Headline: Consumers may tilt balance

Contacting your elected officials can change the direction of this year’s debate. The Kingsport Times-News had a good story on Saturday that focused on how consumer interest is making a difference.

Here is an excerpt from the story.

Judging by the current direction of consumer sentiment, [Rep. Dale] Ford said he believes the bill has good prospects.

“If we voted on it tomorrow I think it would pass,” he said.

And this.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about this already,” state Rep. Dale Ford, R-Jonesborough, said Friday.

While drawing its expected opposition from liquor stores and wholesalers, and obvious support from grocers, this year’s effort has the marks of a consumer groundswell, said Ford’s colleague, state Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough.

“I think the consumers have gotten a little more organized, and they’ve been more insistent this year,” Hill said. “I’ve heard from constituents from Johnson City all the way up to Leesburg that this is something they want, and I think at the end of the day … consumers are going to speak up and get what they want.”

The Red White and Food campaign has been about consumer choice since the first day. We’re glad to see some legislators sharing this point of view.

Other coverage this weekend

Memphis Commercial Appeal readers were overwhelmingly in favor of allowing wine sales in retail food stores.

The TriCities Herald Courier weighed in with an editorial today as well.

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2 Responses to “Headline: Consumers may tilt balance

  1. Jake Says:

    Thanks for everything that you’re doing.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    It would be wrong to change alcohol laws just to help the bottom line of newspapers. Every so often, industries go through a period of “creative destruction” – like the newspaper business is today.

    But the Tennessee legislature does not owe the newspaper business anything. A temporary increase in ad sales (from additonal ad pages about wine) won’t save a failing business model in the 21st century. But the result would be a free-for-all in the alcohol retailing business, perhaps leading to chain liquor stores and liquor in grocery stores.

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