Magazine April 22, 2013, Issue

Quakers and Bootleggers

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They’re putting a cork in Pennsylvania liquor-law reform

What are these Republicans drinking? In 2011, Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia tried to privatize his state’s Soviet-style liquor stores and was handed a stinging legislative defeat. In 2013, another Republican governor, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, persuaded the Pennsylvania house of representatives to pass a liquor-privatization bill, which remains stalled in the senate. The efforts of those GOP governors have been stymied in part by Democrats unwilling to give up state-run enterprises and the money that the union-dominated work forces associated with them shunt into their campaign coffers. But those free-market Republicans face another obstacle: anti-free-market Republicans.

In 1983, economist Bruce …

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