More strange CasinoClash 13 bedfellows -- UPDATED

Todd Dorman
Published: May 2 2013 | 1:19 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 2:50 pm in
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Earlier this week, I pointed out that Link Strategies, which guided Just Say No Casino forces in Linn County, is now working for Vote Yes Warren County as voters south of Des Moines face a gambling referendum vote Tuesday.

But, as an alert reader points out, that's not the only flipping and flopping going on.  No Casino Warren County's state incorporation document was registered by the same attorney who filed the one for Vote Yes Linn County, Mark E. Roth.

Roth is with Des Moines law firm Brown-Winick, which is also home to Doug Gross, the former Branstad chief of staff and gubernatorial candidate who advised Cedar Rapids casino investors. (See update below)

So the Linn County combatants appear to have traded places in Warren County.

And like here, the politics is kinda weird. A yes vote Tuesday would benefit Gary Kirke, whose Wild Rose Entertainment wants to build the casino near Norwalk. Kirke is a big Republican donor whose name recently showed up on a list of Rep. Steve King's top individual givers this year.

Link Strategies namesake, Jeff Link, is campaign manager for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley. King says he's still kicking around the notion of running for the Senate also, although all signs point to him skipping it. Might be too much of a gamble.

Kirke was among the hosts for a fundraiser on behalf of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The event last fall was at the home of lead Cedar Rapids' casino investor Steve Gray.  And we've come full circle.

UPDATE -- I spoke with Gross this morning, and he says although a member pf his firm set up the vote no entity, he's had no involvement in the campaign. "I certainly have not been involved in any way," Gross said.

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