HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Beginning a new phase in a longstanding debate over how alcohol is sold in this state, the Democratic candidate for governor, Ed Rendell, recently proposed that state stores selling alcohol lease space from supermarkets. A system of 638 state stores sells wine and liquor currently, and the Independent State Store Union, representing state store managers, opposes the Rendell idea. Beer and wine laws in the United States in general need to be relaxed, since these are ...

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