MALLOY SCORES IMPORTANT ENDORSEMENT BY LGBT

Every morning, particularly Mondays, The Shad’s e-mail box is full with blaring headlines from the major (and not so major) campaigns touting an endorsement of their candidate by every group from the Wild Turkey Coalition to an obscure state representative who is so “back bench,” his colleagues couldn’t pick out of a line-up.

OK, the Wild Turkey Coalition doesn’t exist (although if it did, their headquarters would be in my back yard). But you get the point. Every endorsement is played by the campaign as if it will put them over the top for whatever nomination they’re seeking.

However, at the end of last week, gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy scored a meaningful statement of endorsement from an influential group that will result in real backing for Malloy.

Leaders from the LGBT community gathered last week to formally announce their endorsement of Malloy. Anne Stanback, founder and former Executive Director of Love Makes a Family was in attendance. “It’s not merely Dan’s extraordinary commitment to ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that led me to support him for Governor,” said Stanback. “From education to health care to job creation, I like the ideas that Dan has put forward. And at a time when our state faces a significant budget crisis, I’m particularly impressed by the fact that he’s led a major Connecticut city, and led it successfully for 14 years,” Malloy’s campaign quoted.

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The Massachusetts state legislature is currently working on a bill that would allow two casinos and dozens of video slot machines all over the state. The House has approved it, the Senate is working on it. Governor Deval Patrick will sign it.

While casino backers in Massachusetts tout the plan as an economic development and job creation tool, no one seems to be talking about how this could hurt Connecticut—not the state’s casinos necessarily but the state coffers.

The Mohegan Tribe is working hard to score one of the casinos in Massachusetts so they are happy. But if the Bay State approves casinos, both the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods will start to see far less Massachusetts license plates heading their way. The taxpayers in the state of Connecticut have a vested interest in that traffic.

The gaming compact the tribes have with the state assures the state coffers get a 25% cut of the slot revenue each month. If Mass. gamblers stop coming over the border and start playing slots in their home state, we lose.

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It’s always nice when one’s work is noticed. The Hanging Shad got a nice mention from The Hartford Courant’s “Capitol March” site for The Shad’s entry on Richard Blumenthal’s campaign. It’s here: http://blogs.courant.com/capitol_watch/2010/04/who-are-you-calling-martha-coa.html