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Harry Reid doesn't like hookers. But the Senate majority leader's statement to the Nevada legislature urging that prostitution be made illegal in his home state went over like a lead balloon.

"I think the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution," Reid said Tuesday in an address to a joint legislative session in Carson City. The response? Silence from the packed chamber.

Prostitution is against the law in Las Vegas and Reno, but most Nevada counties allow and regulate the world oldest profession.

The lifelong Nevadan, born in the little town of Searchlight, devoted three paragraphs to prostitution in a lengthy speech about tax relief, clean energy, the benefits of the stimulus bill, and other public policy issues.

Reid, a Mormon, told the lawmakers that parents don't want "their children to look out of a school bus and see a brothel, or to live in a state with the wrong kind of red lights. So let's have an adult conversation about an adult subject. Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment -- not as the last place where prostitution is still legal. When the nation thinks about Nevada, it should think about the world's newest ideas and newest careers -- not about its oldest profession."

Brothel owners and, yes, "working girls," were among those in the gallery listening to Reid's remarks, according to the Associated Press.

Reid was reelected to a fifth Senate term last November, defeating tea party-backed conservative Sharron Angle.

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Harry's state has not blown away with the desert dust only because of gambling and prostitution.

February 23 2011 at 10:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Well Harry,
Why didn't you come up with this gem before November.And what are you thinking anyway?
After you and Pelosi got thru with the 111th congress ,didn't you think you rolled over enough people? Can it be you are looking for another class of working people to roll over? The mind reels thinking of what you will require to "strip" this little gem out of the legislation.

February 23 2011 at 7:16 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Just Like a Democrat... Pass laws that put people out of work...

February 23 2011 at 5:54 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

You almost did not get elected to another tern in office !!

Concentrate on issues that will make a positive difference !!!!

Get over it !!

February 23 2011 at 5:25 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

How is it that Harry Reid is so liberal and a Mormon? Most Mormons I know are Republican and fairly conservative. It seems to me that Reid takes a number of positions that are at odds with LDS teachings, such as a pro-choice stand on abortion.

I understand that Nevada isn't as conservative as other western states, such as Utah and Idaho. Yet, it's very surprising that Reid is so liberal, considering his religion.

February 23 2011 at 5:04 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

...Sorry, Harry, but as regulated in Nevada, prostitution is truly "victim-less. "Let it go.

February 23 2011 at 4:54 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

Prostitutes have no doubt contributed much more to Nevada's economy than Harry Reid. I think the prostitutes need to work together in the next election to ban Harry.

February 23 2011 at 4:18 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

Seriously, why not make it legal everywhere. You would immediately get rid of all child prostitutes, it would get rid of the criminal element that usually goes hand in hand with prostitution along with the diseases. And think of the income tax and sales tax the government could collect.

Nevada strictly regulates the brothels. All workers must show proof of age all workers are tested monthly for diseases and they pay taxes!

February 23 2011 at 1:00 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
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Just because something is regulated doesn't mean there won't be a criminal element. Think how many people are involved in bootlegging booze and tobacco, trying to avoid state excise taxes.

For every Joe Schmoe who doesn't care if people know that he has "done business" with a prostitute, you have business executives, professionals, and politicians who want secrecy. Call girls will still try to work outside of any regulated system, because of their clients and the amount of money they earn.

Finally, do you really want to explain to your kids what a hooker is? If you go to Las Vegas, there are guys on the streets handing out flyers and palm cards for prostitutes working outside of Clark County. This is one of the many reasons why Las Vegas isn't a family destination. Now, do you want that going on in places like Orlando?

February 23 2011 at 5:01 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

If you think you ever could effectively eliminate the second-oldest profession, you might as well go after the first: apple picking.

February 23 2011 at 9:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Harry Reid used a form of prostitution to get the healthcare bill passed. The only difference was that he offered political favors instead of cash.

February 23 2011 at 12:51 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

......send them to Wisconsin, they have a $3.6 billion debt and need the income and taxes.

February 23 2011 at 12:11 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

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