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Lawmakers seek probe on indecision of CT gaming pact amendment

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut have called on the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior to investigate the department’s inaction on reaching a decision on gaming pact amendments that would enable the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes to open a casino on nontribal land in East Windsor.

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5/24/2018

article Connecticut Governor Wants Online Gaming as Bargaining Chip in Tribal Sports Betting Negotiations
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s efforts to fast-track sports betting legislation at a forthcoming special session are going to require some negotiating with the...
article Sports betting may be coming to Connecticut — and your iPhone
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often says America was better off when legal gambling was limited to Las Vegas, but he sounded Wednesday like a man who has...
article Online gaming also on the table as Connecticut negotiates with tribes
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) is adding online gaming to the agenda as he works with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe...

5/23/2018

article Connecticut Moving Ahead With Sports Betting, Malloy Plans To Negotiate With Tribes
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut began taking steps toward legalizing sports betting Wednesday, but first the state must reach an agreement with its two Indian tribes, who...
article Malloy working on possible sports betting legislation
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s already reached out to Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to discuss the ramifications of...
article Malloy, tribes could negotiate online gambling as well as sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Sports betting might not be the only form of gambling that’s on the table during upcoming negotiations between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the...
article Sports Betting and Online Gaming Up For Discussion
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met with legislative leaders Wednesday and asked for their input on whether he should negotiate both sports betting and online, in...
article Sports betting may be coming to Connecticut — and your iPhone
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often says America was better off when legal gambling was limited to Las Vegas, but he sounded Wednesday like a man who has...

5/22/2018

article Gov. Malloy Getting Ready For Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- With the U.S. Supreme Court paving the way, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators are exploring plans for sports betting in Connecticut. Malloy will be...
article Malloy Wants New Compact With Tribes Before Special Session On Sports Gambling
(Connecticut) -- Governor Dannel Malloy will meet with legislative leaders Wednesday to work on a game plan to bring sports betting to Connecticut. Earlier this month,...
article Bargain gambling at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun?
(Connecticut) -- You can practically see the smoke pouring from under the doors to all of Hartford's back rooms this week. The sand is running out on the hourglass...

5/20/2018

article Could special session on sports betting take up other gambling matters?
(Connecticut) -- If Gov. Dannel P. Malloy calls a special legislative session to consider legalizing sports betting in the state, could lawmakers also revisit other...

5/19/2018

article Fitch: Connecticut should not expect tax revenue boon from sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Legalized sports gambling could be in the cards for Connecticut, but it will not likely create a jackpot of tax revenue for the state, said one of the...
article Malloy to meet with lawmakers about sports betting ruling
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he plans to meet with legislative leaders to discuss how to address the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that...

5/18/2018

article MORON ALERT: Connecticut doesn't need Indians to run gambling
(Connecticut) -- Nobody calls for a special session of the General Assembly when some financial scandal breaks in state government, as when, the other day, the state...

5/17/2018

article Connecticut Posts Job Losses In April, 2nd Consecutive Monthly Drop
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut employers cut 1,400 jobs in April, the second consecutive month of job losses, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. In addition...

5/15/2018

article BLOG: Special Session Could Save Connecticut’s Gambling Expansion Efforts
(Connecticut) -- Online gaming and sports betting legislation have made headlines in several states this year. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Professional and...

5/14/2018

article Supreme Court Clears Way For Sports Betting, Gov. Malloy Considering Special Session To Revisit Failed Bill
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz said Monday they would both support holding a special session to revisit a bill...
article Connecticut May See Special Session To Decide On Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- Governor Dannel Malloy may call the legislature back into special session to deal with sports gambling now that the Supreme Court has given states the...
article Locals weigh in on potential for legalized sports betting
(Connecticut) -- A Supreme Court ruling has opened the floodgates for legalized sports betting throughout the country. Now, the race to legalize it is on.

5/11/2018

article Inside Gaming: Connecticut Casino Bill Fails, Downtown Vegas Casino Announced
(Connecticut) -- This week's installment of Inside Gaming starts with legislative news from Connecticut where a casino expansion bill has stalled, tells of an...

5/7/2018

article Time Running Out For Bills On Casinos, Crumbling Foundations, Bump Stocks As Legislative Session Winds Down
(Connecticut) -- The clock is ticking. With only three days left in the regular legislative session, lawmakers are rushing to finish their work on a wide variety of...

5/6/2018

article From Tolls To Guns To Pot To Casinos, Connecticut's Gubernatorial Hopefuls Speak Out
(Connecticut) -- Nearly all support some form of expanded gambling. Not many want to keep traditional pensions for future state employees. And there’s a clear...

5/4/2018

article Connecticut Tribes Plead for Alternative Legal Strategy to Build East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal operators have urged state lawmakers to let them build an off-reservation casino without federal approval. The Mohegans...

5/3/2018

article Connecticut Tribes Want Control of State Sports Betting Market
(Connecticut) -- If sports betting becomes legal in the state of Connecticut, the tribes that operate the two Native American casinos in the state believe they should...
article Mohegan, Pequot tribes gain national Indian support
(Connecticut) -- The National Indian Gaming Association is siding with Connecticut tribes in their battle to gain federal approval for an East Windsor casino intended to...

5/2/2018

article HERE BE WEASELS: Deputy Interior Secretary Keeps Meeting With Lobbyists For Client of His Former Firm
(Washington D.C.) -- David Bernhardt, the deputy secretary of the Interior Department, met late last year with a trio of lobbyists for MGM Resorts International, the...
article Stratford, Trumbull chambers support competitive casino process
(Connecticut) -- The Stratford and Trumbull chambers of commerce are among the latest entities supporting a legislative proposal to establish a competitive process for a...
article Tribes want lawmakers to strip federal approval for casino
(Connecticut) -- Leaders of Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes met privately with state lawmakers Wednesday, urging them to make a key change to...
article Gaming advocates want to get moving on East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- Springfield's MGM casino will be opening up this summer, and that has the tribes here in Connecticut worried. They want to get moving on the planned...
article Connecticut lawmakers, Indian tribes lock horns over sports betting control
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut lawmakers and the tribal operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun are at loggerheads over who will be in charge of sports betting...
article Connecticut tribes want exclusivity to sports betting if the state expands gambling
(Connecticut) -- In individual letters to the Connecticut state legislature, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation contend that...

5/1/2018

article East Windsor more confident Connecticut tribes' casino is coming
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun are done clearing the old Showcase Cinema hulk from the site where they want to build a casino to compete with...

4/30/2018

article Mashantucket Pequot Leader Says Tribes Must Unite in Pursuit of Casinos Domestic and Abroad
(Connecticut) -- Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler opined this week that Native American groups should come together and pair their assets in...

4/27/2018

article Tribes see way around federal approval of gaming amendments
(Connecticut) -- New agreements that could be reached between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes would enable the tribes to move forward with their...

4/25/2018

article Editorial: Give all casino bidders a fair shake
(Connecticut) -- The issue: With yet another question raised about the feasibility of building a third Native-American casino in East Windsor, it’s even more...

4/24/2018

article MGM's Massachusetts Dealings Could Affect Connecticut Tribes' East Windsor Casino
(Massachusetts) -- If the tribes that make up the Mashantucket Mohegan Connecticut Venture are considering a potential play for the license to operate a casino in...
article Casino delay investigated
(Connecticut) -- The Office of the U.S. Inspector General is investigating the process through which the U.S. Department of the Interior is deciding on amendments to...
article Connecticut tribal casino row rumbles on
(Connecticut) -- The Inspector General of the US Department of the Interior has announced an investigation into the agency’s handling of the Mohegan and...
article Inspector general reviewing inaction on tribal casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes on Monday welcomed an investigation by the U.S. Department of Interior’s inspector general...

4/23/2018

article Inspector General investigating Interior’s handling of CT tribes’ casino issue
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department’s official watchdog on Monday confirmed it is investigating why the agency rebuffed a request by Connecticut tribes to...
article Inspector General Probes Interior Department's Handling Of Connecticut Casino Expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Interior’s Inspector General is probing the department’s decision to take no action on amendments to longstanding...
article New revelations have tribes looking to Interior probe
(Washington D.C.) -- Amid new revelations about the federal government’s handling of their amended gaming agreements with the state, the Mashantucket Pequot and...
article EDITORIAL: Swamp politics aids MGM in clash with tribal casinos
(Connecticut) -- So much for draining the swamp. Or respecting state’s rights. Or treating Native American tribes fairly. Reporting by the news website Politico...
article Future of state's third casino remains uncertain
(Connecticut) -- Despite lots of talk and planning, a third casino in Connecticut has still not been built. Now's there's speculation that MGM may want to ditch...
article Gambling bills in limbo as session adjournment nears
(Connecticut) -- With the clock running out on Connecticut’s legislative session, it’s unclear which bills, if any, that could lead to more gambling will...
article The Fuzzy Future Of More Connecticut Casinos
(Connecticut) -- With Connecticut’s legislative session wrapping up on May 9, it’s unclear which bills on gambling in the state will make it to the finish...

4/22/2018

article Interior rejected staff advice when scuttling tribes' casino
(Washington D.C.) -- Trump administration officials rejected recommendations from federal experts on Indian gaming policy when they blocked two American Indian tribes...
article 6 Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls back tolls, Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- The six Democratic gubernatorial candidates are on board for implementing tolls in the state and backing a casino in Bridgeport, but break that...

4/21/2018

article Gambling bills in limbo as session adjournment nears
(Connecticut) -- With the clock running out on Connecticut's legislative session, it's unclear which bills, if any, that could lead to more gambling will make it...

4/20/2018

article EW selectmen not concerned about casino’s need for federal approval
(Connecticut) -- Members of the Board of Selectmen remained optimistic Thursday despite an opinion from Attorney General George Jepsen saying that tribal partnership...
article Easterns say they should get share of Mashantucket Pequot-Mohegan Fund
(Connecticut) -- Having fought for more than a decade to recover the federal recognition that slipped through their grasp, the Eastern Pequots are turning their...

4/19/2018

article Attorney General Further Complicates Future of Third Casino
(Connecticut) -- The demolition work that started in February for a casino in East Windsor appears to be almost complete. All that remains of the Showcase Cinemas is a...
article Connecticut Casino Expansion In Question As House Speaker Balks [sub req]
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz on Wednesday said there is no chance that a new commercial casino will be built in East Windsor without...
article Connecticut Tribes Need Federal Approval for East Windsor Casino, State AG George Jepsen Says
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut tribes jointly constructing a satellite casino in East Windsor must obtain federal approval from the US Department of the Interior (DOI...
article Osten working to resolve third-casino snag
(Connecticut) -- State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, remains confident the East Windsor casino the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have been authorized to build...
article Prospects Darken For Passage of Connecticut Sports Betting Bill
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen issued an opinion on Tuesday that darkens an already graying picture for the prospect a signed bill this...

4/18/2018

article AG Advises Lawmakers It Would Be ‘Highly Imprudent’ To Move Forward With East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- Attorney General George Jepsen dealt Connecticut’s two tribes a blow Tuesday when he said that plans to build another tribal casino in East...
article AG Jepsen: Tribes need federal approval before starting East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is warning the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes not to move forward with plans to build and open a new...
article House Speaker: new casino not happening
(Connecticut) -- House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz on Wednesday said the chances are "zero" that a new casino will be built in Bridgeport or anywhere in...
article Tribes still facing legal questions in bid for new casino in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe can't seem to catch a break when it comes to a new casino in Connecticut.

4/17/2018

article Connecticut Attorney General Cautions Against Casino Expansion Without Federal Approval
(Connecticut) -- Attorney General George Jepsen cautioned Tuesday that a tribal casino in East Windsor should not open without formal approval by federal regulators of...
article Jepsen says new tribal casino still needs federal approvals
(Connecticut) -- Attorney General George Jepsen is warning Connecticut officials not to assume a planned tribal casino in East Windsor can open without formal federal...
article New AG opinion a blow to tribes’ East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- Attorney General George Jepsen strongly warned the legislature Tuesday against allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to jointly develop a...

4/16/2018

article Tribal casino slot revenues surge in March
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut tribal casinos reported a spike in slot revenues in March. Foxwoods Resort Casino, owned by the Mashantucket Pequots, said it recorded $43.6...

4/15/2018

article Putnam to hold public hearing and vote on new bingo regulations
(Connecticut) -- Putnam residents will be among the first in the state to consider and act on a new ordinance putting in place rules governing the local takeover of...

4/13/2018

article LETTER: Stay loyal to local tribes and casinos
(Connecticut) -- I am a longtime Waterford resident who would like to take this opportunity to recognize the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes for bringing this...

4/12/2018

article Gaming strategy sought
(Connecticut) -- House Democrats are proposing legislation that would develop a comprehensive strategy on gambling expansion that would include establishing a gaming...

4/11/2018

article Casino bill takes a backseat in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Casino operator MGM Resorts International may have to wait a little longer to determine whether it will be allowed to operate a casino in Connecticut....
article House leadership favors statewide gaming strategy over Bridgeport casino bill
(Connecticut) -- House Democratic leadership is advancing a plan for a “comprehensive gaming strategy” for Connecticut instead of pushing a bill that would...
article Plans For Bridgeport Casino Now On Hold
(Connecticut) -- Potential plans for a casino in Bridgeport have been put on hold by House Democrats who say they don't have enough time to muster support for the...

4/10/2018

article Casino bills face uphill battle this year
(Connecticut) -- Across the House, hope for legislative action on a new Bridgeport casino this year is mixed. In his view, the chances that the General Assembly passes...
article Optimistic Speaker Says Gaming This Session Is ‘Complex’
(Connecticut) -- The odds of passing legislation concerning new casinos and legalized sports betting before the close of the legislative session, May 9, aren’t...
article Speaker: Gaming issues, pot legalization likely to wait until 2019
(Connecticut) -- House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz was skeptical Tuesday that the legislature would resolve any major gaming issues or the legalization of marijuana this...
article Speaker: Legislature May Take No Action On Casinos This Session
(Connecticut) -- House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said Tuesday he would not be surprised if the legislature takes no action this year on casinos. With the General Assembly...

4/9/2018

article Clock Ticking on Connecticut Casino Expansion Dilemma, Tribes Receive National Support
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut casino expansion debate seems as polarized as ever in the Hartford state capital. Lawmakers now have less than five weeks before the May...
article EDITORIAL: More evidence of Bridgeport casino folly
(Connecticut) -- Can we finally dispose of this idea of building a fourth casino in our relatively small state? The excitement about the jobs a Bridgeport-based casino...
article Gambling researcher: State would lose millions if Bridgeport casino deal given the okay
(Connecticut) -- A gambling researcher says the state would end up losing about $100 million a year if the Bridgeport casino deal is given the okay. The gaming...
article MGM says tribal consultant’s analysis already ‘debunked’
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International on Monday dismissed a new report that supports the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’ claim that Connecticut would...
article Would Bridgeport casino be loser for state?
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two casino-operating Native American tribes have released a consultant's report that says a Bridgeport casino would be a loser for...

4/8/2018

article Trump administration hit for keeping two tribes in Connecticut in the dark
(Connecticut) -- A blanket and honoring ceremony didn't work. A lawsuit doesn't seem to be advancing matters either. So maybe in this age of presidential Twitter...
article Connecticut Tribes Getting National Support For East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- The National Congress of American Indians has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior saying that if it doesn’t give a ‘yay...
article Decision Time For General Assembly On Marijuana, Gambling And Tolls
(Connecticut) -- With less than five weeks remaining in the regular legislative session, lawmakers are scrambling to pass major bills ranging from casino gambling and...

4/7/2018

article Bridgeport casino wouldn’t make enough to offset tribes’ payments, consultant says
(Connecticut) -- Assuming the third Connecticut casino gets built — and few consider that a slam dunk — a fourth, competitively bid casino would have to...
article Rawlings: Connecticut must honor its treaties
(Connecticut) -- I am compelled to share with Connecticut citizens, especially our elected officials, what I believe to be our collective culpability in recognizing and...

4/6/2018

article Indian organization urges Zinke to act on tribes’ gaming amendments
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Congress of American Indians has asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to act on the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’...
article EW casino gets backing
(Connecticut) -- The National Congress of American Indians is urging the U.S. Department of the Interior to publish the tribal compact amendments approved by the General...
article BLOG: Is Connecticut playing the sucker?
(Connecticut) -- News that Connecticut is leasing 30 year -old rail cars from Massachusetts which no longer meet federal safety standards to use on its Hartford -...

4/5/2018

press release The National Congress of American Indians Calls on the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Publish Tribal Gaming Compact Amendments
(Connecticut) -- The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) sent a letter to the Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to publish notice...
article Connecticut GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Casinos, Urge MGM and Tribes to Work Together
(Connecticut) -- Nine Connecticut Republicans squared off in their fourth gubernatorial debate on Wednesday night, and the issue of gambling took center stage. With a...

4/4/2018

article Connecticut Aims at Adding Sports Betting to Boost State Revenues
(Connecticut) -- The US Supreme Court is expected to soon announce its decision to the New Jersey sports betting case. If a ruling is made in favour of the state, a...
article Casinos, Taxes And The Death Penalty: GOP Candidates Spar At Wide-Ranging Forum
(Connecticut) -- The nine Republican men seeking to become Connecticut’s next governor gently sparred Wednesday night over criminal justice policy, casino gambling...

4/3/2018

article Legislators bet on sports and online gambling to increase state revenues
(Connecticut) -- Teaser bets. Parlays. Moneyline. Pools. A Supreme Court decision may soon give Connecticut the option to crack open the world of sports betting —...

4/1/2018

article MGM Springfield juggernaut has its eye on Connecticut, New England
(Connecticut) -- The first group of dealer recruits sat huddled around blackjack tables on the ninth floor of MGM Springfield’s headquarters, high above where...

3/30/2018

article Suburbs leery of Bridgeport casino and traffic it would bring
(Connecticut) -- Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti recalled opposing a casino in neighboring Bridgeport in the 1990s. “I thought we (Connecticut) and Bridgeport could do...

3/29/2018

article Connecticut casino debate heats up
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have raised concerns that a proposed Bridgeport-New Haven resort would violate an exclusive...

3/27/2018

article Connecticut Tribes Oppose Casino Expansion Bill
(Connecticut) -- The chairmen of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have objected to a proposed casino expansion bill that would allow non-tribal developers to...

3/26/2018

article In letter to Malloy, tribes object to casino-expansion bill
(Connecticut) -- The chairmen of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have written to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy about their opposition to a casino-expansion bill,...
article Tribes Warn Casino Bill Could Jeopardize Revenue-Sharing
(Connecticut) -- The chairmen of Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are warning the casino revenue-sharing agreements they have with the state could be at...

3/25/2018

article MGM Springfield Juggernaut Has Its Eye on Connecticut, New England
(Connecticut) -- The first group of dealer recruits sat huddled around blackjack tables on the ninth floor of MGM Springfield’s headquarters, high above where...
article East Windsor Connecticut Casino Won’t Open Until Late 2019, and That’s a Win for MGM Resorts
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s $300 million East Windsor satellite casino will not open until at least late 2019, and that’s wonderful news for MGM Resorts....

3/24/2018

article Online gaming, sports betting could get a shot this legislative session
(Connecticut) -- At a March 15 hearing in Hartford, hours and hours of testimony were devoted to a bill that could lead to another casino in the state. But it's...

3/23/2018

article Connecticut Tribes Pitch Online Poker To State
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut could be poised to become just the fifth state in the country with regulated real-money online poker sites. According to comments made this...
article Connecticut Tribes Want No Part in Bridgeport Casino Bidding
(Connecticut) -- While the Connecticut General Assembly may well issue a request for proposals to build a casino in Bridgeport, the two Native American tribes who run...

3/22/2018

article Tribes raise the specter of state losing years of slots revenues
(Connecticut) -- Up until lawmakers last Friday modified a casino-expansion bill that would have upended the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’ East Windsor casino...
article Tribes say they won’t compete for new casino bids
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes will not participate in a request for proposals for a Bridgeport casino if the General Assembly chooses to...

3/19/2018

article Connecticut Commercial Casino Bill Advances, But East Windsor Tribal Facility Protected
(Connecticut) -- A Connecticut casino bill that would allow commercial gambling operators to submit proposals to build in the state has advanced out of committee and is...
article LAZAR: Don’t break another Native-American agreement
(Connecticut) -- MGM’s proposal that the state of Connecticut break its contract/treaty with the Native-American tribes regarding the tribes’ monopoly on...

3/18/2018

article Bill Allowing Fourth Casino in Connecticut Clears Committee Vote
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut lawmakers approved on Friday a revised bill that could pave the way for the construction of the state’s fourth casino. The piece of...

3/17/2018

article Revised bill allowing casino bidding process clears panel
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut lawmakers kept alive a modified bill Friday that could potentially lead to a fourth casino in the state. The General Assembly’s Public...

3/16/2018

article Bid to build Bridgeport MGM casino voted down
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport's bid to bring a new casino to the area has been shot down. MGM's plan was to build a gaming resort with a 300-room hotel on the city...
article Bridgeport casino gets another chance
(Connecticut) -- A plan to bring a casino to Bridgeport’s blighted and underutilized waterfront survived a major challenge Friday — and could end up...
article Bridgeport Casino Would Not Jeopardize Funding Deals: Report
(Connecticut) -- A recent opinion issued by state Attorney General George Jepsen paves the way for potential bids from builders of a casino in Bridgeport or other parts...
article HAAR: Casinos in a hopeless stalemate without negotiated deal
(Connecticut) -- Over the last few weeks we’ve seen a storm of activity by both sides in the Great Casino Debate. To a casual observer, it might look like progress...
article Legislative Committee Backs 'Open Competition' Bill Without Repeal Of License For East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- The tribal operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun scored a victory Friday as a legislative committee approved a casino expansion bill...
article Mayor Ganim Praises Bridgeport Legislators On Casino Efforts
(Connecticut) -- From the City of Bridgeport: Mayor Joe Ganim today issued the following statement praising the hard work and unity of the Bridgeport State Legislative...
article Modified Casino Expansion Bill Advances
(Connecticut) -- They heard hours of testimony Thursday about opening up the bidding process for a commercial casino in Bridgeport and scrapping a plan to build another...
article Scramble Is On To Bring Controversial Casino Expansion Bill To a Vote Friday
(Connecticut) -- Supporters of a controversial bill that would open casino expansion in Connecticut to competitive bidding were pushing Friday morning for a vote on the...
article ‘Repeals East Windsor jobs’
(Connecticut) -- Area lawmakers are criticizing a bill that would kill the casino project in East Windsor and establish a competitive bidding process for a third...

3/15/2018

article AG: Initial step to MGM casino would not jeopardize tribal deal
(Connecticut) -- Attorney General George Jepsen advised legislators Thursday that the state could take a tentative step toward testing the market for opening Connecticut...
article Bill Would Make Way For More Casinos In Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut legislature’s Public Safety Committee will hear testimony Thursday morning about a bill to allow more casinos in the state. The...
article Foxwoods To Connecticut Legislature: Legalizing Online Gambling Is State’s ‘Strongest Opportunity’
(Connecticut) -- A public hearing on expanded gaming opportunities took place in Connecticut on Thursday, and evidence that the state is a strong candidate to legalize...
article Casino Expansion 'Open Competition' Bill Debated At The Capitol
(Connecticut) -- As state legislators began discussion Thursday on a bill to scrap a license for a planned casino in East Windsor and open up the state to competitive...
article Kevin Rennie: Legislature Tackles UConn, Gambling, Beer
(Connecticut) -- News from the wide world felt disorienting early in the week. The Russians appear to have mounted a chilling poison attack on an ex-spy and his daughter...
article Jepsen opinion supports Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- Attorney General George Jepsen has given a legal green light to a bill that would allow bids for a casino in Bridgeport or elsewhere in the state....

3/12/2018

article Hearing On Casino Expansion, Other Gaming Bills Moved To Thursday After Snow Forecast
(Connecticut) -- A public hearing on legislative gaming bills set for Tuesday — including a proposal to open up casino expansion to a field of bidders — has...
article Legislative hearing on gambling postponed due to storm
(Connecticut) -- A legislative public hearing on gambling matters in Connecticut is being postponed because of the latest nor'easter hitting the state. The General...
article Public hearing on gambling-related bills moved to Thursday
(Connecticut) -- A state legislative committee has rescheduled Tuesday’s public hearing on gambling-related bills to 10 a.m. Thursday in Room 2B of the Legislative...

3/11/2018

article Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Another Casino
(Connecticut) -- Lawmakers in Connecticut are looking at a gambling expansion bill, which comes a year after approving another tribal casino to be build on the...

3/10/2018

article Bridgeport City Council members call for casino committee
(Connecticut) -- From an aggressive social media campaign to rallies of supporters, MGM Resorts is hard at work promoting its proposed $675 million casino, hotel and...
article MGM Resorts Cannot Intervene in Connecticut Tribal Casino Decision: Department of Interior Weighs In
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts is a commercial casino operator, and thus has no legal grounds to weigh in on Connecticut tribal gaming matters: that’s the view of...
article Connecticut lawmakers consider gambling expansion bills
(Connecticut) -- Just a year after approving a new tribal casino near the Massachusetts border, some Connecticut lawmakers want to up the ante and consider other...

3/8/2018

article MGM Resorts Connecticut Satellite Casino Opening Its Doors.
(Connecticut) -- The East Windsor Satellite Casino in Connecticut isn’t scheduled to open until the later part of 2019, and MGM Resorts couldn’t be happier!...

3/6/2018

article Hearings For Legislative Gaming Bills Moved To Tuesday
(Connecticut) -- Legislative hearings on gaming bills — including a proposal to scrap an East Windsor casino and establish open bidding — have been moved to...
article State, tribes, Interior agree MGM lacks standing to intervene in 3rd-casino lawsuit
(Connecticut) -- Both sides in the legal dispute over the U.S. Department of the Interior’s failure to act on gaming agreements between the state and the...
article Connecticut tribes begin East Windsor demolition work
(Connecticut) -- In Connecticut, the tribal joint venture that is hoping to build a small satellite casino in the community of East Windsor reportedly held an intimate...
article Demolition Begins For East Windsor Casino, But Can Construction Be Completed?
(Connecticut) -- The partnership between the state’s two federally recognized tribes began demolition on Monday of the old Showcase Cinemas building on Route 5 in...
article E. Windsor casino demolition begins amid project uncertainty
(Connecticut) -- East Windsor's planned casino will hire at least 650 workers -- half from Hartford, the developers said Monday, the same day demolition began on the...
article East Windsor Connecticut Casino Won’t Open Until Late 2019, and That’s a Win for MGM Resorts
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s $300 million East Windsor satellite casino will not open until at least late 2019, and that’s wonderful news for MGM Resorts.
article Indian tribes push ahead on plans for Connecticut casino
(Connecticut) -- Leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes tried to make it clear Monday they still intend to build a jointly owned casino...
article New casino work begins with demo
(Connecticut) -- Politicians, tribal leaders, and labor representatives delivered a series of rallying cries Monday during a ceremony celebrating the start of demolition...
article Tribes, Feds Fight MGM Bid To Join Conn. Casino Row [sub req]
(Connecticut) -- Two tribes and the state and federal entities in a suit alleging the U.S. government failed to act in time on proposed amendments to a new Connecticut...

3/5/2018

article Connecticut tribes begin clearing East Windsor casino site; still no OK from feds
(Connecticut) -- Demolition crews on Monday began clearing the site of a planned casino that would be built to compete against MGM Springfield even though the federal...
article Demolition day at site of future Connecticut casino
(Connecticut) -- The demolition of an old movie theater in East Windsor, Connecticut marks the beginning of work on a new casino in Connecticut, designed to compete with...
article Demolition On East Windsor Casino Now Underway But Construction Timetable Still Unclear
(Connecticut) -- Demolition on the site of a planned $300 million casino finally started Monday, but actual construction won’t begin at least until a dispute is...
article Indian tribes push ahead on plans for Connecticut casino
(Connecticut) -- Leaders of Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes are pushing ahead with plans to build a casino, despite delays in federal approvals...
article Mohegans, Mashantucket hold ceremony to begin demolition for third casino
(Connecticut) -- State, tribal and local leaders reasserted their commitment to the proposed third Connecticut casino here Monday, donning hard hats, vowing to take the...
article Tribes start East Windsor demolition but casino could be eight years away
(Connecticut) -- It’s fun when bulldozers tear down useless buildings, and that’s what the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes started doing up in East...
article Demolition at CT casino site leaves Springfield residents unconcerned
(Massachusetts) -- Demolition began on Monday just over the Massachusetts border in East Windsor, Connecticut at the site of a proposed casino which is designed as...

3/4/2018

article Neighbors not focused on casino project
(Connecticut) -- To the outside world, a piece of prime waterfront real estate in Bridgeport is the focus of an effort to attract a world-class resort casino to the long...
article Power ‘couple’ plots for Gov
(Connecticut) -- Apparently Mario Testa has made enough visits to his homeland. Asked when he plans another trip to Italy, Bridgeport’s veteran Democratic Town...
article Tribes to join in demolition ceremony at casino site
(Connecticut) -- Two Connecticut tribes that are proposing a jointly run casino in East Windsor are planning to participate in a demolition ceremony in the town. Mohegan...

3/3/2018

article EWindsor officials trash MGM mailer attacking casino
(Connecticut) -- Selectmen and a former state senator fired back at MGM after the gaming giant sent mailers to residents lambasting the planned casino along Interstate...

3/2/2018

article Battle for third Connecticut casino back to square one
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes may find themselves back to the drawing board after a bill seeking to open casino expansion...
article Connecticut Gaming Expansion Bill Would End Plans for East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- A proposed bill in the Connecticut legislature would allow for competitive bidding on new casinos in the state would also end plans for a third “...
article Ceremony Monday will mark start of demolition for East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- State, tribal and local officials will commemorate the start of demolition work at the site of Connecticut’s third casino at 2:30 p.m. Monday in...

3/1/2018

article Battle over 3rd casino starts all over again
(Connecticut) -- The battle over a third Connecticut casino is starting all over again at the State Capitol. Lawmakers from Bridgeport are pushing to repeal last year...
article Gaming Bill Calls For Scrapping East Windsor Casino, Opening Expansion To Private Companies
(Connecticut) -- As expected, a bill that would open casino expansion in Connecticut to competitive bidding calls for scrapping plans for a casino in East Windsor. The...
article Legalized sports gambling a strong bet as debate takes shape
(Connecticut) -- If you think Connecticut already depends too heavily on gambling, between the two tribal casinos, the lottery, a robust off-track betting network and an...

2/28/2018

article BLOG: More Evidence That Connecticut Is Considering Online Gambling Legislation Emerges
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut lawmakers held a 20-minute press conference to brief the media on the possibility of bringing legal sports betting to the Constitution State...
article Bill calls for first gambling study in state in nearly a decade
(Connecticut) -- In 2009, a state-mandated analysis of gambling’s economic and social impacts found fault with the way state government was divvying up its share...
article State Reps talk state casino expansion
(Connecticut) -- As the state searches for ways to address an ongoing fiscal struggle, more and more approaches are being explored that might make an impact on the...
article Demolition To Make Way For East Windsor Casino Delayed
(Connecticut) -- Wednesday was supposed to be demolition day at the site of the former Showcase Cinemas along Interstate 91 in East Windsor, to make way for a new casino...

2/27/2018

article New bill would scuttle tribes’ East Windsor casino project
(Connecticut) -- With demolition work at the site of the third Connecticut casino about to begin, a bill surfaced in the state legislature Tuesday that would repeal...
article Demolition On East Windsor Casino Site Delayed Until Next Week
(Connecticut) -- The long-anticipated demolition of an old movie theater on the casino site in East Windsor has been pushed back again — this time, by just a a few...

2/23/2018

article 11th-hour legislative uprising saves Connecticut casino expansion bill
(Connecticut) -- The debate on whether to allow a proposed competitive processin constructing Connecticut’s first casino on non-tribal land will finally push through,...
article Easterns critical of state's involvement with gaming tribes
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s close relationship with the casino-owning Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes continues to anger the Eastern Pequot Tribe. In a...
article Legislators buck Senate co-chairs, keep casino expansion alive
(Connecticut) -- An 11th-hour uprising by rank-and-file members of a legislative committee Thursday resurrected an issue that two Senate co-chairs seemed to have tabled...
article Connecticut Commercial vs. Tribal Gaming: Battle Continues in State General Assembly with New Bill
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut General Assembly has voted in favor of a public hearing to discuss a competitive bidding process bill that could lead to casino...

2/20/2018

article MGM Backs DOI's Bid To Nix Tribe's Gambling Claims [sub req]
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International told a D.C. district court Monday that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe — a rival for a potential casino development in...

2/19/2018

article MGM files 'provisional' memorandum siding with Interior in third-casino lawsuit
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts supports the U.S. Department of the Interior’s claim that a lawsuit seeking to compel the department to act on gaming amendments...

2/18/2018

article Connecticut Satellite Casino Blueprint Leaves Some Locals Underwhelmed
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut satellite casino in East Windsor being jointly developed by the state’s two Native American tribes will come with 2,000 slot...

2/17/2018

article First glimpse at East Windsor casino design includes 5-story parking garage
(Connecticut) -- The casino planned here would be built with a one-story gambling venue and a five-level, 1,800-space parking garage at the site of a vacant movie...
article Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun see slot revenue decline in January
(Connecticut) -- The two Connecticut casino/resorts, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, broke out of the gate slowly in 2018 with Foxwoods posting a 2.5 decrease in slot revenue...

2/16/2018

article MGM's $675M Pitch Puts Conn. Tribes' Casino Plan At Risk [sub req]
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes’ joint bid to build a $300 million casino in East Windsor, Connecticut, seemed to be nearing fruition...
article Connecticut Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos Start 2018 Sluggishly
(Connecticut) -- Tribal Connecticut casinos Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun kicked off January with a less-than-amazing month, as slot revenue was down at both properties.
article OP/ED: Yes, Both the East Windsor and Bridgeport Casinos are Still Bad Ideas
(Connecticut) -- On Wednesday we got a brief look at the plans for a controversial new casino that the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes want to build in East...

2/15/2018

article Casinos’ slots revenue was down in January
(Connecticut) -- Southeastern Connecticut’s casinos got off to a slow start this year, with both reporting declines in January slot-machine revenues. Foxwoods...
article OP/ED: Yes, Both the East Windsor and Bridgeport Casinos are Still Bad Ideas
(Connecticut) -- On Wednesday we got a brief look at the plans for a controversial new casino that the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes want to build in East...

2/14/2018

article Connecticut Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into Stalled Casino Deal
(Connecticut) -- Members of Connecticut’s U.S. congressional delegation are calling for an investigation into the Department of the Interior over a decision on a...
article First Glimpse At Design For East Windsor Casino Includes 5-Story Parking Garage
(Connecticut) -- The casino planned for East Windsor would be built with a one-story gambling venue and a five-level, 1,800-space parking garage at the site of a vacant...
article Lawmakers seek probe on indecision of CT gaming pact amendment
(Connecticut) -- U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut have called on the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior...
article Connecticut Lays the Foundations of Online Gambling Expansion
(Connecticut) -- The state of Connecticut could soon be eyeing the addition of online gambling to its existing industry. Recently, the hotel and casino complex Foxwoods...

2/13/2018

article Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Probe of DOI Over Tribal Casino
(Connecticut) -- Four members of the Connecticut congressional delegation have asked the US Inspector General to investigate the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the...
article Connecticut Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into Stalled Casino Deal
(Connecticut) -- Members of Connecticut’s U.S. congressional delegation are calling for an investigation into the Department of the Interior over a decision on a...
article Connecticut lawmakers seek investigation of casino lobbying
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's U.S. senators and two of its congressmen asked Monday that the inspector general of the Department of the Interior investigate the...
article Federal lawmakers call for official probe into government inaction
(Connecticut) -- In Connecticut, four federal lawmakers have reportedly called for an official investigation into why the United States Department of the Interior has...
article Lawmakers want US interior secretary grilled over casino agreements inaction
(Connecticut) -- Four Connecticut lawmakers are demanding a federal probe of the U.S. Department of Interior’s (DOI) decision to sit on the request of tribal...
article Connecticut Considering New Commercial Casino and Sports Betting Bill
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut has always been on the forefront of gaming. Just four years after the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act passed in 1988, the Foxwoods Casino...

2/12/2018

article Connecticut congressmen call for probe of Interior Department's failure to act on state's agreements with tribes for 3rd casino
(Washington D.C.) -- Connecticut officials on Monday called for an investigation of the U.S. Department of the Interior's failure to act on revenue sharing...
article Connecticut lawmakers seek investigation of casino lobbying
(Washington D.C.) -- Connecticut’s U.S. senators and two of its congressmen asked Monday that the inspector general of the Department of the Interior investigate...
article Federal Probe Sought For Interior Department's Lack of Action on Casino Agreements
(Washington D.C.) -- Four members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation pressed Monday for a federal probe of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s...
article Lawmakers want casino probe from Interior watchdog
(Washington D.C.) -- Connecticut lawmakers are asking the Interior Department’s inspector general to launch an investigation into why a pair of Indian tribes are...
article Will The Connecticut General Assembly Be Tempted To Revisit The State's Gaming Future?
(Connecticut) -- As plans for a casino in East Windsor seem stalled, the state legislature looks to be in for a lengthy debate over the future of gaming once again this...
article RADIO: Connecticut's Casino Drama Continues As Some Lawmakers Push New Bill
(Connecticut) -- Who should be able to build casinos in Connecticut? Plans by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build a third gaming facility in East Windsor...

2/10/2018

article Bridgeport’s East End could see new interest from businesses
(Connecticut) -- With big-ticket developments making their way into Bridgeport’s East End, business owners and organizations who already have a stake in the...

2/9/2018

article Odds Grow Longer For East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- Legislators reconvened the General Assembly Wednesday for their final regular session before facing the voters in November. The occasion is always...

2/8/2018

article Connecticut lawmakers look to scrap East Windsor tribal casino, open bid process for 3rd gaming establishment
(Connecticut) -- Despite approving tribal operators' bid to jointly establish a commercial casino in East Windsor last year, some Connecticut state lawmakers are...
article Key Lawmakers Sharply Criticize Bill Pushing Open Competition In Casino Expansion
(Connecticut) -- A bill that would establish competitive bidding for a third casino in Connecticut drew sharp criticism Thursday from two senators who were prominent...
article OP/ED: Don’t get distracted, stick with East Windsor casino plan
(Connecticut) -- Is this legislature capable of setting a course and sticking with it? In the 2017 session, the General Assembly authorized construction of a casino in...

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