Archive: Carolina Cronyism

  • Terra Ceia community fights huge solar farm

    Jeanne Van Staalduinen teaches at Terra Ceia Christian School in Beaufort County. Four generations of her family have been involved with the modest school, tucked neatly in an austere wedge of this historic slice of North Carolina, about 18 miles east of Washington. It’s a place not far from where…

  • Hospitals ready to use political clout to preserve certificate of need

    The battle to preserve the state’s certificate-of-need laws is about to get personal. A newly formed political organization, connected with the North Carolina Hospital Association, seems poised to target elected officials who oppose CON laws, which require a state bureaucracy to approve new free-standing ambulatory…

  • Lawmakers may take another shot at distillery bill

    Senate Bill 155, what has been called the “brunch bill,” appears to have gotten a jumpstart and could go forward in the next couple of weeks. The measure has been referred to the Senate Finance committee. Restaurants would benefit if this bill becomes…

  • 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…

  • Mass. entities claim solar power on N.C. grid will offset carbon use

    Three parties are claiming that energy from the 60 megawatt Summit Farms Solar project in Currituck County will offset a portion of their “carbon footprint”: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Boston Medical Center, and the Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation. MIT says the solar power purchased from the Currituck…

  • Stripped-down brewery bill moves closer to House vote

    An effort to raise the number of barrels North Carolina’s craft brewers can produce before they have to procure a distributor has failed. For now. Brewers are looking at their legal options and will likely file a lawsuit over House Bill, which sought to…