In South Carolina, Liquor Giant Targets Independent Stores​

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo by Flickr user jamescridland. A recent decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court will overturn a 72-year-old restriction on how many licenses a liquor retailer in the state can hold. The case was brought by Total Wine & More, a Maryland-based liquor retailer with over 150 “big box” stores in 20 states. Now, small retailers […]

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Secretary Vilsack’s Chicken Rules May Come Too Late to Help Farmers

Posted Leah Douglas Chicken, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user scrap_pile. The Department of Agriculture last week finally proposed rules to protect poultry farmers from abusive and discriminatory practices by giant chicken processing companies. Called the Farmer Fair Practices Rules, the new rules come 6 years after the Obama Administration first attempted to regulate the industry, then retreated under heavy pressure from […]

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Food & Power Newsletter: Obama Targets Monopoly, But is He Too Late to Help Farmers and Animals?

Posted Leah Douglas Newsletter

After largely ignoring one of the most extreme periods of concentration in U.S. history, President Obama on April 15 acknowledged that America has a monopoly problem. He did so by signing an Executive Order that pushes executive departments and agencies to use their rule-making authority to promote competition wherever possible. “It’s a public acknowledgement that […]

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