April 14, 2004
Park Library Auditorium
7:30 to 9 p.m
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Discussion Topics

  • The consequences of gambling expansion in the state
  • Using gambling revenues to meet state budget deficits
  • Whether to approve additional Native American casinos in the state
  • Whether the state should approve the expansion of gambling to “racinos”


  • Audrey Falcon, Chief, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • Joe Garcia, General Counsel, Michigan Racing Association
  • Dr. James Hill, Professor, CMU Political Science Department
  • Larry Julian, Citizens for Fair and Responsible Gaming
  • Roger Martin, State Representative and Speaker of the House Pro-Tempore
  • Gary Peters, Michigan Lottery Director
  • Dr. Rex Rogers, President, Cornerstone University
  • John Truscott, Former Press Secretary, Former Governor John Engler


Tim Skubick, Senior Capitol Correspondent, WKAR; Anchor & Producer, WKAR's Off the Record 

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The Griffin Policy Forums are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Political Science at Central Michigan University.

About the Griffin Endowed Chair

The Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University was established through generous gifts from alumni, faculty and friends of the university. It provides continuing support to fund the salary and associated costs of a government and public policy expert to serve as a faculty member in the Political Science department and to host twice yearly forums addressing public policy issues.

The endowment is named to recognize the significant public service and contributions of distinguished CMU alumni Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin. Robert Griffin, '47, is a former U.S. Senator, and his wife, Marjorie, '44, is a former Clarke Historical Library board member.


The second forum held in the 2003-2004 school year and also the second forum organized under Mr. Bill Ballenger. The public reception started the evening off at 6 P.M. in the Park Library Baber Room and finished off with the forum at 7:30P.M. in the Park Library Auditorium. The forum was held on Wednesday April 14, 2004 and included 8 panelists. The main discussion of the evening was whether or not horse racing facilities should be allowed to have slot machines installed on the premises.