18 Sep 2015

What Matters for Friday, September 18, 2015

We’re getting better all the time and this week was no different. On today’s show, Civitas Senior Policy Analyst Bob Luebke joins Chad to give his thoughts on education. Chad says HB334 has been called a tectonic shift in the way charter schools are perceived. Bob says the bill is a good thing for charter schools, their supporters and supporters of school choice. Chad segues into the changes to funding of teacher assistants which Bob explains is actually not a good thing because it takes away a school’s flexibility to use funding as needed. Bob also runs through a list of the good and bad in the budget based on the state’s educational needs. Bob then defines an ESA. It’s a program which provides a percentage of per pupil support to an account for parents educational expenses. Chad asks who would qualify for an ESA. Bob explains that depends on how the state defines an ESA. In North Carolina, support is being built for the program because they are thought to be the future of the school choice program. Bob says the program helps waylay a parent’s fear that their child is not getting a good education by giving them the ability to choose not only what school their child attends, but what kind of educational experience their child has as well.

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum is in studio with Chad. Chad asks Tim his thoughts on the final budget compromise and all the smiles from the House Speaker and Senate Pro Tem when the final agreement was reached. Tim says they’ll be judged next year by the citizens when the budget is put into play. He explains that when he interviewed the Governor, he was told a lot of talks to get the budget negotiations going took place at the Executive Mansion. Chad and Tim agree that the person who benefits the most out of the budget is the Governor. Chad says he may get a big pair of scissors for Christmas to use at all the ribbon cuttings he’ll be attending next year. Chad asks Tim what he thinks, especially being in media, about the change to the state’s primary date. Tim tells him it really affects plans he’d been making to cover Ohio, New Hampshire and South Carolina’s primaries. Holy buckets (trademark pending by Tim Boyum), these guys have too much fun (and so will you)!

And finally, Chad shares how your snacks now have a sexual orientation. Doritos announced the rollout of rainbow-colored corn chips for teens. Chad asks why the company felt the need to develop the brightly-colored chips. Good question.

We kickoff Monday’s show by speaking with Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor and Civitas President Francis De Luca.

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17 Sep 2015

What Matters for Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wow! That’s all I can say about today’s show. Chad started off with a bang breaking down the second presidential debate with NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor. Dr. Taylor says while it’s unusual that a debate shifts poll numbers substantially, he thought last night’s debate did harden the opposition against Donald Trump and peel off a few soft Trump supporters at the top. Chad says he thought Carly Fiorina was very poised and prepared as well as Senator Marco Rubio. Dr. Taylor tells Chad he thinks Fiorina positioned herself well to be Vice President. He adds that as long as you have the sustained interest in these larger style debates, more candidates might remain in the race longer. Chad thinks quite a few candidates may well drop out over the next few weeks. Dr. Taylor noted Senator Rubio’s grasp of foreign policy. Chad mentions Jeb Bush’s fundraising abilities, but his inability to resonate with the American people. Dr. Taylor thinks Mitt Romney could be a good model for him to follow.

Next up, to recognize Constitution Day we have on Janine Turner. The former actor is now Founder & Co-Chair of Constituting America.org. She talks about the importance of reading and understanding the Constitution.  She says when she’s told by students in schools where she speaks that they don’t like the Constitution, she asks, “What part?” Chad asks Ms. Turner how her efforts with Constituting America have affected her acting career. She says she had to put it aside for now and just write-off getting commercials, but she has no regrets. Chad asks her opinion on the debate. She says she thought Carly Fiorina was very strong. When asked about Donald Trump, she says Americans are very frustrated with “politics as usual” and he doesn’t represent the establishment. Chad closes out the hour with John Locke’s Director of Education, Dr. Terry Stoops. He discusses the changes coming to charter school funding.

In the second hour, Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour breaks down the pork in this year’s almost $22 billion budget. Some of the items include an increase of $500K per year, up to $1.2 million annually, for the furniture convention in High Point (there’s also $1.2 million per year from the transportation budget for this event), over $9 million for UNC-TV, $200,000 for a youth baseball tournament in House Speaker Tim Moore’s district and $50,000 for a museum dedicated to the history of the town of Stanley. Kind of dumbfounding isn’t it? Finally, Chad informs you that the supply of anti-venom is running out so you might want to make sure you know the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes.

On tomorrow’s show, Civitas Senior Policy Analyst Bob Luebke and News14’s Tim Boyum.

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16 Sep 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Happy hump day everyone! Chad goes through a few of the top stories of the day including one showing UNC’s Diversity Officer makes 38% more than the Governor. Then, discussing all the news that’s worth a link, Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser is in studio. He and Chad discuss a multitude of topics including the story of the search for a very tall man with braces, glasses, a stutter and a limp who snatched a woman’s purse. No, we’re not kidding.

Joining Chad in the second hour is District 16 Representative Chris Millis. He shares a document of support for the budget by many House members. Chad then asks what changed on solar subsidies. Rep. Millis tells him getting out the word on shows like “What Matters,” efforts by groups like AFP and Civitas, principled members of the House, and citizens who continued fighting for the subsidies to sunset. Chad says Rep. Millis should be proud that the extremely high gas tax North Carolinians pay will actually only go toward highway funding. Rep. Millis tells Chad he’s proud of where they ended up on the budget because it is a true compromise. Chad asks if he thinks Democrats will support it and Rep. Millis says, “I’m just not sure.” Good answer.

Capping off the show, Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal sums up his walk to Raleigh and his feelings on legislation passed in the House and Senate that will provide help to reopen the hospital so needed in the area.

It’s another jam-packed show tomorrow with a debate review from NC State Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor, honoring the 228th birthday of the Constitution with former actor now Founder & Co-Chair of Constituting America.com, Janine Turner and it’s education update time from John Locke’s Director of Education Dr. Terry Stoops.

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15 Sep 2015

What Matters for Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It’s another beautiful day in North Carolina! With a budget in place, Chad begins breaking down what we now know is and is not included. He shares how solar subsidies are being allowed to, you guessed it, sunset. It does appear the prediction News14 Anchor Tim Boyum made on when the budget would be passed may have been the closest. Up next, Chad gets the lowdown on Sharia law from author and ICON Lecture Series speaker, John Guandolo. He tells Chad that “jihad” is clearly defined in Islam as eliminating the non-believer. Chad asks if there is any way a democracy and Islam can live in one world together. John says, “Well that’s the question, isn’t it?” John says U.S. leaders aren’t willing to stand up to leaders in Islamic countries so it has to go down to state and local levels to be prepared to quash Sharia Law. You’ll be amazed by what you’ve never heard about practices in the Islamic faith.

In the second hour, AFP State Director Don Bryson is in studio. Chad asks Don some of his favorite items on the budget. Don lists Opportunity Scholarships, Tax Cuts and the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Don and Chad agree that this budget will help many groups like AFP and Civitas show lawmakers how issues are important to taxpayers, and that it’s a good budget. Chad reinforces that both AFP and Civitas are issue-based organizations and not candidate-based. Don points out that when we can’t point out bad decisions our elected officials make, we’ve become a fundamentally different country.

Chad ends the show sharing articles on Donald Trump, the leader of the GOP in NC and transplanting heads (yes you read that correctly).

On tomorrow’s show, Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser and District 16 Representative Chris Millis.

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14 Sep 2015

What Matters for Monday, September 14, 2015

It’s a beautiful Autumn-like day in North Carolina, and we have another week of sensational and informative shows! On this Mayor Monday, we speak with Mayor of Apex Bill Sutton. He talks about the challenges of keeping up with growth. Mayor Sutton says they are trying to attract new businesses and industries so people can live and work in the same town. Chad asks how the town’s infrastructure is doing. Mayor Sutton says it’s not doing too well and that’s why there will be a bond on the ballot to fund repair and replacement of infrastructure that will not raise taxes. Chad concludes by asking about how the Mayor felt on ranking first on Money magazine’s list of top small cities in the U.S.  Mayor Sutton says moving from number nine to one is an honor, but he recognizes the surrounding cities, universities and employers is what helps makes his town great.

In the second hour, Civitas Center for Law and Freedom Staff Attorney Elliot Engstrom, joins Chad to discuss recent litigation where CLF joined with other state-based legal and policy organizations asking the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to uphold the freedom of employees to choose what political causes they support. There is also the case in Chowan County of adhering to legal processes in evaluating wind energy regulations and zoning. CLF is not working to have any particular law passed in Chowan County, but is rather helping the citizens’ group ensure that the process by which the subcommittee’s recommendations are considered is transparent and legal.

Chad concludes the show breaking down the details of the newly released state budget. He even gives Pat Gannon’s list of the most quoted phrases from lawmaker’s about the budget. How many times have you heard an elected official say something like, “I had to hold my nose and vote for (insert whatever part of the budget the lawmaker doesn’t like) so we could get this budget passed.” Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. How about you?

On tomorrow’s show, author of “Sharia Law: The Threat to America” and featured ICON Lecture Series speaker, John Guandolo and AFP State President Don Bryson.

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11 Sep 2015

What Matters for Friday, September 11, 2015

We’ve got a show packed with guests on this day of remembrance. Chad takes a break from talking about the budget and spends some time looking back at the day that changed our world 14 years ago when terrorists attacked in New York, Washington and were thwarted in Pennsylvania, but still killed 2,997 people. He reminds us we are the most fortunate people on the planet because we are Americans. In the spirit of the day, sharing her story of what it was like in New York on September 11, 2001 is Melanie Winfield. She describes what it was like at a hospital 22 blocks away from the Twin Towers, her and her Mother’s feelings watching events unfold around them, and how eerie it was seeing empty streets in Manhattan as the two of them left the hospital to go home. Her story makes you realize how we should appreciate each and every day we have on this earth. Next, Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal makes a brief appearance to tell Chad why he’s walking over a hundred miles to Raleigh (it’s not for his health, but it does have to do with healthcare).

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum shares his thoughts on how well budget negotiations are going. Chad asks him to describe what it was like being in television news on September 11th. Tim tells Chad about his experience working at a small television station in California when he got a call from the Master Control Operator telling him “something had happened in New York.” He said he turned on a national news station and saw the second plane hit the South Tower and….well, let’s just say it’s a story you want to hear. Right after that, American Energy Alliance President Tom Pyle shines the light on misinformation regarding what’s being sold to us about the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

On Monday’s show, Apex Mayor Bill Sutton and Civitas President Francis De Luca.

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10 Sep 2015

What Matters for Thursday, September 10, 2015

What an enlightening show (ba-duh-bum)! Chad was on a sunny rant talking solar subsidies today. But first, he spoke with the girl from Cashiers, NC who raised over $44,000 for her charter school by selling lemonade at the farmer’s market over the summer. The money she raised was then matched and she ended up with $110,000 for Summit Charter School. Chloe and her dad Josh Crawford tell Chad their story and you don’t want to miss a single minute. It’s truly inspiring!

Next up, Vice President for Research and resident scholar with the John Locke Foundation, Dr. Roy Cordato. Roy hangs out with Chad through most of the 4 o’clock hour talking the absurdity of any solar farm in the state having the capability to generate enough energy to power more than a light bulb, but receiving substantial subsidies and tax credits to keep them afloat. Great Scott! You want to know the truth behind the assertions before you make any decisions on solar, that’s for sure.

On tomorrow’s show, we remember those who were lost 14 years ago in the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, as well as the brave passengers on United Flight 93 that lost their lives preventing a fourth attack. A special guest will tell her story of what it was like in Manhattan on the day that changed all our lives. We’ll also have Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal. He’s on a walk to Raleigh to save his hospital. News14’s Tim Boyum will be in studio and American Energy Alliance President Tom Pyle wants to set the record straight on the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

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