30 Sep 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Are you ready for a lot of rain? It seems the whole state will see some rain and parts of the state could see as much as 7-12 inches, but we’ve got our hurricane kits ready for whatever comes our way. We’ll try and make sure you’re prepared with updates on the weather and what’s happening politically around the state, too. On today’s show,  Chad talks with Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser. Paul and Chad analyze the final moments of the long legislative session. Paul, when pressured by Chad, gave the legislative session an overall grade of “D.” Chad had given it a “C-“in an appearance on News14. Paul says GOP lawmakers were not as conservative as they could have been and that’s a problem.

In the second hour, Chad breaks down the good, bad and ugly from the legislative session. He discusses some of the details of the session with LadyLiberty1885 herself, A.P. Dillon. She and Chad go into some of the education funding approved by the legislature – specifically for charter schools. It’s a great discussion you don’t want to miss.

And Chad gets calls from both ends of the state – Mooresville and Oak Island. Now that’s reach!

On tomorrow’s show, Governor Pat McCrory and Weatherbell.com Senior Meteorologist Joe Bastardi.

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29 Sep 2015

What Matters for Tuesday, September 29, 2015

As the General Assembly finally winds down its session, the list of befuddling legislation grows. And, it’s National Coffee Day to boot. Chad definitely got his free cup of joe right before the show started because he is wound-up. He goes through bills being discussed related to deer farming, charter school funding, and sex ed/local government provisions. He shares a quote from one Republican lawmaker that says we won’t know everything we passed until about two weeks after session has ended. Chad questions why an elected official would pass a bill they hadn’t read. That’s a very good question.

In the second hour, American for Prosperity State Director Don Bryson joins Chad. They marvel at the legislation being scurried through the GA right now. Don says he wishes all the lawmakers would go home. Chad agrees. Chad and Don discuss the metamorphosis of HB373. A caller from Caldwell County reads a response she received from her legislator when she questioned the details of the bill. Don tells Chad about the expansion AFP is undergoing (if you’re a conservative and looking for a job – check their website).

Chad closes out the show with an update on the deer farming bill. It seems North Carolina will now have deer farms under the regulation of the Agriculture Department. And why would we want a hookworm? Seems they may be related to autoimmune disease. While still a hypothesis, the worms may have actually been keeping some diseases at bay for thousands of years. It’s icky, but true. And finally, there are some great facts on coffee in honor of National Coffee Day and Chad’s Dad, Tom.

On tomorrow’s show we have Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser.

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29 Sep 2015

What Matters for Monday, September 28, 2015

On today’s show, Chad discusses the intricacies of HB373 which creates a new form of fundraising committee which would be allowed to act as a political party. The legislation as passed allows for four such committees: one headed by the House Speaker, one by the Senate leader, and the remaining two by their counterparts in the minority political party. The bill is getting lots of discussion, including possible negative consequences that would develop if it becomes law. It’s sitting on Governor McCrory’s desk awaiting a veto OR approval.  This bill is the same that moves the NC primary date to March 15th.  Why this last minute provision about the political committees was added is a mystery.

Chad has a great discussion with Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens as part of our Mayor Monday segment.  He and Chad talk about issues in the town including the removal of the word, “Confederate” on the old library and the impact of the historic preservation tax credits remaining in the recently approved state budget.

In the second hour, Chad wraps things up with a call from former Rep. Glen Bradley, who attended the NCGOP Executive meeting. He and Chad chat about how the opposition to incentives are now part of the GOP platform and they delve into the ongoing problems with Rep. David Lewis who is facing expulsion as the RNC committeeman in the state.

And guess what, there IS water on Mars!

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25 Sep 2015

What Matters for Friday, September 25, 2015

It’s a rainy Friday, but the sun is shining brightly with all the great guests we have on the show today. Guest host Civitas President Francis De Luca begins with the biggest news in the nation, the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner. In fact, North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows called for him to step down before the end of the last session. Then President of Environmentalists for Effective Education and NCSU Associate Professor Dr. Bart Danielsen is in studio to talk about reforming education to improve our environment. Dr. Danielsen describes a Tuitioning System. Vermont has over 200 school districts but 93 don’t have a public school.  Instead, the town pays for the student to attend whatever school they want to attend – that includes private schools or even a school in another town or state. This system has been in place for over 150 years. In fact, crime rates have fallen in areas using this model and home price have increased as well. It’s a fascinating discussion that provides a whole different angle on the topic of school choice.

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum joins Francis in studio. They share their opinions on the resignation of Speaker Boehner. Tim wonders how much Congressman Meadows call for the Speaker to step down had to do with his actual decision. Francis and Tim agree it would be hard for anyone to defeat Meadows in his district. Francis asks Tim if he thinks the Governor will sign the bill moving all primaries to March. Tim says he’s not sure, but the Governor did tell him he preferred a split primary because he felt it benefitted state candidates by giving them more time to campaign and raise funds. The two have plenty of news to talk about this week. You’ll enjoy it.

Finally, Francis speaks with Guilford County Representative John Blust about the passage of HB373 which was passed Thursday. Rep. Blust says he sees the Republican majority emulating a lot of what their Democratic predecessors did. For example, breaking process by sliding provisions into bills and not telling other members, much less their constituents, these changes have been made. Specifically, this bill now allows the creation of something akin to a Super PAC made out of caucuses. Rep. Blust tells Francis he wants to see the GA pass spending caps before they adjourn next week. It’s a great and informative discussion.

Chad returns on Monday (If Francis will relinquish the host chair) with guest Town of Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens.

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24 Sep 2015

What Matters for Thursday, September 24, 2015

Civitas President Francis De Luca is filling in for Chad on the show today and tomorrow. Francis gives us an update on the legislation that has been passed since the budget has been passed. For example, a farm bill that has nothing to do with farms. Next, Education Analyst and Blogger A.P. Dillon is in studio to discuss the failures of the common core curriculum – like the ability to do basic math. Keeping with the topic of education, Director of Education with the Goldwater Institute, Jonathan Butcher talks education savings accounts with Francis. Jonathan explains how ESA’s can be crucial to families on limited incomes that may not be able to have a choice in their child’s education without this assistance. Francis asks what the advantages are for a parent when it comes to selecting a private school, charter school, tutor and/or special needs therapist or instructor for which ESA’s can be used. Jonathan explains the accounts, depending on how lawmakers set them up, can be extremely flexible. The accounts can even be used to pay for a child to take college classes either online or on campus. It’s a chance to learn a lot about how you can give a child the best education possible at the lowest out-of-pocket cost to the taxpayer.

In the second hour, Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O’Toole joins Francis to discuss what’s not so smart about the concept of “Smart Growth.” Randal explains that in many cities, areas are rezoned so that if something happens to a home you rightfully own, you may not be allowed to rebuild it because of how it is no longer zoned for private property. Francis asks about high density housing. Randal explains that urban planners claim it promotes fair housing, but it’s more akin to unfair housing. Randal says he thinks zoning laws should be eliminated. Instead he feels deed restrictions and home owner associations can be used instead. He cites Houston as an example of how this is used effectively.

Finally, Francis wraps up the show by explaining what liberals have been doing with talking points and social media that have advanced their causes – something conservatives need to learn quickly if we want to be back in a majority seat any time soon. And he gets an update on the latest cases being acted on by Civitas Center for Law & Freedom Staff Attorney Elliot Engstrom.

On tomorrow’s show, we learn what environmentalism has to do with education from the President of Environmentalists for Effective Education and NCSU Associate Professor Dr. Bart Danielsen and News14’s Tim Boyum stops by, too.

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23 Sep 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Welcome to Autumn! Temperatures are definitely a lot different this week, but the show is just as hot as ever! Chad starts out playing some clips from the first television talk show host, Phil Donahue. It’s amazing how well an interview with Economist Milton Friedman holds up today. Then, Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser is in to talk all the news that’s worth a link. That includes the scandal over an Asheville coffee shop owners social media posts about women.

In the second hour, Chad goes into the differences between perception and reality when it comes to school spending and teacher pay. Chad shares his thoughts on the difference between selfishness and greed and apathy and dependence. It’s an interesting analysis of how education and perception and how it relates to the government. And Civitas’ Angela Hight is in to tell Chad the latest on Civitas’ 2016 Conservative Leadership Conference. There is an early bird special available by going to the event website as well as a poll on what people would like to hear more about at CLC. Check it out now.

Tomorrow and Friday, Civitas President Francis De Luca will be filling in for Chad as host. He’ll be speaking to Goldwater Institute Education Director Jonathan Butcher about ESA’s and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute Randal O’Toole about Smart Growth.

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22 Sep 2015

What Matters for Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Do you think the government is an immediate threat? Chad shares that a new Gallup poll indicates from a third to half of all Americans do. What does that say about our leadership? Next, Chad speaks with AFP State President Don Bryson. They discuss CON legislation being debated currently in the House. Don says one of the big accomplishments was changes to the state’s tax structure. Chad adds that lowering the corporate tax rate provides much more enticement to businesses to come to our state than incentives. Don says he wishes our state’s leaders would realize that fact. Don also tells Chad about the expansion of AFP in other cities across the state.

In the second hour, Chad shares an opinion piece in the Fayetteville Observer titled, “Ideologues punish renewable energy’s success.” The author blasts lawmakers who are allowing renewable-energy tax credits to expire.  Chad also talks about what’s not being said about the VW emissions scandal. VW received millions in tax credits for clean-air “cheating devices.” And would you ride in a driverless car? The Netherlands is implementing Wii Pods that can transport up to eight people. Chad thinks they will be a great idea as the technology develops.

On tomorrow’s show, Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser and we hope to reschedule District 40 Representative Marilyn Avila.

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