• VIDEO: ABC Reform Bill Gives State More Control

    RALEIGH – A bill reforming North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control system passed its first legislative test earlier this week. The bill emerged from a legislative study commission on the regulation of liquor sales and is an answer to recent controversies at ABC boards in New Hanover and Mecklenburg counties.

  • VIDEO: Proposed ABC Bill Would Give State More Control

    RALEIGH - The bill being debated in a study committee of North Carolina's General Assembly would give the state more control over local Alcoholic Beverage Control boards. Earlier this year it was rumored that the state would privatize some or all of its ABC system. Privatization is unlikely under draft…

  • VIDEO: Privatizing Liquor Sales Unlikely

    RALEIGH - A study committee in North Carolina's General Assembly is debating whether to make any changes to the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control system. Polls indicate the public is divided over moving to a privatized system, but no organized interest groups are championing privatization. Other control states have studied whether…

  • The Rifles Aren’t The Point

    While I don’t understand why ALE agents were issued the rifles in question, I don’t think that’s the main problem. We shouldn’t have ALE agents at all.

  • Flashback: Some Policies on the Rocks

    Do we want ABC stores to succeed as businesses, by maximizing revenues and profits, or do we want them to succeed as regulators of liquor consumption, by dampening revenues and profits?…

  • This, Upon Sober Reflection

    Drinkers in North Carolina are under assault from multiple fronts, including proposed higher taxes and intrusive regulations. Here’s one teetotaler who’s had quite enough of it.