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Nevada Assembly Candidate Dennis Hof Loses Brothel License

Love Ranch, a brothel owned by Nevada Assembly candidate Dennis Hof, loses their brothel license.

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The Love Ranch, one of the seven legal brothels owned by Nevada Assembly candidate Dennis Hof, lost its brothel license last week.

According to the Nye County Licensing and Liquor Board, Hof failed to apply for renewal and pay fees on time. This is the first time in the board's 10-year history that a brothel license has been permanently revoked.

Hof has been running afoul of county rules a lot, authorities say. In February 2018, the Love Ranch's license was suspended after Hof failed to obtain permission before modifying several mobile homes on site. The brothel was eventually reopened in April.

Hof claimed back in February that this was political retribution for his challenging state Assemblyman James Oscarson in the Republican primary. "They're out of hand. It's the same stuff they're doing to Donald Trump," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. They're using government power to put me out of business and discredit me."

In 2017, Hof had failed to pay county fees and complete necessary paperwork but was not penalized then.

This past April, citizens of Lyon and Nye counties, both of which contains brothels owned by Hof, drafted ballot referendums to ban brothels in their counties. Voters in Lyon County will see this on their ballots in November, while Nye county voters won't likely see a brothel vote on their ballots until 2020.

Hof argues that such measures won't eliminate prostitution, as crusaders claim, but simply lead to more dangerous working conditions for those involved. "The brothels are a bit like Walmart and church: Nobody forces you to go, but when you need something, you know where they're at," said Hof to the Las Vegas Review. "Live and let live. Don't try to impose your views on other people."

Regardless, Hof has said he plans to sell the brothels in both Lyon and Nye Counties so he can focus on his political aspirations without being trapped by a system that he believes is out to get him. In June, he beat three-time incumbent Oscarson in the GOP primary and will now face Democratic candidate Lesia Romanov in November.

But some women who work at the Love Ranch are optimistic that they will be back in business soon. "Dennis has told us to keep a good attitude," said Sonja Bandolik, an employee at Love Ranch. "He's got deep pockets. If it's humanly possible, he's going to make this happen."

Others have fled to northern Nevada to work at another brothel owned by Hof. And workers at other brothels Hof owns have been coming to his defense on social media.

In order for Love Ranch to reopen, Hof must file a new brothel application and be approved by the Nye County Licensing and Liquor Board.

Photo Credit: @SinCityGrrrl/Twitter

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Hof argues that such measures won't eliminate prostitution, as crusaders claim, but simply lead to more dangerous working conditions for those involved.

    Will it make crusaders feel good about themselves and give them more power over other people? Because that's really all that marks successful regulation.

  • An Owl Named Dur||

    What an idiot. Doesn't he understand that being a pimp and a politician are utterly incompatible? Now being a politician and a whore is another thing entirely.

  • Happy Chandler||

    Sounds like he didn't file his renewal. What did he expect to happen?

  • Eddy||

    For the local govt to ignore his lapse?

    For all I know, maybe they strictly enforce all filing deadlines, and apply them without discrimination. It's possible, and I can't disprove the possibility, though it says they overlooked a paperwork violation earlier, before his candidacy. But again, I don't know.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Ah, the world's oldest prohibition...

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    "The brothels are a bit like Walmart and church..."

    ...and they don't appreciate the competition.

  • DiegoF||

    Essentially the only places the Big Bad Religious Right (you know, the American Taliban) still has the power to oppress Americans is where they act as a junior partner to the increasingly aggressively prudish and moralistic Progs. At the Federal level Ted Cruz, unfortunately, has shown himself to be a loud and eager partner in these efforts, specifically anything having to do with the the "sex trafficking" moral panic narrative that has been growing lately. Rand Paul, Tom Massie, and Justin Amash--all practicing, committed Christians and real prolifers (as is Cruz I will admit)--have been about as brave as we can reasonably expect mainstream politicians to be at this point.

  • Bubba Jones||

    Doesn't sound like he is qualified to hold office.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Pimpin' ain't easy.

  • Eddy||

    "Hof must file a new brothel application"

    (1) Please submit copies of the latest STD test results for your employees.

    (2) Please submit Traffic Pattern Survey (TPS) report to indicate the impact of your establishment on vehicular traffic.

    (3) Do you regularly play golf with the county government leaders? If so, normally we'd let you skip the rest of this form, but with all the bluenoses and busybodies out there, you can't be too careful. If you *don't* play golf with the county leaders, please fill out all 300 pages of supplemental form BZWork.

    (4) List all forts in the harbor and the historical significance of each fort - just kidding, that's the exam for being a tour guide in Charleston, SC.

    (5) If your employees do any B&D or S&M stuff, please list the safe words here: ______________________

    (6) Are you on first-name terms with people with catchy nicknames and who are of Sicilian or Russian descent? If so, please consult form MOB1 to make sure that you are in the appropriately-designated territory for the particular mob you are associated with. Also consult form MOB2 to make sure that the mob you are associated with is up to date with its payments, if you know what I mean.

    (7) Do you have birth certificates to indicate that your employees are all adults? If not, do you at least have professionally-forged certificates?

  • SusanM||

    8) Correctly describe the difference between a Dutch Rudder and Dutch Sail

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Is it not bad enough that we have to let you freaks have your weird little conventions? Keep your kinks to yourself.

  • Conchfritters||

    Did ENB get fired? This article is too vanilla, no outrage or passion. You are going to need to step it up big time intern dude if you ever have a prayer of Elizabeth inviting you to see Stormy Daniels dance the next time she's in town.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    Look, I have zero interest in golf. That means I don't visit golf courses — but I don't try to get them shut down. I doesn't bother me if someone else likes golf!

    Sexually repressed people are the worst.

  • croaker||

    Dumb ass.

  • SuperChuck||

    Politicians enjoy Screwing over other people, just that simple.
    All about power and control also known as politics!

  • killboyumeed847548588||

    When people are asked to use gut instinct to stop real but rare horrors, relying on racial stereotypes and other biases tends to rule.

    Is that why the cops pulled a gun on my friend the day I moved him and his babby mamma into my town. It's strange how one of the other regulars at the Wellness Center died of a drug overdoes latter that night in the Wellness Center bathroom.

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