12 Oct 2015

What Matters for Monday, October 12, 2015

Chad’s talking rumors and what they can do to a political career at the start of today’s show. He notes many who want to run for office do not because they can’t handle the personal attacks by the media and opposing parties. He says voters should focus on the issues which candidate’s vote on and not what’s in the tabloids. Next, Chad talks to Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose. Mayor Rose tells Chad how much the City of Wilson is growing. He also says he’s disappointed with what was passed by the legislature this session because it didn’t address Wilson’s needs. Mayor Rose says one of the major challenges he feels Wilson has is a lack of young people with enough education to qualify for available jobs. Chad asks what the future is for Wilson. Mayor Rose says he thinks biotech and manufacturing will be the way to bring more jobs to the city and county. Mayor Rose says he’s not fond of incentives, but he feels that’s the cost of doing business in today’s economy. Chad asks how Mayor Rose feels Wilson’s relationship is with other towns in the county. He says they get along well. The Mayor ends by inviting everyone to the Whirligig Festival on November 7th and 8th.

In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca is in studio. He goes into great depth with the latest Civitas poll results. Some of the results he breaks down are questions pertaining to important issues to voters as they relate to approval numbers for the Governor. Francis notes the corollary between a rise in the Governor’s job approval numbers and the improvement in the economy. He points out the only place the Governor doesn’t do as well is in the Triangle. A similar question was also asked about the Attorney General – favorability and knowledgeability. Francis explains that both the Governor’s favorable numbers are going up and unfavorable numbers are declining. Other interesting numbers are for Senator Burr who, as Francis points out, will have to introduce himself to younger voters who weren’t old enough to vote when he last ran for office. With such fascinating information, Chad holds Francis over for the whole hour. A caller from Ocean Isle has questions about poll results concerning the Attorney General and Senator Richard Burr. Chad asks the caller if she thinks the Senator will see a Conservative challenger. She says the change in the primary date doesn’t leave a new challenger much time to run. Francis asks if she thinks moving the date was beneficial to incumbents. She felt it was because it gave so little time for challengers or those who might have thought of running to actually put together a good campaign. Francis wraps up with some Presidential poll numbers. (Hint – If you want to know whether Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina or Ted Cruz would defeat Hillary Clinton if the election was held right now….you’ll want to listen.)

On tomorrow’s show, Pope Foundation President and author of “Catalyst, Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans,” John Hood, and AFP State Director Don Bryson.

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09 Oct 2015

What Matters for Friday, October 9, 2015

This week has been rather extraordinary politically meaning Chad had plenty to talk about on the show.  Another state legislator announced she won’t be running for re-election. Chad infers this won’t be the last lawmaker to make this announcement.

Next Chad speaks to Dr. Greg Brannon. He tells Chad he was told by the GOP establishment, “When you lose your campaign, make sure you use your money to support any Republican.” Dr.  Brannon says that was not our Founding Fathers intent. Chad asks him why he’s started his organization, Organize for Liberty. Dr. Brannon says he’s passionate about leaving a legacy that furthers a free America. He wants to have people who are knowledgeable about our rights and are willing to help cut off the tentacles that are wrapped so tightly around Washington. Chad asks why he didn’t vote for Romney in 2012. Dr. Brannon says, “Simply because he’s a pro-life ob/gyn and Romney was pro-choice until 2011.” He tells Chad the goal of his group, Organizers for Liberty, is to educate people so they can challenge lawmakers when they are told they don’t have the right to do something and know they are in the right. He says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll run for office in the future. It’s a fast and informative twenty-five minutes.

News14’s Senior Political Reporter Loretta Boniti is in studio. She and Chad discuss this week’s shakeups in local, state and national politics. Chad and Loretta discuss all of the Republican lawmakers who WON”T be running for office next election. Chad shares with Loretta a possible violation of law by the NCGOP in placement of a nominee. Loretta shares with Chad the news that the Attorney General will be making an announcement Monday at 6 p.m. Hmmm, wonder what he’ll say? Loretta tells Chad she thinks it will be tough filling four open seats in the House. Let’s just say, if you want an insider’s look at politics, you don’t want to miss this conversation.

Chad wraps up the week of shows with a story on how antioxidants may not be as good for us as previously thought.

On Monday’s show Civitas President Francis De Luca breaks down the latest poll numbers and what they mean and we learn what’s going on in the City of Wilson from Mayor Bruce Rose.

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08 Oct 2015

What Matters for Thursday, October 8, 2015

It was a day of surprises for Republicans which gave Chad so much to discuss. He kicks off by discussing the decision by frontrunner for Speaker House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy drops out of the race causing the vote to be canceled for the day. Chad explains McCarthy’s decision could have come from the allusions to an affair with North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. He also calls attention to how media is not mentioning Congressman Walter Jones’ call for all House Leadership candidates to be fully vetted is getting in stories about McCarthy pulling out of the race. Then, 6th Congressional Republican District Chairman A. J. Daoud shares his thoughts on McCarthy’s resignation. Chad asks Chairman Daoud if, like Dr. Roy Cordato says, many of our lawmakers get into politics to do good and end up doing well. Chairman Daoud says he worries many voters in North Carolina are becoming disenchanted with the GOP because there has been so much infighting. Want a history lesson and a look at current events? You want to hear this hour…plus you might find out a new candidate for Attorney General.

In the second hour, Chad continues his discussion into reasons for McCarthy’s last minute decision to pull out of the race for Speaker. He also delves into things that are already being put in play because of the actions of our lawmakers – both locally and nationally.

Finally, Chad shares some of the results from the most recent Civitas poll. One was what was the most important issue to you when voting for a legislator? Improving education ranked the highest. He also talks to Adam Love briefly about whether Dr. Greg Brannon will be throwing his hat into the ring this election cycle. You’ll have to listen to know his answer.

On tomorrow’s show, we talk about the latest news with News14’s Loretta Boniti.

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08 Oct 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, October 7, 2015

After a fantastic poll lunch in Wilmington, Chad stayed at the beach to do today’s show. He starts by discussing how Franklin County residents will be impacted by the closure of Novant Health Medical Center. The closure of the hospital was just announced today. Chad says this is another side effect of CON (Certificate of Need) restrictions lawmakers allowed to remain in place. Up next, Chad talks to Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser about all the news that’s worth a link. Chad talks to Paul about Tuesday’s municipal elections and what it may mean when looking toward March primaries. There’s also a story about Congressman Walter Jones calling for House Speaker candidates to be vetted. The reason? To make sure they have no skeletons in their closets before they are nominated. As always, you’re going to learn a lot in a quick half-hour.

In the second hour, Chad continues his discussion with Paul. They discuss how the 2016 Presidential election is now going to be the focus for many grassroots organizations in the state as well as North Carolinians. But, is North Carolina a conservative leader? That’s a little less clear. Chad and Paul marvel at a story about a Harvard debate team that was defeated by a team from a correctional institute. The inmates had been taking college classes and interestingly enough, by using their time to gain and/or further their education.

Finally, do you know the difference between age, gender, and types of technology when it comes to sending and responding to email? It’s been studied and it’s fascinating!

Chad’s back in studio tomorrow.

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06 Oct 2015

What Matters for Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We’re talking law, specifically the problem with some of those recently passed as lawmakers rushed to end the elongated session hours before daybreak. Did you know the state is losing employees to our university system over salary and work-life balance issues? It’s happening every day. In the latter half of the hour, District 34 Senator Andrew Brock joins Chad to discuss the past legislative session, his thoughts on state salaries and why he’s supporting Senator Marco Rubio for the Republican candidate for President. Senator Brock tells Chad many of his constituents working for the state will benefit from the one-time $750 bonus this year, and, while it’s not a lot of money, it goes a long way. Chad asks him about solar subsidy support in the legislature. Senator Brock says we’re wasting so much money on this unreliable form of electricity because it’s not feasible in our state. He tells Chad he thinks the consequences of the bill establishing affiliated committees is a good thing because it helps keeps track of the money. When asked about the hemp bill, Senator Brock says he’s on the Agriculture Committee and he never got a look at it. He also hopes the Governor chooses not to sign it.

AFP State Communications Director Joe Kyzer joins Chad in studio. Chad asks why he’s growing a beard. He says it’s a playoff beard and he’ll shave it when one of the New York teams (Yankees or Mets) are out of the playoffs because his team, the Braves, are already out. Joe tells Chad since the legislature has gone home, AFP is going around and thanking those who supported them during the session in keeping some bad bills from becoming law. Chad talks to Joe about the incredible expansion AFP is undergoing in the state right now. Joe says the new office in Asheville is really nice and they aren’t having a problem persuading staff to head west this time of year to provide training to new employees. Joe also explains to Chad how he, as a UNC student, was able to maintain his right-leaning, conservative values. Chad asks what issues AFP is looking at right now. Joe tells him one on the state and national level is the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. They’re also starting a “Free the Grid” Energy Town Hall tour.

Chad closes out the show talking tweets from the legislative floor. It became a big problem this past session for Republicans who weren’t acting very conservatively. In short, the tweets were getting as interesting as the legislation as the night went on. Need a good belly laugh? This segment will give you one.

Chad will be broadcasting live from Wilmington tomorrow. Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser will be on the show.

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05 Oct 2015

What Matters for Monday, October 5, 2015

It’s a dreary Monday, but on the show, it’s bright and sunny. Chad starts out by reviewing his weekend – including attending an NCSU football game. It’s a quick segue into some clarification on an article defining the reason teachers are leaving North Carolina. Then, it’s Mayor Monday. Chad speaks to the Mayor of Siler City, John Grimes. He tells Chad about a certified mega-site in the city that is hopefully going to bring more industry to the area. The Mayor says the Siler City Development Organization (SCDO) has been set up to assist with economic development. He tells Chad he wants to see the area flourish by seeing businesses work with the citizens and citizens work with businesses. Mayor Grimes tells Chad he thinks Southport would be a perfect deep water port that could utilize the railroad and mega-site to bring a large industry with good-paying jobs to the city. The Mayor says that could help replace the farming and textile industries that have been lost over the decades. And, Chad mentions what he feels is one of the best burger spots in the state – Johnson’s Burgers – where when they run out of burgers for the day, they close.

Up next, Civitas President Francis De Luca talks with Chad about SB313 that started out as a bill to give retired register of deeds special license tags, but then the language was altered to address growing legal hemp. Better sit down kids, this is where it gets REALLY interesting. It all starts with a Russian spy and a convicted drug smuggler who meet in prison. Got your interest yet? Yes, it sounds like a Tom Clancy novel, but it’s actual legislation passed by the General Assembly. Can you smoke it? No. Is it still odd? Sure seems that way.

Finally, CLF Staff Attorney Elliot Engstrom gives us an update on how the fight against Wind Turbines with propellers larger than most buildings in downtown Raleigh between a couple of counties and the Department of Environmental Quality (formerly DENR) is also involved. And, Chad ends with a story on how Hillary Clinton is now getting involved in our state’s politics.

On tomorrow’s show, District 34 Senator Andrew Brock and AFP State Director Don Bryson.

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02 Oct 2015

What Matters for Friday, October 2, 2015

We thought we’d need boats to get in to the studio today, but whatever it took, we were going to be here to let you know the happenings in the state YOU need to know about! Chad kicks off with an article by Tom Campbell that says the creation of ‘affiliated party committees’ from the passage of HB373 will bring political parties to the brink of extinction. He then sheds a different light on an article that says North Carolina is the worst state for teachers. Let’s just say the data that made this determination is questionable. Next, Chad gets an update on the storm systems bringing lots of rain to the east coast and the path of Hurricane Joaquin from WWAY-TV Meteorologist Gabrielle Deabler. She says we dodged a bullet with the new eastern track of Hurricane Joaquin, but we’re not out of the woods with the current storm systems that may bring some additional heavy rainfall to the eastern and central part of the state Sunday afternoon and evening.

In the second hour, News14’s Loretta Boniti joins Chad in studio to talk about all the week’s news that’s worth discussion. Loretta gives Chad the inside scoop on what was happening inside the Legislature until 4:18 a.m. when the session finally adjourned. Chad asks her why the media isn’t talking more about the creation of the “affiliated party committees.” Loretta says it’s probably because the explanation is difficult. She’s still trying to wrap her head around it. She tells Chad there was a schism among the more traditional and middle-of-the-road Democrats. She tells a fascinating story about the House Republicans response when the “mysterious” Twitter account appeared saying there wouldn’t be support if some items were included in the compromise budget. Loretta then describes the difference between the House and Senate. If you want to know the “inside scoop” on what really happens with lawmakers, you gotta’ hear this discussion. It’s not only informative, it’s funny, too!

And, Chad closes out this fantastic week of shows by predicting it won’t be long until the Wooly Mammoth will be brought back. Lisa tells Chad what has become extinct should remain extinct – the chaos theory from the original “Jurassic Park.”

On Monday we speak with Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor and Civitas President Francis De Luca.

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