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Money Talks In Booze Politics: Using Children As Pawns Is As Deplorable As All That Campaign Cash

February 21st, 2013 · 5 Comments

We used to believe selling wine and liquor in grocery stores was bad news bears for independent retailers. More honestly, we gave independent retailers a couple years to prove to us that selling wine and liquor in grocery stores was going to harm independent retailers seriously.

Guess what? It’s a bunch of malarky and the bill’s sponsors are bought and paid for by the industry.

Take a look at this story:

House Bill 310′s supporters say its aimed at keeping high-alcohol content drinks away from children. Its opponents, though, say it would end up hurting the consumer.

The bill would prohibit minors from going into any store selling malt beverages, distilled spirits, or wine unless they had a parent or guardian with them.

“It boils down to protecting the children and that’s all it’s about,” said Representative Dennis Keene. The Democrat from Kentucky’s 67th District said it’s meant for convenience stores and gas stations where a low level of supervision could lead to kids stealing the liquor and getting hurt.

“When we see these overdoses of children with alcohol it’s usually hard liquor where they have more drinks than just a couple of beers and they don’t realize it,” said Keene.

Ted Mason is the executive director of the Kentucky Grocers Association. They oppose the bill.

“We think that it is primarily a response from the liquor store industry to protect their virtual monopoly of packaged alcohol sales,” he said.

That’s all about House Bill 310.

Can you believe that mess? Using children to protect a lobbying group. Using children. Shameful.

Let’s take a look at the bill’s sponsors and the contributions they’ve received from grocers, trade groups, alcohol wholesalers and such…

Taking money from either side of the issue is ridiculous. Some of those folks may be our friends but let’s get real.

There’s no reason Kentuckians shouldn’t be able to buy wine at Kroger. That’s the way the world works in most other states and there’s been no harm to independent retailers who actually try to run a business. Anything pushing an alternate talking point is just that – a talking point. A talking point clearly funded by campaign contributions.

Tags: Corruption · Kentucky Business · Youth

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jerry // Feb 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    The solution is very simple. Allow grocery stores, gas stations and other stores to sell wine along side their beer.

    Keep the distilled liquor in liquor stores. This is only common sense, something that is lacking in Kentucky.

  • 2 Conservative Kentuckian // Feb 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Lots of drug stores sell liquor. Walk into a Meijer store in another state and you will find a row of liquor out in the main part of the store, not too far from the chips and the soft drinks. If it can be done elsewhere, it can be done here.

  • 3 CASEY E // Feb 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    simple question– why can a CVS sell any alcohol it wants to sell?? how are they different than Kroger?? hope someone can explain it to me…..thanks

  • 4 jake // Feb 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    CASEY E: I can’t remember specifically (I wrote about it a couple years ago when this was an issue) but I think it’s because pharmacies that sell other goods are legally different in the Revised Statutes than grocery and convenience stores that merely sell medication in addition to their other stock.

    Convoluted, I know. But that’s Frankfort for ya.

  • 5 Conservative Kentuckian // Feb 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Heard this on TV the other night. Doctors could prescribe, and pharmacies could sell, booze during Prohibition. The exemption carried over when Prohibition was repealed.