Sunday liquor sales die … again.

Hello, Wisconsin … . Says Brian Bakst of the AP, “The Minnesota Senate on Tuesday soundly defeated an attempted repeal of the state’s law barring liquor stores from being open on Sundays. The chamber did vote in favor of allowing craft beer taprooms to sell bottled ‘growlers’ for takeaway on Sundays, but then the broader liquor bill to which the provision was attached got pulled from debate. It might not return this session.”

We’re in no danger of becoming — for better or worse — the next Colorado, but the medicinal pot bill, watered as it is, is moving inexorably. In the Strib, Patrick Condon says, “The Minnesota Senate has overwhelmingly backed the legalization of medical marijuana, voting 48-18 with a strong bipartisan majority that would be enough to override a veto by Gov. Mark Dayton.  A House vote on a more limited medical marijuana proposal could come as early as Friday.”

In Tim Blotz’ story for KMSP-TV he writes, “Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R) attacked the bill, saying it would lead to recreational legislation. As a former sheriff, he said that in his background, he’s ‘seen the devastation of this drug.’” “Devastation?” Really?  I hadn’t heard they were making a sequel to “Reefer Madness.”

Please .. take whatever you want. Just let us be major league … .  Says Rochelle Olson in the Strib, “The Twin Cities’ Super Bowl bid goes to all 32 NFL owners on iPads by Wednesday. Now the co-chairs of the panel making the pitch (pass?) will meet with reporters to talk about what they’ve turned in. … New Orleans and Indianapolis also are in the hunt.”

And speaking of big-ticket items, Bill Salisbury of the PiPress reports, “Key state policy-makers are lined up behind paying the final installment to restore Minnesota’s aging state Capitol. The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday approved a $1.05 billion bonding bill that includes $126 million to complete the four-year, $272 million makeover of the 109-year-old monument to state government.”

If you filed your taxes before that tax cut bill, the state revenue office is promising to get your cash to you by June 27. Baird Helgeson of the Strib says, “Minnesota Department of Revenue officials are plowing through 260,000 income tax returns from Minnesotans who are likely to qualify for additional tax rebates. Revenue staffers have manually reviewed about 52,000 tax filings and plan to have them finished by June 27. Between now and then, Minnesotans will either automatically receive an additional refund, or be asked for additional information or be told they need to file an amended return.”

The GleanI do believe there’ll be an immediate, noisy response to this … . According to the AP, “A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and recent recall campaigns in Wisconsin, including the 2012 effort to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa also ordered prosecutors to return all property seized in the investigation and to destroy all copies of information obtained in the probe. The conservative organization Club for Growth and its director, Eric O’Keefe, filed the federal lawsuit in Milwaukee in February, arguing the so-called John Doe investigation amounts to harassment and violates conservatives’ free speech rights.”

For the Baraboo News Republic Dee Hall reports, “ … Randa said the preliminary injunction was needed because the ‘timing of the investigation has frustrated the ability of [Wisconsin Club for Growth] and other right-leaning organizations to participate in the 2014 legislative session and election cycle.’ He found that the investigation has ‘dramatically impaired’ the constitutionally protected right of Club for Growth and O’Keefe to engage in issue advocacy. Issue advocacy groups do not have to report the source of their funding so long as they do not expressly advocate the defeat or election of any candidate.”

Exhibit A … . Joe Lindberg of the PiPress says, “Minneapolis-based Hibachi Buffet Inc. owes more than $117,000 in unpaid wages to 18 workers, according to details from a federal investigation released Monday. The company paid kitchen workers a fixed salary that did not cover the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, according to the U.S. Department of Labor investigation. The labor department also said the company failed to pay workers overtime and keep accurate records of hours worked by kitchen employees.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Mike Worcester on 05/07/2014 - 08:22 am.

    Sunday Liquor

    Perhaps one solution to pushing this issue and getting our fair state into modern times would be for consumers to voice their feelings to the liquor stores and outlets so they can then pass along those sentiments to their lobbyists who seem to be the only ones being listened to in this debate.

    It really does appear that consumers will have to drive this because the legislators are only listening to the mouthpieces for the MLBA and their cohorts. In the meantime, consumer spending is leaving the state.

    • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 05/07/2014 - 09:58 am.

      There’s a better approach.

      Just extend the Sunday ban to all retail. Then watch how fast it disappears.

      • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 05/07/2014 - 11:20 am.

        Or conversely

        require all government offices to be open on Sunday. You’d soon see heretofore agnostic bureaucrats suddenly inconvenienced on their day of worship.

    • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 05/07/2014 - 11:12 am.

      Sunday Liquor

      A public relations campaign may be in order. Hats, T-shirts, and the like for people to wear as they go into liquor stores. If people want to go guerrilla marketing, then stickers customers can put on bottles throughout the store saying they support Sunday sales. That would have the double bonus of showing your stance to the store owners as well as making future customers aware of the position.

  2. Submitted by Dimitri Drekonja on 05/07/2014 - 11:42 am.

    I like beer. Drink it most days. Brew my own. Love to support my local neighborhood store which has a great selection of interesting brews. As a non-religious person, the Sunday ban doesn’t really mean much to me, other than if I notice that I am running low, I either go to the store on Saturday, or don’t have a beer the next day. Thus far, I’ve survived. It seems like the breweries/stores have too. For me, and I think for most, this is a “sure it would be nice” issue, but not one worth wasting significant time, political capital, and energy over. There are more important things to spend time on.

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