Live Casino Free or Die

by Steve MacDonald May 7, 2017

Senator Lou ‘Millennial Gaming’ D’Allesandro rolled the dice again on “legalized casino gambling” in New Hampshire and got crap(s). is spinning this as proof that we’re not living up to our state motto. The repeated failures of Millennial Gaming Lou have come from split legislatures, Democrat majority legislatures, Republican majority legislatures, Republican Legislatures with both Republican […]

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Senator Sponsoring State-Sponsored Gambling Monopolies – A Stupid Idea For Which The Time Will Never Come

by Ed Naile April 27, 2017

Like a junkie who needs a fix, Liberal Lou D’Allesandro is chomping at the bit for another shot at a state gambling monopoly. Who would have guessed that the fake news promise of tax riches for all would subside in Manchester’s Tax and Spend Lou. Once again Senator Casino is trying to rally support for […]

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GrokTALK! – GOP It’s Hard to Know Ya!

by Steve MacDonald May 5, 2015
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We talk Jaspercrats on the House Judiciary Committee (hello! primary); NH RNC Committeemen (and women) actively undermining the Republican party platform; and the Republican House passed a bill to harpoon local transparency this week. We also spend some time on the casinos, the Hoell amendment, and other stabs at liberty with regard to gambling. Listen […]

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Katherine Rogers (D – Revenue)

by Steve MacDonald April 10, 2015
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UL “I don’t have a passion for gambling,” said Rep. Katherine Rogers, D-Concord, and a bill sponsor. “I have a passion for revenue.” For clarification, Democrat House Rep Katherine Roger’s passion is not to earn money by her own efforts but to take it from other people by whatever means are at her disposal (so […]

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Help Us, Pot And Gambling. You’re Our Only Hope

by Steve MacDonald March 5, 2014
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This may be the dumbest thing I read today.  (I confess, it is sitll early, but for now…) “We need revenue,” said Rep. Frank Sapareto, R-Derry. “We know what our options are. There are only two. We know it’s going to be marijuana or gambling. That’s the only way we’ll get additional revenue. Our other […]

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Kathy Sullivan Channels Adam Smith?

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2013

Kathy Sullivan channels Adam Smith (?) in John DiStaso’s Granite Status…(In regard to the Casino Bill Vote) “But what amazed me is the lack of willingness (by opponents of both parties) to recognize the amount of gambling we already have in New Hampshire, with all of the under-regulated charitable gaming, and it continues to grow […]

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Casino Bill was Defeated by Large Margin, 199-164 [Updated and Bumped]

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2013

From Spec Bowers… Casino bill was defeated by large margin, 199-164. I thought it would be close. I thought it would be closer as well but gambling is one of those issues that has broad bi-partisan opposition.    There are factions on the left that are hard core progressive wellsprings that oppose gambling as if they […]

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Majority Report on SB152 The Casino Gambling Bill

by Steve MacDonald May 20, 2013

I don’t typically post reports from the House Journal because I am not flush with the time necessary to read them on any sort of regular basis. But the committee vote on SB152, the most recent effort to plop a Casino somewhere on the New Hampshire landscape, was close–and just happened to go my way.  […]

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Gambling Addiction

by Steve MacDonald April 26, 2013

From the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling… The “no proof” meme was laid to completely rest yesterday at hearings before the community impacts subcommittee of the House special joint SB152 committee. Here is the Nashua Telegraph’s story on these hearings. Dr. Rachel Volberg, the world’s most widely published gambling addiction expert, presented the most […]

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Maybe Maggie “Squats With Lobbyists” Hassan Just Wants A Casino Bailout?

by Steve MacDonald March 25, 2013

As our Democrat Governor tries to improve her odds at winning a bet on a state gambling monopoly in northern New England, AP is reporting hard times for the Indian Casino monopoly in the southern part of New England.  The Indian tribes, who got the law changed to allow them to put up casinos as […]

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NH House Kills Casino Bill HB 665

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2013

From Jim Rubens for the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling. Immediate Release: House Kills 2-Casino Bill By Nearly 4-1 Margin Contact: Jim Rubens, (603) 359-3300 This morning the House killed HB665 by a 249-65. HB665 would have permitted two casinos, one in the North Country and one along the Massachusetts border. “Today’s vote shows […]

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So How is The NH Democrats ‘New Civility’ Working Out?

by Steve MacDonald March 20, 2013

So how is the New Hampshire  Democrats ‘New Civility’ Working Out?  Just ask Democrat Peter Sullivan… So the Democrat governor’s lackeys are writing down the names of reps who oppose her agenda.  Was that supposed to be part of that whole “New Civility” thing you lefties said you’d pile up on your donkeys and bring […]

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Troopers Admit – They Just Want the Money

by Steve MacDonald March 19, 2013

The New Hampshire Troopers Association and the New Hampshire Police Association agree. Legalizing casino gambling wouldn’t endanger public safety but would in fact be a boon to law enforcement budgets, New Hampshire state police and police officers argued Monday. No more crime than adding a large mall.  Troopers are stretched thinn.  There are even plea’s for concern […]

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Gambling Study Says Not Big Money For State

by Steve MacDonald February 28, 2013

The Union Leader is reporting on a much anticipated study about the future of gambling Revenue for New Hampshire. The news is not good for proponents. According to the study done by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies (NHCPPS), because of the social costs of gambling, the state would not receive a net benefit if […]

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Hassan’s Budget Gamble Takes Heat From Her Left

by Steve MacDonald February 19, 2013

No one should be surprised to see Maggie Hassan’s budget has millions of dollars in revenue from a source that does not even exist. In this instance it is gambling, but a few years ago Senator Hassan was part and parcel to repeated budget balancing fiascoes that relied on non existent revenue. She voted for budgets “balanced” with revenues […]

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Gambling On Our Future

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2012

A few days ago I wrote this (among other things) about the risk of bringing casinos to New Hampshire… Years of Casino ‘revenue’ in Concord would inevitably create the opportunity for entrenched incumbency and make every race about money, and who can spend it.   The special interest money would favor those who support Casino interests […]

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Gambling? Seriously?

by Steve MacDonald February 8, 2012

The success of any move to add Casinos to New Hampshire will hinge on the Libertarian Republicans currently crowding the House and their ability to override a likely Lynch veto.  While I am on their side in almost every other case, when it comes to casinos we part ways, and not for the reasons you […]

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The Red Herring Of Granite State Gambling

by Rick Olson October 4, 2011

“I don’t gamble, because winning a hundred dollars doesn’t give me great pleasure. But losing a hundred dollars pisses me off.” — Alex Trebek  Back in the early 90’s while attending college at night, I took an elective course called Public Policy. At that time, I was a staunch advocate for expanded gaming in the […]

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“Blue Lou” D’Allesandro Decries Passage of House Bill 89

by Rick Olson February 24, 2011

I take nothing Blue Lou says to overly serious

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Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?

by Steve MacDonald June 18, 2010

…there are plenty of conservative heretics shifting boundaries and public opinion about the role of government. Fergus just doesn’t seem to see it.

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A Sure Bet

by Steve MacDonald May 30, 2010

  The New Hampshire State Senate has made it’s position clear.  Everything goes better with Gambling.  That pesky Lyme disease thing–probably get that passed with gambling.  And they would be more than willing to overturn any lingering Blue Laws if people could gamble on Sunday.  Want to make sure money is a form of free […]

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Does Prohibition Work?

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2010

On the question of using gambling revenue to hide irresponsible democrat spending, State Senator Maggie Hassan was quoted in this mornings Union Leader saying. "My question is, does prohibition work? I don’t think it does." It’s quite entertaining, the things desperate people say when they are under the gun to cover their own ass. The […]

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I’m confused : “self-described libertarian”? Really?

by Skip April 26, 2010

I had bookmarked this a bit ago and just reread it now.  I really don’t like gambling from a moral standpoint – but going along with the "Conservative with libertarian leanings", I have no problem with folks throwing their money away (there’s a real good statistical reason that they call it "the House odds").  However, […]

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No Gambling

by Steve MacDonald April 22, 2010

In the smoldering ruin of SB 489–this years gambling bill, even after a massive campaign by Millennium gaming and its big-money FixItNow NH campaign quarter-backed by their Public relations goo-roo Richard Killion, (whom I suspect is this guy), we get comments like this, from this morning’s Union Leader. “What’s clear is that today’s vote runs […]

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The Gamble

by Steve MacDonald March 29, 2010

Just a reminder as the pro-gambling lobby turns up the heat in a defict ridden era of irresponsible liberal management; the debate is not about rights, or revenue, it is about the gambling lobby buying up your state government. The pro-gamblers argue that we’ve had gambling for years, and while that’s technically true,  we’ve not had […]

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Where Do We Put The Vagina?

by Steve MacDonald March 25, 2010

Desperation has been known to drive good people to do bad things.  “Bad” is of course subjective.  You have to be willing to accept that humans are flawed and prone to weakness.   It is also imperative that you are not in awe of the power of the state as a beacon of morality or as […]

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Recovery from the disaster in Concord IS possible, but it depends on good people getting active.

by Doug June 17, 2009

  Disaster in Concord Guest post by Karen Testerman NH’s General Court is proposing to tax anything that is moving or breathing.  However, you the taxpayer know their focus is misdirected.  The whole of the current administration is looking at the symptoms, what they term, "a lack of revenue." However, the current economic disaster with […]

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NH Budget Snapshot: Little Hope at this Point for True Fiscal Responsibility

by Doug June 11, 2009

[New Hampshire State Representative DJ Bettencourt (R-Salem) provides the following snapshot of where the state’s budget stands today…] Guest Post by DJ Bettencourt It was the hope of many Granite State conservatives that the State Senate would rectify issues with the House version of the budget for fiscal year (FY) 2010-2011. Among the most notable […]

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Guest Post: Gambling has not saved budgets in other states

by Doug February 3, 2009

by Michael Biundo If we want definitive proof that expanded gambling won’t make our state budget permanently flush, all we have to do is look at the states that rely on gambling revenue today. First, a quick look at New Hampshire. In 2008, only seven states experienced a higher percentage growth in state spending than […]

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