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Pat McMahon

Updated Jul 18, 2014 - 10:03 am

West Side craps

Were you living in Arizona when the big tribal gaming debate was going on?

If casinos would be allowed to operate on tribal land, we were told it would be the end of life as we know it.

Then-Arizona Gov. Jane Hull supported a compact that would allow a specific number of gaming establishments to operate, and now 16 tribes operate 23 casinos. Native Americans are, for the most part, doing very well and their customers seem to be having a great time.

But look out! Some of those Indian folks aren't satisfied with what the white man has so generously given them.

One tribe wants to build another casino and because of land the government swapped them, they want to build it in Glendale, not far from the stadiums and Westgate Shopping Complex.

And Washington says it's OK.

Glendale City Hall opposed it at first, but after looking at its empty civic wallet, changed its tune. But for those of you who are morally opposed to casino wagering, be sure to check your lottery tickets this weekend.

It's a biggie.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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