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Interest group voices opposition to casino gambling

Bill Sisk of the Rockefeller Institute of Government smashes a slot machine with a sledge hammer during an anti-casino event outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Opponents of a Nov. 5 referendum to expand casinos in New York say it will increase problem gambling while not fulfilling the promises of jobs, tax breaks and school aid. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Bill Sisk of the Rockefeller Institute of Government smashes a slot machine with a sledge hammer during an anti-casino event outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Opponents of a Nov. 5 referendum to expand casinos in New York say it will increase problem gambling while not fulfilling the promises of jobs, tax breaks and school aid. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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Why mess with a classic? That’s what Institute for American Values President David Blankenhorn was thinking when he smashed a slot machine with a sledgehammer in the shadow of the Capitol on Tuesday. The demonstration of opposition to plans to expand casino gambling in the state was an homage to New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who was an outspoken critic of gambling and smashed slot machines 80 years ago. “There hasn’t been much serious public ...


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