Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling: Immediate Release: House Crushes Casino Bill

Granite State Coalition
Against Expanded Gambling

Immediate Release: House Crushes Casino Bill
Contact: Jim Rubens, (603) 359-3300

After two hours of compelling debate, some of which was so moving that it silenced the chambers, the House voted 199 to 164 to kill SB152, the casino bill backed by the Governor and previously passed by the Senate. On the reconsideration vote, a more accurate picture of House opposition, the bill was crushed by 212 to 155.
Notwithstanding the most intense lobbying and arm twisting ever for a New Hampshire casino bill, the margin of defeat was greater than the 42 vote margin for HB593 in 2012, when Governor Lynch had promised to veto ANY casino bill.
“The House now has an unbroken, two-decades long record of rejecting casinos. It’s time for the legislature and the governor to find a new and better approach the budget making and to moving our economy forward,” said Jim Rubens, chair of the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling.
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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