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ABC, It’s Easy As 1,2,3

After an audit last week that found that ABC Commission spends money like Charlie Shen on Vegas bender the calls for privatizing the ABC system are getting louder.  Henderson Republican legislator, Chuck McGrady, says lawmakers should fix the broken system... “Most states use a licensure model that allows the private sector to sell and distribute liquor, said Rep. Chuck McGrady,...

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Weekend Punditry in NC 8/10/18

TV Front Row w/ Marc Rotterman Panelists: Mitch Kokai Senior Political Analyst for The John Locke Foundation, Rep. Ed Hanes Former State Representative, Donna King Managing Editor for the North State Journal, Nick Oschner Investigative reporter for WBTV NC Spin Panelists: Lt. Governor Dennis Wicker Former Lieutenant Governor, Patrick Sebastion Political Strategist for Majority Strategies, Chris Fitzsimons Founder and Executive Director of...

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Racism? Or Nah?

Laura Ingraham set Twitter ablaze Wednesday after a monologue in which she blamed American's decline on demographic shifts...http://bit.ly/2M3wp9T “In some parts of the country it does seem like the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham continued. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted...

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Of Course They Screwed This Up

Leave it to the government to screw up selling the most in-demand product in the world.  A new audit finds the ABC system wasted millions of taxpayer money every year...http://bit.ly/2AY86oD 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 13 years...

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Populism = Statism

A few weeks ago Jonah Goldberg had some interesting posts at the Corner on the National Revie website asking a basic question, what is the difference between populism and statism?  It is an interesting question and an important one as the GOP transitions from a more traditional conservative party to a populist one.  the recent reaction of many GOP...

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Fiscal Responsibility

As usual, we have some good news coming out of the State Treasures office this week.  First, we begin with the pension plan... State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA reported that the state pension fund posted overall gains of 7.3 percent for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. However, earnings to date for 2018 reflected only a 1.3 percent increase. The...

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Anti-Growth, Pro-Vote

More good news for the economy as optimism reaches record highs with small-business owners in a new Gallup poll...http://bit.ly/2OgvX4H U.S. small-business owners are more optimistic now than at any point in the 15-year history of the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. In the latest quarterly survey, which measures small-business owners' attitudes about a wide variety of factors affecting their businesses,...

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Lawsuit Update

Democrats went 0-2 yesterday in court in an attempt to get a temporary restraining order like they did on Tuesday.  Chris Anglin on Tuesday successfully convinced a judge to issue a TRO in his challenge to a recently passed law.  The Democrats yesterday, however, were far less successful...http://bit.ly/2vtbse5 Gov. Roy Cooper failed Tuesday afternoon to get a temporary freeze on two...

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You Get A Lawsuit And You Get A Lawsuit…

Lawsuits where abound in Raleigh yesterday in response to The General Assembly's overrides of two vetos from Governor Cooper last week.  First up we have the NAACP and Clean Air Carolina suing over 4 of the 6 constitutional amendments...http://bit.ly/2vKpib9 The four proposed constitutional changes the organizations are targeting would require voters to present photo ID, cap the state...

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Taxes From The Right & Left

Neither party will ever admit they support cronyism.  Instead, they will argue that they support the most helping businesses.  This is not true.  What they should say be saying is they support some businesses.  Nothing exemplifies this quite like President Trump's steel tariffs...https://nyti.ms/2nfNlLt Two of America’s biggest steel manufacturers — both with deep ties to Trump administration officials —...

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