Michelle Minton

Study Discovers Problems With Parenting, Not Energy Drinks

Study Discovers Problems With Parenting, Not Energy Drinks

More than half of all calls to Poison Control resulting from energy drinks involve accidental exposure by children under age six, according to a new University of Miami study. This news likely will lead to calls for restrictions on energy

Harry Reid's Online Poker Folds on Freedom

Harry Reid's Online Poker Folds on Freedom

The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to introduce soon, is being touted as a way to legalize online poker. In fact, it is a

Saturday Showdown: Human Achievement Hour vs. Earth Hour

Saturday Showdown: Human Achievement Hour vs. Earth Hour

On March 31st at 8:30 pm, people around the world will shut off their lights for one hour as a symbolic gesture that they want “something” done about climate change. During that same hou,r many other people around the world

Why Don't Wholesalers CARE About Four Loko?

For many years, beer and wine wholesalers have ardently defended states’ right to regulate alcoholic beverages. Their wholesalers’ associations–the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America–have written countless letters to the editor, op-eds, press releases,

Liquor Privatization Would Edge Washington State Toward Freedom

A lot of observers of the liquor privatization fight in Washington State lament how much money has been spent on the issue. For two years running, supporters and detractors of measures to sell off the state-run liquor store and liquor

FTC Ban on Junk Food Ads Would do More Harm than Good

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) supposedly voluntary guidelines for marketing food products to children, if adopted, would undermine free speech, seriously hinder small businesses, consumer choice, and could adversely affect rates of childhood obesity. The guidelines, put forth by an

Feds' Online Poker Shutdown Assaults Internet Freedom

On April 15, a day now known as “Black Friday”, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) effectively shut down three major online poker websites by seizing their domain names. The DOJ’s heavy-handed prosecution of the websites, all of which are

DOJ's Poker Shutdown: Holding on to Americans' Money

While the American online poker community is still reeling from the federal government’s recent crackdown on online gambling websites, it’s worth considering the significance of the date of the seizure and indictment: April 15. The indictment was handed down by

Voluntary Nutritional Labeling on Alcohol Is the Best Recipe

Last month, I discussed the negative impacts that a nutritional label mandate would have on small producers of alcohol beverages, such as craft brewers. Another side of this issue is the negative impact that prohibiting nutritional labels has caused small

Nutrition Labeling Mandate Will Cost Jobs and Hurt Small Brewers

Last month, President Barack Obama signed a highly publicized Executive Order demanding a government-wide review of existing laws to remove regulations that stifle job creation and hamper America’s economy. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is considering a new alcohol labeling requirement