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Republicans Tell Center for Arizona Policy Their Beliefs About Hardcore Porn, Strippers

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If you trust politicians (ha, ha), then get this -- many local Republicans believe people need to go to prison for selling porn, and tipping strippers should be illegal.

The lobbyists at the Center for Arizona Policy released the candidates' answers to their questionnaires for this year's elections, which is not only a good indication of the CAP morality cops' agenda, but also of how much CAP ass-kissing the Republicans are willing to do.

Every state candidate was asked by CAP whether they support or oppose "[p]rohibiting touching or tipping dancers and fully nude performances in sexually oriented businesses," and more than 80 people actually responded to that.

Not only did they respond, most of them said they support that.

A grand total of two legislators who turned in their questionnaires (Representatives Russ Jones and Chester Crandell) said they opposed it. Three legislators -- Senator Frank Antenori, and Representatives Michelle Ugenti and David Gowan -- didn't answer the question.

But imagine that conversation on the floor of the House and Senate between all the people who claim to support this kind of ban, arguing that sticking wrinkly dollar bills in a stripper's ass crack must be an outlawed practice in the state of Arizona.

This has actually almost happened -- or something like it -- as former Republican state Representative Steve Court introduced a bill a couple session ago to regulate strip clubs and the so-called "adult-oriented businesses."

Court's bill would have banned alcohol and private rooms from these establishments, regulated the size of stages, and redefined the terms "nude" and "seminude," among other changes.

The bill was held from the start -- never becoming an actual topic of discussion -- and Court admitted this was the idea of Cathi Herrod and her CAP.

On the federal side, those candidates were asked whether they supported "[e]nforcing federal laws vigorously against obscene hardcore pornography."

Every single major Republican candidate for Congress said they supported that. Among other things, that would include up to five years in prison for sending a dirty DVD in the mail -- 10 for second offenders. Yeah, we're sure you really support that.

Oh well, if you want to see more of those Republican "small government" answers, check out CAP's index of candidate comments.


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