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    Lines At ABC Stores Unveil Weakness In NC’s ABC System

    The Coronavirus has many people rushing to grocery stores and other establishments and stocking up for what could be weeks or even months of quarantine. One of the establishments getting hit the hardest is North Carolina’s string of ABC stores. My local ABC store in Mecklenburg County often has a…
    Brenee Goforth, March 25, 2020
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    Lift ABC rules against to-go cups to help restaurants and bars hurt by Cooper’s edict

    People are going to miss a good mixed drink, and some establishments have their own signature drinks. Others may serve local beers on tap that aren't available in take-home containers. Plus, if you'd care to support your favorite local establishment right now, getting a drink with your meal can't hurt.
    Jon Sanders, March 18, 2020
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    CJ’s John Trump Discusses Journalism and ABC Laws on Wilmington’s Big Talker

    Carolina Journal‘s John Trump recently went onto the morning radio show “Morning with Joe Catenacci” on Wilmington’s “Big Talker” 106.7 FM. Together, Trump and Catenacci discussed a recent one of Trump’s syndicated opinion pieces calling for folks to “let go” of the traditional newspaper and the prospects of alcohol…
    Brenee Goforth, March 17, 2020
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    Biggest Obstacle for ABC Reform? Local Governments

    The News & Observer recently published an article predicting a proposed ABC reform bill will not pick up much traction. JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief examining the largest obstacle for any ABC reform legislation: local governments. Sanders writes: Ever since 1937, North Carolina has been a “control state”…
    Brenee Goforth, February 5, 2020
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    The wild card in modernizing liquor sales in NC

    How do we get around artificial problems created by a needlessly complex state/local government hybrid system set up to control alcohol sales that, after the fact, became attractive to state and local government to deliver monopoly revenues?
    Jon Sanders, February 3, 2020
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    Why does North Carolina have these alcohol restrictions?

    There are plenty of small restrictions in North Carolina on buying and selling legal alcoholic products that are worth asking questions about. Here are several.
    Jon Sanders, January 29, 2020
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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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    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