Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas’

Hookers from Moonlite Bunny Ranch testify for tax on prostitution

April 9, 2009

Nevada, the only state in the United States with legalized prostitution, is now considering adding a $5 tax to each sex act performed.  Surprisingly, the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, the most infamous brothel in the country, has come out in support of the new tax.

I'll take the one on the right.

I'll take the one on the right.

The Moonlite Bunny Ranch gained pop culture fame with the HBO series Cathouse.  Owner Dennis Hof, employee Madame Suzette, and hookers Airforce Amy, Brooke Taylor, and Chloe Daniels testified in favor of the tax.  Because of Nevada’s budget shortfall, the state is in need of new ways to generate Revenue.  Airforce Amy said, “If $5 per person can raise $2 million a year, I’m all for it.”

Since prostitution was legalized in Nevada in 1978, the state has never taxed it.  This seems like a pretty good way of making some revenue for the state.  You have to figure that a lot of the people that utilize Nevada’s unique laws are from out of state, so they aren’t even taking from the Nevada economy at large.  I find it a bit bizarre that hookers and owners of brothels would actively campaign for more taxation, but I suppose it helps with their public image.

Hell, they know how to get in the news and I doubt that an extra $5 is going to deter any of their potential clients.  Good call, Nevada.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

Full Story: Nevada Appeal

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Republican Governor accused of hanky-panky with Playboy playmate

April 7, 2009

Dawn Gibbons is accusing her husband, Republican Governor of Nevada Jim Gibbons, of having an affair with Playboy playmate Leslie Durant in divorce papers that were unsealed Monday.   Jim Gibbons maintains that Durant and another woman he allegedly had an affair with were just friends.

Nah, dude.  I'll pass.

Nah, dude. I'll pass.

Jim Gibbons was allegedly quite the texter.  Between Playmate Durant and Kathy Karrasch, the good governor sent more than 860 messages from his state-owned cell phone.  Jim Gibbons maintains that the text messages were for “state business,” while Dawn Gibbons and the rest of the rational world find that claim “laughable.”  Dawn says that her husband “has had similar relationships with many other women during the marriage.”

Gov. Gibbons apologized last year for the messages and reimbursed the state for their cost, but never admitted to the affairs.  He maintains that the divorce is the result of his wife’s aggression and their incompatibility.  The Gibbons were married in 1986.

You would think that the good Governor would have found out about his wife’s alleged “aggression” sometime within the first twenty years of their marriage.  And let’s be honest.  There are plenty of hotter Playmates in Nevada than Ms. Durant.  Maybe she’s better in person, but the pics I’ve found scream Daryl Hannah + Crack – Talent.

Jim Gibbons currently boasts a 90% voting record from the Christian Coalition.   He was once a Representative from Nevada, and ascended to the Governorship in 2006 amid accusations of assault and employing an illegal immigrant for a nanny.  Gibbons has been busy in his two short years as Governor of Nevada, quickly descending to being one of the least popular Governors in the nation because of his shenanigans.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

Full Story: Reno Gazette-Journal

Sports Betting Smackdown: Delaware vs. The NFL

March 30, 2009

The state of Delaware is examining creative means to make up for its $606 million budget deficit next year.  Governor Jack Markell has developed a wholly unoriginal idea:  sports betting.  Now they’re speaking my language.

Fight!

Fight!

Markell proposed early this month that the state investigate whether legalizing sports betting could make up for the budget shortfall.  The NCAA immediately pounced, saying that Delaware would face repercussions if it did so, threatening punitive damages for state schools and withdrawal from consideration to host NCAA events.

But the debate continued and the sports world has sent out the big guns.  Lobbyists from the NFL conflated in Delaware in the past few days to urge lawmakers not to consider voting for the bill.   The NFL is also considering bringing football players to the state to fight it.

Markell fired back at the NFL, saying that they promote gambling by providing their audiences with analysts that predict the final score of every game before it is played.  “The notion that the NFL has aggressively and actively fought against betting on its games is belied by the very programming the NFL indirectly endorses and from which it handsomely profits.”

Only two states currently allow sports betting to take place, Nevada and Montana.

What could the NFL’s angle be in this position?  Is it that they are afraid their fans will think it undermines the legitimacy of the game?  There are a thousand bookies in Vegas that are willing to accept any wager a citizen from Delaware has on the outcome of a game.   By legalizing betting inside the state, Delaware would retain that money instead of sending it to the desert.

RWP Rating: Normal

FULL STORY: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090329/NEWS02/903290386/1007

Republican Governor of Nevada demands pay increases for staff

March 25, 2009

While furloughs and layoffs continue to wreak havoc on an unstable economy, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons recently proposed pay increases for his staff.  Despite obvious opposition from constituents and political rivals, the Governor’s Chief of Staff defended the raises saying “If you look at this historically, in context, you can see that the governor’s office is reducing, we’re cutting back, and we’re spending a lot less than we did in previous years.”

Dude, those are singles.

Dude, those are singles.

So just because it’s less of a raise than previous years, the residents of Hooker Valley…er…I mean, Nevada have to swallow the cost in taxes?  Nevada unemployment is now sitting very unpretty at 10.1%, double what it was in February of 2008.

I hate stupid political posturing, but at least be crafty and hide it from the Nevada House floor.  Just create a bullshit job for your wife in the administration, funnel all of the cash for the raises into an account and disperse them at your will.

This is basic civics, Gibbons.

RWP Rating: 3/5 Strange

FULL STORY: Nevadaappeal.com