Nevada's Governor: Sometimes Scandal, Sometimes Stunt
by Josh Orton, Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 11:04:20 PM EST
It's never been an easy time for supporters of Nevada Republican Governor Jim Gibbons.
Previous scandals include (but are, incredibly, not limited to): an allegedly groped waitress, an undocumented nanny hidden in his basement, and a federal investigation for defense contract kickbacks. His wife also booted him from the governor's mansion and accused him of having affairs with, among other women, a Playboy model.
Previous stunts include: actually trying to get Mexico to pay for health care provided in Nevada for Mexican nationals (Mexico declined).
Yet, from Gibbons' press release:
The United States Constitution makes numerous references to states having "equal standing", also duties, imposts and excises are to be "uniform throughout the United States."
Gibbons is likely riffing from chaff created by the right-wing Heritage Foundation, which objects to the Senate deal with Nelson/Nebraska deal in part because:
... ports of one State cannot be given any “preference” with respect to regulation or taxation over those of other States (Art. I, § 9, cl. 6)
Ports? Because Nebraska will suffer when passage of Obama's health reform bill blocks shipping vessels from the Missouri River?