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Washhington State Cracks Open Three-Tier Mandates

November 9, 2011 by  

Yesterday, Washington State voters passed an initiative to privatize spirit sales and facilitate a more open market. It essentially breaks up the state’s mandatory “three-tier system” for alcohol distribution. My colleague Michelle Minton and I have written about it here and here. Now that the initiative has passed, the state can start issuing licenses to […]

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 […]

Washington State Initiative Could Send Tremors Across America

November 2, 2011 by  

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy published my article on the Washington State alcohol policy initiative  (#1183), which would privatize spirit sales and crack open the three-tier system in that state. With any luck, this initiative will become a model for other states looking to enhance consumer choice and private enterprise. Costco has led the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wholesalers Battle Harris Teeter – E. & J. Gallo Wine Club

March 7, 2011 by  

Harris Teeter and E. & J.  Gallo want to offer consumers an online service that would enable the store’s shoppers to view a record of past wine purchases, rate wines, and receive recommendations that include Gallo and other wines available at the store.  But if wholesalers have their way, government regulations will make this project […]

Washington Voters Miss the Point: Markets are Fair and Orderly

November 5, 2010 by  

Washington State voters rejected an initiative that would have re-organized this industry simply to make it more rational, market-based, and fairer. The initiative, discussed in an earlier post, simply would allowed retailers to buy wine, spirits, and beer direct from producers and would have allowed private shops — rather than government agencies — to sell […]

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