The news cycle this week has been dominated by reports about what did or didn’t happen with a yellowish, Russian-made liquid.
But there’s also a controversy brewing over a Russian liquid of the clearer variety.
Earlier this week, Senator Jeff Woodburn of New Hampshire proposed legislation to create a commission to consider punitive measures against Russia for meddling in November’s election — including banning Russian-made vodka from the shelves of all 79 state-run liquor stores. Woodburn, a Democrat, also wants the proposed commission to consider instituting a measure requiring the Granite State’s retirement system to divest from any Russian-based assets.
“Given this confirmed interference in our elections, New Hampshire shouldn’t just continue a ‘business as usual’ relationship with Russia,” the senator said in a press release.
If the vodka ban ever did go into effect, it would be quite costly, as New Hampshire pulled in nearly $2 million in profits from selling Russian-made hooch in 2016, the Union Leader reported.
Live free or die — and load up on Mother Russia’s spirits while you can.