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.

Lawmaker Seeks More Casino Studies

From the Hartford Courant

By Kenneth R. Gosselin

A freshman state lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require a local referendum and other studies before a possible third casino could be established in Connecticut off tribal lands.

Rep. Scott Storms, who represents Windsor Locks, one of the two towns left in the running to host a satellite casino, said there is little information about where the casino might be located and no sense of how a host community agreement might be put together.


Efforts to Oppose More CT Casinos

From the Connecticut Conference, UCC website

By Drew Page

The 2017 Legislative Session of the Connecticut General Assembly begins on January 4. With only one month to go, CT Conference’s Legislative Advocate Michele Mudrick has been working hard to prepare opposition to an issue that has been raised regularly in recent years: a new casino in CT.


Let Voters Decide on Casino Expansion

From the Journal Inquirer, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:00 am

By Robert Steele and Tony Hwang

Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Jersey will hold statewide referendums in November on whether to expand casino gambling.

Connecticut will not.


How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts

atlanticstoryFrom The Atlantic, December, 2016

By John Rosengren

A powerful story of how gambling led to the suicide of a man addicted to gambling. And a larger analysis of casinos and the gambling industry.


Jersey Casino Backers Walk Away

From, Septermber 22, 2016

The leaders of a campaign that was launched just last month to drum up support for a measure to allow casino gambling in North Jersey suspended its operations on Thursday, citing grim public and internal polling data on the Nov. 8 ballot question.

Jeff Gural, the operator of The Meadowlands Racetrack, and Paul Fireman, a former Reebok chief executive, issued a joint statement announcing that they were ending the advertising campaign “OUR Turn NJ.”