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A note from Darla Vander Plaats

Released: 01/13/06

Bob & DarlaSioux City, IA -  “Both urban and rural Iowa have been invaded overnight by casino-style gambling,” Republican candidate for governor Bob Vander Plaats said today, calling upon Iowa Lottery officials to remove all TouchPlay lottery machines that have appeared by the thousands in various Iowa retail sites.

“The fact that this was allowed to occur without the approval of the legislature or local communities is unconscionable.  For lottery officials and those who seek to profit from the manufacture and distribution of these games to sneak them into everyday Iowa is simply outrageous.”

If the Iowa Lottery will not comply, Vander Plaats has pledged to seek legislative action to remove the machines.  The Iowa Lottery contends that the TouchPlay devices are not slot machines because their payouts are not randomly generated. 

“I am not interested in a debate over semantics,” said Vander Plaats.  “I think Speaker Rants put it best when he said that these machines look to him like slot machines and they look to Iowans like slot machines.” 

Vander Plaats is referring to a recent taping of Iowa Press where House Speaker Christopher Rants of Sioux City told a panel of reporters that, “…to me it looks like a slot machine, to most Iowans it looks like a slot machine, and legislators are hearing from their constituents saying, ‘when did we authorize a casino in every community in the state?’.” 

“Task forces and blue-ribbon commissions seem to be the best that Iowans are going to get from their elected officials this year,” Vander Plaats said.  “In this case, there is one undeniable and statistical fact – Iowans are going to lose more than they will ever win.”

Local Caucus Night

Please join fellow Republicans Monday night, January 16th for your local caucus. Bob Vander Plaats will be speaking at the caucus in Polk County, as well as stopping by several caucuses in the surrounding area.  Darla Vander Plaats will be speaking in their home county of Plymouth. 
 
Bob is also honored to have the following, well-respected Iowans speaking on his behalf throughout the state:
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Iowans talking with Iowans
 
Steve Sukup
2002 Opponent and currently serving as Vander Plaats’ State Chair
 
Dick Johnson
State Auditor (1979-2003) and Vander Plaats’ State Co-Chair
 
Bernie Saggau
Iowa High School Athletic Executive Director (1967-2005) and Vander Plaats’ State Co-Chair
 
Paul Pate
Former Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa Secretary of State, and State Senator
 
Kitty Rehberg
Former State Senator and Vander Plaats’
Education Chair
 
Bill Salier
2002 U.S. Senate Candidate
 
Mike Wells
President of Wells’ Blue Bunny and Vander Plaats Finance Chair
 
Mike Hartwig
2002 Secretary of State Candidate
 
Dwayne Alons
State Representative
 
Dave Mulder
State Senator
 
Al Manning
Former Mayor of Waterloo
 
Craig Decker
Loras College Republican
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Join Bob Vander Plaats & Bernie Saggau for a Post-Caucus Reception
At the Iowa Hall of Pride
103 Park Street, Downtown Des Moines
Please call 515-278-6306 for more information

For more information on the Vander Plaats for Governor Campaign visit www.vpforgov.com