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Is there a possibility that the Carolina Panthers will go to the Super Bowl? They just might!
Public access to government information has been a challenge in North Carolina, however, there was no state in the United States that were completely and totally open about their information. Media says we have a right to information, but there’s no law. You have a right to it, but if they don’t get it to you in a timely manner, there’s no point. Laws aren’t enforced, and that’s how the grades were distributed.
Speaker of the House Tim Moore tells sources why he won’t give them an interview. “So I’m speaking with your communications person and she told me she would not make you available for an interview.” To which he replied “I give interviews to reputable sources.” When asked why he wouldn’t give an interview, he stated that the questions were biased and slanted and that they were misstating facts. Basically, they didn’t try to make the question and answers sound good and it only hurt his percentages. Also stating that he is not itemized in his spending. Tim Moore has been investigated and it was discovered that he is paying his rent, writing checks to himself with his campaign money, also using it for other types of personal expenses. The lesson here Ignoring the media is never a good strategy of defense for misrepresented stories.
Eastern vs. Western Style, this is the league of legends here in North Carolina. Mayor Newell Clark of Lexington, North Carolina discusses Red Slaw, tomato-based BBQ and the debate between Eastern and Western styled BBQ. “We’ve got to reinvent ourselves across the state and look at our ancestry and making ourselves more like the old country. We started with BBQ, it’s what we’re known for.” When we talk about redefining the economy, we have to see the drivers pop up and continue to grow. Lexington knows that it is a part of the bigger picture, and as a region the people hope that if the communities around North Carolina continue to work in our communities to strengthen our state.
Mayor Newell Clark says that when people ask which social party he belongs to, he says “Listen to me, and tell me if you can agree with my ideas. That’s what’s important.” And then he goes onto to comment that the government cannot create jobs, but it should simply create an environment in which opportunity thrives. After the break, Newell Clark talks about his reelection and how the town council makes changes to the measurable goals. “You could walk through Lexington and ask someone ‘What’s going on here’ or ‘What’s your mayor doing?’ and they would be able to tell you.” They are much more transparent as a governing committee, instead of keeping the people in the dark and using an ulterior motive to do the greatest good for the greatest number. Lexington is creating a lot of investments into skate parks, splash pads, and many other things. In doing this, they bring the city hall into the mix as a collateral piece. They’re trying to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and ‘make it pretty’ by investing in themselves.
Civitas President Francis De Luca joined the show, opening talking about his previous Military service. They go on to discuss the definition of ethical. “They get caught for filling out a paper wrong, it’s not that they did something sinister and attempted to cover it up.” Chad comments that most the time, it’s hard to determine if the motivation was honest or dishonest. He reflected on Tim Moore once again, and asks Francis what he thinks. Francis says that “You don’t have to be a career politician to fill these positions. It isn’t rocket science. We want people with common sense to run for office, not someone that wants to sit in a seat and receive free stuff.” Both Chad and Francis agree that term limits should be stricter in the legislature, “If they’re only there for a limited amount of time, there’s less opportunity to be corrupt. We limit our governor, we limit our local legislature, why not the state and federal?”
Finally, did you know happiness goes down substantially after 30? That’s according to a study done by the NORC at the University of Chicago. Guess it’s time for most of us to pack it in, huh?
Tomorrow we’ll look back at Friday’s democratic Presidential debate and get a preview of the Republican Presidential debate with NC State Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor and get the latest on what’s happening at AFP with State President Donald Bryson.