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- hotwine - 07-10-2003 06:20 PM
Intel from Austin, courtesy of the chief of staff to state senator Frank Madla, sponsor of our direct shipping legislation:
"As things stand now, the Fifth Circuit is expected to issue its final order on July 17th, which once issued, will open the door to direct shipping in Texas!"
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission does plan to appeal the 5th Circuit's ruling to the U.S. Supreme court by 24 Sep- tember, but in the meantime, they are willing the let the free market run and stay the hell out of the way. Yee-haw!
- Botafogo - 07-11-2003 11:23 AM
Hotwine, I will gladly eat the shipping cost for your first order. Congratulations!
- winoweenie - 07-11-2003 12:03 PM
I'll jes' take the cash [img]http://www.wines.com/ubb2/biggrin.gif[/img]ww
- hotwine - 07-11-2003 01:19 PM
Thanks, Roberto, but let's not hold our breaths. The TABC has been full of surprises, all good for wholesalers and bad for consumers. But just maybe, this time, the little guys won. Maybe.
- JagFarlane - 07-11-2003 02:32 PM
One can only hope that...but as the article I put up bout the NJ lawsuit mentions...private purchases can make up a huge quantity of sales for winerys...thus, once the winerys get a taste of what thier sales can be, they too might just put thier foot in and make an arguement as well.
- Georgie - 07-11-2003 03:38 PM
Sounds good, HW!
- Botafogo - 07-12-2003 03:08 PM
Hotwine, this is VERY important:
When the courts finally overturn for good the restrictions in Tx, you and everyone you know must write letters to the editors of every newspaper and ESPECIALLY the local news television stations pointing out the what happened is NOT the "legalization of interstate shipping" but that the courts have declared that the Texas legislature willfully, unlawfully, and in violation of the Interstate Commerce clause of the US Constitution, restricted the rights of citizens of the Lone Star State for the benefit of a small, moneyed monopoly.
The PR spin on this has got to be at least as strong from the grass roots as from the WSWA.
Wow, for a minute there I was channelling Curmy (who must be gloating in Hell), Roberto
[This message has been edited by Botafogo (edited 07-12-2003).]
- hotwine - 07-12-2003 03:45 PM
Good point, Roberto. The wholesalers are sure to keep up their belly-achin'.
- winoweenie - 07-12-2003 04:14 PM
Gracious Sakes Boto-Baby. I got chills jes' reading the rant for a sec. WW
- barnesy - 07-15-2003 10:31 PM
Ever wonder there are always hurricanes and tornados in Texas all the time?
Its because God is trying to blow the stinkin' place off the face of the earth.
- hotwine - 07-16-2003 11:08 AM
Nope, it's His country. He just keeps havin' to clean up the mess we make of it.