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Conversation On Casinos

October 31st, 2017 · 4 Comments · Development and Zoning, Library, News and Events

News release:

Bridgeport Generation Now and Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats invite the Bridgeport community to a Community Conversation On Casinos on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Bridgeport Library at 925 Broad Street. This event marks the first impartial public gathering to hear citizens’ voices, ideas, and concerns.

On September 18th, 2017 MGM Resorts International held a public groundbreaking and press conference, announcing plans to bring a casino to Bridgeport. Since then, Bridgeport residents have received mailers, polling data, and marketing campaigns, all from the perspective of MGM. Now it’s time to have our voices heard! The goal of this event is two-fold: 1) To educate folks on the history and current state of casino gambling in Connecticut and 2) To hold space for community members to discuss the possibility of the casino and share all thoughts, concerns, and ideas. This will be a fun, safe, and collaborative space. All voices are welcome!

This event is strongly connected to Bridgeport Generation Now’s mission to empower and unite the Bridgeport community through civic engagement. The mission of the Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats is to cultivate a new generation of diverse leaders who are united by progressive values and work to advance issues that bring about a better and brighter Bridgeport. For more information about Bridgeport Generation Now, Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats, and this event please go to the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/174358116475834.

WHAT: Community Conversation On Casinos

WHO: Bridgeport Generation Now and Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats

Featuring Guest Speaker Bob Steele, member of the United States House of Representatives for the Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district from 1970 to 1975.

WHERE: Bridgeport Library, 1st Floor Programming Room, 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT

WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10am-12pm

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  • Joel Gonzalez

    MGM, needs to take notice that in their polling data men favor 79%-14% and Latinos favor 78%-15%. Your biggest supporters. I fit in both categories above but, I’m 95% in favor and 95% sure I can make a huge difference in getting what the people of Bridgeport wants and needs–MGM Casino.

    The biggest mistake MGM made was failing to truly prepare considering they knew what or should have known what argument the Indians were going to use. MGM came in with their two-sided coin or better yet casino chip and the Indian’s had their own. One side was identical on the casino chip of both sides, the other side of the Indians chip was ‘faux’. The other side of MGM’s chip NEEDS some polishing by a Latino like me. In short, like I’ve demonstrated here on OIB, in order to crush the argument of the other side, one MUST carefully analyze the other side of their coin. How do you convince the Connecticut Legislature to break the compact with the Indians and smooth their fear of loosing the 25% of slot machine take. Can MGM present a much better and convincing argument if they plan to do so? Lennie Grimaldi, can you reach out to MGM and we can talk. I won’t be free as MGM stands for Make Gonzalez Money.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    The casino in Bridgeport is a nonstarter. This is a corporate shell game MGM Resorts is protecting a substantial investment in a hotel/casino in the Springfield, Massachusetts, area, just north of the casino proposed for East Windsor, Connecticut. 

    It is not the first time this tactic has been used: A few years ago  the New England Patriots wanted a new stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The legislature balked. So owner Robert Kraft started talking about moving the team to Connecticut, within earshot of the news media. Patriots fans in the Constitution State soiled themselves at the prospect of an NFL franchise here. But then the predictable occurred:  Massholes everywhere were dismayed by the thought of losing their beloved Pats and pressured lawmakers. The result is Connecticut Patriots fans still have to drive to Foxborough, Massachusetts, for tailgate parties. 

    Don’t be dazzled by the sparkling bullshit. The Bridgeport Casino will not come to pass.  

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