Category: Government Reform

  • H.B. 500 left little but dregs for craft brewers

    Rep. Chuck McGrady, R, Henderson, tried hard to smile this week while presenting the plundered remnants of House Bill 500. The bill, which at first carried much hope and optimism for beer brewers, ended looking much like a Kmart toy aisle on the last day…

  • House passes modest changes in craft brewery rules

    The House voted 95-25 Wednesday night to loosen, very slightly, some of the state’s regulations governing craft breweries. House Bill 500, which now goes to the Senate, would place into law a number of provisions that previously had been allowed by rules crafted by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control…

  • Sen. Burr working quietly to keep North Carolina safe

    I recently had the opportunity to interview U.S. Sen. Richard Burr for my public affairs program “Front Row” on UNC-TV. In full disclosure, I have known Richard since 1992 when a mutual friend introduced us and asked me to help with paid media in the waning days of his campaign.

  • Folwell pursuing fees from pension fund managers

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell wants to know if Wall Street investors charged the state fees on $9 billion of state pension plan money that never got invested. At the same time, unfunded liabilities in the retirement system grew to more than $13 billion. Folwell said some…

  • No vote (yet) on craft brewery bill

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was corrected after initial publication to clarify that the committee replaced the original House Bill 500 with a Proposed Committee Substitute before any debate began. We regret the error. The clock ran out before House members had a chance to decide whether to loosen some rules…

  • Lawsuit may be the next option for craft breweries

    It would be hard to find a more blatant example of cronyism than the North Carolina law forbidding brewers who produce more than 25,000 barrels per year from selling their products directly to retailers. The law serves no legitimate purpose and exists for two reasons only: to protect the national…

  • Craft brewers not giving up on expanding self-distribution

    North Carolina lawmakers late Tuesday night stripped from House Bill 500 a provision that would have lifted the proverbial cap on the state’s most successful brewers and effectively allows distributors to retain control of the retail market. Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson,…

  • Governor appoints eight to State Banking Commission

    Former state senator Don Vaughn of Greensboro and former U.S. ambassador Mark Erwin are among Gov. Roy Cooper’s eight appointees to the State Banking Commission. “North Carolina is a leader in banking, and this Commission provides important expertise and oversight for our state’s banks,” Cooper said…