Posted in campaign 2018 Media NC legislature Politics

Can’t even sell BOOZE right.

Sometimes, it’s NOT as easy as A-B-C.  That’s what state auditor Beth Wood’s latest audit has found: The office in charge of North Carolina’s state-run liquor stores has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars through years of mismanagement, according to an audit released Thursday morning. The audit found that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission lost the state nearly a million dollars a year — specifically, $11.3 million over the course of…

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Meet Zander, your — um — “New” ABC “Guy”

The state ABC board — an entity that should have been dissolved YESTERDAY  (Why is the state in the alcohol sales business?)  — is getting a familiar faces as its new top dog.   Long-time Surf City mayor Zander Guy — no relation to our VERY OWN Zan Bunn — has been tapped by our somnambulant governor to head this patronage and corruption-laden organization. Guy was previously appointed to the…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

#ncga: Free the booze !!!!

(I bet that headline gets some people’s attention on Jones Street.) Yesterday, the Republican revolutionaries convened on the Senate side to mull over the idea of continued government dominance and control over liquor sales. Last year, the revolution loosened up a little and allowed distilleries to sell ONE bottle per person per year.  A proposal came forward this year to loosen that up to allow one bottle of each type of…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

#ncga: ABC needs to G-O.

As I said earlier, I spent some time over the holiday weekend in the North Carolina mountains.  I hit a few social functions that included some friends who reside in the Charlotte area, as well as in South Carolina.   Amidst the usual holiday get-together banter, I learned something interesting:  South Carolina isn’t subjected to the state-owned and controlled liquor store monopoly we are.  You can actually choose from multiple…