With the repeal of the state's casino law on the ballot this November, Massachusetts is ground zero in the push to expand — or stop — the spread of legalized gambling.
It's an interesting moment for legal gaming across the country. A couple decades ago, the industry had homes only in Nevada and Atlantic City. Now, 39 states allow legalized gambling.
And one man — Frank Fahrenkopf-- can take a lot of credit for that expansion. He served as president and CEO of the American Gaming Association — the industry's national trade group — for 18 years during that impressive expansion. He stepped down last year and has just begun a fellowship at Harvard's Institute of Politics.
Frank Fahrenkopf, former president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. He's also a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.
- "Fahrenkopf, who also served as the chair of the Republican National Committee from 1983 to 1989, will be lecturing on bipartisanship—or, rather, the lack of it—in modern politics. Fahrenkopf has a long relationship with the university, having spoken many times at Harvard over the past three decades, usually about national politics."
This segment aired on October 3, 2014.