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  • Monahan, Tamm predict 'end of alcohol wars' at Statehouse
    “Sunday is the second busiest shopping day of the week. It makes no sense at all why Hoosiers families shouldn’t be able to pick up a bottle or wine or a six pack of beer on Sunday. We’re glad to work with Patrick and his leadership to get that done. I think this puts to the end the alcohol wars at the Statehouse.” - Grant Monahan of the Indiana Retail Council appearing on Gerry Dick’s “Inside Indiana Business” with Patrick Tamm of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers. Tamm added, “Hoosiers want solutions and what we’re doing here and taking two trade associations … and we’re looking for solutions. What we’re delivering here is Sunday sales.“  But Ricker’s CEO Jay Ricker calls the deal between the two organizations a “corrupt bargain” because it won’t expand cold beer sales.
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  • The slitherly slope and redemption
    Here are some thoughts on the “Pervnado” that is sweeping Hollywood, Capitol Hill, newsrooms and statehouses, though things at the Indiana Statehouse have been quiet.

    Does it make a difference when a decades-old allegation comes up that the perpetrator apologizes? Particularly if there’s no specific evidence? We’ve watched Kevin Spacey, Sen. Al Franken and comedian Louis C.K. seek some measure of atonement for their inappropriate behavior, while Republican Alabama U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore, who has been accused of pedophilia, has not and remains defiant? Ditto for comedian Bill Cosby.

    As any crisis communicator will tell you, coming clean and being contrite is the better long term strategy even if one takes big losses in the short-term. And Americans have a penchant for redemption, as past controversial figures ranging from Muhammad Ali, Jane Fonda, Kobe Bryant to Barney Frank and even Presidents Clinton and Nixon eventually were restored some degree of trust and popularity.

    Is it inconsistent for U.S. Rep. Luke Messer to call for the resignation of Sen. Franken for one ribald photo and an inappropriate and slithery pass a radio personality Leanne Tweeden, while President Trump escapes a similar assessment despite a dozen or so similar complaints and the Billy Bush “Access Hollywood” tape?

    Just asking, as we watch many powerful figures tumble down the slithery slope.  - Brian A. Howey, publisher
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