New Hampshire’s casino bill faced a grilling Tuesday in the State House, which includes always proved a graveyard of casino bills past. And there have been several.

Granite Determination: Legalizing casinos in New Hampshire is really a no-brainer for Senator Lou D’Allesandro. If perhaps their state House shared a similar viewpoint.

This is Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) nineteenth attempt to legalize casino gaming in the state, and every successive bill’s annual defeat in the House has become something of a New Hampshire tradition, a bit like Rochester Fair but less fun.

Still, the good senator is nothing if not dogged, and D’Allesandro believes, simply as he has every year, nearly for the past 2 full decades, that here is the year to get the business done.

Bad Start

Things would not begin auspiciously for the bill’s hearing at a meeting associated with House Ways and Means Committee, as evidenced by the Casino Free New Hampshire group hosting a pre-hearing anti-gambling news seminar in the lobby. We suspect, incidentally, that this is certainly how a term ‘lobbyist’ originated.

From there it was primarily downhill.

‘ Debating another casino bill is nothing but a waste of time,’ declared Patricia Lovejoy (D-Stratham), a known member of the House Finance Committee and obviously not really a fan of D’Allesandro’s work.

‘The numbers that have been presented are really pie-in-the-sky figures,’ she report