So, what is this nasty rumor about possibly forcing brewers and wineries to work with distributors to sell their products instead of selling directly with customers? Opponents say the Wisconsin Tavern League and alcohol distributors are pushing the plan and fear it could be slipped into the state budget at the last minute.
The budget? Would this proposal result in revenues—or expenses? Or would it be just more restrictive regulations for the benefit of influential campaign contributors? Oh, wait; “A new Office of Alcohol Beverages Enforcement would take over alcohol regulation from the state Department of Revenue.” The office's duties would include ensuring producers don't distribute or sell their own products on their own property. Seriously? Follow the money.
Wisconsin wouldn’t pull the rug out from innovative entrepreneurs, would it? Isn’t Wisconsin supposedly “Open for business”?
Well, yah but, there was that attempt to ban home bakers from selling their baked goods at farmers markets, wasn’t there? And small dairy farm operations are still prevented from selling their dairy products directly to consumers, aren’t they? Follow the money.
“As Libertarians, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest and we welcome the diversity that freedom brings.”
For most, rising early after celebrating our accomplishments of the previous day (well into this morning) would presumptively put an end to productivity, but not for this group. After arming ourselves with copious amounts of coffee, our freedom fighters were ready to battle the establishment.
It was a brisk sunny morning on Saturday. The warm sunlight poured into the dining hall, as excited attendees filtered in. Convention attendees enjoyed a delicious continental breakfast before getting down to business. All across the dining hall, political discussions could be heard, and there were more than a few people hurriedly reviewing the proposals to be voted on later that day. Eventually, people finished eating (though not debating) and everyone headed to the meeting room to begin the Annual Meeting.Read more
As I walked into the Tomahawk resort, I was greeted with the familiar laughter and the smell of beer. Yet something seemed different. Yes, I was still greeted with the pedantic conversations about the NAP and whether this or that regulation was the end of the world or just its harbinger, but the atmosphere had changed.Read more
Rhinelander School Board
Rhinelander, WI. On April 4, 2017 voters in Rhinelander, Oneida county, elected Benjamin Roskoskey in the city’s non-partisan race for school board. Roskoskey, a Libertarian member, came in 3rd by 153 votes and was 121 votes out of first.Read more