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Nevada Gov. flip-flops on lottery

NevadaNevada: Nevada Gov. flip-flops on lottery

True or not, it doesn't really matter

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons might not remember it, but the record shows he has flip-flopped on the issue of a state lottery.

Gibbons told a town hall audience in Minden last week, "I have no problem with a lottery." As they have for decades, lawmakers are again considering creating a state lottery in Nevada.

Asked about his stance in an interview, Gibbons said, "I never have" opposed a lottery. "When did you hear that?"

Gibbons' previous opposition is in a news release issued by his office on March 26, 2007. "Governor Jim Gibbons today released this statement outlining his opposition to amending the Nevada Constitution to allow for a state lottery," it begins.

The full statement attributed to the governor in the 2007 release:

"I respect recent efforts by some legislators to explore options for new revenue to the State; however, I do not believe it is a proper function of Nevada government to operate a lottery, nor do I think that the State should be in competition with its largest industry.

"Notwithstanding my philosophical concerns, the fact is that the State is not likely to generate additional revenues with a lottery. Instead, it would simply shift the tax burden from one source to another. Furthermore, as the National Gambling Impact Study Commission stated in its recommendation to state, local and tribal governments, 'lotteries ... do not create a concentration of good quality jobs and do not generate significant economic development.'

"Elsewhere, lotteries have proven to be costly and bureaucratic, something I do not believe our citizens want more of in Nevada. I will not, therefore, support any legislation that includes the establishment of a lottery in Nevada."

So it seems Gibbons' position has changed in the last two years. But as he correctly pointed out, it doesn't really matter.

If the Legislature passes the current lottery proposal, Gibbons wouldn't be called upon to sign it. Instead, the next Legislature would also have to pass the measure, and then it would go to a vote of the people to amend the state constitution.

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, shown speaking Wednesday at a news conference in Carson City, told a town hall audience in Minden last week,
Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, shown speaking Wednesday at a news conference in Carson City, told a town hall audience in Minden last week, "I have no problem with a lottery." As they have for decades, lawmakers are again considering creating a state lottery in Nevada.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Posted: May 11, 2009, 10:51 am - IP Logged

Typical politician...talks out of both sides of his mouth.Reminds me of when former Iowa Govenor Branstead announced that he would NEVER sign a bill allowing any kind of legal gambling in Iowa.Then,before he was re-elected he signed bills allowing the lottery and riverboat gambling.

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    Posted: May 11, 2009, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

     Both of the Gentlemen you are refering to are Republicans. I think they would be called Conservative and not Liberal.

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      Posted: May 11, 2009, 2:31 pm - IP Logged

       Both of the Gentlemen you are refering to are Republicans. I think they would be called Conservative and not Liberal.

      Apparently you don't get it...MadMike51's signature refers to the man leading our country today.

      Oh now do you get it?!!!

      Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

      The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!


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        Posted: May 11, 2009, 6:12 pm - IP Logged

        Apparently you don't get it...MadMike51's signature refers to the man leading our country today.

        Oh now do you get it?!!!

        Right you are,OldSchoolPa.As for the govenor of Nevada,I don't know what party he is.As for the former Govenor of Iowa,he was a Republican that talked out of both sides of his mouth.But the point I was making was that it doesn't matter what party a politician is,he will talk out of both sides of his/her mouth.That is what politicians do best.They stick their finger into their mouth to wetten it and then stick the finger into the air to see which way the wind is blowing and then start blowing hot air.

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          Posted: May 13, 2009, 8:29 pm - IP Logged

          Didn't these reporters learn anything from the Stewart-Cramer skewering? 1. Ask question. 2. Wait for denial. 3. Roll clip!

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          Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.