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.