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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Liquor privatization

Senate committee action effectively kills liquor store privatization plan

The senate's Rehabilitation and Social Services committee rejected an effort by a Republican to put consideration of the governor's plan to privatize state liquor stores Friday, essentially putting a final nail in the coffin of the proposal's legislative chances.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 4, 2011; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate, William Howell  
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Is ABC bill hibernating -- or is it dead?

"Today is Groundhog Day. Today has turned out to be like every other day since January 20 when I introduced House Bill 2456, the governor's ABC privatization plan," Brink said. " I wake up in the morning filled with the hope that today will be the day my bill gets a hearing."

By Fredrick Kunkle  | February 2, 2011; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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Tea party groups endorse liquor privatization

The Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation, the umbrella group of tea party organizations in the state, endorsed proposals Monday to privatize state liquor stores.

By Anita Kumar  | January 31, 2011; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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N. Va. delegate has new proposal to privatize liquor stores -- sort of

Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax) thinks he may have come up with a new way to privatize the state's liquor stores, only this way Virginia doesn't really privatize the stores -- but it just might reap the financial benefits. Albo has introduced HB2182, replacing the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control with an independent agency which he said would be exempt from procurement and employment rules. "Why can't we apply private sector principles to the ABC?'' he said. "With the ABC debate, I've always been wondering why we're going around and around and around to make more money for the state of Virginia on ABC. There's a reason why all these private companies want to bid all this money. They can do it cheaper. It's because they don't have all these different rules." The Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority would be run by a chief executive selected by a board named by...

By Anita Kumar  | January 21, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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McDonnell 'pleased' Democrats introduced liquor bill in House of Delegates

The partisan fun has really begun now. First, House Democrats laughed about how they were outmaneuvering Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell by introducing his bill to privatize the state liquor stores after no Republican delegate did. Now McDonnell is saying through a spokesman that's he's "pleased" that Del. Robert H. Brink (D-Arlington) -- the House Democrats' political leader and a member of McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform, which debated liquor privatization -- introduced the bill. "We appreciate the House Democrats choosing Delegate Brink for this important legislation,'' said McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin. "His serious reputation confirms that, by sponsoring this bill, he endorses ending this archaic government monopoly. We know he wouldn't put his good name on a measure that he doesn't support. We will review his legislation closely prior to making specific comments about it." Brink, of course, has expressed opposition to the liquor privatization proposal several times. "What I...

By Anita Kumar  | January 20, 2011; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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UPDATED: Senate Republican pushes governor's ABC plan but prefers his own

Sen. Mark Obenshain (D-Harrisonburg) said he'll be filing a long-awaited bill to privatize the state's 333 ABC liquor stores Wednesday afternoon, at the request of Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 19, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Democrats may introduce McDonnell's liquor bill in House, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 13, 2011
McDonnell outlines new scaled-back, retail-only ABC plan, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 11, 2011
Key ABC subcommittee slot waiting to be filled, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 5, 2011
McDonnell still quietly working on new liquor plan, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 4, 2011
UPDATED: Del. Gear resigns from House of Delegates on eve of 2011 session, Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar , December 30, 2010
Albo: ABC liquor privatization group hasn't met for weeks, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 8, 2010
McDonnell overestimates money from ABC privatization proposal, legislative review says, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , November 23, 2010
McDonnell requests monthly calls with legislators, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 16, 2010
Deeds on McDonnell's liquor plan: "It's ludicrous", Rosalind S. Helderman , October 21, 2010
McDonnell's commission backs his ABC privatization plan, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 4, 2010
UPDATED: Wilder formally endorses McDonnell liquor plan, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 1, 2010
McDonnell will count votes before calling special session , Rosalind S. Helderman , September 30, 2010
Norquist: McDonnell's ABC plan does not raise taxes, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 27, 2010
Democrats to hold town hall meetings on ABC privatization, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 27, 2010
Va. wineries back liquor privatization proposal, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 22, 2010
Senator asks state auditors to doublecheck McDonnell's ABC plan, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 22, 2010
Falwell announces support for ABC privatization, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 21, 2010
New lobbyists in Virginia for Ripley's, liquor interests, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 16, 2010
Wilder: McDonnell liquor plan faces tough fight, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 8, 2010
ABC revenues grew by 4.4 percent in 2010, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 7, 2010
Legislator says ABC special session will be in November, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 3, 2010
A burned page from Virginia's liquor past, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 1, 2010
McDonnell's PAC brings in big donations, Rosalind S. Helderman , August 13, 2010
 
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