Keno, the unwanted child of Connecticut politics, vilified by gambling opponents and publicly defended by no major political figure, improbably remains alive as the General Assembly begins the last two weeks of the 2014 session.
What do keno, state grants for cities and towns, and the not-for-profit public access network that covers state government have in common? More than you’d think.
In the oddly one-sided debate over whether to stop the Connecticut Lottery Corp. from launching keno, the Lottery seems to have finally found its voice, perhaps inspired by its old marketing slogan: “You can’t win, if you don’t play.”
The majority leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly Wednesday said they support repealing Keno, a bingo-style gambling game that lawmakers approved last year when facing a deficit to generate new revenue.
The Connecticut Lottery took a step Thursday toward bringing keno to bars, restaurants and other outlets next year, while legislators in Hartford began a study of the feasibility of introducing video slots to pari-mutuel facilities in Bridgeport, New Haven and Windsor Locks.