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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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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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CT tribes rally to Malloy’s defense against Oklahoma tribal lenders

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The leaders of Connecticut’s federally recognized Indian tribes rallied Monday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s defense, decrying the practice of an Oklahoma tribe and its business associates to make unlicensed, short-term loans here at astronomical rates. 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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Twenty years later, Connecticut has a new view of casinos

Kevin P. Brown, Mohegan tribal chairman. At right is Cystal Whipple of Mashantucket Pequots and Sens. Bob Duff and Martin Looney.

Questions about morality and the societal impact of expanded gambling are fading, if not gone. Competition in surrounding states, notably a planned MGM casino-resort in Springfield, has distilled the issue of a new casino in Connecticut to one overriding concern: Keeping jobs. Continue Reading →

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Pequots, Mohegans lobby together for expanded gambling

Foxwoods and Mohegan officials sit with their lobbyists in the Legislative Office Building cafeteria.

Connecticut’s two tribal casinos are trying to gauge support at the General Assembly for an expansion of gambling to stem what a new study shows is the rapid loss of customers to out-of-state competition. Expansion possibilities include a new casino north of Hartford or slots at OTB parlors. Continue Reading →

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