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Friday, July 30, 2010

Your Feedback Requested

6th District Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark wants to know what you think:
A topic that is receiving a lot of attention is Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposition to privatize Virginia liquor industry. Since the days following Prohibition, Virginia has aimed to keep the sale and distribution of liquor in the Commonwealth in check. Now, as part of his Commission on Government Reform, Gov. McDonnell is proposing selling off Virginia's liquor business assets and letting private industry distribute and sell the products.

According to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which oversees the state's liquor delivery system, Virginia is one of 18 states that still operates its hard liquor sales.

The following are four major proposals under consideration. More information can be found at www.reform.virginia.gov.

A. The first option would have the ABC continue to control operation of liquor sales, but private retailers would receive a profit share and act as agents of the state to sell liquor.

B. The second would allow a private company or partnership to purchase the commission's assets and revenue stream and operate the system under a long-term lease.

C. The third option would fully privatize the wholesale and retail side of the ABC, allow licensees to sell liquor off-site, and significantly increase distilled spirit retail outlets statewide.

D. The fourth is similar to the full privatization model, but would auction retail licenses to the highest bidder and limit the number of licenses to somewhere between 400 and 1,000.

The state operates 334 ABC stores, which equates to one store per 23,260 people. Last fiscal year, Virginia's gross sales from liquor were $675 million, while the Commonwealth reaped $231 million in profits and taxes from those sales.

McDonnell's Administration estimates that selling off the ABC assets will net the state between $300 and $500 million and taxes on alcohol would continue to bring in similar revenues to the current system.

Supporters of privatization claim that changing the system will open up better choice and product pricing for consumers, bring in more revenue and get the state out of a controversial business. However, opponents raise doubts about the proposed plans ability to raise money for the Commonwealth. Others are concerned about the possible increase in alcohol abuse and related criminal activity. Local governments would also like to have a say in regulating where possible stores could be located so they would not be placed too close to sensitive locations, such as schools and churches. Needless to say much more discussion and research needs to be done before any concrete legislative proposals are brought to the table.

1. Should the state privatize the industry at all?

2. If it is privatized, which of the above options do think would work best?

3. Where should any one-time wind-fall funding be directed?
A. Transportation
B. Education
C. Healthcare
D. Other

As the Governor's Commission continues its process, I want to know how you feel about the issue. To voice your opinion on the possible privatization of Virginia's liquor industry, please write me at P.O. Box 628, Wytheville, Virginia 24382 or e-mail me at delacrockett-stark@house.virginia.gov. You can also call my office at 276-227-0247.
Even if you don't live in the 6th District, drop Annie B a note and offer your opinion.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to end the last vestige of Prohibition and get government out of a tiny part of private enterprise. (OK.  That's my opinion; offer yours).

Perriello Is Just a Politician In a Cheap Suit

Now I know what it is about 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello that chaps my backside every time I see him open his mouth.

He's just another two-bit Washington politician who speaks to us like we fell off the turnip truck and landed on our heads.  Like we're halfwits who don't know sugar from shinola.  The cynical type of Democrat who tosses lies out there figuring he'll never be called to account for them.

Watch this and you'll see what I mean:

This kind of crap works in New York, Junior. But it won't play in Southside. Pack your bags. We're on to your game. You're history.

Lift Up In Song

This will reach into your heart.

Is it even possible that a little seven-year-old girl, missing her two front teeth, can sing "Amazing Grace" so flawlessly?

Prepare to be entertained.

Go to Rhema Marvanne - 'Amazing Grace'



A congressman from Staten Island thinks this is good politics:

It should read McMahon Campaign Hits Grimm For Taking Jewish Money, without quotation marks, because "in an effort to show that [GOP challenger Mike] Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, the McMahon campaign compiled a list of Jewish donors to Grimm and provided it to The Politicker. The file, labeled 'Grimm Jewish Money Q2,' for the second quarter fundraising period, shows a list of over 80 names, a half-dozen of which in fact do hail from Staten Island, and a handful of others that list Brooklyn as home."

Like something out of 1920. Shame on them.

Rogue's Gallery Assembles

When you see the carefully sanitized press releases relating to Chelsea Clinton's wedding and reception, think of the Corleone "family" gathering scenes at the beginning of "The Godfather."  The two have much in common.

You know all about The Don.  Bill Clinton - often accused (from sexual harassment to fraud to rape) but never convicted.  His wife, the enforcer, Hillary "Satino" Clinton.  You may even know about the crook funding the shindig (to the tune of $2 million), George Soros, often operating in the gray area of high finance but never nailed for manipulation.  In attendance too will be the usual Democrat toadies, all of whom deserve hard time.

But did you know about the groom's father?  He seems to be the only one in this bunch of hucksters and thieves who actually went to the slammer.

See "Ed Mezvinsky, Father of Marc Mezvinsky, Pioneered Nigerian Money Scam."

Though Ed has this one thing on his resumé about which none of the others can boast (time in the federal pen), he shares one thing in common with all the others.  His crimes made him a very wealthy man.

Cento anni di salute e felicità!