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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tucker Penning Making Winning Hockey Goal During TournamentThe corresponding picture of my 16-year-old son, Tucker, with this blog post, was recently taken at a hockey tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. Tucker, by all accounts, is one of the best goal scorers for his team. For the first two games of the tournament, Tucker was repeatedly frustrated by missed opportunities and some remarkable goalie saves that sent him into the tournament semi-final game with no goals. The first two periods of the semi-final game were more of the same. Tucker worked and worked, but no...

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Friday, February 27, 2009

As recently reported in the February 25 issue of the Oakland County
Legal News

Black
By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN

LANSING, Mich. The sauvignon blanc was from California, the pinot noir from Oregon.

But the wine served Sunday night with dessert as the nation's governors dined at the White House with President Barack Obama and his wife...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm recently signed the last of two bills of a three-bill package paving the way for growth of a previous market for home-grown food products that was unexplainably subject to stricter state limitations than those limitations dictated by federal law. Previous state regulation on bidding to buy Michigan food products limited school districts to only $20,000 per year. Under the new law, that limit was increased to $100,000 per year which is the federal limit.

The aforementioned action exhibits that the legislature and governor can provide leadership in creating positive business opportunities. Unfortunately, our lawmakers and governor are...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

PROPOSED LAW BANNING DIRECT SHIPMENTS BY IN AND OUT-OF-STATE WINE RETAILERS IS BAD LAW AND BAD FOR MICHIGAN
Prior to the holidays, the Michigan Legislature hustled a poorly crafted piece of legislation through the system to allegedly protect the public's best interest by making it almost impossible for in and out-of-state wine retailers to ship directly to customers. The senate modified Bill 6644 previously passed by the House of Representatives by allowing wine deliveries by retailers to consumers but only if the product is delivered by employees of the retailer.

The Bill supporters will cite factors such as loss of state tax revenue from diminished sales by Michigan liquor...

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Friday, December 12, 2008

A recent article about Michigan's House Bill 6644 as it appeared in Crain's Business News

Alcohol bill uncorks biz concern
By Amy Lane and Nathan Skid

Ronnie Jamil photograph from Crains BusinessLANSING - When Ronnie Jamil looks at House Bill 6644, he sees some of his business in jeopardy.

That's because the bill, which would ban retailers from shipping wine and other types of alcohol directly to customers, extends to catered events.

“We are a unique...

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