Part of what remains of House Bill 500 as it came out of the ABC Committee included Farm Breweries. Representative Hurley, a Republican from Randolph County proposed an amendment to remove that verbiage from the bill. It failed, but let’s take a look at which members who are on the NC Wine & Beer Wholesalers payroll voted FOR the amendment to remove the Farm Brewery verbiage so we can decide who should not hold office again in NC based on their proven record AGAINST craft beer.

No surprise to see the name of Representative James Boles Jr. of Moore County who heads the ABC Committee. He has thirteen thousand five hundred reasons to not allow the free market to thrive.

Representative Josh Dobson of McDowell County. He only has one thousand reasons to not allow the free market to thrive.

Representative Chris Malone of Wake County. He has four thousand five hundred reasons to not allow the free market to thrive.

Representative Shelly Willingham of Edgecombe County. He only has one thousand reasons to not allow the free market to thrive.

Now there are others who should be held accountable as well. The sources of their campaign contribution have not been investigated, but if they are your representative you should take note.

The following reps voted FOR the amendment:

Ayes:  

Democrat
Representatives:
L. Bell; Brisson; Hanes; Insko; Quick; Willingham

 

Republican
Representatives:
Arp; Blust; Boles; Boswell; Cleveland; Collins; Dobson; Elmore; Ford; Howard; Hurley; Iler; Jordan; Malone; McElraft; McNeill; Millis; Potts; Presnell; Riddell; Sauls; Setzer; Shepard; Stevens; Strickland; Torbett; R. Turner; Warren; White

How about those who ultimately voted AGAINST House Bill 500 when it hit the floor. That list includes:

Noes:  

Democrat
Representatives:
Brisson; Quick

 

Republican
Representatives:
Adams; Bert Jones; Cleveland; Collins; Dobson; Ford; Henson; Howard; Hurley; Jordan; McNeill; Millis; Presnell; Riddell; Sauls; Setzer; Shepard; Stevens; Strickland; Torbett; R. Turner; Warren; White

So there is a nice list of people who should not earn your vote as they do not support craft beer. I see my representative on the list and he should know he will not get my vote when he is up for reelection. I like it when politicians show their true colors.

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