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.