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Old 04-25-2013, 10:27 AM
 
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Then how did LV become the gambling capital of the country, and, until recently, the world (I think that title has probably moved to Macau)? How is it the only city with legal prostitution. If the LDS and other bible thumpers are running things, why isn't it Salt Lake City South?

What drives a lot of Nevada's schizophrenia on moral issues is that the convention industry is worried about making LV look too "out there", and discouraging convention bookers (as opposed to conventioneers, who like at as far "out there" as they can get it.) This is why prostitution is illegal in LV and Reno. I don't know if this is behind the pot thing. I figure they could care less about gay marriage.

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The government already knows how much it can make.

But an unholy alliance between law enforcement groups, private prisons, and the "moral majority" types are going to keep it illegal for a very long time. Gay marriage will happen nationally before legal weed.

And I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Las Vegas to become sensible. The LDS church holds tremendous sway in this city. They don't want gay marriage, legal weed, or much of anything else. If I'm not mistaken, they draw the line somewhere between "iced tea" and "hot tea."
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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Then how did LV become the gambling capital of the country, and, until recently, the world (I think that title has probably moved to Macau)? How is it the only city with legal prostitution. If the LDS and other bible thumpers are running things, why isn't it Salt Lake City South?
We haven't had legal prostitution since WWII. The Army forced us to shut that industry down. I'm pretty sure you know that.

How did LV become the gambling capital of the country? Simple. Everyplace once had legal gambling. Faro was the game of choice back then. But Faro dealers were cheats. Communities started banning gambling, except for Nevada. It's not that we legalized gambling. We just never made it illegal. Nevada became the gambling state by default. The last Faro game in the country, incidentally, was at Binion's.

I never said that the LDS ran Las Vegas. (Although they DO run Boulder City.) But they have influence in this town far beyond their numbers. Why? They're a voting bloc. They constitute something like 10% of this city. And in an electorate where almost nobody votes, a 10% bloc can swing elections. Politicians who want to keep their jobs need to throw them a bone every once in awhile. Keeping gays down and restricting marijuana is the path of least resistance.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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Ding Dong. Yes, I meant state. And it's out in the rural areas, where you think that the LDS would have even pull.

It still doesn't compute that LV would be know as such a den of debauchery (real, imagined, or, strangely both at the same time), if the LDS were calling the shots.

I suspect there is a money thing in here somewhere. In LV, as much as any place and more than most, money talks.

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We haven't had legal prostitution since WWII. The Army forced us to shut that industry down. I'm pretty sure you know that.

How did LV become the gambling capital of the country? Simple. Everyplace once had legal gambling. Faro was the game of choice back then. But Faro dealers were cheats. Communities started banning gambling, except for Nevada. It's not that we legalized gambling. We just never made it illegal. Nevada became the gambling state by default. The last Faro game in the country, incidentally, was at Binion's.

I never said that the LDS ran Las Vegas. (Although they DO run Boulder City.) But they have influence in this town far beyond their numbers. Why? They're a voting bloc. They constitute something like 10% of this city. And in an electorate where almost nobody votes, a 10% bloc can swing elections. Politicians who want to keep their jobs need to throw them a bone every once in awhile. Keeping gays down and restricting marijuana is the path of least resistance.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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It still doesn't compute that LV would be know as such a den of debauchery (real, imagined, or, strangely both at the same time), if the LDS were calling the shots.
The Mormons are just as willing to fleece the sinners as the rest of us. So long as none of their members end up on a stripper pole, of course.

For some reason they REALLY don't want gay civil unions/marriage. They spent a lot of money and effort Proposition 8 in California -- to the point that California fined the church for violating disclosure rules.

The church has shown time and again that they're happy to meddle in politics.
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