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  • Jimmy Jones May 19, 4:41 p.m.
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    Sen. Shirley Randleman, R-Wilkes needs to be replaced. She lied about not receiving any negative feed back from the ALE or ABC. Two ABC association members tried to meet with her. She wouldn't meet with them.

    This is politics at its worse and unfortunately its a Republican doing it. SHAME!

  • Whitney Aus May 19, 12:30 p.m.
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    Why limit the police powers of ALE and ABC? It won't save us or the government ANY money. In fact, it will cost us, as tax payers, more money. Mrs. Reams, why wouldn't you want more law enforcement out protecting you from criminals? Taking away general police powers from ALE and ABC will only HURT the general public. The one drunk driver that they pull off of the road could save your life...or even your family's life. Or how about the felon who was about to break into your home?

    I personally think this legislation is wasteful and reeks of political corruption. Sounds like Sen. Randleman is in over her head. Who did she accept money from?

  • Iwish Iwas May 19, 9:55 a.m.
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    Ms. Reams, who stands to benefit from limiting their authority? Seems to me, that cops who work clubs, bars, stills, shout houses, ect, and are out late traveling the highway should have broad authority. If I'm paying taxes for them I want the most bang for my buck! And since I'm paying taxes to stop crimes and halt illegal activity I don't want the dope dealer to have to have an open fifth of liquor before ALE can stop him! And I sure don't want to waste the tax dollars when ALE has to call three two or three other police agencies to come help with a heroin deal or a drunk driver.
    This proposed bill seems very wasteful to me! And financially irresponsible!

  • Sherry Reams May 19, 6:47 a.m.
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    All LEOs in NC have the same certification.
    so fact that they are certified is not relevant.
    Where they differ is in territorial and subject matter jurisdiction. ALE was created back when Jim Hunt needed a job for Phil Carlton and created CC&PS and the State ABC officers were part of the new department and renamed ALE Agents. The Sheriffs' Lobbyist was asleep at the switch and the Agents got all the powers of a peace officer generally. The Columbus County Sheriff would regret this when Operation COLCOR dropped on him. The Current law just makes ALE like all the other statewide agencies and gives them subject matter limitations. Rabbit Sheriffs, DMV Inspectors, NCSHP, SBI, DOI Agents, SOS Agents, etc all have the limits that the bill gives ALE.

  • Sherry Reams May 19, 6:47 a.m.
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    All LEOs in NC have the same certification.
    so fact that they are certified is not relevant.
    Where they differ is in territorial and subject matter jurisdiction. ALE was created back when Jim Hunt needed a job for Phil Carlton and created CC&PS and the State ABC officers were part of the new department and renamed ALE Agents. The Sheriffs' Lobbyist was asleep at the switch and the Agents got all the powers of a peace officer generally. The Columbus County Sheriff would regret this when Operation COLCOR dropped on him. The Current law just makes ALE like all the other statewide agencies and gives them subject matter limitations. Rabbit Sheriffs, DMV Inspectors, NCSHP, SBI, DOI Agents, SOS Agents, etc all have the limits that the bill gives ALE.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. May 19, 3:40 a.m.
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    MADD should be upset they need more agents.

  • Iwish Iwas May 19, 12:44 a.m.
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    I quipped in the other story. But, watching Sen. Randleman run from WRAL, really makes this look bad. Is it cronyism or what? And can State Government not get along well enough to serve its purpose? You know, protect and serve?

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