What Matters-Donald Bryson-Monday, March 27, 2017-23 Minutes

Mark speaks with Donald Bryson, state director of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina, about what led to no vote being held in the US House on the repeal of Obamacare. And looking locally what is AFP-NC’s opposition to companion bills filed Thursday by New Hanover County Republicans Sen. Michael Lee and Rep. Holly Grange regarding the state’s film grant program that would nearly double to $55 million annually the taxpayer money they would receive.

What Matters-Tim Boyum-Friday, March 24, 2017-28 Minutes

Mark speaks with Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on the Time-Warner Cable News Channel, for a wrap-up of the past week’s activities at the General Assembly including the passing of the one-year anniversary of HB2 and the latest in the efforts to repeal that law. Also did Sen. Joel Ford hurt or help his bid to win the Democratic primary in the race for Charlotte mayor by publicly going at it with EqualityNC on social media over HB2 repeal?

What Matters-Nick Ochsner-Thursday, March 23, 2017-26 Minutes

On today’s show Mark speaks with Nick Ochsner, investigative reporter with WBTV, on this, the one year anniversary of the passing of HB2, to give us an update on the process to repeal the bill and an update on the very public back and forth between Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenburg) and the LGBT activist group EqualityNC on Twitter Wednesday over a repeal bill that Ford filed this week. Ford’s bill would repeal HB2 and include a “cooling off” period wherein municipalities would not be able to pass non-discrimination ordinances like the one Charlotte passed leading the state to pass HB2.

What Matters-Rep. Jimmy Dixon-Wednesday, March 22, 2017-30 Minutes

Mark speaks with Rep. Jimmy Dixon, (R-Duplin) about three bills he has filed this session related to the solar/renewable energy industry. Dixon is looking to cap the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) in North Carolina at 8 percent, lower the property tax exemption for solar facilities from 80 percent to 60 percent and change a state tax law related to land valuation that benefits the solar industry that Dixon feels is no longer necessary.