Warren County Citizens Get the Credit

“It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”
― John Wooden

The FAMiLY LEADER was asked several times by the media why we were getting involved with a local issue like the vote on gambling in Warren County.  The answer is simple – because families are at stake.  No matter where or what it takes, we try and do what we can.  We were happy to do target phone calls, coordinate a townhall meeting, and use our communications to assist Erica Isley of NoCasinoWarrenCounty.com, Tom Coates of Consumer Credit of Des Moines, Tamara Scott of Concerned Women for America of Iowa, the local churches, and the countless Warren County citizens who worked tirelessly.  It is them, not us, that deserve the credit for this win.

We don’t know how many lives may have been saved, how many bankruptcies may have been avoided, how many families will stay intact because of how the vote went.  But we do know that the Warren County citizens did the bold thing, the hard thing, and loudly shouted, “NO! We value our families and communities more than we want the allurement of easy money.”

Bob recaps the vote and celebrates with Tamara Scott and Greg Baker how the election became such a huge success:

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duration ~ 13:00

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Warren County Wins! Woo-hoo!

The FAMiLY LEADER commends the citizens of Warren County for recognizing that gambling is not economic development.


INDIANOLA, IA. — Warren County voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to allow casino gambling in the county.

The measure, which needed a simple majority of support to pass, garnered 60 percent negative votes and failed in all but one of the 13 precincts where it was considered.

Entire article at the Des Moines Register…


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WATCH: Bob Discusses Marriage with Sen. McCoy

Bob Vander Plaats and Senator Matt McCoy discussed the importance of marriage and family in the wake of a formerly-unknown NBA player, Jason Collins announcing he was now part of the homosexual lifestyle.  Bob pointed out:

  • Any sex outside of marriage is against the heart of God.
  • No one opposed to the homosexual lifestyle has called for him to resign from basketball.
  • Sex within marriage is the healthiest and best way to live.
  • The FAMiLY LEADER is about championing the gold standard – we want only the best for Iowa’s families.


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Part 2:

  • Why same-sex “marriage” exists.
  • What happens when you undefine marriage?
  • What does it say about a party if they change their position on a foundational issue like marriage?

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Part 3:

  • Why TFL is involved opposing a casino in Warren County.
  • Why gambling hurts families.
  • What impact gambling has in a community.


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Part 4:

  • Why the Senate investigation of Kent Sorenson needs to be put to rest quickly.
  • What impact this investigation could have on the Iowa Caucuses.

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Part 5:

Predictions!  What would happen if the US Supreme Court overturns marriage.

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Video: Rick says “C’mon. Really?”

Rick, a resident of Warren County, expresses his view on why a proposed casino for Warren County is silly idea — a no-win situation.

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Video: Mom Shares Why Casino is Bad for Warren County

Duration ~ 1:24. A mother in Warren County Iowa explains why she is shocked at the Warren County Casino ​Proposal and is convinced why a new ​Casino is NOT needed anywhere near her communit​y, friends & family.

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Video: Townhall on Warren Co. Casino

Duration: 2:25 “Vote NO” was the recurring theme of speakers who addressed the problems that come with allowing gambling into a community.

Watch the reports on KCCI and WOI last night…

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Bi-Partisan Townhall on Gambling



The FAMiLY LEADER hosts a bi-partisan “Warren County Discussion” on the topic of gambling, open to the public.


WHAT           Townhall meeting hosted by The FAMiLY LEADER, open to the public.


WHEN          Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE        First Assembly of God Church

                        1700 W 2nd Ave

                        Indianola, IA  50125


WHY              To show why Warren County values and strong family heritage provide better economic development over the long-term than gambling.

WHO             TFL President, Bob Vander Plaats, will be joined by Tamara Scott of Concerned Women for America, Tom Coates of Consumer Credit of Des Moines, and Representative Dan Kelley (D).

CONTACT     David Barnett, Communications

515-314-2732 (cell)

515-263-3495 x21 (desk)




The FAMiLY LEADER champions the principle that God is the ultimate leader of the family. Our goal at The FAMiLY LEADER is to honor and glorify God – not a political party, not a candidate and not a program. The FAMiLY LEADER is a Christ centered organization that leads with humility and service to strengthen and protect the family. Learn more about our organization at https://thefamilyleader.com/our-mission-beliefs/.