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#ncga: Once again, Big $$$ trumps limiting, shrinking government

The,um, generosity of beer wholesalers to legislative campaign funds keeps paying off.  Regulatory restrictions on craft beer startups just can’t manage to make it through the maze on Jones Street.  And the maze seems to get trickier to navigate — passing through a lot of…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Education Media NC State Government Politics Thom Tillis

Is SOMEONE’S Potomac Fever screwing over NC’s microbrewers?

A Greensboro TV station ran a report about a local restauranteur frustrated about not being able to sell the beer he, himself, brews. State law requires wholesalers to be inserted into those transactions as middlemen. Earlier we posted about efforts by craft brewers to get the…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Economy Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

While beer fight brewed in NCGA, $$$ from beer interests flowed to Tillis Senate campaign

In September, craft brewers and beer distributors were knocking heads over state regulations some viewed as favoring the interests of large beer distributors over these small brewers: North Carolina politicians in Raleigh like to say they’re pro-jobs and pro-business.  But what happens when lawmakers are…