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Dan Haar: Inside The Ironic Bargain That Saved An Embattled Casino Plan

Dan Haar: Inside The Ironic Bargain That Saved An Embattled Casino Plan

Even after competing factions in the General Assembly saved a teetering East Windsor casino plan, the deal was shaky right up to the night the session ended on Wednesday.

With pro-casino forces scrambling — led by two Democratic senators, Cathy Osten of Sprague and Timothy Larson of East Hartford — the glue was steadfast support from urban lawmakers. Their price: looser rules for mixed martial arts and an expansion of off-track betting locations.

And so we have a powerful irony. In the face of opposition to more gambling, Connecticut greased the way for its first commercial casino not by...

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