23 Dec 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It’s the last new show of the year and Chad is making the most of it. He kicks off the show sharing an article about how much the average American has in savings to pay for emergencies. He marvels over the thousand dollars most households have set aside to pay hospital bills. Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser comes in early and ends up interviewing Chad in the first half-hour.

Paul continues to hang out with Chad to discuss all the news that’s worth a link. Chad asks Paul what he thinks about Rev. Franklin Graham leaving the Republican party. Paul says he’s his own man and different from his father. Chad expresses his surprise that Graham has expressed his admiration for Trump. As Paul points out, many evangelicals admire Donald Trump for his firm stance on funding planned parenthood and other issues. Paul shares a story he’s about to post on how conservative groups are not rushing to support Dr. Greg Brannon who is challenging incumbent Senator Richard Burr.

In the second hour, Chad discusses how times have changed when it comes to political affiliation and marital matches. It wasn’t that long ago when marrying a Republican was a shocking idea.

Finally, Chad reminds us of the important things in life. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our listeners! We’ll be back in 2016!

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22 Dec 2015

What Matters for Tuesday, December 22, 2015

How does your perception of a person change when their actions don’t match their words? Chad starts the show discussing the stress of the season. He marvels at how quickly time passed while shopping for gifts yesterday. Chad touches on why Mark Otto, the man running against incumbent Rep. David Rouzer, decided to enter the race. It came down to one issue – his vote FOR the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

Next, Republican candidate for State Treasurer Dale Folwell is in studio. Chad tells him how relaxed he looks. Dale says running unopposed is great, and as he sees social media across the state, he’s “feeling the love.” He also explains why the job of Treasurer is about more than just being a good accountant. Dale says some of the most important responsibilities of Treasurer is maintaining the Triple-A rating, maintaining and growing the state’s pension plan, and keeping the state health plan viable. Part of the problem comes from abuse and fraud, as Dale tells Chad, but that has to be found and stopped. Chad asks Dale how he’ll get people to pay attention to the Treasurer’s race. He tells Chad he’ll associate Dale and the number three (and if you don’t get that, you ain’t from here). Chad asks if the current state retirement system is sustainable. Dale tells him times have changed in the work world. Based on how younger workers change jobs, under the current plan, they are penalized if they leave before they have worked for more than five to ten years. Dale points out that running for Treasurer is akin to applying for a job. If voters don’t like what he has to say, they won’t vote for him just like if an employer doesn’t think you’re the appropriate candidate for a job, they won’t offer you the job.

In the second hour, AFP’s Donald Bryson joins Chad for the last time this year. Chad asks Donald what AFP will focus on next year. Donald says trying to end solar subsidies and continuing their work to stop the renewable energy mandate. Chad asks Donald if AFP nationally was disappointed in the passage of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. Donald tells him they weren’t happy with it, but they did like parts of it. For example, changes in oil trading regulations. Chad shares his disgust with Duke Energy on the renewable portfolio standard every time he opens the bill for one pole that lights basically a “turkey shoot once a year.” When asked what AFP should be thankful for this year, Donald tells Chad educational freedom, the expiration of the renewable energy tax credit, and two other items. What’s on their wish list? One on Donald’s list is keeping the short session short.

Finally, NASA is rethinking the causes of climate change as they see heavy industrialized areas are actually cooling over time. And, what do you think takes more lives – guns, drugs or automobiles? You might be surprised how that statistic has changed over the past few decades.

Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser joins us tomorrow for the last live show of the year.

 

 

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21 Dec 2015

What Matters for Monday, December 21, 2015

How fair are polls? That depends on many different factors. Chad shares the latest results from Public Policy Polling’s on whether a fictional city should be bombed. But, what information does this poll provide? How was the data collected? Was everyone polled asked the same question in the same manner? If you’ve ever taking a statistics or marketing class, you know there are variables to consider that can skew your results AND then there’s spin.

Next, Chad talks to McAdenville Mayor Farrell Buchanan. Mayor Buchanan tells Chad the story of Christmastown, USA got started in 1956 when the owner of the mill asked some men to put lights in the trees. In 1980, Wilmington native, the late Charles Kuralt named the town, Christmastown, USA. He explains more than 600-thousand people come to see the lights every year. It takes more than two hours to get in and see the millions of lights that decorate almost every house in the town surrounding the lake with a fountain in the middle. Chad asks Mayor Buchanan why he decided to become Mayor. Mayor Buchanan says he was on town council and there were things he wanted to get done so he put his name on the ballot and a sign in his restaurant. After the election, he woke up and discovered he’d won. Chad asks what are some of the accomplishments he’s made of which he’s most proud. Mayor Buchanan says so many people want to move into the town and they are growing. He says some of the town’s challenges include repairing or replacing infrastructure. The town was established in the late 19th century so taking it into the 21st century, even for only a thousand residents, can be difficult. For the most part though, Mayor Buchanan says residents are quite happy with the Mayberry-like atmosphere of the town. If you haven’t been to McAdenville at least once, you should add it to your list. It’s truly beautiful!

In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca joins Chad. Francis starts by sharing information from an article he read on how they celebrate Christmas in Japan – with KFC and a chocolate cake with a Christmas tree on top. Chad marvels at how the southern-fried concoction is like spiral hams in the U.S. They quickly move to who is and who is not running for office now that the filing deadline has passed. One of the rumors Chad had heard has now been shown as false. Chad had heard that Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler wouldn’t finish his term. He will and he now has a challenger because of the call to register all chickens in the state to help prevent the spread of Avian Flu. Francis notes how interesting it is to see who has and doesn’t have a primary challenger. Chad says it’s just strange to be talking about politics before Christmas. Francis questions whether the election season really gets started right after the new year. So, this begs the question – will this boil down to name recognition? Chad also asks about polling accuracy. Francis says it’s getting harder to get people to participate in polls. To get accurate answers, Francis tells Chad Civitas may have to go back to door-to-door polling. “There’s an art to polling.”

Finally, does having a position of power lead to a longer life? Chad shares a new study that says the higher the office to which you’re elected, the more of your life you lose. Interesting. Makes you wonder why anyone wants to ever run for office, doesn’t it?

On the show tomorrow, Republican candidate for State Treasurer Dale Folwell and AFP State Director Donald Bryson.

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18 Dec 2015

What Matters for Friday, December 18, 2015

How many videos does it take to explain how to do addition? Well, as Chad explains at the start of the show, if you’re talking about Common Core, at least six. That’s why the Academic Standards Review Commission who has spent a year reviewing Common Core standards for the state’s public schools is recommending scraping the way math is taught. Of course, that also means millions in tax dollars spent to train teachers on the overly complex teaching method will have been wasted.

Next, Chad speaks to LadyLibery1885, A.P. Dillon. Chad asks A.P. right out of the gate if she is running for office. She says she just doesn’t have the time, but she has considered it. Chad tells her a lot of people probably just gave a collective sigh of relief. They have a great discussion on education – especially why the NCAE won’t release its membership numbers and the latest woes of the Wake County School System.

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum joins Chad. He and Chad discuss the latest two General Assembly members who have said they will not be running for re-election. They also discuss WBTV’s Nick Ochsner’s story on Rep. David Lewis. You gotta’ listen because as Chad says, “it’s always fun when Tim’s on.”

Finally, do you shop online? Chad tells a great story about his Mother and her Christmas shopping habits. It’ll make you laugh and touch your heart at the same time.

Monday we head to Christmastown, U.S.A. for Mayor Monday when we speak to McAdenville Mayor Farrell Buchanan and we get the latest updates on Civitas with President Francis De Luca.

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17 Dec 2015

What Matters for Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two more members of the General Assembly have decided they aren’t running for re-election. With the time to file getting ever shorter, Chad kicks off the show discussing how the General Assembly will look after the next election.

Next, Chad speaks to WBTV Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner about what he uncovered when looking into changes made to a bill by House Rules Committee Chair Rep. David Lewis that would’ve shortened the list of agencies required to receive printed copies of appellate court decisions. Nick explains that the company who prints the more than one thousand copies of the reports required by state law that are sent to more than 36 agencies is owned by a New Bern businessman. While not controversial, the fact this donor contributed to not only Rep. Lewis, but to House Speaker Tim Moore. Hmmm. Speaking of the House Speaker, Chad asks about a story he posted earlier this week about House Speaker Moore using campaign funds from a company he owns to rent office space they also own. Nick tells Chad the State Board of Elections said they couldn’t make a determination on this issue. Chad wonders if they can’t, who can.

In the second hour, Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour. They first delve into how unemployment figures have been falling since tax reform started in 2013. Chad asks why, in his article, he used the term “progressive critics” for liberals. Brian explains he wants to reclaim the term liberal if Democrats are abandoning it. He and Chad then delve into the issue of how simply looking at figures can be deceiving when it comes to unemployment and job growth. You have to go back further to get the whole picture. Only then do you see how the state has fared far better than the nation from the tax reforms of 2013 in growing private sector jobs.

Finally, Chad talks to Alexander Guin, Campaign Finance Director for Civitas. Alexander explains how Civitas is able to make a difference and how you can make a difference with a charitable donation. As the end of the year rapidly approaches, Alexander shares how Civitas helps makes people’s lives better by  about some of the ways to give to good cause and also get a tax write-off to boot.

LadyLiberty1885 A.P. Dillon and News14’s Tim Boyum join us tomorrow.

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16 Dec 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When does a debate between presidential hopefuls become more of a sparring match than a genuine discussion of policy? Chad starts out the show telling you exactly what he thought of the last GOP debate of 2015 and who he felt were the clear winners and losers.

Next, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser is in to talk all the news that’s worth a link. Paul starts out sharing a text from his wife and daughter asking if they could get a cat. Chad thinks it’s a bad idea. Producer Lisa tells him they should get two. Pau and Chad quickly move on to the important topics like the I-77 toll road dispute and how the Governor’s team is putting their foot down on the issue. They also get into Speaker’s Moore and casinos. It’s always fun when Paul is in studio.

In the second hour, Chad speaks to 47th District State Senator Ralph Hise about his call for the Office of State Controller to stop deducting dues from members of the North Carolina Association of Educators. Senator Hise tells Chad the fact the group’s refusal to release its membership numbers was a slap in the face of lawmakers and justified his call for legislation to stop dues being collected from the group. Chad asks what the latest is on the issue. Senator Hise says to change the process is “more complicated than just a flip of the switch.” Senator Hise says he doesn’t feel the state should be collecting dues for any group and has pushed legislation to eliminate the practice. He says regardless of how the Controller responds, he will continue to push for the legislation to be passed. Chad asks if he had gotten resistance from the House and he said he had. But, with the overwhelming support he’s gotten in the legislature, the legislation will move forward. Senator Hise concludes by saying what he would like to accomplish in the short session is keeping the pace in tax reform.

Finally, Chad shares how he has geeked out along with the rest of the world about the new Star Wars film. During the break, he discovered he could turn his phone into a lightsaber and rued the fact he hadn’t yet had time to download the app. On that note, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….”

Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour and WBTV Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner join us tomorrow.

 

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15 Dec 2015

What Matters for Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The legislature may have dismissed a few months ago, but there are still lots of shenanigans going on between members of at least one chamber. Chad shares more stories about what is going on across the state including the issue with Rep. Cecil Brockman and allegations of racism by State Troopers.

Next, NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor discusses the last GOP debate of the year. He begins by telling Chad the first difference in tonight’s debate is that the dynamics have changed. Chad asks why there’s a difference with the negatives between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton which are higher than those between the GOP candidates. Dr. Taylor explains Trump’s negatives are so high, even within his own party, that his road forward will be very difficult. Chad asks why it seems no matter what he says or who he offends, he keeps gaining support. Dr. Taylor says, “What’s going to be fun is to see where Trump’s support comes from.” Chad compares this year’s race to the race in 1980 which had eight candidates. Dr. Taylor tells Chad another interesting point is voters thinking of Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump when it comes to casting their ballot. Dr. Taylor says he now thinks it will be social conservative establishment types like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Donald Trump at the end. Chad questions why Hillary Clinton has maintained such a strong backing even through her husband’s affairs, the Benghazi debacle, Whitewater and other scandals. Dr. Taylor thinks it’s become almost a coronation effect that we’ve seen before with others like Reagan, Bush, Romney, and Dole. He concludes though unless something drastic happens tonight, there will be a break until January 8th and then there’s only a few weeks until the first primary. This is a great discussion! Listen twice.

AFP State Director Donald Bryson joins Chad in the second hour. Chad starts out by asking Donald about the why he’s agreeing with Gary Pearce about the town of Woodland and their decision to reject another solar farm. Donald explains that while both Pearce and Carter Wrenn have not gotten behind rural communities, he was inclined to agree with his opinion on this issue. Chad segues into AFP’s naughty and nice list trying to get a hint as to who will be on each. Donald gives a few names that might make the list including Senator Josh Stein, Rep. Joe Sam Queen, Rep. Chris Millis, and Rep. Mike Hager. Hmm…can you guess who is naughty and who is nice? I bet you can.

Finally, Chad shares a story about falling stock prices for a popular western North Carolina grocery store. He says lawmakers in those areas should be concerned if the chain closes because this will affect the economies in those regions.

Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser joins us tomorrow and hopefully, a very special surprise guest.

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