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Struggle Over New Casino In Connecticut Continues Unabated

Just recently, Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes released a letter from the Interior Department, their latest salvo in a struggle with MGM Resorts International over a new casino in the state.

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7/20/2017

article Connecticut moves closer to construction of a third casino
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and tribal leaders signed documents Thursday amending Connecticut’s relationship with its two federally recognized tribes,...
article New tribal casino will go back to General Assembly
(Connecticut) -- Before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took a victory lap with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal leaders on Thursday, he quietly signed a change to the...
article Tribes pledge to compete with Massachusetts as Connecticut Gov. signs law to build casino in East Windsor
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a bill authorizing the state's tribal casino operators to build a casino in East Windsor, in a move tribal...
article Tribes, Governor Sign Changes to Compact Allowing New Casino
(Connecticut) -- It's now up to the General Assembly and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve an agreement that could lead to a new satellite tribal...

7/18/2017

article Casinos’ slots payments to state showed increase in fiscal 2017
(Connecticut) -- In the 2017 fiscal year, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun combined to pay Connecticut $269.9 million in slot-machine revenue, a rare year-over-...

7/15/2017

article Connecticut Enacts Sports Betting Legislation
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy has signed into a law a bill that would permit the regulation of sports betting within the state, should New Jersey...

7/14/2017

article Gaming expansion approved in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Sports betting industry could become a reality in Connecticut after the state Governor Dannel Malloy signed the H 69448 this week. Legal operations...

7/5/2017

article Editorial: Prepare For Gambling Ills
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut, the casino capital of New England, is getting ready to expand gaming operations even more. With that expansion comes a special duty to help...

7/4/2017

article Windsor change: Connecticut to welcome third casino property
(Connecticut) -- Dannel Malloy, the Governor of Connecticut, has signed legislation to authorise the operation of a new casino resort in East Windsor. The legislation...

6/28/2017

article Connecticut Casino Expansion Bill Signed by Governor Dannel Malloy, Allows Tribes to Offer Gaming on Non-Sovereign Land
(Connecticut) -- The legal path for a Connecticut casino in East Windsor is now paved, after Governor Dannel Malloy (D) signed Public Act 17-89, a bill that authorizes...
article Connecticut Governor signs bill authorizing East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- Legislation that authorizes a casino in East Windsor, Connecticut was signed by Governor Dannel Malloy Tuesday afternoon.
article Connecticut governor signs contentious tribal legislation into law
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut governor Dannel P.Malloy has today signed legislation into law which effectively brings to an end the ongoing dispute over the building of a...
article Connecticut tribes get green light to build East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The lengthy legal battle is over, and it’s—finally—all systems go for the first tribal casino to be built on non-tribal land in...
article CT Passes Law Allowing Tribes To Operate Joint Casino
(Connecticut) -- Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation Tuesday allowing Connecticut’s two federally-recognized Native American tribes to run a casino in East...
article East Windsor Casino Bill Includes $4.5 Million Annually To Nearby Towns – But Not Windsor
(Connecticut) -- The two tribes planning to build a casino in East Windsor are to set aside some gaming revenue to help six municipalities that will bear costs of...

6/27/2017

article Connecticut governor signs bill for East Windsor Mashantucket Pequot-Mohegan casino intended to compete with MGM Springfield
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation into law that could lead to a new tribal casino in East Windsor, the first casino to be built on non-tribal...
article It’s the law: Malloy signs 3rd-casino bill
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill Tuesday that authorizes the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to jointly operate the state’s third...
article No surprise as Malloy signs bill allowing third casino
(Connecticut) -- It was pretty much a sure thing: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday signed a bill that authorizes the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations to...

6/26/2017

article New Connecticut Casino Could Ruin OTB
(Connecticut) -- With the knowledge that authorizing a third casino in Connecticut could hurt the existing off-track betting (OTB) facilities in the state, the...

6/24/2017

article Appeals Court Sides With State On Casino Expansion — For Now
(Connecticut) -- A federal appeals court dealt another setback Wednesday to efforts by MGM Resorts International to open a Connecticut casino, but hinted that the...
article East Windsor Casino Called a Glorified Slots Parlor by Mayor
(Massachusetts) -- A Manhattan judge recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by MGM Resorts against the State of Connecticut over the licensing of a tribal casino in the...
article State Poised To Launch Biggest Expansion Of Gambling In Decades, But Some See Trouble Ahead
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut is poised to launch the biggest expansion in gambling in two decades: a trifecta of building a third casino, adding more off-track betting...
article Third-casino bill would shore up tourism funding
(Connecticut) -- All but lost in the brouhaha over the bill authorizing southeastern Connecticut’s casino-owning tribes to develop a third casino in the state is...

6/23/2017

article Connecticut’s thrid casino moving forward, and Barrett-Jackson auto auction returns to Mohegan Sun
(Connecticut) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of the lawsuit by MGM Resorts International challenging the Connecticut law that allowed the Mohegan...
article Gambling Expansion
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut is poised to launch the biggest expansion in gambling in two decades: a trifecta of building a third casino, adding more off-track betting...
article Gambling Expansion's Impact On Area Business
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut is poised to launch the biggest expansion in gambling in two decades: a trifecta of building a third casino, adding more off-track betting...

6/22/2017

article Dismissed MGM Resorts Lawsuit Against Connecticut Upheld by Appeals Court
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts was not placed at a competitive disadvantage in trying to build a casino in Connecticut on non-tribal land. That’s according to the...
article MGM loses latest round in fight with tribal casino developers
(Connecticut) -- The 2nd U.S Circuit Court of Appeal in Manhattan have agreed that judges in Connecticut were right to dismiss the MGM Resorts International lawsuit...
article US Court of Appeals Rules Against MGM Resorts in Third Connecticut Casino Legal Battle
(Connecticut) -- The US Court of Appeals ruled against MGM Resorts International in the first one in what is expected to be a long-running legal battle over the...
article $25 million and counting for political lobbying in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Lobbyists spent $25 million this year trying to push their issues over the legislative finish line, according to reports filed with the Office of State...

6/21/2017

article Appeals Court Sides With State On Casino Expansion — For Now
(Connecticut) -- A federal appeals court dealt another setback Wednesday to efforts by MGM Resorts International to open a Connecticut casino, but hinted that the...
article Appeals court upholds dismissal of MGM’s claim against 2015 law favoring tribes
(Connecticut) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of MGM Resorts International's claim that the 2015 law that enabled the Mashantucket Pequot and...
article Connecticut wins early round in casino court fight with MGM
(Connecticut) -- A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled against MGM Resorts International, the owner of a casino under construction in Springfield, in the first round...
article Court rejects MGM lawsuit as company competes with tribes
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International lost another round Wednesday in a court fight aimed at giving it leverage against Native American tribes in Connecticut as...
article MGM’s Connecticut Casino Wrangle Crashes on Appeal
(Connecticut) -- Plans for a new Connecticut casino operated by the state’s two federally recognized Indian tribes received a boost Wednesday as the Second Circuit...

6/16/2017

article MMCT Venture Celebrates Green Light to Build Connecticut’s Third Casino
(Connecticut) -- After a two-year push for authorization, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations are celebrating the June 7 approval of a bill paving the way...

6/15/2017

article Casino slot revenues continue to slide
(Connecticut) -- The state's two casinos saw slot revenues decline in May as they continue to face a bumpy 2017. During the month, Mohegan Sun posted a 1.3 percent...

6/14/2017

article East Windsor casino to receive Federal Government's approval
(Connecticut) -- Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown said the governor and the federal government are all on the same page when it comes to authorizing the state’s first...
article Haar: One-Time License Fee For East Windsor Casino Is State’s Latest Budget Football
(Connecticut) -- In the mad rush to pass a casino bill, lawmakers glossed over one detail that could have a big effect on the state budget. The General Assembly didn...

6/13/2017

article Mohegans play host to tribes, Interior secretary at pivotal time
(Connecticut) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the face of a Trump administration whose approach to the federal budget and its oversight of Indian country is...

6/12/2017

article Connecticut Approves Third Casino
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut House joined the Senate last week in approving a third, satellite tribal casino. The bill awaits the signature of Governor Dannel P....
article Construction on new Connecticut casino could begin in the autumn
(Connecticut) -- In Connecticut, the tribal joint venture behind the plan to bring a satellite casino to the small community of East Windsor has reportedly revealed that...
article Long road still ahead of Connecticut casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes (MMCT) have won the upper hand over MGM in their dispute for a new casino venue in Connecticut after they got...
article Keno puts up $70M in first year
(Connecticut) -- When West Haven bar owner Sue Kelly decided to start selling Keno last April she had reservations. Kelly's on Campbell is a neighborhood bar, with...

6/11/2017

article Tasks lie ahead for Connecticut tribal casino after legislation passes
(Connecticut) -- The tribes that run Connecticut’s two casinos have won the long-sought approval of the General Assembly to run a third one, but there are still...
article OP/ED: Our View: As Legislature wraps, here’s the good, the bad and the ugly
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s bleak financial situation has dominated the headlines since the Legislature convened for its 2017 regular session in January, but...
article OP/ED: State relies on vice
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut legislature seems determined to destroy civil society in the state, but by increments rather than in one fell swoop. Wednesday,...

6/10/2017

article Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, third casino, it’s off to court we go
(Connecticut) -- It's hard to imagine, when your lawyer cautions that you might get into a boatload of legal trouble by doing something, that you go ahead and do it...
article Soto reverses field, votes on casino bill
(Connecticut) -- On May 14 I wrote about freshman Democratic state Rep. Chris Soto of New London abstaining from two key votes in the Appropriations Committee, one...

6/9/2017

article Connecticut lawmakers vote to authorize new tribal casino
(Connecticut) -- A bill to allow construction of a third tribal casino in CT cleared the legislature early this morning meaning the yet-to-open MGM Springfield casino...

6/8/2017

article After Legislative Approval For Third Casino, Court Battle Looms
(Connecticut) -- The fight to establish a third casino in East Windsor cleared months of grueling debate in the legislature Wednesday but another hurdle now looms, this...
article Connecticut House of Representatives Approves East Windsor Casino in 103-46 Vote
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut House of Representatives approved a plan for a casino in East Windsor, but leaders among House Democrats said they expect a legal...
article Last-night meltdown averted in General Assembly
(Connecticut) -- The General Assembly’s regular session was held hostage for hours Wednesday, then freed when Republicans backed away from a potential budget...
article Legislators approve tribal casino
(Connecticut) -- The House on Wednesday approved allowing the state’s two tribes to expand gaming off their reservations, sending the issue to Gov. Dannel P....
article Kevin Rennie: Session Ends, All We Got Was A Casino
(Connecticut) -- What a curious regular session of the legislature, which ended Wednesday at midnight. The change in the partisan divide that voters wrought in November...

6/7/2017

article Connecticut legislators approve tribes’ joint venture casino plan
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut legislators have approved a joint venture casino project by the state’s two tribal gaming operators, but MGM Resorts says it will...
article Lawmakers approve 3rd casino, MGM to fight in court
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers have given the final green light for a third casino. It’s on its way to the governor — but the entire matter is going to end...
article Legal Sports Betting In Connecticut? House Passes Bill That Could Allow Wagering In Future
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill that could legalize sports betting in the future, according to local media reports.
article Senate Approves Gambling Expansion As Session Ends With Unfinished Work
(Connecticut) -- With just hours left in the legislative session, the state Senate granted final legislative approval Wednesday night for an expansion of gambling that...
article Senate Sends Casino Sweetener To Malloy
(Connecticut) -- By a 22-14 vote Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill expanding the number of approved off-track betting facilities from 18 to 24. The House had passed...
article Third tribal casino approved; court action promised
(Connecticut) -- As the legislative session moved into its last 24 hours, support for a third tribal casino was approved in the House, but only after urban lawmakers,...
article Tribes’ third-casino bill gains House support, awaits Malloy’s signature
(Connecticut) -- While southeastern Connecticut’s gaming tribes were hailing the state House of Representatives’ vote early Wednesday to authorize a...
article Tribes’ third-casino bill, ‘sweetener’ package headed for governor’s desk
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers embraced gaming expansion early and late Wednesday, with the House of Representatives voting in the wee hours to approve both the...
article MGM officials say Connecticut legislature 'missed an enormous opportunity' in approving East Windsor casino bill
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International expressed disappointment Wednesday in Connecticut lawmakers' passage of a bill that would allow the state's two...
article Shaghticoke Tribe suing over casino legislation
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut House has approved a bill allowing more off-track betting parlors in an effort to gain approval for legislation authorizing a new tribal...

6/6/2017

article $25 Million Casino Licensing Fee Considered As House Debates Gaming Expansion
(Connecticut) -- House leaders are considering a variety of options in last-minute moves toward expanding casino gambling in Connecticut with just two days left in the...
article Casino Deal Expanded To Include More Off-Track Betting, Sports Betting, MMA
(Connecticut) -- In a potential major expansion of gambling, legislators were debating early Wednesday a two-bill casino proposal that includes an East Windsor casino,...
article Deal is struck: House to authorize tribes’ East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The Senate’s approval of a little-noticed mixed-martial arts bill Tuesday evening was the signal: A deal has been struck for the House of...
article House votes for final approval of tribes’ casino in East Windsor
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations crossed the finish line Wednesday on the last day of the General Assembly’s annual session,...
article Lawmakers Pick Home Team In Casino Battle; House Approves OTB Expansion
(Connecticut) -- The House gave final passage to a bill Wednesday morning that will give the two tribes exclusivity over a new casino in East Windsor, before it passed a...
article State lawmakers vote to authorize new tribal casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut lawmakers approved most of a legislative package early Wednesday that could lead to a new tribal casino being built in East Windsor, a move...

6/5/2017

article Casino debate expanded to include slots, high-roller venue
(Connecticut) -- A proposal allowing two Connecticut tribal nations to open a third casino has grown into a wider debate about whether to expand gambling elsewhere. The...
article Casino Expansion In Play As Clock Winds Down On Session
(Connecticut) -- Will the Connecticut House of Representatives pass the casino expansion bill approved by the Senate, allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes...
article Connecticut closer to commercial casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut legislators are still considering the possibility of burning another casino to the state: multiple proposals have emerged in the last couple...
article Connecticut House Still Mulling The Way Forward On Casino Bills
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut House of Representatives seems no nearer to a conclusion on expanding gambling in the state, and House Speaker Democrat Joe Aresimowicz...
article Decision on East Windsor casino expected soon
(Connecticut) -- With three days to go with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, MGM Springfield and the tribes that run the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos,...
article Hartford's 11th-hour casino game is 'Let's Make a Deal'
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut legislature's long debate about the implications of expanding casino gambling has come down to a stark question of transactional...
article MGM warns third-casino ‘side deals’ jeopardize state’s compacts with tribes
(Connecticut) -- Gaming-expansion legislation that calls for slot machines at off-track-betting facilities in Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury “places in real...
article Possible slot machines in Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- The introduction of slot machines to several pari-mutuel locations, including the Shoreline Star in Bridgeport and Sports Haven in New Haven, might...
article Slots On The Table For Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Haven As Lawmakers Continue Negotiating Casino Deal
(Connecticut) -- With less than three days left in the legislative session, state House leaders are considering a variety of options in last-minute moves toward...
article Top Republican Supports Tribal Casino Expansion
(Connecticut) -- The top Republican in the Connecticut House said the bill to support when it comes to casino expansion is the one backed by the state's two tribes...
article “Mini casinos” now in the mix in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Some are calling it “sweetening the pot”, while others are calling it “Let’s make a deal.” Lawmakers from the state’...

6/4/2017

article Casino Backers Must Aid Problem Gamblers
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut may be poised to enter a new gambling frontier, one that requires better safeguards for the state's most vulnerable populations.

6/3/2017

article Connecticut lawmakers may be near agreement on casino legislation
(Connecticut) -- The Senate and the House on Saturday may have worked out an agreement to approve two separate casino proposals to send to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
article Connecticut’s General Assembly Inches Closer to Commercial Casino Deal
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s Legislature may send two casino-related bills to Governor Dannel Malloy, local media reported. Both proposals provide for expansion...
article Funding setbacks aside, tourism industry eager for a season in the sun
(Connecticut) -- Relatively cheap gas prices, the prospect of better weather than we've seen this spring and a reputed uptick in consumer confidence all bode well...
article Lawmakers hung up by budget, partisan fights in final days
(Connecticut) -- The close partisan makeup of the General Assembly and sharp disagreement over how to solve Connecticut’s budget deficit problems are two big...
article Casino workers would pay more in state licensing fees than casino developer
(Connecticut) -- If legislation to construct a third casino in East Windsor passes, a blackjack dealer will have to pay more to the state for a gaming license than the...

6/2/2017

article OP/ED: Make Sportech Part of the Casino Solution
(Connecticut) -- Sportech — as the only other licensed gaming operator in the state besides the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes — should be included...

6/1/2017

article Bridgeport mayor remaining cautious on possibility of hosting a casino
(Connecticut) -- As lawmakers in Connecticut continue to consider controversial legislation that would expand casino gambling, the mayor for the eastern state’s...

5/31/2017

article House, tribes said to be negotiating amendment to third-casino bill
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes are amenable to an amended version of the third-casino bill that would call for them to make an upfront...
article Time Grows Short and Tribes Agree to Add Slots for Waterbury, New Haven and Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- The tribal operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun are offering legislators a $25 million upfront payment and would agree to place slot...

5/30/2017

article Bridgeport’s Ganim keeps casino developers at arm’s length
(Connecticut) -- MGM has confirmed its interest in a Bridgeport casino — but said it has to overcome a 2015 special act that gives Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun dibs on...
article It’s Make Or Break Time For Major Legislation
(Connecticut) -- Memorial Day may be summer’s unofficial start, but it also marks the final stretch of the legislative session. This week will make or break...

5/28/2017

article OP/ED: Brendan Cox: Casino war a sad reflection on state
(Connecticut) -- It can be difficult, amid intense lobbying, political deal-making and general public brouhaha, to discern one’s root feelings about certain ideas...

5/27/2017

article Boutique Casino In Hartford Was On The Table Before Senate Vote, Unclear If Proposal Will Return
(Connecticut) -- The city came close to landing a "boutique casino" as part of a casino expansion bill approved by the state Senate this week but opposition...

5/26/2017

article Connecticut Senate approves new casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut legislators would finally approve gaming expansion in the state, as economy experts were concerned about the opening of neighbor MGM...
article Connecticut Senate Signs Off On New Casino Bill
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut casinos have been victim to nine consecutive years of gaming revenue declines, so the state is looking at a way to stop the bleeding.
article More Connecticut counties interested in casinos
(Connecticut) -- East Hartford could be considered as an option to develop the third casino in Connecticut. This week the state’s Senate approved a gaming bill to...

5/25/2017

article Connecticut’s tribal casino bill facing challenges
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut Senate passed a bill early Wednesday allowing a new satellite casino to be built by two Native American tribes in East Windsor, but it...
article Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Take Another Look At East Hartford Casino
(Connecticut) -- With the shape of future casino expansion in Connecticut uncertain, East Hartford's mayor is urging state lawmakers to take another look at a...

5/24/2017

article Casino Expansion Won't Pass The House Unless Tribes Pay For Exclusive Rights
(Connecticut) -- Despite the Senate's overwhelming approval of a casino bill, Democratic leaders in the House said Wednesday the operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino...
article Connecticut House leaders: We can’t pass tribal casino bill in current form
(Connecticut) -- Several hours after the Senate passed a bill that would give Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes the exclusive right to open a...
article House Dems say ‘budgetary relief’ is the price of a new casino
(Connecticut) -- If the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes want the House to join the Senate in granting them the right to build a casino off tribal lands, they must...
article MGM Springfield competition: Connecticut senate passes bill authorizing state's third casino
(Connecticut) -- A bill authorizing the construction of Connecticut's third casino has passed the state Senate, moving the state's tribal gaming operators closer...
article Region’s senators back tribes’ 3rd casino bill; next up, the House
(Connecticut) -- After a 2-to-1 win in the Senate, proponents of the bill authorizing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build a commercial casino in East...
article State Senate passes casino bill favoring Mashantuckets, Mohegans
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes won the first half of their home-court fight with MGM Resorts International over the rights to gaming...
article Tribal casino bill faces challenges despite Senate passage
(Connecticut) -- While the Connecticut state Senate passed legislation early Wednesday allowing a new satellite casino to be built by two Native American tribes in East...

5/23/2017

article Senate Begins Debating Satellite Casino In East Windsor
(Connecticut) -- State senators started debating late Tuesday night on one of the most controversial issues facing the legislature — whether to approve a new...
article Senate Gives Thumbs Up To Tribal Casino Bill
(Connecticut) -- The state Senate approved a bill early Wednesday morning that would pave the way for Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to build a...
article State Senate Approves Third Casino In Overnight Vote; Bill Has Yet To Face House Vote
(Connecticut) -- Shortly after midnight, the state Senate approved a bill that would allow a third casino in Connecticut. The bill has yet to go before the state House....
article Tribes win casino fight in Senate, face battle in House
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes won the first half of their home-court fight with MGM Resorts International over the rights to gaming...
article MGM Ad Campaign Seeks Open Competition For Casino
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International launched a digital ad campaign Tuesday, again pushing for more competition if the state decides to expand casino gambling off...
article Tribes say MGM’s third-casino math doesn’t add up
(Connecticut) -- A spokesman for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes claimed Monday that MGM Resorts International’s “own math” shows that...
article Connecticut guv sides with tribes on third casino plan
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s governor has told state legislators that the only casino expansion proposal he’ll sign is one that doesn’t interfere...
article Jepsen: Letter From Federal Regulators Eases Concerns On Casino Expansion
(Connecticut) -- The operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun got another boost in their push for a casino in East Windsor, this time from the attorney...

5/22/2017

article Malloy Says No To Open Casino Bidding But Support For Tribes' Expansion Is Unclear
(Connecticut) -- The fate of competing casino expansion bills remained unclear Friday after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he might support a plan to let the tribal casinos...

5/21/2017

article Connecticut budget-fixing ideas: Legalized pot, new casino
(Connecticut) -- They may have snuffed out the idea of legalizing marijuana in past legislative sessions, but Connecticut lawmakers now include it among several...

5/20/2017

article Lawmakers, Tribal Chairmen Applaud Governor’s Casino Remarks
(Connecticut) -- Lawmakers who favor maintaining the exclusivity of two federally recognized Indian tribes’ gaming operations in Connecticut applauded comments...
article Malloy Says No To Open Casino Bidding But Support For Tribes' Expansion Is Unclear
(Connecticut) -- The fate of competing casino expansion bills remained unclear Friday after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he might support a plan to let the tribal casinos...

5/19/2017

article Malloy: Only realistic casino expansion option is the tribes'
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy moved forcefully Friday for the first time to focus the legislature's debate on casino expansion, saying the only measure he...
article Struggle Over New Casino In Connecticut Continues Unabated
(Connecticut) -- Just recently, Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes released a letter from the Interior Department, their latest salvo in a struggle with...

5/17/2017

article MGM poll: 71% of likely voters want open bid for third casino
(Connecticut) -- A statewide survey commissioned in part by MGM Resorts International shows that 71 percent of likely Connecticut voters support legislation that would...

5/16/2017

article Democrats would slash municipal aid, allow casino, legalize pot
(Connecticut) -- House and Senate Democrats Tuesday recommended opening a new casino, legalizing marijuana and imposing deep cuts to municipal aid and public colleges...
article Federal opinion on proposed Connecticut casino remains unchanged
(Connecticut) -- The federal government’s stance on a proposal from the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to open a...
article Tribes release a federal letter of support
(Connecticut) -- The approval of a third casino in Connecticut is under discussion as MGM is opening a mega touristic venue in the neighboring state of Massachusetts but...
article Mixed April results for Connecticut tribal casinos
(Connecticut) -- In Connecticut, slot revenues at the giant Mohegan Sun reportedly increased in April for a second consecutive month while takings from the machines at...

5/15/2017

article Interior Department affirms view of tribes’ third-casino plan
(Connecticut) -- It’s largely a paper war now. In letters to the chairmen of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes and Connecticut’s attorney general, a...
article Third Casino Would Not Impact Impact Revenue-Sharing Agreement Under Trump, Interior Department Says
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has reaffirmed guidance issued last year that Connecticut's revenue-sharing agreement with the tribal operators...
article Tribes get BIA letter helpful to their bid for a third casino
(Connecticut) -- A Trump administration official says the election of President Trump and arrival of new leaders at the Department of the Interior have not changed...
article Casinos’ April slots-revenue results mixed
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun’s slot-machine revenue was up nearly 4 percent last month, while Foxwoods Resort Casino’s was down 3 percent, data released...
article Slot revenues rise at Mohegan Sun, decline at Foxwoods
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun said Monday that its slot revenues rose in April for the second consecutive month, while its nearby rival Foxwoods Resort Casino said its...

5/12/2017

article Sen. McCain doesn't seem to know where New York City is located
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) is joining the battle over a new casino in Connecticut but a letter he sent to the Trump administration is marred by...
article Conn. Tribes' $300M Joint Casino Push: A Cheat Sheet [sub req]
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes are touting their proposal for a joint-owned tribal casino in Connecticut as a sure bet to boost sagging...

5/11/2017

article Malloy confidants spar over competing casino projects
(Connecticut) -- They were once “Malloyalists,” part the governor’s kitchen cabinet. Now they’re rivals in a high-stakes game of Connecticut hold...
article McCain letter prompts sharp response from tribes’ MMCT spokesman
(Connecticut) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican, entered Connecticut’s third-casino fray this week, asking in a letter that the Department of the...
article McCain Weighs in on Connecticut Casino Fight, Opposing Tribal Satellite
(Connecticut) -- Sen. John McCain voiced his opposition to a new casino in Connecticut on Tuesday, saying the proposed project would endanger the state’s revenue-...
article MGM Springfield fights back
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts has responded to Connecticut’s plan of approving a new tribal casino to compete with the upcoming MGM Springfield gaming center in...
article Casino fund payments would be withheld as part of Malloy deficit plan
(Connecticut) -- As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struggles to contend with a looming budget deficit, a perennial source of municipal aid to towns has been put on the chopping...

5/10/2017

article Casino Bill Moves Forward In Connecticut Legislature
(Connecticut) -- A controversial bill to allow two federally recognized Connecticut Indian tribes to build a casino outside their reservation won the approval of a key...
article Connecticut tribes’ casino bill easily clears key committee
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes are one step closer to establishing a casino in East Windsor as a bill that would allow them...
article EDITORIAL: Push bills critical to region toward approval
(Connecticut) -- Two bills of major importance to the region won the approval of the Appropriations Committee, thanks in no small measure to support from members of the...
article Geographic Lines Begin To Form On Third Casino
(Connecticut) -- Geographic divides, more so than partisan, emerged Monday as a key committee debated legislation to allow Connecticut’s two federally recognized...
article MGM Circulates McCain Letter In Casino Battle
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International is circulating a letter from U.S. Sen. John McCain to federal regulators expressing concern about the opening of a third...
article MGM uses McCain letter to fight Connecticut tribal casino
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts is using a new letter from U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in its campaign to stop Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes from...
article Possible new casino is closer
(Connecticut) -- Joe Aresimowicz, Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, confirmed to the local press that legislators are closer to a final approval of a...

5/9/2017

article Connecticut casino proposal clears key legislative panel
(Connecticut) -- Legislation allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build a third casino in East Windsor, Connecticut has cleared a key legislative...
article House Speaker increasing odds for casino gambling expansion
(Connecticut) -- The Speaker of the Connecticut House says he is increasing the odds that an expansion of casino gambling will pass this year. The prediction comes in...
article House speaker says odds favor expanded gaming off tribal lands
(Connecticut) -- The possible expansion of gaming off tribal lands remains alive, and could be included as part of budget negotiations, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz...
article MGM Springfield competition: Bill to authorize East Windsor casino clears Connecticut legislative committee
(Connecticut) -- A bill that would authorize Connecticut's tribal gaming operators to build a commercial casino in East Windsor passed the state General Assembly...
article State’s third casino moves a step closer
(Connecticut) -- A plan by Connecticut’s Indian tribes to build a third casino in East Windsor advanced Monday after receiving the blessing of a key legislative...
article Tribes' Casino Bill Clears Another Legislative Committee
(Connecticut) -- A bill that would allow the tribal operators of the Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun to establish a casino in East Windsor easily cleared the...
article Tribes’ third-casino bill clears Appropriations Committee
(Connecticut) -- The legislature’s Appropriations Committee voted Monday to approve the bill that would enable the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to...
article Schaghticokes Press For Open Competition In Casino Expansion
(Connecticut) -- The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation launched another push Tuesday for a casino expansion bill that would open up the process to proposals from more potential...
article What’s at stake if casino bidding process becomes open to all
(Connecticut) -- As the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes move forward with their plan to build a casino in East Windsor, a third tribe is demanding a chance to...
article Later last call in Mass. would cause Conn. casinos to take note
(Connecticut) -- If Massachusetts amends its liquor laws to enable casinos to serve later than 2 a.m., Foxwoods Resort Casino would be interested in following suit....

5/8/2017

article Republican bill isn't even insurance; and ask MGM to pay to block casino
(Connecticut) -- The "Affordable Care Act," better known as "Obamacare," lost last week at the hands of the Republican majority in the House of...

5/6/2017

article MGM jumps on plan for bigger EW casino tax break
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts International, which says it can bring more money and jobs to the state with a casino in Fairfield County than the Mashantucket Pequot and...
article Tribes Launch Attack Ad On MGM Over Casino Proposal
(Connecticut) -- The partnership of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun Thursday turned up the heat in their campaign to open a third Connecticut casino, launching a...
article Casino gambling forum today in Weston
(Connecticut) -- The League of Women Voters of Weston is holding an informational forum on Saturday, May 6, regarding proposed legislation that could lead to a casino in...

5/4/2017

article Budget crisis could help prospects of a third Connecticut casino
(Connecticut) -- The prospects of proposed legislation that could see Connecticut open a third casino could reportedly be helped by the possibility that the eastern...
article Connecticut Tribes Renew Lobbying Blitz for Third Casino
(Connecticut) -- Casino workers at Connecticut’s two existing casinos rallied on Wednesday in front of the State Capitol to support a proposal for the construction...
article CT Casino Workers Rally in Support of East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut casino workers rallied in support of building a third casino in Connecticut, a move they say will protect jobs. Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods...
article Tribes Launch Attack Ad On MGM Over Casino Proposal
(Connecticut) -- The partnership of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun Thursday turned up the heat in their campaign to open a third Connecticut casino, launching a...

5/3/2017

article Amid growing MGM threat, CT casino workers rally to save jobs
(Connecticut) -- With more than 9,000 jobs at risk, Connecticut casino workers rallied in Hartford on Wednesday to protect their livelihood by speaking with lawmakers....
article Casino Expansion Is 'On The Table' As State Grapples With Budget Issues
(Connecticut) -- As the tribal chairmen of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun lobbied legislators for their East Windsor casino plan, a top Democratic lawmaker...
article House Speaker says 3rd casino likely decided in budget talks
(Connecticut) -- House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM'-oh-wits) says the decision about whether Connecticut should have a third casino will likely be decided...
article Mohegan and Foxwoods employees talk jobs at the capitol
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut casino workers were at the capital Wednesday making their voices heard on the push for a new, third Connecticut casino. Mohegan Sun and...
article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods workers making push for 3rd casino
(Connecticut) -- Employees from the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos will descend upon the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford Wednesday, to try to convince...
article Third Casino More Likely As Budget Crisis Worsens
(Connecticut) -- House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said Wednesday that a third casino could be part of a solution as legislators craft a budget in the face of plummeting...
article Tribes apply ‘full-court press’ for third casino
(Connecticut) -- With five weeks left in the General Assembly’s current session, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes claimed Wednesday the tide has turned...
article Tribes Bring Casino Employees To Capitol To Back East Windsor Casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan and the Mashantucket Pequot tribes today bused casino employees to Hartford, to urge state lawmakers to allow the tribes to operate a new...
article Tribes Make Push For Casino, Speaker Says It Will Be Part of Budget Deal
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s tribal chairmen believe momentum for an East Windsor casino is on their side. But slowing their progress is a House bill that would...
article Tribes press for third casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations continued to press their case Wednesday for a third Connecticut casino in East Windsor to galvanize...

5/2/2017

article Foxwoods Employees to Take to the Capitol Wednesday
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes, in their continuing effort to protect Connecticut jobs and revenue, announced Tuesday that employees from...
article Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun employees to lobby lawmakers at Capitol
(Connecticut) -- Southeastern Connecticut casino employees will travel Wednesday to Hartford to lobby lawmakers considering casino-expansion bills, one of which would...
article Connecticut Lottery under probe
(Connecticut) -- This morning the Connecticut legislature’s public safety committee is holding a meeting to assess the Connecticut Lottery Corp.’s...
article Lottery Officials Knew Game Was Vulnerable To Fraud, Investigation Finds
(Connecticut) -- Lottery officials knew in January of 2015 that there was a way for retailers to illegally access the numbers of the 5 Card Cash game on their computer...

5/1/2017

article East Windsor residents defeat proposed casino ordinance
(Connecticut) -- In Connecticut, residents of the community of East Windsor have reportedly voted against the passage of a proposed local ordinance that could have...
article Finance committee allows its third-casino bill to die
(Connecticut) -- One of two legislative proposals calling for a competitive bidding process that could lead to a third Connecticut casino died last week when the Finance...
article Income Tax Revenue Decline Expected To Hit $1.46 Billion By 2018
(Connecticut) -- As income tax revenues collected from the state's top taxpayers continue to plummet, Connecticut now faces a projected drop in income tax revenue of...

4/30/2017

article Plan to build third casino in Connecticut advances
(Connecticut) -- During a town meeting, residents debated the proposed ordinance that would have required a minimum distance between a gaming establishment and a state-...
article Rep. Skulczyck: Backing ‘home team’ in 3rd casino fight
(Connecticut) -- Throughout my career in public service and public safety, I’ve always rooted for the home team. I was born and raised in Connecticut, and from a...

4/29/2017

article Plan for Third Casino Moves Forward After East Windsor Vote
(Connecticut) -- Plans to build a third casino in Connecticut are moving forward after residents of East Windsor rejected an ordinance, submitted by petition, that town...

4/28/2017

article East Windsor residents shoot down casino-blocking ordinance
(Connecticut) -- East Windsor residents showed they support the casino planned for their town, voting late Thursday night to reject a proposed ordinance that was...
article East Windsor residents vote against referendum; CT lawmakers to decide on casino in town
(Connecticut) -- The people of East Windsor, Connecticut have spoken, and they want a casino in town. “It’s on the shoulders of state legislature to do what...

4/27/2017

article East Windsor Casino Opponents Push For Ordinance
(Connecticut) -- Casino opponents in East Windsor are pushing to gain some traction in their fight, even though the town already has signed a development agreement for a...
article East Windsor to discuss casino proposal
(Connecticut) -- A meeting will be held today in East Windsor in order to discuss a proposal that would allow a joint venture to build a US$300 million casino to compete...
article Residents won’t get to vote on East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The town of East Windsor held a public town meeting Thursday night and members of the community voted against an ordinance which would have lead to a...

4/21/2017

article Connecticut lawmakers explore commercial casino possibility
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut is now looking at three alternatives for another casino in the state and the final decision will not come easily or without consequences.
article East Windsor to have town meeting on casino proposal
(Connecticut) -- In the latest move in the debate over a proposed $200 million to $300 million casino in town, the Board of Selectmen voted grudgingly Thursday to...
article Weston League of Women Voters holds forum on off-reservation gambling
(Connecticut) -- The League of Women Voters of Weston is holding an “action forum” opposing off-reservation gambling on Saturday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the...

4/18/2017

article Connecticut state senator fears third casino could cause “oversaturation”
(Connecticut) -- First, it was just Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods in Connecticut. Now, casinos and slots parlors in surrounding states like Massachusetts, Rhode Island and...
article Connecticut to open casino development bidding to commercial developers
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut state legislature has held a hearing into a bill which, if passed, would open up bidding on a potential third casino development to...
article Debate Continues Over Non-Tribal Group Casino Bill
(Connecticut) -- Both sides of the debate made their case at a public hearing Monday before the state legislature’s Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee, on a...
article Legislators search for safest bet on casino expansion
(Connecticut) -- The General Assembly’s appetite for gambling is being tested in every sense as legislators weigh competing proposals for casino expansion from MGM...
article MGM interested in Connecticut casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut legislators carried out a meeting to debate the possibility of expanding gambling in the state by allowing the construction of a third...
article MGM Resorts Ramps Up Fight Against No-Bid Connecticut Tribal Gaming Expansion
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts is in Connecticut this week trying to make its case against the state giving the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Native American tribes...
article PERNA: A third casino? To get the right answer start with the right question
(Connecticut) -- When the two tribal casinos opened nearly 25 years ago in Connecticut, they were “the only games in town.” There was no competition to the...
article Tribes, MGM battle over who should open third casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes say the state will lose $85.6 million annually if it creates a competitive process for developing a...

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