Alcoholic Beverage Control

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    Becki Gray Comments on ABC Privatization on After Spin!

    This week, an installment of NCSPIN’s “After SPIN!” featured JLF’s Becki Gray. Becki spoke with the show’s host, Tom Campbell, and president of Raleigh-based consulting firm Campaign Connections, Brad Crone, about the potential privatization of North Carolina’s alcohol sales. Gray was clearly in favor of privatization, commenting to Campbell: “I…
    Brenee Goforth, September 13, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on stagnant N.C. public school reading schools. John Trump’s Daily Journal examines statements from defenders of the state alcohol regulation system.
    Mitch Kokai, September 6, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: N.C. sells liquor through 170 independent, political boards: What could go wrong?

    On Friday, Carolina Journal’s John Trump published an opinion piece on North Carolina’s government-run liquor business. Trump explains Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, has sponsored legislation in the General Assembly that would alter the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. According to Trump: House Bill 971, which McGrady sponsored, languished in the…
    Brenee Goforth, August 19, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has seen multiple reforms this year of state alcohol regulations. Rick Henderson analyzes those reforms and the prospects for future changes during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses recent changes with North Carolina’s Innovative School District for struggling public schools. University…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2019
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    Alcohol for the public good

    A letter writer to the Hendersonville Times-News worries that private liquor sales would eliminate “profits for public advantage” and put personal profits ahead of the “control and prevention of underage drinking.” Alcoholic Beverage Control managers, however, seek personal profits just as much as a private business would. The current system…
    Joseph Coletti, August 7, 2019
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    North Carolina: No. 1 in the Southeast in craft breweries per capita

    According to the report, North Carolina has 3.4 breweries per 100,000 adults of legal drinking age.
    Jon Sanders, August 5, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Debate over liquor reform in N.C was never about alcohol

    Liquor reform in North Carolina was never about alcohol. What was it about? According to Carolina Journal editor John Trump’s most recent opinion piece, it was about “jobs, the economy, entrepreneurship, and the community.” Trump quotes Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, the sponsor of the latest reform bill, S.B. 290: “Once…
    Brenee Goforth, August 5, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on the legal dispute that could force a Winston-Salem factory to fire blind workers. John Trump’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina’s recent alcohol regulation reforms focused on more than booze.
    Mitch Kokai, August 2, 2019