Is the Republican message getting lost? In an effort to keep some candidate’s off the ballot, Chad questions whether the “establishment” is losing touch with its core by focusing more on candidate’s personalities and less on calls for change by constituents.
Next up is Campaign Connections President Brad Crone to discuss the state’s changing political landscape. Chad asks if it would be correct to say he’s a more moderate Democrat than far left-leaning. He says that’s right. Brad tells Chad two-thirds of the state’s unaffiliated voters cast their ballot for Republican candidates in 2012 and 2014. Chad asks what that means for the gubernatorial race. Brad says the AG will have to run more left than he is right now. He adds that liberals and conservatives will have to win in the smaller counties and municipalities outside the larger cities and the eastern half of the state. When it comes to moderate, conservative Democrats, Chad and Brad both note how Trump is resonating. Brad says Trump is performing so much better with unaffiliated voters than “establishment” conservatives like Ted Cruz. He says Trump is in it to win it. Brad says there is still a lot of open media space available which is surprising. He and Chad agree that ad buys will come down to the wire before the primary. Brad says for the Democratic ticket, Hillary will have to explain to North Carolinians how she’ll run the government.
In the second hour, AFP State Director Donald Bryson joins Chad. Chad reads an article on WTVD about a family who is losing their land, where they’ve held concerts featuring many well-known country music acts, for the CCX Intermodal Rail Terminal. Donald tells Chad a bill was put forward in the Senate after passing unanimously in the house to stop this kind of eminent domain forfeiture of land. Chad brings up the fact that you don’t really own your property – you just rent it from the government. Donald agrees. He tells the story of growing up in a small town of Tennessee and hearing the stories about families being forced off their land at gunpoint by authorities because the TVA was going to flood the land to supply a reliable source of power for rural areas. Chad asks if this has moved up the list of AFP’s priorities. Donald tells him they’ve only be on it for eight hours, but yes, they are going to be taking on the issue. This is a serious issue that, if you don’t know anything about, you probably should learn about it before it happens to you or someone you know.
Finally, a new study shows sleeping in on the weekend might prevent diabetes. And what’s in a name? Is your cheese really cheese or a cheese product or cheese food? Are you sure? How about your chips – are they really chips or crisps? Do you care?
Tomorrow we have The Insider’s Editor Patrick Gannon and Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser on the show.