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New Hampshire

November 28, 2013

N.H. casino foes, advocates ready for battle

Casino foes plan rally in Concord

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Smith also said she is worried about helping out-of-state developers at the expense of the state.

Other opponents have had concerns that permitting casinos in New Hampshire could undermine the state’s quality of life by contributing to gambling addiction or increased crime.

Despite approval from the Senate and support from Gov. Maggie Hassan, the House last spring rejected casino gambling, 199-164.

“The New Hampshire House has consistently been opposed to casino gambling for a range of reasons,” Smith said. “I see no reason to believe 2014 will be any different.”

She compared the gambling issue to a popular movie.

“Do you remember the movie ‘Groundhog Day?’” she asked, referring to the film, starring Bill Murray, where a TV weatherman is stuck in Punxsutawney, Pa., repeatedly reliving the day.

“I think of it as ‘Groundhog Day,’” she said of the gambling debate.

Elliott said while he respects Smith, he doesn’t think she speaks for the Democratic Party on the casino issue.

“I don’t think her view will be influential,” he said.

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