 2017

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — On the edge of a vast casino, David Schreiber played video poker at a frenetic pace — fast enough to place almost 50 bets a minute. Beat, pause, beat-beat, pause. Over and over again.

An admitted compulsive gambler, Schreiber was not supposed to be here on the gambling floor at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Three years ago, distraught over his gambling losses, he asked the Indian-owned casino to ban him for life, a desperate step he hoped would save him from himself.

Foxwoods, like most casinos, keeps a “voluntary self-exclusion” list of compulsive gamblers who sign an agreement that they would be denied entry or ejected from the premises, and denied rights to winnings. Casinos, responding to critics, point to the program as evidence that they are responsible institutions.


Coalition Speaks Out to the Press

Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) hosted a press conference the morning of January 24 in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to introduce the newly formed “Coalition to Oppose Casino Expansion in Connecticut” to the public.

Retired Congressman Bob Steele, and Michele Mudrick, Legislative Advocate for the United Church of Christ, led the press conference. Twelve religious and non-profit organizations have now joined the Coalition, and a number of individuals from those organizations spoke in opposition to plans to build a third casino north of Hartford.

Local television coverage was extensive. Here are clips from some of the coverage:

Members of The Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut. From left to right: Michele Mudrick of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, Sen. Tony Hwang, Dwight Dean of Windsor Locks Congregational Church, Rev. Jan Gregory-Charpentier of the First Congregational Church of Westbrook, Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of Connecticut, Former Congressman Robert Steele (at podium), Sami Abdul Aziz of the Islamic consulting firm Common Ground Service, The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford.

Read the press release from Senator Hwang’s office here.