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Lawmakers see momentum for Bridgeport casino building; tribes unimpressed

Plans to build a casino in Bridgeport, which consistently have come up snake eyes over the past few years, may finally move decisively forward this year, according to state lawmakers and the city’s mayor.

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3/22/2019

article MGM: Potential Bridgeport casino isn't out of the question
(Connecticut) -- The topic of casinos continues to be talked about in Connecticut. This comes after the joint venture between the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots got...

3/18/2019

article State lawmakers debate idea of new casino in Fairfield County
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers are debating the controversial idea of a casino coming to the Bridgeport area. The state right now has two casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan...

3/15/2019

article Tribal chairmen, state mourn Bridgeport representative
(Connecticut) -- Leaders of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes joined state officials in mourning state Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, a Bridgeport Democrat, who died...

2/27/2019

article The Fight Continues as MGM Casino Takes Aim at Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- Things in Hartford started heating up this week, as Bridgeport officials headed to the state capitol to lobby for the proposed waterfront casino in...

2/26/2019

article Bridgeport and Eastern CT lawmakers battle at gambling public hearing
(Connecticut) -- A key public hearing on gambling Tuesday descended to obvious animosity between Bridgeport representatives and those from Eastern Connecticut over a...
article Lamont has to be careful he’s not being played in casino talks
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont needs to be careful not to be snookered into making a bad bet as his administration tries to negotiate a grand compromise that would...
article Tense moments as Bridgeport officials make case for MGM casino
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport officials were in Hartford Tuesday to make their case for a waterfront casino in the Park City. As News 12 reported, MGM wants to build a $...
article Testimony on gaming bills revives tensions between region, Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- A daylong discussion of proposed gaming legislation rekindled a regional rift Tuesday, at times pitting southeastern Connecticut lawmakers against their...
article Tribes say they would halt slots money if state pursues a Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- If Connecticut pursues a casino for Bridgeport, the tribes that run the state’s two casinos told state legislators Tuesday they would withhold...
article Federal investigation focus of CT casino debate
(Connecticut) -- The issue of where and who should build a new commercial casino in Connecticut was the subject of an all-day public hearing Tuesday. One bill would...

2/20/2019

article Lawmakers see momentum for Bridgeport casino building
(Connecticut) -- The bill, HB 7055, would “create a competitive bidding process for a resort-casino that would allow the state to choose a development with the...
article Norwich Mayor Speaks Out Against Bridgeport Casino
(Connecticut) -- The mayor of Norwich, Connecticut, says he opposes a bill to allow open bidding for a casino in Bridgeport. Norwich is near the state’s two tribal...

2/19/2019

article Norwich expresses opposition to possible Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- Norwich city leaders on Tuesday joined a growing number of southeastern Connecticut cities and towns expressing opposition to any efforts by the state...

2/18/2019

article Lawmakers see momentum for Bridgeport casino building; tribes unimpressed
(Connecticut) -- Plans to build a casino in Bridgeport, which consistently have come up snake eyes over the past few years, may finally move decisively forward this year...
article Nystrom urges Lamont to reject Bridgeport casino proposal
(Connecticut) -- Mayor Peter Nystrom is joining a growing list of Eastern Connecticut municipal leaders and organizations who are reaching out to Gov. Ned lamont to...

2/9/2019

article Symposium talks up MGM’s casino plans for Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- The fate of a bill that could bring a new casino to the state is uncertain, but MGM Resorts International wants to keep its Bridgeport-based project on...

2/1/2019

article Bridgeport delegation pitches open-bidding for new casino
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers from Bridgeport are pushing a bipartisan bill that would establish a gaming commission to oversee the bidding process for a third casino...

1/31/2019

article Lawmakers roll out open-bidding bill for a Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- Lawmakers led by the Bridgeport delegation introduced a bill Thursday to form a Connecticut Gaming Commission and create competitive bidding for a...

7/26/2018

article Ned Lamont Open To Bridgeport Casino As Expanded Gambling Becomes Campaign Issue
(Connecticut) -- In a departure from the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont said he would entertain an open competition for a...

7/15/2018

article Haar: We’ve got the do-nothing gamblin’ blues
(Connecticut) -- It’s hot outside, beach season, and the state Capitol is mostly empty these days as the governor closes out his eight-year tenure and members of...

5/29/2018

article Haar: MGM to buy Empire City in Yonkers, will still pursue Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International has reached a deal to buy the Empire City Casino in Yonkers, N.Y., a move that will turbocharge the Las Vegas-based gaming...
article MGM To Buy New York Casino But Remains Committed To Developing Bridgeport Venue
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International said Tuesday it remains keenly interested in establishing a casino and entertainment complex in Bridgeport, even though it is...

5/16/2018

article Bridgeport casino proponents eye 2019 legislative comeback
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport casino proponents vowed to return to Connecticut’s state capitol next year and prod lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow casino...
article Bridgeport Casino Supporters Say Failed 2018 Push Will Be Renewed Next Legislative Session
(Connecticut) -- Backers of the failed Bridgeport casino in Connecticut say they’ll cross that bridge later. With the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned for...
article Bridgeport Mayor Ganim renews effort to change state casino operation law
(Connecticut) -- A coalition of elected officials and business leaders gathered in Bridgeport to reaffirm their support of MGM Resorts International’s plan to...

5/15/2018

article Backers Of Bridgeport Casino Vow To Renew Effort In Legislature
(Connecticut) -- Backers of a resort casino along Bridgeport’s waterfront vowed Tuesday to keep up their fight in the legislature, calling their loss last week a...
article Officials plan new push for another state casino
(Connecticut) -- Members of the Bridgeport and New Haven legislative delegations and will make another push to start the process of bringing another casino to...

5/14/2018

article Bridgeport casino a no-go for now; questions remain about future
(Connecticut) -- The controversial plan to bring a casino to downtown Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor is dead — for now. But it’s an issue that’s...

5/11/2018

article Bridgeport casino backers have to wait another year for progress
(Connecticut) -- Backers of a potential casino/resort in Bridgeport will have to wait at least another year for any progress on the proposal. Just prior to the current...

5/9/2018

article Bridgeport Casino Bill Dead for 2018 But MGM Scores Symbolic Victory in Connecticut House
(Connecticut) -- The effort to bring a casino resort to Bridgeport, Connecticut was pulled from the State Senate on Tuesday, as the clock ticked towards the end of the...
article MGM Bridgeport casino project will not be debated by Connecticut legislators this year
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International's plans to build a casino along the Long Island Sound in Connecticut appears dead in the water, at least for now.

5/8/2018

article Bridgeport casino push ends for the year, lawmakers concede
(Connecticut) -- The push to bring a multimillion dollar casino development to Bridgeport has ended — for this year — the Bridgeport and New Haven...
article Bridgeport lawmakers say not enough time to pass casino bill
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut lawmakers hoping to see a casino built someday in Bridgeport said Tuesday they have decided to stop pushing for legislation in the final...
article Budget, other bills remain in question as session's end nears
(Connecticut) -- This year’s legislative session ends Wednesday at midnight, and more than a hundred bills have passed this session, but hundreds more may never be...
article Casino Bill Is Dead
(Connecticut) -- A bill that would have expanded casino gaming in Connecticut is officially dead for the year. That’s according to the proponents of the...
article Lawmakers Say Bridgeport Casino Dead For This Year
(Connecticut) -- The Bridgeport casino is dead — for now. After a monumental struggle and heavy lobbying, Democratic legislators said Tuesday that the casino will...

5/7/2018

article Bridgeport Casino Push Predicted to Go ‘Belly-Up’
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s controversial Bridgeport casino push was approved by the House of Representatives on Friday, but is likely to die in the Senate,...
article Connecticut lawmakers pass casino expansion legislation
(Connecticut) -- Last week reportedly saw the Connecticut House of Representatives narrowly pass legislation that could see MGM Resorts International spend upwards of $...
article Haar: Questions about casino expansion should not kill bids
(Connecticut) -- The best way to understand where the casino expansion bill stands just two days before the end of the state legislative session is to go back a few days...
article Osten confident House-approved casino bill won't clear Senate
(Connecticut) -- State Sen. Cathy Osten, the Sprague Democrat whose district includes southeastern Connecticut’s tribal casinos, said today she’s confident a...
article MGM Defends $50,000 Donation To Bridgeport Nonprofits In Midst Of Casino Debate
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International defended a sudden $50,000 donation it made Sunday for the creation of a pop-up grocery store in the East End of Bridgeport....

5/6/2018

article Bill passed to Permit study of Fresh casino from CT
(Connecticut) -- On Friday the House passed a bill that would permit a study of some other casino to be built in their country. When passed, then a fresh casino can be...
article Bridgeport Hit the Jackpot Last Week, Here's Why It'll Lose this Week
(Connecticut) -- The Bridgeport delegation in the Connecticut House of Representatives scored a tremendous political victory last week, bolstering the prospects of a...
article Those behind MGM effort give money for East End grocery
(Connecticut) -- Having sunk several million dollars into lobbying to build a casino in Connecticut’s largest city, MGM Resorts International on Sunday gave some...

5/5/2018

article Budget, gambling still remain on state lawmakers' to-do list
(Connecticut) -- A revised state budget, expanded gambling and stronger sexual harassment protections are among the host of issues that still appear on Connecticut...
article Connecticut House passes bill allowing for casino proposals like MGM Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut House lawmakers narrowly approved legislation this week that would allow for the submission of new casino proposals, including a potential...
article Ganim praises plan that could pave way for Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport Mayor Joe Gamin praised the decision by the state House Friday night to approve a plan that could allow MGM to build a casino in Bridgeport....
article House passes bill to allow study of a new casino in CT
(Connecticut) -- On Friday, the House passed a bill that would allow a study of another casino to be built in the state. The bill passed 77 to 73 and will now go to the...
article Rep. Minnie Gonzalez Helps Decide Bridgeport Casino
(Connecticut) -- There was high drama Friday on the floor of the state House of Representatives during a historic vote over a potential Bridgeport casino. The tally...

5/4/2018

article Bridgeport casino bill passes House
(Connecticut) -- A bill that could bring a new casino to Bridgeport was approved Friday by the House — but faces an uncertain future in the state Senate. “...
article Bridgeport casino may live another day
(Connecticut) -- A bill that could bring a new casino to Bridgeport may live for another day as House leaders on Friday promised discussion and a possible vote over...
article Bridgeport Casino, Hartford Debt Aid Complicate Connecticut Budget Talks
(Connecticut) -- With just five days left in the legislative session, a stubborn wrinkle is complicating efforts to craft a new state budget: regional politics. How much...
article Casino Bill Squeaks Through The House
(Connecticut) -- After sleeping on it, the House resumed debate and the voted 77-73 to pass a bill that contemplates casino expansion in Connecticut. The Bridgeport and...
article House narrowly approves a study that could roil CT casino landscape
(Connecticut) -- The House narrowly approved a bill Friday that would authorize a study of siting a new casino in Connecticut. The bill, which passed 77-73 after four...
article House narrowly passes casino-proposals bill
(Connecticut) -- Despite the best efforts of the eastern Connecticut delegation, the House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill Friday that calls for the...
article House passes bill that requests new casino proposals
(Connecticut) -- Legislation that could eventually lead to a new, $500 million casino in Connecticut narrowly cleared the House of Representatives on Friday, setting up...
article House passes East Windsor casino-killer bill
(Connecticut) -- The House narrowly approved a bill Friday that would create a competitive process for a new casino anywhere in the state, which could doom the...
article House Takes Historic First Step Toward Bridgeport Casino
(Connecticut) -- After a passionate debate that stretched over two days, legislators took the historic first step Friday toward authorization of a potential new casino...
article Resurgent Republicans flexes muscle in state legislature
(Connecticut) -- If a color can sum up a political moment, the Connecticut General Assembly is a subversive shade of magenta. In a state legislature that has been deep...

5/3/2018

article Bridgeport casino gets some House debate before postponement
(Connecticut) -- A bill that could bring a new casino to Bridgeport saw the House floor Thursday night, but never got a vote before House leaders abruptly ended the...
article Bridgeport casino, Hartford debt aid complicate CT budget talks
(Connecticut) -- With just five days left in the legislative session, a stubborn wrinkle is complicating efforts to craft a new state budget: regional politics. How much...
article Bridgeport Lawmakers Not Giving up on Casino Legislation
(Connecticut) -- Legislation that could eventually lead to another casino in Connecticut has been pulled after debate spilled into the early hours. Democratic Rep....
article House Begins Debate On Casino Bill, Plans To Continue Friday Morning
(Connecticut) -- The casino debate never seems to go away in Connecticut. In a surprise move after 10:30 p.m. Thursday, proponents of a new Bridgeport casino suddenly...

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