Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Constitution Never Meant to Serve Beer

October 20, 2011 by  

Last week, the National Beer Wholesalers Association President Craig Purser, who happens to be a former colleague of mine, had an article in The Washington Times, suggesting that the alcohol bill on Capitol Hill (H.R. 1161) serves constitutional principals. Although we haven’t chatted in years, I like Craig. He’s a super-nice guy, and he surely […]

Alcohol Wholesalers’ Attack on American Jurisprudence

July 26, 2011 by  

Beer wholesalers say they are supporting federal alcohol legislation related to shipping of alcohol interstate–the so-called CARE Act–because they are concerned about the uncertainty and bureaucracy associated with legal battles on the topic. The National Beer Wholesalers Association explains this position on its website: Since 2005, more than half of the states have faced challenges […]

CEI Releases Paper on CARE Act

July 25, 2011 by  

Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released my  white paper on the CARE Act. Press release and link follow below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lee Doren, 202-331-2259 Nicole Ciandella, 202-331-2773 CARE Act Undermines the Free Market and Constitutional Principles, New Report Finds Wholesalers Lobby to Protect Regulatory Fiefdoms in the Alcoholic Beverage Market Washington, D.C., July […]

Wholesale Abuse and Costco’s New Initiative

July 18, 2011 by  

Practical Winery and Vineyard Journal has published my latest perspective on wholesaler attempts to pass anti-competitive federal legislation. A copy of that is available here. Also, a news item worth checking out is Costco’s latest effort to remove regulatory barriers for alcohol retailers in Washington State. The company is advancing a new initiative–#1183–for the ballot […]

Wholesaler Spending Buys Protection

July 15, 2011 by  

Terroirist blogger David White has posted a good commentary on the Specialty Wine Retailers Association report on alcohol wholesaler spending: “Toward Liquor Domination.” He highlights some report findings such as: Over the past three election cycles, wholesalers have spent more than $15.4 million dollars on contributions to federal campaigns. At the state level, wholesalers have […]

Liquor Wholesalers Enlist Mormon Legislator to Lead Quest

March 18, 2011 by  

Alcohol wholesalers have enlisted Mormon Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to lead their quest for passage of anti-competitive liquor legislation during the 112th Congress [see a copy of the bill here]. Chaffetz is most likely a well-meaning guy who believes he can promote virtue with policies that make alcohol less accessible and more expensive. Publicly, he […]

Lawmakers Soon to Introduce Alcohol Wholesaler Legislation

March 17, 2011 by  

Liquor wholesalers’ appalling misuse of the Constitution By Angela Logomasini Daily Caller, March 16, 2011 Liquor wholesalers’ attempts to rationalize federal alcohol legislation would appall James Madison, the father of the Constitution. Wholesalers claim their legislation will protect “states’ rights.” But their proposal would only serve their narrow special interest at the expense of individual […]

Get Ready for the 2011 battle on Wine Regulation

November 24, 2010 by  

Word on the street has been that wholesalers would not try to get H.R. 5034–a bill that would allow states to increase regulation and limit direct shipping of wine–to the floor during the lame-duck session of Congress. However, they do plan to make this an issue in 2011, which underscores why it’s a good time […]

Wholesale Political Manipulation on H.R. 5034

September 30, 2010 by  

Sometimes politicians say things so dumb that no one could have made them up. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff told the Salt Lake City Tribune yesterday that the National Beer Wholesalers Association drafted testimony he offered before the House Judiciary Committee earlier in the day on H.R. 5034. H.R. 5034 is an alcohol regulatory bill […]

Wholesalers Get Hearing: Wine Shipping & Regulation

September 29, 2010 by  

Today, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on H.R. 5034–the bill they hope will give states more power to regulate alcohol and possibly limit direct shipping of wine to consumers. Since it was introduced in April, this bill has collected 146 sponsors, more than 1/3 of the House of representatives. That’s pretty amazing […]

Next Page »