HAMDEN, Conn. – Massachusetts has an opportunity to show the way in handling the problems which result from legalized casino gambling, but may have difficulting mustering the political will to do so longterm, two experts told a panel March 11. Public officials, journalists, researchers and an industry executive gathered to assess the impact and reporting of casino gambling on New England -- the experience in Connecticut and the promise in Massachusetts. They were part of a two-hour public symposium organized by the New England News Forum, hosted by Quinnipiac University and cosponsored by the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. READ FULL STORY . . .
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Above, listen to the first hour-long panel featuring: Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut attorney general; Bruce MacDonald, chief spokesman for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation anda former broadcast journalist; Dan O'Connell, Massachusetts secretary of economic development, and the prime proponent of Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick’s propose to license three casinos in the Bay State; and, Rachel A. Volberg, Ph.D., of Gemini Associates, Northampton, Mass. one of the nation's leading researchers on the social effects of legalized gambling. Introduced by Rick Hancock, of Quinnipiac University.
Below, listen to the second hour-long panel, featuring:
Carolyn Lumsden, editorial-page editor for the Hartford Courant; Gale Corey Toensing, staff reporter, Indian Country Today; Marvin Steinberg , founder/director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling; and, David Collins, editorial columnist at The Day, in New London, Conn. Introduced by: Bill Densmore of the New England News Forum.
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RESOURCE: 1999 National Gambling Impact Study Commission