John Trump - Carolina Journal News Service

John Trump - Carolina Journal News Service

RALEIGH — A bill to reopen private bars and clubs, as well as expanding outdoor seating in restaurants and brewpubs, is awaiting a decision from the governor.

RALEIGH — The N.C. Senate Committee on Commerce and Insurance on Tuesday, May 26, approved duplicate amendments to a pair of bills revising state alcohol laws as they apply to outdoor seating in restaurants.

RALEIGH — The N.C. Craft Brewers Guild is among those, including Carolina Journal, seeking clarification from Gov. Roy Cooper about the fate of breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

RALEIGH — Buying meat, in our recent and collective memories, hasn’t been a problem.

Whether from a big, chain grocery store, a farmers market, or boutique butcher shop, if customers wanted a certain cut of meat, or a certain protein, they found it. Usually with little effort, if any at all.

RALEIGH — A group of lawmakers who oversee program oversight is working on a draft bill designed to promote transparency and objectivity as they relate to penalties issued by the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is easing restrictions on North Carolinians because of COVID-19, but the stay-at-home order remains in place.

RALEIGH — Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, said a provision in a pandemic-relief bill allowing restaurants to offer sealed, to-go cocktails may well survive negotiations with the Senate.

RALEIGH — N.C. Sen. Jim Perry, R-Lenoir, has reached out to Gov. Roy Cooper in defense of a pastor who calls the governor’s stay-at-home order discriminatory against churches and houses of worship.

RALEIGH — Things at Plymouth Church in Raleigh are mostly quiet.

The church’s administrative assistant still comes in, but just once a week.

Dr. Chris Partin, Plymouth’s pastor, can’t visit members of his church family in hospitals or rest homes. Opportunities to fellowship, a crucial aspect of faith and worship, no longer happen, at least not in any tangible way.

Virginia, also — like North Carolina — an alcohol control state, is allowing distillers to deliver to people’s homes.

It’s a big step, and it would be great if North Carolina found a way to implement a similar service, for myriad reasons, which I’ll get to.

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