Drink in the End of "Dry America" In Advance of Keep the Dollars in Dallas's Press Conference

Tomorrow Keep the Dollars in Dallas, the Kroger-led group hoping to get Dallas wet, will hold a press conference and lunch, during which it'll announce some endorsements and hand out Ray Perryman's study insisting, among myriad other things, that allowing off-premise sale of beer and wine citywide will add some $30 mil in tax revenue. That's a number attorney Andy Siegel, repping the anti- forces, has vehemently disputed.

Speaking of: Over on the Advocate's blog, in a wet-dry election round-up posted yesterday, Jeff "Not Related to Andy" Siegel directs our attention to a lengthy USA Today piece posted a couple of weeks ago headlined "Dry America's not-so-sober reality: It's shrinking fast." Much of it deals with the wetting up of historically dry East Texas, where pro-alcohol-sales advocates insist the revenue will "fill its storefronts and fix its roads." Writes Rick Hampson:

Those ideas are dooming what's left of the prohibition movement and shrinking Dry America, a region from the Carolinas to the Plains where many places still ban sales of some or all types of alcohol.

At a time when many states are debating marijuana policies -- 13 have decriminalized possession and 15 have medical marijuana programs -- the fight in Dry America is over alcohol.

To Winona Mayor Rusty Smith, "it almost seems like we're behind the times." To Jim Mosher, a national alcohol policy analyst, it shows how deeply the issue of intoxicants divides America's cultures, faiths and regions.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

z

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >