Saturday, February 13, 2010

Conway Makes Petition Necessary

The Baltimore Sun recently wrote an article about Senator Conway's decision to veto the upcoming Wine shipment law.

As the chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, the Senator has the power to prevent the bill from going before the House.

While the Senator believes there are concerns about underage drinking, bloggers are quick to add their commentary on the subject, alluding to her potential bias:

"The fact that it's an election year and she relies on support from liquor distributors? I'm sure that's not a factor. Nor is that her husband is a city liquor inspector." -Polyhistor 2.0

Now, more than ever, Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws (MBBWL) needs your help. Please sign our petition or contact your representative directly.

Friday, January 29, 2010

MD Excise Taxes

What I found most noteworthy in this opinion piece from the Washington Post is that they estimate the liquor lobby to have given $1.3 million from 200-2007, far more than the ~$550,000 I pulled from some of the state giving records. In any event, this is a staggering sum when one considers that $250 or $500 contributions are significant to many delegates and senators. That amount of money certainly keeps the whistle wet.