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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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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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