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Old 06-06-2012, 03:24 PM   #1
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PPA DENIED Entry to the Texas State Republican Convention!

In the next few days the Texas Republican Party will be gathering at their annual convention to nominate their candidates for office, solidify their party’s political platform and to listen to Texans about the issues of concern to them and their families.

The Poker Players Alliance believed this convention would be an excellent way to present issues of importance to Texas poker players, from Internet poker legislation before the U.S. Congress to the effort to establish poker rooms in the state. We applied for an exhibitor booth during their convention from June 7-9 in Fort Worth and unfortunately our application was DENIED. Party activists made it clear that their convention is closed to those groups or individuals that do not represent the Texas Republican Platform.

Please take a moment and call Steve Munisteri, Republican Party Chairman, at 512-477-9821, option 5 and tell him:

1. Poker is a game of skill and should not be considered an expansion of gambling in Texas as part of the Republican Party’s platform.
2. The PPA is a non-partisan group that promotes liberty and consumer rights.
3. You are very disappointed in the Texas Republican Party for censoring free speech during their June Convention
4. There are over 76,000 members of the PPA in Texas, and the PPA is supported by Texas Congressmen Joe Barton and Ron Paul.


Also go to the Republican Party Convention Facebook page and cut and paste this message:

I am disappointed in the Texas Republican Party’s decision to deny the Poker Players Alliance’s, a non-partisan group, application to have a booth during the Texas Republican convention. I also believe that poker should be removed from the party’s anti-expansion of gambling platform.

http://www.facebook.com/RepublicanPartyofTexas

http://www.facebook.com/RPTcon
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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Re: PPA DENIED Entry to the Texas State Republican Convention!

Posted to both Facebook pages and left a message for Mr. Munisteri. That's a ridiculous stance. I hope the backlash gives them pause in the future. I don't care about gambling in Texas, but poker should not fall under that umbrella.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:06 PM   #3
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Do not look for freedom from Republicans. Texas is a deeply corrupted state where they omit the history in public schools that don't fit their ultra-conservative agenda. Poker gives the average citizen the ability to not rely on their corrupt businesses. Do you really think that they'd even acknowledge you? He who has all the money has all the control.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:15 PM   #4
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Re: PPA DENIED Entry to the Texas State Republican Convention!

I wish we could freely express on this forum what an enemy the Republican party really is to our cause (with a few shining exceptions). Tactically we are really hurting ourselves by not allowing this type of discussion to take place...but instead we get reprimanded for bringing "politics" into the poker legislation discussion.

Let's all be real here: Nothing will get done federally in this session and probably the next one because the Republican party has a firm grip on Congress and will for some time to come.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #5
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Re: PPA DENIED Entry to the Texas State Republican Convention!

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I wish we could freely express on this forum what an enemy the Republican party really is to our cause (with a few shining exceptions). Tactically we are really hurting ourselves by not allowing this type of discussion to take place...but instead we get reprimanded for bringing "politics" into the poker legislation discussion.

Let's all be real here: Nothing will get done federally in this session and probably the next one because the Republican party has a firm grip on Congress and will for some time to come.
You are free to discuss here (meaning in the Legislation Forum, not necessarily this thread if you are going off-topic) political affiliations and platforms in relation to poker legislation. When you digress to discussing which party or candidate is better for the country or their constituents, it belongs in Politics.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:23 PM   #6
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You are free to discuss here political affiliations and platforms in relation to poker legislation.
Good. Then I would venture to guess that 90% of the Republican party and subsequent affiliates are the reason regulation won't happen.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:48 PM   #7
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Re: PPA DENIED Entry to the Texas State Republican Convention!

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In the next few days the Texas Republican Party will be gathering at their annual convention to nominate their candidates for office, solidify their party’s political platform and to listen to Texans about the issues of concern to them and their families.

The Poker Players Alliance believed this convention would be an excellent way to present issues of importance to Texas poker players, from Internet poker legislation before the U.S. Congress to the effort to establish poker rooms in the state. We applied for an exhibitor booth during their convention from June 7-9 in Fort Worth and unfortunately our application was DENIED. Party activists made it clear that their convention is closed to those groups or individuals that do not represent the Texas Republican Platform.
So, has Texas broken away from the rest of the USA and became its own nation? It pains me to see that this particular party has it's own agenda in trying to do any means necessary to stop our forward progress.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:10 AM   #8
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Texas is a place where ignorance is rewarded and intellectualism is frowned upon. This is why you have people like Rick Perry, the guy is the biggest idiot in the state so naturally they made him the governor. It's kind of like Saudi Arabia, except with Christianity. This is coming from someone that has lived there a good 29+ years.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:25 AM   #9
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Always seemed pretty hopeless for Texas, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

I'm still semi-hopeful for the very few states in the US where the iq average is above 65, but at this point if you're playing for a living you should've packed your bags and moved somewhere else a loooooong time ago.

Don't plan on coming back any time soon either. Making life decisions based purely on the hope that you'll manage to make retarded or/and corrupt politicians notice the injustice of their ways or that you'll manage to make them understand the logic behind the skill argument is very likely to turn out to be a huge mistake.

Our only hope is to buy them out just like the rest of strong lobbies do on a regular basis, so PS please get your act together and start buying these scumbags mansions, cars, etc...

And remember guys, even if the X-Ray shows you as having an equal number of ribs on both sides of your chest, it's rigged and science is lying.

(These are the people you're arguing logic with, remember this and take a step back)
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:49 AM   #10
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Re: PPA DENIED Entry to the Texas State Republican Convention!

I was supposed to be in Texas now for this event. They instead chose to shut us out, as you see.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:49 AM   #11
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Re: PPA DENIED Entry to the Texas State Republican Convention!

Has anyone given thought to publicizing this on a national, general interest stage like Huffington Post?
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Good. Then I would venture to guess that 90% of the Republican party and subsequent affiliates are the reason regulation won't happen.
couldn't agree more
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:33 AM   #13
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Good. Then I would venture to guess that 90% of the Republican party and subsequent affiliates are the reason regulation won't happen.
Federal regulation wont help you in Texas anyways, state government would pretty obviously opt-out.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:14 PM   #14
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Re: PPA DENIED Entry to the Texas State Republican Convention!

I really don't like the attitude some of you have in this thread. "You're not going to change anything so don't try" is a terrible attitude to have. Of course we aren't going to change anything right away, but if we get the ball rolling there's a chance that things could change in the future.

I like the idea of getting this published on a wider stage. If the information hits the national news there's a chance some people in Texas will realize that the representatives here are keeping gambling out because it lines their pockets but that it is hurting our local economy and job market. When all we need is a carve out for poker there's a chance they'll just let us have that to keep gambling out of Texas.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #15
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I really don't like the attitude some of you have in this thread. "You're not going to change anything so don't try" is a terrible attitude to have. Of course we aren't going to change anything right away, but if we get the ball rolling there's a chance that things could change in the future.

I like the idea of getting this published on a wider stage. If the information hits the national news there's a chance some people in Texas will realize that the representatives here are keeping gambling out because it lines their pockets but that it is hurting our local economy and job market. When all we need is a carve out for poker there's a chance they'll just let us have that to keep gambling out of Texas.
I think it is high time for poker's purported "friends" from CPAC, and perhaps Dick Armey, to step up and speak on behalf of the PPA and poker freedom in Texas and nationally.....

All in all, this bodes ill for the National Republican platform. That is a much bigger arena than Texas. I expect that Nevada casinos will put the issue forward, as a States Rights issue, not one for federal action, perhaps to ward off an anti-gaming position.
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