Proclamation – Presented Aug. 3, 2015

20th Anniversary of “Gambling with the Good Life”

IMG_0991WHEREAS: Gambling with the Good Life was formed as a grassroots organization in 1995 with the expressed goal of preventing expanded gambling in the great state of Nebraska.

WHEREAS: The devastation that gambling addiction causes for both families and society has been well documented and has affected many of our neighboring states.

WHEREAS: For the past 20 years a dedicated group of citizens have successfully fought off the predatory gambling interests and preserved the “good life” that we all enjoy today.

WHEREAS: The observance of this momentous anniversary of Gambling with the Good Life provides us with a special time to recognize that concerned citizens who with hard work and dedication have accomplished remarkable victories that have blessed the entire state.

NOW, THEREFORE: I, Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY RECOGNIZE the 20th ANNIVERSARY OF “GAMBLING WITH THE GOOD LIFE” in Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and cause the Great Seal of the State of Nebraska to be affixed this Third day of August, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand Fifteen.

Longtime horse racing leader parts ways with Omaha Exposition and Racing

Article from the Lincoln Journal Star


After years of heading horse racing operations in Omaha and Lincoln, Greg Hosch has parted ways with Omaha Exposition and Racing.

Omaha Exposition and Racing Board President Robert Moser Jr. confirmed Hosch’s last day on the job was Friday, but declined to say whether he left voluntarily.

Hosch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hosch, who lives in Millard, was vice president of racing for Omaha Exposition and Racing, as well as general manager of Horsemen’s Park in Omaha since 2008 and oversaw operations at the Lincoln Race Course. He ran unsuccessfully last year for the Legislature’s District 12 seat.

Horse racing has been on the decline nationally for decades. Supporters of Nebraska racing were dealt a major setback in September when the state Supreme Court struck from the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed betting on previously run races. Proponents had said the historic racing machines would have given the industry a much needed injection of cash.

Moser, who also serves on the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, said Omaha Exposition and Racing is looking for a replacement for Hosch and applications are due by July 10.

Lincoln Race Course in 2013 opened a new facility in southwest Lincoln where fans can wager on simulcast races from tracks across the country. But the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which owns the property, has struggled to get the funding to build a permanent race track. Instead they have built a temporary track to allow a single day of racing, which state law requires to allow simulcasts.

A former manager of the Lincoln Race Course, Judd Bietz, filed a lawsuit in March saying he was wrongfully fired in retaliation for reporting Hosch for alleged illegal use of the pari-mutuel betting system. Lincoln police investigated the allegations but no charges were filed.

Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns last week cleared a major hurdle for Bietz, ruling the suit could move forward against Omaha Exposition and Racing and the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. The judge also gave Bietz permission to amend his complaint against the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

Leadership of Nebraska’s racehorse industry has seen turnover in recent months. Three members of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which owns both the Omaha and Lincoln race courses, were voted off the board in April, including then-president Todd Veerhusen.

Urgent update on LB 70 (Slot tax and more) HELP!

Dear Supporter,

We need your help immediately! The Governor last night vetoed LB 70 which puts a small, 10% tax on the illegal slot machines that are popping up all over the state. If we thought this would eliminate these machines we would be in favor of this bill instead it will expand gambling because of other wording in the bill.

The Legislature will be voting on this TODAY !  Please contact as many Senators as possible and ask them to vote “NO” or “Not Voting”  on overriding the Governor’s veto of LB 70 !


(Ask your friends to help us also.)


Sen. Roy Baker 402-471-2620
Sen. Dave Bloomfield  402-471-2716
Sen. Kate Bolz 402-471-2734
Sen. Lydia Brasch  402-471-2728
Sen. Kathy Campbell  402-471-2731
Sen. Ernie Chambers 402-471-2612
Sen. Colby Coash  402-471-2632
Sen. Tanya Cook  402-471-2727
Sen. Joni Craighead 402-471-2714
Sen. Sue Crawford 402-471-2615
Sen. Al Davis 402-471-2628
Sen. Laura Ebke 402-471-2711
Sen. Curt Friesen 402-471-2630
Sen. Tommy Garrett 402-471-2627
Sen. Mike Gloor  402-471-2617
Sen. Mike Groene 402-471-2729
Sen. Burt Haar 402-471-2673
Sen. Galen Hadley  402-471-2726
Sen. Matt Hansen 402-471-2610
Sen. Burke Harr 402-471-2722
Sen. Robert Hilkemann 402-471-2621
Sen. Sara Howard 402-471-2723
Sen. Dan Hughes 402-471-2805
Sen. Jerry Johnson 402-471-2719
Sen. Bill Kintner 402-471-2613
Sen. Rick Kolowski 402-471-2327
Sen. Mark Kolterman 402-471-2756
Sen. Bob Krist  402-471-2718
Sen. John Kuehn 402-471-2732
Sen. Tyson Larson 402-471-2801
Sen. Brett Lindstrom 402-471-2618
Sen. John McCollister 402-471-2622
Sen. Beau McCoy  402-471-2885
Sen. Heath Mello 402-471-2710
Sen. Adam Morfeld 402-471-2720
Sen. John Murante 402-471-2725
Sen. Jeremy Nordquist  402-471-2721
Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks 402-471-2633
Sen. Merv Riepe 402-471-2623
Sen. Jim Scheer 402-471-2929
Sen. Ken Schilz  402-471-2616
Sen. David Schnoor 402-471-2625
Sen. Paul Schumacher 402-471-2715
Sen. Les Seiler 402-471-2712
Sen. Jim Smith 402-471-2730
Sen. John Stinner 402-471-2802
Sen. Kate Sullivan  402-471-2631
Sen. Dan Watermeier 402-471-2733
Sen. Matt Williams 402-471-2642


Thank you for all you do and I will keep you informed.  I am on my way to the Capitol!  Pray!


Blessings, Pat

Lyle Japp’s Obituary

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Japp, Lyle William

Japp, Lyle William Oct 29, 1925 – Mar 23, 2015 Lyle William Japp, age 89, passed into Glory on March 23, 2015, following a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born October 29, 1925 in Blair, Nebraska, to Walter and Marie (Wrich) Japp and grew up on the family farm. Following service in the army from 1945-46, he attended the University of Nebraska, graduating with a degree in business. He began a career with New York Life Insurance Company that lasted more than 60 years.

During his lifetime and continuing up until his death, Lyle was actively involved in a large number of religious and civic organizations, often as a cofounder or member of the board of directors. He served with the Good News Jail Ministry for 40 years, the Gideon’s for 40 years, Gambling With the Good Life for 20 years, Kiwanis for 35 years, the Open Door Mission, Overcomers in Christ, the Teammates mentoring program, and many others. In recognition of his lifetime contributions Lyle was awarded the Spirit Warrior Award by the Christian Business Men’s Committee.

Lyle will be remembered by his family and friends for his warm smile, ready conversation, eager hospitality, endless generosity, and an ever-ready desire to share the Good News of his Savior Jesus Christ whom he had received almost 60 years before. He was always willing to help, whether it was coaching the little league team, making a pot of chili, or providing housing for someone in need. Of course he was a faithful follower of nearly all Husker sports. Lyle was a unique and gifted man. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 58 years, Phyllis M. Japp, PhD; parents, and his sister Mary Lou (Andersen). He is survived by his children Debra Japp, PhD and John Michael Japp (Janet); grandchildren Brendan (Jennifer) and Rachel Gilkey (Joseph); great-grandchildren, Griffin, Edie, and Maddox. He is also survived by two siblings: Walter, Jr (JoAnn) and Mildred (Krampe) along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Lyle’s LIFE WILL BE CELEBRATED on Thursday, April 2, at 11am at Brookside Church, 11607 M Circle, Omaha, NE. A luncheon will follow.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Lyle’s memory are encouraged to donate to one of the organizations he supported during his life, e.g. the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, Gambling With the Good Life, Volunteers for Christ Campus Ministry, The Phyllis and Lyle Japp Scholars Fund at UNL, and others. For additional details on the organizations and how to give, send an email to

Capitol Conversations

Pat Loontjer — Gambling With The Good Life

Pat Loontjer of the group Gambling with the Good Life talks about her efforts against expanded gambling in Nebraska.