19 Aug 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Do you know our state’s insect? What does it matter and how does it relate to politics? You’ll find out as Chad kicks off Wednesday’s show. Then, Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder, Paul Chesser, is in studio. Chad asks how he keeps the site constantly updated – even when he’s traveling. Paul tells him, “Cell phone towers are great.” Chad and Paul go back and forth about other stories including whether the GA will do anything with the bond, solar subsidies and whether the mandate will be extended after the beginning of the year, and the budget in general. Paul also talks about other sites for which he writes columns. He says if you have a story worth linking to, just email the story and link to carolinaplotthound@gmail.com.

112th District Rep. Mike Hager joins Chad in the second hour. They have an open discussion about what is happening in the state House. Rep. Hager answers all of Chad’s questions on the bond, Medicaid funding, solar subsidies, the taxpayer protection act, sales tax redistribution, and so much more. If you want the answers on any of the important issues, you’ll get them during this can’t miss interview as nothing is off the table.

Finally, why would someone who has come out against fossil fuels buy up stock in the coal industry at highly reduced prices? Chad lets us in on what George Soros has been doing lately. It’s another thing that makes you go, “Hmmm.”

On tomorrow’s show, Director of Education Studies with the John Locke Foundation, Terry Stoops, gives Chad a lesson in how the GA can best fund education in our state.

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18 Aug 2015

What Matters for Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It’s a historical Tuesday for several reasons. First, lawmakers came to an agreement on how much money they’ll spend next fiscal year. Chad shares an interesting comparison of cockroaches and politicians. The second, guest Phillip Evans, President of First Colony Foundation, tells us about recent discoveries that may shed light on what happened to “The Lost Colony.” Archeologists have found household items called “borderware” (used to cook with) from the 16th Century at a location marked with an X on a map that had been covered for centuries. Evans describes how his group located the X on the map by putting it on a light table at the British Museum. It’s a fascinating glimpse into a time and people that have remained a mystery for over 400 years.

In the second hour, Don Bryson, North Carolina State Director at Americans for Prosperity is in studio. He first introduces the new Deputy State Director Tyler Voigt. Chad and Don get into the nuts and bolts of the budget, who voted to keep solar subsidies, whether there would be tax reform and the issue of bonds. They also talk about the upcoming Defending the Dream conference taking place in Ohio this week.

Finally, Chad closes out the show by sharing that the FDA is going to change the serving size on food labels to be more realistic. The study hypothesizes the new labels will make people eat more than they did previously. Will the change make any difference to you? Did you look at the label to begin with? Hmmm….

On tomorrow’s show, District 112 Rep. Mike Hager talks the budget, the emergency caucuses, renewable energy and more. Plus, it’s our weekly visit with Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser.

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17 Aug 2015

What Matters for Monday, August 17, 2015

It’s another hot Monday – and we’re not just talking about the weather. Chad kicks off the show talking about the latest from Rep. Jason Saine. Remember, “Rep. Saine, you look great! How’s the fundraising going?” And, how much would you spend to repair your shoes? Over $100? Find out how much one of the members of the General Assembly thinks is acceptable (instead of just buying a new pair). Next up, it’s Mayor Monday and we’re heading west to the City of Hickory. Chad has a fascinating discussion about politics and conservative issues effecting the city approximately 100 miles from the state border. Mayor Rudy Wright shares how citizens voted to fund $40 million in infrastructure bonds prior to the funds being needed.

Joining Chad in hour two is Civitas President Francis De Luca. He and Chad examine what may be included on the compromise budget. They also delve into how the unaffiliated poll is conducted. But, some of the biggest news comes at the end of the segment when YOU, the listener, get a special code that allows you to purchase the least expensive tickets available for the 2016 CLC conference. It’s worthy of your time for sure.

On tomorrow’s show, First Colony Foundation President Phillip Evans joins us to share what new discoveries have been made that may reveal what happened to the members of the “Lost Colony.”

 

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14 Aug 2015

What Matters for Friday, August 14, 2015

What a week on What Matters! Friday’s show ends on a strong note. Don Bryson, North Carolina Deputy State Director of Americans for Prosperity, and Chad discuss government accountability and the lack thereof. Don takes time from a trip to a Columbus County Charter School to discuss the need for school choice. Chad and Don also get into the wasted taxpayer funds that have gone into renewable energy mandates, refundable tax credits and how the funds are then used to support candidate’s that back renewable energy.

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum is in studio. Tim is not as excited as Chad about Pecan Pie M&M’s. However, they, quickly get into the details of the compromise budget – like how much will go to education. Chad doesn’t think Medicaid funding will be pushed through. Tim thinks as long as there is a surplus, there will be less urgency to reform funding. Tim also discusses breaking the story that Deborah Ross, former Democratic Majority Whip, intends to run against Senator Richard Burr. It’s a conversation that’s informative and amusing.

Finally, do you get involved? Do you show the appropriate emotion when your significant other tells you news which excites them? Chad shares a study that says you can have a negative effect on your significant other if you don’t show the proper emotion or ignore their feelings about something important to them (even if it’s not important to you).

That’s it for this week. Monday, we have the Mayor of Hickory on for our Mayor Monday segment and we’ll learn what Heidi Cruz is like to interview from NC Capitol Connection Reporter Matt Caulder. Have a great weekend!

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13 Aug 2015

What Matters for Thursday, August 13, 2015

You would think the poorest in the most progressive state in the nation would be able to pay their bills, right? You’d be incorrect. In the first part of the show, Chad shares a study showing how those in the most need in California are suffering even though they have access to some of the most progressive governmental aid programs in the nation. Then, Chad speaks to Mr. John Dodd, President of The Jesse Helms Center. They discuss a new online curriculum that teaches the value of the free enterprise system. The tutorials and teaching materials are available for use by anyone. John tells Chad the Center is continuing Senator’s Helms’ legacy by expanding the availability of the program to as many children as possible. Chad asks John how Helms would feel about the state of politics nationally today. John says, “He’s spinning in his grave.”

In the second hour, Vice President for Research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation, Dr. Roy Cordato, is in studio for our bi-weekly economics lesson. Chad and Dr. Cordato discuss the EPA’s categorization of Carbon Dioxide as a pollutant and what these new regulations could mean to the economy. The EPA would like to see a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions over the next 15 years. Dr. Cordato makes the astute statement that if a program is truly efficient, you wouldn’t have to pay people to use and/or do it. So true, Dr. Cordato.

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12 Aug 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We’re having too much fun this week! Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser talks all the news that’s worth a link. Chad asks him what’s up with the girl and duck story. Paul counters by asking, “You tell me.” They also discuss ratings by Heritage that shows how conservative North Carolina’s Congressional delegation is currently.

In the second hour, Former NC GOP Executive Director Russell Peck is in studio. Chad and Russell talk about what is going on with the GOP in the state, the resignation of the current executive director, and the nature of the current conservative movement in North Carolina. Russell says he feels a growing energy, unlike in previous election years.

Finally, Chad shares a study on how having children can affect your marriage and happiness. If you’re a parent, are you happier since you’ve had a child? Is it a surprise that the majority of the populace is becoming more narcissistic? These are all popular trends. Are you subject to any of them? Makes you think.

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11 Aug 2015

What Matters for Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chad was as excited to talk about all the important issues today as he was to get to our special guests. He kicks off discussing the budget and even more controversy over Rep. Jason Saine’s disclosure he spent $19K in campaign funds to purchase his wardrobe. In the second half of the first hour, Chad talks to special guest, “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” author Kevin Maurer. The New York Times bestselling author shares details of his new book about drones, how they operate and those who are trained to use them. He talks about how the operator can suffer PTSD from operating drones because they have to site their target, decide to fire and then verify the target has been destroyed. It’s a fascinating look at a controversial issue.

In the second hour, 110th District State Representative Kelly Hastings talks about the budget, his reason for voting on bills that include funding for alternative energy, and more. Rep. Hastings spends almost a full hour discussing the latest bills in the House, working with the Senate, the Governor and much more with Chad.

On tomorrow’s show, former GOP state leader Russell Peck and Carolina Plott Hound co-founder Paul Chesser.

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