You know it’s all about those maps. Chad opens the show with an update on the new redistricting maps drawn up by lawmakers this week and what it will mean for you at the polls if they are passed and if Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t issue a stay.
Next, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review with the Cato Institute, Ilya Shapiro, joins Chad. They discuss who could be President Obama’s possible nominees to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Mr. Shapiro tells Chad there is a risk, if Congress doesn’t approve the President’s choice, then the balance of power could possibly change in November leaving more than ten days for the nominee to be approved. Chad asks if it’s a good strategy for Republicans to hold out on approving Obama’s nominee. Mr. Shapiro says he hopes Congress will hold out. When it comes to North Carolina’s redistricting maps, Mr. Shapiro says the longer it takes for a decision to be issued, this could mean a dissent is being written. To issue the stay, there needs to be five votes which may be impossible now without Justice Scalia. Mr. Shapiro explains this is pure speculation, but based on how things have gone historically, if a stay was going to be approved, it would’ve happened quickly. Both Chad and Mr. Shapiro agree the President will put forth a nominee. Mr. Shapiro explains if the nominee is not confirmed, then the next President can put up another nominee.
In the second hour, Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour joins Chad. Brian shares a Forbes article on what having a Triple A bond rating really means for our state. He explains maintaining a high bond rating helps attract businesses to the state. Chad mentions how much changing the tax structure will assist the state’s economy. He and Brian agree the Governor has done a fantastic job in getting the unemployment debt paid off quickly and adding to the rainy day fund which had been depleted. Chad asks Brian if he thinks the next legislative session will be short when lawmakers have to address tax reform, Medicaid funding and changes to the State Health Plan, raises for state employees and teachers, and that’s just mentioning a few items. Brian says he believe it will. Chad hopes the session will be short, but questions how it actually can be. When it comes to the election, Chad asks Brian what Civitas will be following. Brian says school choice initiatives, certificate of need, occupational licensing, tax reform, and ESA’s (educational savings accounts).
Finally, CEO of Colliers International in North Carolina, Jim Anthony joins Chad. Jim explains he wants to broaden the base of who’s attracted to conservatism in North Carolina. Jim says in 2004, he wanted to diversify the group attending a function during a visit by President Bush. He brought a group of African-American pastors and their wives with him. He tells Chad they were quite impressed with the President and wondered what they’d expected from the way the President had been portrayed in the media. He says he had an epiphany while watching “The Walking Dead.” He says the prevailing culture has sucked the humanity out of people and those who want to take back control, which is a very Libertarian idea, have to come together and step up. Chad says the diversity of ideas on the right in this Presidential election cycle is extremely interesting. Yes, it is.
News14’s Tim Boyum joins us tomorrow and we’ll have the latest on the congressional district maps.