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Tribes serve DNC breakfast and a case for casino expansion

Rodney Butler, tribal chairman of the Mashantucket Pequots, and Kathy Regan-Pyne, a member of the Mohegan Tribal Council, are seated with former senator Chris Dodd and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Standing at left are Sens. Jon Tester and Chris Murphy. The tribal officials sponsired a breakfast for the Connecticut delegations and sought help in blocking federal legislation that would bar the tribes from establishing a casino off their reservations. Read the story here.

PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana had two reasons for being the featured speaker Tuesday at a Democratic National Convention breakfast sponsored by the owners of Connecticut’s two tribal casinos: He can help them in their fight with MGM Resorts International, and they can help him raise money to take back the Senate. Continue Reading →

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CT GOP delegates, this meal is brought to you by…

The Connecticut delegation's Breakfast Club, sponsored by United Concrete Products. Read the story here.

CLEVELAND — The daily breakfast buffet for the Connecticut delegation to the Republican National Convention is courtesy of United Concrete Products of Wallingford, a state contractor. An afternoon cruise Wednesday aboard the Goodtime III was paid for by the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, two tribes trying to win legislative approval to jointly develop their first casino off tribal land. But overall, sponsorships are down. Continue Reading →

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Schaghticoke group planning bid for federal recognition – and a casino

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WASHINGTON – The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe of Kent, one of two rival groups in Connecticut with the Schaghticoke name, is preparing to make a bid for federal recognition, according to a Bureau of Indian Affairs official and a tribal consultant. Recognition would open the door to federal aid and the right to open a casino on tribal land. Continue Reading →

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Merrill to Schaghticokes: Our goof doesn’t get you a casino

A craps table in the Casino of the Earth at Mohegan Sun.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill formally notified the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation on Wednesday that her office’s mistaken acceptance of a business filing last month does not confer any right to develop a casino in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Malloy ‘neither endorsing nor panning’ Bradley casino

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had no opinion Wednesday on the Connecticut Airport Authority’s pitch to the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans to consider Bradley International Airport as a site for a jointly owned casino the tribes would like to develop as a hedge against competition in Springfield. Continue Reading →

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Attorney General to legislators: Casino expansion poses legal risks

A craps table in the Casino of the Earth at Mohegan Sun.

Attorney General George Jepsen warned top legislators Wednesday that legislation giving the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans exclusive rights to a new casino was itself a gamble, potentially endangering the current profit-sharing deal with the tribes and exposing the state to claims of illegal favoritism. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut’s unlikely history of casinos gets a new chapter

A craps table in the Casino of the Earth at Mohegan Sun.

Failing to slam the door on casino gambling in 1991, Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. cut the deal in 1993 that both gave the industry a foundation and firmly capped its reach in Connecticut — until now. Today, the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee holds a public hearing on what appears to be the strongest attempt in two decades to expand casino gambling off tribal lands. Continue Reading →

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Mohegan Sun interested in adding a gaming facility in Connecticut

A craps table in the Casino of the Earth at Mohegan Sun.

The owners of the Mohegan Sun casino are interested in developing one or more new gaming facilities in Connecticut to keep customers being targeted by new casinos under development in Massachusetts. And while the Mohegan tribe hasn’t fully developed any proposal, or settled on any specific locations, it does believe its most aggressive new competitor lies in Springfield, Mass., where a new $800 million casino is being developed. Continue Reading →

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