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AP16 Speaker: Industry is Akin to Malaria-Carrying Mosquito

April 12, 2013 by  

There’s a certain romance associated with being in the wine industry, which is why many people aspire to own a vineyard despite all the back-breaking work associated with farming. That’s why I was pretty shocked by the excessive disdain for the alcohol industry that many participants expressed at the Alcohol Policy 16 (AP16) Conference last […]

Another Perspective on AP16

April 12, 2013 by  

Julie Gunlock of the Independent Women’s Forum reports on her experience at the Alcohol Policy 16 conference last week.  She draws conclusions similar to my own. She notes: I’ve written some on alcohol policy in the past (here and here) and as the director of IWF’s Women for Food Freedom project, I’m always interested in […]

Taxing Alcohol for Profit and Punishment

April 10, 2013 by  

Although there appears to be no acceptable level of alcohol consumption to participants at the Alcohol Policy 16 Conference, which met last week in Arlington, Va., attendees certainly don’t mind profiting from people who do drink. During a discussion on alcohol tax policy, these “public health advocates” discussed ways to hike the rates as much […]

Health Advocates Target Responsible Drinkers

April 8, 2013 by  

“Don’t just lean in, barge in,” said Rebecca Ramirez of Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health at the opening of the Alcohol Policy 16 conference in Arlington,Virginia (April 3-5, 2013). In one short sentence, Ramirez summed up the entire purpose of this 16th annual event: mobilize nanny-state activists to push taxes and regulations […]

Tied House Rules: Mythical Excuse for Regulation?

November 3, 2011 by  

My colleague Michelle Minton raises a provocative, yet convincing case that modern-day laws supporting three-tier mandates for alcohol regulation are based more on myth than reality.  These laws mandate that all alcohol must go from wholesaler to distributor before sale to a retailer. Before Prohibition, saloons were often tied to alcohol producers either through contractual […]

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 […]

News Sips: Sunday Alcohol Sales, Free-Speech, and Taxes

February 24, 2011 by  

Never on a Sunday — In Georgia It looked like it was on the fast track for approval, but the Georgia assembly has declined to consider the bill that would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales in the state. The Georgia Senate shelved the bill after a “secret meeting” among Republican lawmakers, according to a story […]

Baptist and Bootleggers Partner in Dallas

February 2, 2011 by  

The Baptist -and-bootlegger coalition is alive and well in Dallas, Texas. A coalition of special interests and religious groups has petitioned the court to reconsider the validity of the Dallas ballot initiative that eliminated “dry” areas in the city. Not surprisingly, the coalition appears to be led by lawyers representing existing retailers who held liquor […]

Alcohol Industry Should Stop Working at Odds

November 22, 2010 by  

The ban on alcohol containing energy drinks last week appears to be part of an American emphasis on “temperance” dating back religious values that were prevalent during the founding of our nation. If defined simply as “responsible use of alcohol,” temperance is surely a good thing–as long as those powers rest with individuals. But the […]

Dallas Voters Support Markets, Eliminate “Dry” Areas

November 5, 2010 by  

Cheers to Dallas voters who supported an initiative to eliminate “dry” areas (aka areas where alcohol was completed banned) of the city, which passed with a large majority. What’s most amazing about this vote is the fact that such dry areas even exist in the 21st century! Hooray for Dallas voters for supporting freedom on […]

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