Alabama’s War on Margaritas

Joining the show is Cameron Smith general counsel and vice president of implementation for the R Street Institute, where he oversees how R Street implements and communicates the policy solutions its experts develop. He also handles a wide range of the institute’s legal matters.

Cameron, and his team at R Street uncovered Alabama’s over zealous Alcohol (Nanny) Control board attempting to ban the sale of pitchers of Margarita’s to adults. Why? Your guess is as good as ours but there may be something to do with trying to stay relevant in a world that needs no such thing as an Alcohol Control Board.

Cameron explains how his team was able to, almost overnight, pressure the nannies in Alabama to reverse their decision and let consenting adults voluntarily purchase pitchers of Margaritas once again.

Also how we can replicate the success R Street is having!

Read Cameron’s articles on the Mississippi Margarita ban here and here!

Sunday Equality

Buying beer and mimosas at 10AM on Sunday! When did North Carolina become so edgy!

Eric Rowel, local Mecklenburg County activist, the figure behind #sundayequality, and concerned citizen joins the show not just for a victory lap but an explanation of how a bill over Sunday alcohol sales was passed in North Carolina. While other states have eradicated blue laws, getting 2 hours extra on Sunday was a huge achievement for this Old North State.

We discuss the vicotry, how future alcohol reform can succeed, and why this policy gained such traction and support.

Also, listen into the surprise at the end where Eric reveals a surprise about my future.

Check out Eric’s Blog, but be sure to “Check your Emotions at the Door”

Or follow on Twitter @EricWRowell

What Does Liquor Reform Look Like?

Bob Dick, Senior Policy Analyst at the Commonwealth Foundation joins the show.

As an expert in liquor Privatization for Pennsylvania Bob explains what the goal of the privatization movement is about and some new bills introduced in the PA General Assembly to slowly accomplish this. Do these bills go far enough or are they just causing new problems down the road?

Booze Equality for Distillers

Jarrett Dieterle, the governance project fellow with the R Street Institute and a fellow alcohol policy expert, breaks down the issues at hand in future distilling battles. Virginia has some of the most onerous restrictions on distillers than any other state and is stifling the growth of multiple award winning companies by overzealous regulations. When we think of

Virginia has some of the most onerous restrictions on distillers, more so than many other states and is stifling the growth of multiple award winning companies by overzealous regulations. Regulations promoted by special interest lobbies using the law at the expense of the little guy. When we think of whiskey a few big names come to mind, but why won’t we let local entrepreneurs succeed in their own way?

Be sure to check out Jarrett’s recent article Fighting for Booze Equality on ‘Alcohol Alley’