Casino Expansion Bill Advances

by Christine Stuart | Mar 16, 2018 5:40pm | Ct News Junkie

HARTFORD, CT — They heard hours of testimony Thursday about opening up the bidding process for a commercial casino in Bridgeport and scrapping a plan to build another tribal casino in East Windsor, but by Friday evening things had changed.

In order to salvage a bill, HB 5305, that would allow a commercial casino to be built in Bridgeport, supporters of the open bidding process allowed Sen. Tim Larson, D-East Hartford, to strip language from the bill that would have killed plans for the tribal casino in East Windsor.

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MGM Ad Blitz Irks Foes of Bridgeport Casino

By Brian Lockhart, | Connecticut Post |
Thursday, September 21, 2017

BRIDGEPORT — Cass Shaw retrieved her mail yesterday and found MGM’s glossy pitch for a new casino, hotel and entertainment complex.

It reiterated the same promises — 7,000 jobs, a $50 million license fee to the fiscally troubled state and $12.5 million worth of annual payments to Bridgeport and neighboring towns — that likely gave many elected officials and business leaders who heard them at Monday morning’s unveiling goosebumps.

“I found it depressing,” said Shaw.

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East Windsor Attorney Urges “No” Vote

EAST WINDSOR — Ahead of Thursday night’s special town meeting in which residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether to send to a referendum a proposed ordinance regulating the licensing of gambling facilities in town, the town attorney has issued a legal opinion urging voters to reject the ordinance.

Read the full Journal Inquirer story here.

East Windsor to Hold Town Meeting

EAST WINDSOR — In the latest move in the debate over a proposed $200 million to $300 million casino in town, the Board of Selectmen voted grudgingly Thursday to schedule a town meeting that could jeopardize the project.

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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.

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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.

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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. . .

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.

Groups Join Forces to Oppose Expansion of Gambling

A number of non-profit and religious organizations have joined forces in a non-partisan alliance to oppose the expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut.  Titled “The Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut,” the alliance held an initial press conference in Hartford on January 28.

Read the Coalition’s press release.