If you haven't been paying attention to the fight that's been happening here in MD, you need to wake up and pay attention.
A politician (allegedly backed by distributors) in a nearby county is filing to strip our state Comptroller of his authority over road use fuels, tobacco, and alcohol.http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0219/comptroller-franchot-responds-to-senate-bill-703-introduction.html
Franchot has done much to try and improve things for the craft beverage industry. It was expected that the distributors would try and make a move this session, but this isn't what I expected. From what I can tell, it's pretty much a move directly in response to Franchot's attempts to reform craft beer laws in our state.
Hopefully this doesn't count as political...it is, but it's craft beer related. I'm honestly surprised that the BA hasn't been more involved in all this, thankfully the Brewer's Association of MD has also stepped up to get word out. throughout this whole mess.
Oh yeah, and all this comes at the start of MD's official craft beer month...what a way to support the brewing industry here...