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Will the GOP be left high and dry?

Posted at 11:15 AM on April 21, 2008 by Michael Marchio (1 Comments)

The Commish is trying to find out what the heck happened to Rep. Phyllis Kahn's bill that would allow bars to serve alcohol for the Republican National Convention, being held in St. Paul on Sept. 1-4.

It was originally included in HF1812, the budget balancing finance bill, but because the St. Paul City Council voted against extending bar close, among other reasons, Rep. Joe Atkins suggested they work on it a while longer and include it in the omnibus liquor bill.

Well, HF3829, the omnibus liquor bill, is in front of the Rules Committee today, the last stop before it hits the floor, and mention of the RNC or extending bar time is nowhere to be found. I'll get to the bottom of this, and I'll let you know whether this means the Republicans are going to be BYOB later than 2 a.m. after all.

So what does an omnibus liquor bill do, anyway? It sounds like the biggest change is that farm wineries would be allowed to distill and sell cognac and brandy.

Comments (1)

I realize that grapes grow just about anywhere ... but does Minnesota actually produce wine that's nice enough to make into brandy?

Michigan has wineries on the west side of the state, but they're all sweet, light-weight varieties - they can't grow the kinds of grapes California, Australia, France or Spain do. You can't get me to believe Minnesota, the Great White Land of Frozen Lakes, is actually concerned about distilleries in our ... wine country?

Posted by GopherMPH | April 21, 2008 9:32 PM