Archives: John Trump

  • Bill to loosen rules on distilleries takes another step forward

    Senate Bill 155 has taken another step forward and now heads to the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate Committee on Commerce and Insurance approved it Thursday. Committee members spent about 30 minutes debating two proposed amendments, concerning auctioning off antique spirits and a move to ensure local distilleries get…

  • New poll reinforces public support for N.C. craft brewers

    Craft beer and small breweries have grown well beyond niche markets. What was once a novelty is now ingrained in a culture that prefers local products emphasizing quality over quantity. Yet North Carolina brewers — and to a larger extent the state’s distillers — are entangled…

  • Cooper, intentionally or not, promotes civil society

    Gov. Roy Cooper was talking like a libertarian. He probably didn’t even realize it. About a week ago, in his state of the state address, Cooper talked about many things. He discussed his budget plans and House Bill 2. He talked about education and…

  • Americans for Tax Reform joins effort to raise cap on craft beer distribution

    Grover Norquist is using his considerable influence to push North Carolina lawmakers toward reforming restrictive laws governing craft beer. Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, is calling for an end to the state’s “protectionist, anti-consumer restriction on craft brewery self-distribution.” Norquist in 1985…

  • Which came first, the chicken or the overreaching lawmaker?

    Bring up chicken and the clichés and idioms come immediately. Combine in one sentence chicken and government and prepare for your mind to be blown. “Which came first, the chicken or the overreaching lawmaker?” “Winner winner chicken-subsidy dinner.” “Don’t count…

  • Survey shows major support to lift cap on craft beer distribution

    North Carolinians have an insatiable taste for craft beers, and they have little tolerance for lawmakers who want to tamper with how they get their stouts and IPAs. A survey of North Carolina voters bears that out. Brewers around the state, some 180 of them, simply want what’s fair. One…

  • Judges consider extending order blocking Senate confirmations

    A three-judge panel heard arguments Friday over whether to grant a temporary injunction blocking Senate confirmation of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet nominees. That same panel — Superior Court Judges Jesse Caldwell III, Todd Burke, and Jeffrey Foster — on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order in…

  • Charter school was best choice for special-needs child

    Stories about the value of school choice and the healthy competition it nurtures are ubiquitous yet salient. Proponents of traditional public schools often degrade charters and school choice in general by defining the schools and ideology as elitist, discriminatory, unaccountable, and a drain on funding for those traditional…