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Opening Arguments


Some things just aren't meant to be. This might be one of them:

The Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers today is resuming a campaign to change Indiana law so retailers can sell alcohol on Sunday and to expand cold beer sales beyond liquor stores.

The group, whose members include large chain groceries and independent gas stations, is detailing its efforts to get a bill before lawmakers in the upcoming session. This hot-button issue is not likely to pass anytime soon, though, legislative insiders say.

"Not likely to pass anytime soon" is a Hoosierism for "over my dead body." Ending the Sunday ban makes sense for a lot of reasons, but it's the kind of change about which state residents are sharply divided, which keeps the legislature timid.