by Michael Lowrey
The UPoR now turns its attention to the case of whether Patrick Cannon may have corrupted how liquor permits are handled in the county. The jumping off point is what is now the Sheraton Charlotte hotel and the question of how it got and retained its liquor license. To cut to the chase: A person associated with the hotel claimed he had connections to speed up the licensing process. And Patrick Cannon’s company runs the parking for the hotel. That matters, because the hotel changed owners and thus needed a new set alcohol permits. Is there any evidence of actual corruption? Not really. Is there any evidence that the state’s liquor laws are a complex mess? Plenty, but we already new that.