Rep. Kerry Burt (Democrat) Fired from his Job
Poor Kerry. I guess that night out on the town was pretty expensive. Not only did he cause some property damage, bang up his ride, and cause a headache for Kevin McCarthy, he also lost his job as a firefighter because he lost his licenses.
I was able to get a copy of the police report from that night. Here is what it said about Rep. Burt.
Erratic Driving: Yep
Bloodshot Eyes: Yep
Walk and turn Test: Failed
Impaired Balance: Darn Right
Slurred Speech: Yep
Alcohol on Breath: Yep
One Leg Test: Failed
Tested over .08 on the Breathalyzer: Yep
So what did the 275 lb legislator blow? The police report says .129
I found a little on-line calculator. For a dude the size of Rep. Burt he would have to drink 8 light beers in one hour to blow .120 (which is over the limit in every state). Now if he was drinking malt liquor it would have only taken 6 12 oz. drinks to blow that number.
I know, I know, we shouldn’t pick on Kerry because he saved some lady from choking at the State Capitol. So next time you see him buy him a drink.
Get Ready for More Iowa Casinos!
It looks like it’s just a matter of time before more gambling licenses are granted in Iowa. While recent reports show that Iowa has enough gaming establishments, it also indicated that casinos in Lyon County in Northwest of Iowa and Wapello County in Southeast Iowa are good markets for new casinos.
Iowa has come a long way since it first introduced riverboat gambling twenty years ago. Back then gamblers could only lose $200 per outing and the casinos had to actually cruise up and down the river. All of the regulations that were imposed to limit casinos in Iowa are now gone.
Along with the regulations, the riverboats are also gone now, and in their place are land based casinos that are located all over the state. The spread of these casinos are caused by one thing and one thing only, state government’s thirst for more money. In 2008 the state government was able to dole out over $322 million for projects. Of that amount, $60 million went to the general fund.
Now with Culver’s bonding proposal, $50 million or so of that $322 will be used to make the loan payment for the next 20 years. I’m sure Chetty and his staff point out that they are just going to use the $50 million allocated each year for vertical infrastructure to pay for his $765 million debt plan, but like every good Democrat, he’s not going to be satisfied with just doing that.
Culver is going to want more money to spend. The best way he can do that is by making sure a couple more casino licenses are granted. Its quick and easy money, so get ready Wapello and Lyon Counties Casino Chet is coming to your areas soon.
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