Verizon Casino Amendment – Acknowledges Cannibalization – No Protection for Most

Immediate Release:
Contact Jim Rubens 603-359-3300
Here is today’s UL story on the “Verizon Amendment” to SB152 to be offered to House Ways & Means:
“Casino advocates are now compelled to acknowledge the reality of revenue and jobs cannibalization from thousands of existing New Hampshire hospitality businesses and entertainment venues which do not have monopoly slot machine profits to subsidize meals, drinks, rooms, and entertainment,” said Jim Rubens, chair
man of Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling. “Unfortunately, the Verizon amendment fails to provide protection for all but one.”
Attached is the letter to House Ways & Means chairman Almy from Manchester’s Mayor and Aldermen.

Casino Amendment.pdf

Point: the 1500 seat amendment does not protect smaller NH venues, nor does it protect thousands of other NH hospitality businesses from which revenues and jobs will be cannibalized.
GSCAEG has been raising the revenue and jobs cannibalization problem for
several years.

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at