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Tea Party Nation will hold next convention in Las Vegas in July

The Tea Party Nation will hold next convention July 15-17 in Las Vegas. 

Spokeswoman Sherry Phillips, who confirmed the dates, said the group is currently taking hotel bids and would make a formal announcement once the details are set. 

The first Tea Party Nation convention was held in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this month and was fraught with controversy, with numerous sponsors and speakers — including Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee — dropping out because of the for-profit nature of the event. 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, was the only major political figure to eventually speak, reportedly receiving $100,000 for her appearance.

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Sara “Rogue” Palin Plans Tea Party U.S. Tour Launch in Nevada on March 27

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice president running mate of Sen. John McCain, now morphing into a conservative Republican rock star and Fox News contributor, is saddling up her horse to ride smackdab into Democrat Sen. Harry Reid’s hometown in Nevada. 

Palin will be galloping into Searchlight, Nevada on March 27 to launch a Tea Party Express cross-country bus tour that ends in Washington, D.C. on April 15.  She is helping step up the Tea Party activists’ campaign to unseat Democrats and GOP incumbents who reportedly don’t espouse less spending, less taxes and less government. 

The GOP primary candidates seeking Reid’s seat who have confirmed they are coming to the March 27 shindig include Sue Lowden, Danny Tarkanian and Sharron Angle. 

Senate Majority Leader Reid, 70, who is seeking his FIFTH term, responded to Palin with a bring-it-on statement:  “Make sure you stop by the Nugget for a 10-cent cup of coffee with free refills- and make sure to say ‘Hi’ to Verlie.”

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‘Slick Willy’ Slithers into Las Vegas

President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, apparently never gets old.  He will speak at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Monday, February 22 at 7:30pm. President Clinton’s lecture is titled “Embracing our Common Humanity”. The special evening event is presented by Caesars Palace and AEG Live. 

Tickets for the evening event went on-sale Monday, February 1 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com  , keyword “Caesars Palace”

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Imprisoned Las Vegas Celebrity Trina Johnson-Finn’s Faces Trial in Suriname

Las Vegas celebrity impersonator Trina Johnson-Finn has been incarcerated since March in a Suriname jail, location of Finn’s Feb. 28 concert.    

She was denied release on Tuesday and now faces a May 26 trial date on charges of impersonating Las Vegas entertainer Toni Braxton.  

Her attorney had reportedly filed an appeal to have released based on the arrest of the concert promoter, Angel Ventura, last Saturday, who was captured in a harbor bar in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.  

The judge denied the motion. 

Please see prior April 25 Las Vegas Backstage Access article.

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President Obama Makes Tracks to ‘City of Excess’

It must not be a bad business move anymore to attend a junket in the City of Excess. 

President Barack Obama is planning to visit Las Vegas on May 26, headlining a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. 

It will be Obama’s first visit to Nevada since being elected president.   

Although it’s not known whether the president will have a public event while he is in Southern Nevada, a political firestorm and public outcry was created in February when President Obama announced in his speech that companies that receive taxpayer bailout money shouldn’t use it party in Las Vegas. 

The White House has been mum on the details of the president’s visit, but Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley says she expects Obama to talk about the importance of leisure and business travel. 

“I believe that he’s going to be using that opportunity to say…that it’s part of the American dream, this travel, and encourage people not only to do leisure travel, which Las Vegas is famous for, but business travel as well,” Berkley said last week from the House floor. 

It’s also not known if Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will be scheduling a face-to-face pow-wow with the president after the mayor requested a formal retraction from him after hearing the president’s speech statements.

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Prostitution Legislation Thwarted in Nevada

Despite our serious Nevada budget shortfall, including not being able to adequately fund our school systems and the teachers who develop young minds, the 2009 Nevada Legislature apparently won’t be taking up the proposal of legalizing prostitution and creating legal brothels.  prostitute

“It’s the only major industry in the state that doesn’t pay anything,” says George Flint, president of the Nevada Brothel Owners Association.  

The Nevada legislative staff had been drafting a bill to allow the mayor of Las Vegas to issue up to three brothel licenses as a pilot program until a brothel licensing board could be established. 

In exchange for the opportunity to expand into the Nevada’s urban counties, the industry volunteered to be taxed. 

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has always called for a public discussion of legalizing prostitution as a way to redevelop downtown Las Vegas and help provide budget revenues. 

Year after year the measure has been brought up.  Each time the legislative initative has failed.

Nevada Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley’s opposition this year was pivotal to the death of the bill, saying the bill would not be heard because “I do not support legalizing prostitution.”  Buckley runs a disciplined caucus and her strong opposition to a bill virtually guarantees its failure.

Although the battle may be lost, the war wages on.  Now, with state budget shortfalls taking center news stage, more groups are joining in to closely scrutinize the impact of such legislative decisions including  ABC’s “Nightline” that is delving into the concept of taxing prostitution in Nevada.

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Getting Buried in Las Vegas a Grave Issue

You’re final resting place is supposed to be somewhere tranquil and peaceful.  For some it’s a welcome relief to finally get away from it all.  tombstone

But not necessarily if your cemetery plot happens to be in Las Vegas.

The classic Hatfield-McCoy feud has reemerged as residents and developers bitterly jaw about the plans for 9,000 new burial plots and 4,000 above-ground tombs at Buffalo Drive and Springs Road in Las Vegas. 

Real estate developer William Gayler and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak met with irate NIMBY residents yesterday to discuss the matter.  Both sides refused to budge.  

Neighbors voiced fears of the cemetery will hurt their property values; Gayler said that wasn’t his problem; and Sisolak chimed in saying there’s little he can do because a cemetery is allowed by the commercial zone for the 20 acres. 

A judge today plans to review the dispute today and decide who is right.  But ‘dem could be mere fighting words as Gayler said the cemetery will be built even if the judge rules against him.  To bypass the ruling, Gayler simply has to get approval from those who own 51 percent of the lot (Gayler owns 25 percent) or persuade the court-appointed receiver to give the go-ahead. 

For those waiting to rest there, though, they hope the issue soon becomes dead and buried.

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