30 Nov 2015

What Matters for Monday, November 30, 2015

What is the law when it comes to reporting campaign finances? An article in the N&O shows many lawmakers seem to be having trouble in differentiating what expenses are related to holding public office and itemizing expenditures so there are no questions from voters or the State Board of Elections. As Civitas President Francis De Luca says, “When you’re in public office, you have to be beyond reproach.” So true.

We head east to Washington, NC and speak to Mayor Mac Hodges. The second term Mayor tells Chad about the city which was the first in America named after General George Washington. An ECU graduate, Mayor Hodges says he gets teased by his wife and others when he drives his van painted in the school colors of purple and gold in the Christmas parade. He talks about the need for a hotel downtown as the “final piece of the puzzle” in drawing more tourists to the area. Regarding economic incentives, Mayor Hodges says, “We all know where most of the money goes and it’s not east of I-95.” It’s an interesting look at another of our state’s many historical and fascinating cities.

In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca is in studio. He and Chad delve into how the media is reporting on the Climate Change Summit in Paris.  Francis tells Chad about an article he’d read that he’d thought was written by a stringer with the AP or Reuters; instead, he discovered it was written by someone in Wake Forest University’s Journalism department. Chad asks Francis when Civitas will release its legislative report card. Francis says it’s being worked on right now. He also asks listener’s to call and voice their opinion on state lawmakers. There is also a change to the report that Francis details.

Finally, there’s a lot of new laws that are now in effect. Do you know them? You could be breaking one right now. Or, more likely, some of your rights might have been taken away.

On tomorrow’s show, former Division of Employment Security Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell and AFP State Director Donald Bryson.

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25 Nov 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chad opens the show talking about academic trends. Specifically Duke University, talking about the way that employees are let go, and how the faculty feel about it. “Should be reserved for those who have demonstrated by teachers that shows excellence in the opinion of their peers.” and if they are not of the “Tolerance Test” they “have to go.”

5 reasons why I love Donald Trump. 5 reasons why I love Donald Trump… All answers non-sarcastic. Donald Trump brings energy to the race for presidency. Trump is not afraid to be painted with a broad brush, what you see is what you get. He is a real, and brutally honest candidate and he does not apologize for it. People didn’t think that Trump would make a splash in the political field, he ended up creating a tsunami.

Paul Chesser is on the show today to talk about political games and false claims in political stories. Chad tells Paul that he doesn’t see any attempt at balance. That others are trying to make McCrory look fake, and false. The article was supposed to be about Roy Cooper, and there was no mention of him. “Chapel Hill’s general education program has taken away from the more general courses and allowed students to choose their own course, however, with the amount of diversity in the General Education program, the studies of each student is going crazy.”

Chairman Josh Howard announced that he would be stepping down because of health reasons in January. The reason that he is stepping down is because he needs to take care of himself and have fun with his family, spending time with his 5-year-old son and his wife. “I need to do it.” He told Chad when asked ‘why now?’. Apparently, Howard has refused medication for years and has finally given into the pressure from his doctor.

In the last half-hour, Chad talks about the assignment of land, capitalism, and the rules and regulations around Plymouth. “For it made all hands very industrious. God gave them plenty.” Because of the change, the first Thanksgiving could first be held in 1633. “Tragedy of the commons” That which is common to the public has the least care to it. “To do as little as possible and take as much as you can”, if all American’s had a welfare mentality, who would be contributing to it. Sound familiar? They felt that the common good would be served, but it wasn’t. What’s ironic is that the US Government has yet to see the connection between then and now. “because the way the U.S Government deals with the native American lands, they don’t have the motivation to work harder because everything is being handed to them.” Says Chad. History repeats itself. America was founded by Socialist who learned from their mistakes and changed! What gives you great freedom is hard work. Honest work. And when someone can’t work, it is not our responsibility to take care of them.

We’re back live Monday at 3 p.m. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at “What Matters with Chad Adams!”

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24 Nov 2015

What Matters for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Gubernatorial race may be getting more interesting as a former state lawmaker announces he’s considering tossing his name in the hat to run against Governor Pat McCrory for the Republican nomination for Governor. Chad shares his thoughts on former Rep. Robert Brawley.

Chad speaks with Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O’Toole. They discuss “Smart Growth” and how it is affecting large and small cities across the nation. Mr. O’Toole says, “Urban Planners don’t understand how cities work so they make screw-up after screw-up,” and it hasn’t gotten better. He explains the most popular development today is akin to Greenwich Village in New York just as hi-rise developments were popular in the 1970’s. Those same mixed-use, shop and live here neighborhoods that are so popular today will be the slums of tomorrow. Chad asks Mr. O’Toole how the situation can be improved. Mr. O’Toole says it all comes down to weakening the zoning power of cities and counties and giving it back to the people.

In hour two, AFP’s State Director Donald Bryson is in studio.  He tells Chad about their “Road to Reform” event on December 16 in Reno, Nevada, the day after the next GOP debate. Along with presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle will be discussing the federal government’s over-burdensome regulation of all areas of America’s energy sector. Chad asks what AFP has coming up locally. Donald explains that since AFP is an issue-based organization, they have to be careful in scheduling events after the first of the year with the approaching primaries. Donald and Chad delve into the energy issue and why AFP focuses on it.

Finally, as the cost of your health insurance increases, Chad questions whether we could see Obamacare fail all by itself.

Tomorrow we speak to State Board of Elections Chairman Josh Howard and Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser.

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23 Nov 2015

What Matters for Monday, November 23, 2015

Does the way you lean politically change the meaning of capitalism? Of course it doesn’t. But, as Chad discusses, many would think the contribution of funds by the Koch Brothers for a new school promoting capitalism at Western Carolina was the way for Republicans to infiltrate the state.

Then, Chad speaks to Kitty Hawk’s Mayor, Gary Perry. Kitty Hawk and the surrounding area, plays a big part in the history of the state as well as the nation. Chad asks the Mayor how beach re-nourishment efforts are going and if there will be a time they’ll give up. Mayor Perry goes into the ways the town tries to keep up with the movement of sand through winds and storms. He explains the difficulties in rebuilding Highway 12 in Kitty Hawk. He defines “hot spots” and how they were created. These hot spots, which in the Ice Age were actually tidal inlets, continue to cause problems in keeping the road drivable. They also discuss County versus County arguments over tolls on ferries. The Mayor says the Ocracoke to Hatteras ferry is no different than a highway that residents use every day and has to be maintained. And they also talk fishing. You’ll learn a lot about this beautiful part of our state.

In hour two, Civitas President Francis De Luca joins Chad in studio. They start by delving into the breaking news of the resignation of the state’s Chief Information Officer, Chris Estes. They also delve into the falling price of gas and what it means to other forms of alternative energy. And Francis teases the changes being rolled out to the popular application, “Mapping the Left.”

Chad ends the show by talking to 17-year-old entrepreneur Zachary Glontz. Zachary is a high school senior in Clemmons who started the business “Animal Doodies” when he was 12. He tells Chad how he got the business started in 8th grade. Zach says he has over 40 customers and five employees working for him. Chad tells Zach how impressed he is with the level of thought and marketing skills used in putting together his business and website. He tells Chad about his plans for the future which include franchising his business.

Tomorrow, AFP’s Donald Bryson is in studio and discussing Education and “Smart Growth” is Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O’Toole.

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20 Nov 2015

What Matters for Friday, November 20, 2015

Entitled. If you look up the definition of the word, you might just see a reference to what many in the millennial generation perceive they’re owed by the world. At least that’s what lawmakers putting federal, state and local government assistance programs in place seem to want them to think. Chad discusses the 50 demands a group of UNC Chapel Hill students who took over a Town Hall on Race and Inclusion led by Chancellor Carol Folt. The list included raising salaries for UNC employees, removing the Silent Sam Confederate Memorial and all other Confederate Markers and Memorials on campus, free tuition and the immediate firing of new system president Margaret Spellings. Chad points out what many of the students must not have realized – you can eliminate tuition now, but as a tax paying U.S. citizen, you’ll be paying for your education for decades.

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum joins Chad to discuss all the big news stories of the week. Tim expresses his amazement at how the Government Operations meeting went Wednesday and comments made during the meeting by several lawmakers. They also get into the Syrian refugee issue and all the press is saying about the Governor joining others around the nation in calling for more vetting of future refugees to keep us safe.

Finally, Chad speaks to Claire Ledford, an 11-year-old from Sanford who is collecting shoes to turn in for money that she is giving to the Veterans Leadership Council. Claire tells Chad she decided to get involved because, “Veterans are out facing the weather and we’re inside our comfy homes and we need to do something for them.” Smart girl. And yes, she is home schooled.

Monday we learn more about another of the state’s wonderful towns in our Mayor Monday segment, find out the latest happenings at Civitas and discover how a 17-year-old from Clemmons started his own business.

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19 Nov 2015

What Matters for Thursday, November 19, 2015

The majority of the nation’s feelings over vetting Syrian refugees is becoming clearer every day. The House voted overwhelmingly (289-137) to increase background checks on those trying to enter our country on a permanent basis. That vote made the President’s threat of a veto an empty one. Chad delves into the stories being written about the Governor’s response to the Syrian refugee issue, the Governor’s actual response, and mass media’s spin on the entire situation.

In the second hour, Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour tells Chad about a report detailing how receiving federal funds raises state taxes. The study finds that each dollar of additional federal grants to states is associated with a total increase of as much as 86 cents in new state and local taxes. Brian poses the question, “Do we want to continue to dance to Washington’s tune or fill in our own dance card?”

Then, Chad talks to Rep. Susi Hamilton about what happened during Wednesday’s Government Operations committee meeting. They debate the Syrian refugee issue, incentives, the budget, long legislative session and more. Rep. Hamilton says the long session was a symptom of what has gone wrong over the last few years like the elimination of Golden Leaf Foundation funding for rural communities. Needless to say, they have very fundamental differences.

News14’s Tim Boyum’s and 11-year-old Claire Ledford will be on with us tomorrow.

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18 Nov 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Guilt by association or rather the guilt of the leaders of some Associations is what Chad kicks off the show discussing. Chad points out how important oversight is when you’re responsible for large budgets. Chad continues the conversation with Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser. They talk about how Paul chooses stories for the website, which articles get the most clicks and why a story garners attention over another. A story Paul really likes is about a 17-year-old entrepreneur in Forsyth County who is turning dog poo into cash.

In the second hour, Chad speaks to Rob Burns, Co-founder of Raleigh-based Predictify.me. They developed software that uses predictive analytics to analyze data from suicide bombings, patient records and blast analytics to predict when a suicide bomber will strike. They also look at geo-political indicators like political events, weather patterns and days of the year to make predictions. Rob explains people think they are not predictable, but most generally are quite predictable. Rob describes how situations like the terrorist attacks in Paris can be predicted at a high level of accuracy if you know the variables. They are also working with the UN to help save children by stopping terrorist attacks. Chad asks what he thinks would help stop children from becoming suicide bombers. Rob says by providing education and economic opportunities to disenfranchised youth. This is a fascinating interview with a forward-thinking company.

Finally, did you hear what the President said about Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris? And what about Defense Secretary John Kerry? Here’s a hint – fellow Democrats are even separating themselves from them both.

Tomorrow we talk economics with Civitas Director of Policy Brian Balfour.

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