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Tribes say Lamont wants them to look at Bridgeport

In an exclusive interview, the tribal chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, Rodney Butler and the tribal chairman of the Mohegan tribe, Kevin Brown tell News 8 that Governor Lamont has asked them to look into developing a casino/resort on the Bridgeport waterfront. Something they say they have always had interest in.

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3/22/2019

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3/20/2019

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3/15/2019

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2/26/2019

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2/20/2019

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2/19/2019

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(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two casinos are reporting a continued decline in slot-machine revenue. January marked the seventh straight month that the slot...

2/14/2019

article How A New Governor Could Help Connecticut Sports Betting Over The Hump
(Connecticut) -- A change in governors could be just what Connecticut sports betting needs to finally get up and running. Last August, then-Gov. Dannel Malloy was...

2/13/2019

article Casinos’ revenues were down slightly in October-December quarter
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resorts Casino and Mohegan Sun posted modest declines in revenue during the quarter that ended Dec. 31, the first full three-month period in...

2/9/2019

article Lender: From tribes to MGM to MLB, big interests paying lobbyists $2 million to influence bills on sports betting, casinos
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s considerable cadre of government-influencing operatives have landed contracts totaling nearly $2 million this year to lobby state...

2/8/2019

article The Lure Of Luck: How Gambling Can Turn Addictive For Southeast Asian Refugees
(Connecticut) -- Quyen Truong still gets a cozy feeling when she sees a hand of cards. It reminds her of family and traditions as a refugee from Vietnam who arrived in...

2/7/2019

article Who could operate sports betting in Connecticut? Tribes, MGM, CT Lottery, off-track locations all angle for piece of new industry
(Connecticut) -- Senate Democrats offered a glimpse Wednesday of how legal sports betting might work in Connecticut, announcing a bill that would establish casinos and...

2/4/2019

article OP/ED: Casino Indians' monopoly doesn't cover political pull
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two casino Indian tribes complained last week to a General Assembly committee that their rival MGM, operator of the new casino just...
article PODCAST: The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes talk about the East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes compete against each other every day at their Connecticut casinos, located just miles apart in the eastern...

2/3/2019

article The Real Story: Tribal Chairs on casinos, sports betting, and their future in CT
(Connecticut) -- The leaders of Connecticut’s federally recognized tribes are renewing their push for a casino in East Windsor. Mohegan Tribal Chair Kevin Brown...

2/2/2019

article Connecticut Tribes Forging Ahead With East Windsor Casino, And A Pot Bust Raises Questions
(Connecticut) -- The operators of the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut say they want to move ahead with a joint casino in East Windsor, designed to...

2/1/2019

article Conn. Lawmakers Propose Bill Seen To Support MGM Casino (sub req)
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers representing Bridgeport, Connecticut, have proposed creating a gaming commission to oversee competitive bidding for licenses to build...

1/31/2019

article Feds: Man ran scam from CT casinos
(Connecticut) -- Federal authorities said a foreign national has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged $800,000 bank-fraud scheme that victimized...

1/30/2019

article Tribes say East Windsor casino is viable and necessary
(Connecticut) -- Competition from the MGM Springfield casino has been less damaging than expected to Connecticut's two tribal casinos, but leaders of the...
article Tribes: MGM got to feds
(Connecticut) -- Tribal leaders said Tuesday that officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior assured them they would get approval to build the Tribal Winds...

1/29/2019

article Third-casino bill eliminating need for federal approval could hinge on legal opinion
(Connecticut) -- A legal opinion that former Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen slipped into the third-casino debate won’t go away. It re-emerged Tuesday...
article Tribal Winds is the new name for stalled East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- The leaders of Connecticut’s Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes have unveiled the new name of their proposed East Windsor casino as Tribal...
article Tribes assure lawmakers they’re committed to border casino
(Connecticut) -- The leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes tried to assure state lawmakers Tuesday they remain committed to opening their Tribal...
article Tribes give lawmakers update on East Windsor casino after plans halted
(Connecticut) -- We are shovel ready.” Those words today from the state's two tribal leaders. The chairman of the Mashantucket’s and the Mohegans gave...
article Tribes tell lawmakers they're ready to move forward with East Windsor
(Connecticut) -- The tribal chairmen of Connecticut's two federally recognized Native American tribes that operate the two casinos greeted the legislative chairs of...
article Tribes tout EW casino jobs, cash, new name
(Connecticut) -- The two Indian tribes attempting to build a casino in East Windsor have renewed their promotion of the facility with a name change, dubbing it the...
article What’s next: Tribal casinos renew push for state legislation for East Windsor site
(Connecticut) -- Leaders of Connecticut’s two tribal-owned casinos returned to the General Assembly Tuesday to urge newly installed lawmakers to enact additional...
article Tribes assure Connecticut lawmakers they’re committed to border casino that would compete with MGM Springfield
(Connecticut) -- The leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes tried to assure state lawmakers yesterday they remain committed to opening their...

1/28/2019

article East Windsor casino has a name, ‘Tribal Winds,’ but no start date
(Connecticut) -- Stressing the “shovel ready” status of their long-stalled East Windsor casino project, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes on Monday...
article Tribal Winds: East Windsor casino project has new name, new push from Foxwoods and Mohegan to compete with MGM Springfield
(Connecticut) -- The Native American Tribes in Connecticut unveiled Monday the name they have in mind for their East Windsor casino project: Tribal Winds. The...
article Tribes name planned East Windsor casino “Tribal Winds”
(Connecticut) -- MMCT Venture LLC, a joint venture formed by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, said Monday it will name its casino in East Windsor “...
article With new brand name, the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots launch campaign for East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- It’s a new year with a new legislature and governor -- and now there’s a new name for the proposed third casino in Connecticut. The joint...

1/26/2019

article Mixed Feelings About Connecticut's Gambling Revenue Forecast Adjustment
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut officials seem less concerned about potential impacts the MGM Springfield casino is having on slot machine revenue at the two tribal casinos...
article Could southeastern Connecticut have the country’s loosest slots?
(Connecticut) -- Welcome to Round 1,001 of Connecticut's endless game of charting its public policy toward gambling. One big difference, as the legislature opens yet...

1/25/2019

article Connecticut senators file new sports betting bill
(Connecticut) -- Eight Connecticut senators have jointly filed a new bill with the aim of legalising sports betting in the US state. SB 665 intends to establish...
article OP/ED: Sports betting: A vice that could become a virtue
(Connecticut) -- To a great extent Connecticut relies on income from casino gambling to balance the state budget. Years ago no one could have envisioned that casino...

1/24/2019

article Sports Betting in Connecticut – The Whole Story So Far
(Connecticut) -- Gambling in Connecticut has been a vehemently debated subject which reached a crescendo around the time of PASPA’s repeal, but seemed to gather...

1/23/2019

article Bill tracker: Where do key issues stand in the Connecticut legislature?
(Connecticut) -- Stay up to date on the important issues facing Connecticut including debates over tolls, marijuana and the minimum wage by following The Courant’s...

1/22/2019

article State increases estimates for casino slot machine revenue
(Connecticut) -- State officials say they are raising their estimates for slot machine revenue from Connecticut’s two casinos. In a report issued last week, the...
article Lamont Seeks To Broker Deal On Third Casino
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said he wants to arrange a meeting between the state’s two federally recognized Native American tribes and with...

1/21/2019

article State raises estimates for casinos’ slots-revenue payments
(Connecticut) -- State officials have raised their estimates of the slot-machine revenue they expect southeastern Connecticut's casinos to generate in the current...
article Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, State Tribes Hash Out Possible Bridgeport Gaming Options, Controversy Still Swirls
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resort’s proposal to build a large casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut — already opposed by many surrounding towns — is now facing a...
article Lamont is a new player in state’s gambling battles
(Connecticut) -- With the new year, the drama over the expansion and control of legal gambling in Connecticut enters its fifth season, a convoluted story in search of an...
article Lamont seeks path around ‘legal mud’ of gambling wars
(Connecticut) -- Union members turned out at a rally in New Haven in support of a plan by MGM Resorts International to develop a casino in Bridgeport. Similar rallies...
article Lamont trying to get through casino 'legal mud’
(Connecticut) -- With the new year, the drama over the expansion and control of legal gambling in Connecticut enters its fifth season, a convoluted story in search of an...
article Connecticut Sports Betting Takes Step Forward as Governor Pushes to Legalize It
(Connecticut) -- Sports gambling is slowly inching towards legalization in many states, and it seems like its found another supporter in the northeast. That's...

1/20/2019

article Lamont seeks path around ‘legal mud’ of gambling wars
(Connecticut) -- With the new year, the drama over the expansion and control of legal gambling in Connecticut enters its fifth season, a convoluted story in search of an...

1/19/2019

article Lamont asked tribes to ‘look into’ a Bridgeport project
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont has asked the chairmen of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to consider a development of some sort in Bridgeport, Kevin Brown,...
article Tribes say Lamont wants them to look at Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- In an exclusive interview, the tribal chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, Rodney Butler and the tribal chairman of the Mohegan tribe, Kevin Brown...

1/18/2019

article Bill renews effort to repeal authorization for tribes’ East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- A proposed bill that surfaced Friday could rekindle the third-casino debate — again. Introduced by a lawmaker whose district includes parts of...

1/16/2019

article OTBs making strong case for sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut residents bet about $150 million a year on horse and dog racing and jai alai games displayed on big screens at Off Track Betting facilities...

1/15/2019

article Committee heads differ on future of gambling
(Connecticut) -- In a critical year for gambling in Connecticut, there are three Democrats at the center of a crucial legislative committee who appear poised to clash....
article Another ‘down’ month for casinos, but declines not so steep
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino’s slot-machine revenue declined by 5.2 percent last month while Mohegan Sun’s was down by less than 1 percent,...
article CT casino Dec. slot revenues down slightly
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino on Tuesday again reported a slight dip in December slot revenues. Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) said...

1/14/2019

article Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Introduced for 2019
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut General Assembly will once again take up sports betting. After more than a year of deliberations in previous legislative sessions,...

1/12/2019

article OP/ED: If Connecticut legalizes sports betting, we will need a stronger safety net
(Connecticut) -- As Connecticut’s legislature reconvenes, there will likely be a myriad of bills regarding expanded legalized gambling on the agenda —...
article Sports betting on front burner at State Capitol
(Connecticut) -- The co-chairman of the legislative committee that oversees gambling in the state says sports betting will be one of the first big public hearings of the...

1/10/2019

article Reading The Signs: Will Connecticut Legalize Online Gambling, Sports Betting in 2019?
(Connecticut) -- This is the first part in an ongoing OPR series outlining the states most likely to pass online gambling and/or sports betting legislation in 2019....

1/9/2019

article In Osten, region has a rare representative on public safety committee
(Connecticut) -- State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, a staunch advocate of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’ efforts to develop an East Windsor casino and...

1/8/2019

article Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Would Hand Exclusivity to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut State Sen. Cathy Osten believes sports betting can be an “early session success story” for the state legislature.
article Lawmakers set to roll dice on sports betting
(Connecticut) -- In less than 24 hours, Connecticut will have a new governor. Gov.-elect Ned Lamont will be sworn in on Wednesday, and he already has ideas on how to fix...
article Sports-betting bill would legalize practice at state’s casinos
(Connecticut) -- The legislative session doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday, but several members have started early, co-sponsoring a bill that would legalize...
article Tribal supporters, MGM seek to be part of sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Various factions are angling to get a piece of the action if Connecticut pushes ahead with legalizing sports gambling in the new legislative session....

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