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House Sub Kills Stripper Tax Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An effort to tax strippers and adult businesses to help pay for a reduction in the state tax on coins, bullion and investment income has failed for the year.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday killed the bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, by sending it to a study committee after the Legislature adjourns for the year.
The bill sought to impose a 20 percent sales tax on items sold at “sexually oriented businesses,” and to require strippers to pay a privilege tax to work in Tennessee. Carr said he based the tax proposal on studies showing that adult businesses depress property values by a similar amount.
“This legislative body in years past has done this before, it has raised the taxes where one area was not paying their share based on the economic blight they might serve to a community, and we are redistributing this to another area that was overly taxed,” he said. “That’s exactly what we’re doing here.”
Carr said the measure would be projected to collect about $8.5 million per year. About $5 million would go toward reducing the state’s Hall tax on income from interest and dividends, while the remainder would go toward removing the state’s sales tax on gold, silver or platinum coins or bullion.
Tracy O’Neall, a lobbyist for the adult industry in Tennessee, noted that the tax wouldn’t apply to mainstream theaters or bookstores that might offer sexually explicit material.
“You’re singling out one sector of entertainment and this will set the state up for unnecessary litigation at incredible coast to the taxpayer,” she said. “Because this will be challenged if it is passed.”
Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, questioned the need for reducing the tax on collectors’ items like rare coins and disputed whether supporters’ goals of drawing coin shows to the state was worth the loss in tax revenue.
The panel first rejected Carr’s amendment outlining the tax swap plan on a voice vote. Then it shipped the remaining bill to a summer study committee.

TN Stripper Recounts Role in Weiner Scandal; Says Congressman Asked Her to Lie

When Ginger Lee, a Nashville stripper whose real name is Candice Raines, became a fan of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, she thought she was doing her part by supporting his stance on health care reform and women’s right to choose.
Instead, reports Richard Lawson of the Chattanooga TFP, the 28-year-old former porn actress got swept up in Weiner’s cyber scandal.
Raines’ decision to follow the congressman on Twitter led to sexual innuendo-laced emails from him and made her a key figure in ending Weiner’s promising political career.
After the story broke in late May, she went into hiding to avoid the media that had camped out at her Tennessee home and hounded her.
In her first interview since Weiner’s resignation, Raines said her sole purpose for connecting with the congressman was to support his political stance on issues she cared about and that much of her blogging about him was taken out of context. She said her own troubles with obtaining health insurance because of chronic mental illness she’s had since a teenager — she once said she has paranoid schizophrenia — triggered the interaction with the former congressman. Raines also has lupus.
…Once Weiner’s texting indiscretions went public, it wasn’t long before she was pulled into the scandal. She released a statement Weiner provided her, asking her to lie, and then went into hiding.
“She just wanted to stay quiet and go on with her life,” said Raines’ Nashville attorney, Marian Fordyce. “But now she’s been portrayed as a Jezebel, whore or whatever.”