Thursday, February 13, 2020

GET ME REWRITE: Wisconsin Assembly State Affairs Committee cleans up Rob Swearingen's 'dirty' bill

Lawmakers scrap wedding barn regulations in bill to extend bar time during Dem convention.  (Capital Times, 2/13/2020)
The Assembly State Affairs Committee unanimously voted Thursday to remove the language amid calls for a "clean bill" and pushback over its inclusion from the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and others, which labeled it as a "new and unneeded regulation" in written comments this week.
Shot down by 7 of his GOP colleagues.

Wisconsin State Legislature (highlight added)

2/6/2020 update, "Rob Swearingen, Mr. Tavern League of Wisconsin, is at it again", starts here.

Reported in Bill in the works to set later bar time during Democratic convention includes wedding barn measures.  (Capital Times, 1/30/2020)

8/30/2018 update, "Well, first of all, the Legislative Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement is chaired by Tavern League shill Rob Swearingen", starts here.

Head of craft alcohol group: Committee formed to clarify state's alcohol laws 'stacked against' small producers.  (, 8/22/2018)

The Tavern League, however, prefers to live in the past.

Related reading:
Influence Peddlar of the Month:  Tavern League of Wisconsin.  (Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, 12/1/2017)

11/15/2017 update, "Adam Jarchow's got a funny way of laughing", starts here.

Reported iSponsor of Lowering Drinking Age Downplays Bar Ownership.  (U.S. News, 11/10/2017)

"Funny Way of Laughing" was Ives' 2nd consective single to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.  The song debuted at #65 for the week ending Apri. 7, 1962 and spent 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #10 for a 1 week.

He also served as a clue in this weeks Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle:  Burlish folk singer.

Twitter map.

8/3/2017 update, " Wisconsin Tavern League wants to Make America Great Again", starts here.

When husbands were pampered.

Ad found at Pinterest

Reported in Tavern League: 'We'll continue to fight' bill to change Wisconsin liquor laws.  (, 8/2/2017)

But craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries have two things on their side.

1.  History

Milwaukee's corner taps drying up as bar scene shifts.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/4/2012)
Historically, Milwaukee was loaded with taverns, but there are incomplete records documenting exactly how many. More than 50 years ago, the city reported there were 2,065 taverns in the city. 
But as the 1960s wore on, the number of taverns began to drop a few dozen at a time. Scott Stenger, a spokesman for the Tavern League of Wisconsin, says bars in general are vying for leisure dollars in an increasingly competitive world. 
"There has been a shift, not just in Wisconsin, but around the country," Stenger said. "The taverns become bigger and offer things to customers that a small corner bar can't do. Competition has increased."
2.  Republicans in the state legislature
Tauchen's bill was applauded Tuesday by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, and Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, R- River Falls, at an event at the Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona.  (From the 8/2/2017 article)

Original 7/1/2017 post, starts here.

Meet Mr. Special Interest

Italicized portion reported in Alcohol regulation: A drunken killer of free enterprise or a sobering safeguard? (Greenfield West Allis Now, 6/29/2017)
Caaarazy, headline, baby!
 Resume stuff is from Rob's Wisconsin State Legislature homepage.

Among Rob's top contributors:
(3)  Jeff and Thomas Neddo, Miller Beer of the Northwoods, Inc. ($3,250)
(8)  Paul and Patricia Lucas, MillerCoors ($2,050)

Shame on you, Rob!

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