DENVER (AP) – Convenience store owners are accusing Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper of siding with restaurants and craft brewers in a dispute over testing beer for alcohol content.

A trade group representing convenience stores accuses Hickenlooper, a former restaurant owner and micro-brewer, of “backroom cronyism” because state regulators eliminated a rule that would have required all brewers and importers to report the alcohol content of their products.

The rules now say that state officials may test beer, but they don’t require it.

Hickenlooper tells The Denver Post he was simply trying to streamline regulations and cut red tape.

The Colorado-Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association, the convenience store trade group, rejects that explanation. The group accuses Hickenlooper of helping a special-interest group that helped Hickenlooper get elected.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Rick says:

    TK and JH, did either of you even read the article? I’m guessing not by your comments.

  2. jametheflame says:

    He is only a “former” owner by a legal loophole he is using. He still very much in charge of those companies. When he is no longer in office, he will be right back where he was in those companies again and will have set himself up nicely from his mayor and governor positions.

  3. JH says:

    Not reporting the alcohol content is a major liability, not just legal but to society. Denver needs real business HQ’s and this is the focus? That is something I don’t get at all. While I have voted for Hick, he really should be more in touch with the locals, not just those who are benefiting from raping the land resources with outside money and no local benefit of real jobs or future growth industries.

  4. TK says:

    True statement. Last in education, last in number of corporate HQ in major city, first in oil and gas cronyism. But what does he care? his kids go to private school, oil and gas buddies will take care of him after office, while they pillage coffers/taxes while he is in office.

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