18 Feb 2016

What Matters for Thursday, February 18, 2016

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.

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17 Feb 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, February 17, 2016

May you live in interesting times. Chad says it often and it seems with the current state of things nationally and locally, we are definitely fulfilling his desire. He kicks off the show sharing two statements from Senator Thom Tillis concerning the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and what Congress should do next when it comes to the President naming his replacement. One seemingly contradicts the other. And, that’s just the beginning of confusing statements from politicians this week….

Next, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser is in studio. Chad talks to Paul about the nastiness going on in Brunswick County between Tammy Covil and Holly Grange. As Paul explains, Covil bought a website with Grange’s name and is using it to bash her competitor. Interesting move. They also discuss whether the Superintendent of Public Instruction has known for six years there were problems with teacher background checks. Chad questions why there wasn’t a process for background checks for potential teachers already in place. Paul agrees adding, “We know where child molesters generally hang out – where their victims are.” And, they couldn’t end the segment without touching on changes to congressional districts.

In the second hour, Civitas Senior Election Policy Analyst Susan Myrick joins Chad. Susan explains the background on the state’s congressional districts. She tells Chad she looked back through previous maps to determine when the “serpentine-shaped” district made its first appearance. It was in 2001 under a Democratic General Assembly. Chad asks Susan if this opens the door to groups suing over state House and Senate maps. Susan says it could, but it’s might not happen. She explains to Chad that depending on what is decided by the Supreme Court, those who vote via absentee ballot, either will have their choice for Congress will be counted or that portion of the whole ballot will be discarded until May. She also reminds Chad that in 2002, the primary wasn’t held until September, so there is a historical precedent for this kind of action. Chad provides an update from Senator Berger that Lee and Chatham Counties will be removed from the 2nd District. Hmmm….

Finally, John Locke Foundation Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow Dr. Roy Cordato calls in to explain what a real Democrat Socialist is. Dr. Cordato explains in his blog, “What has always distinguished real socialism from other ideologies that advocate for state dominated economic decision making like progressivism and fascism, is that under socialism the government actually owns the means of production. This is why in order for any political platform to be truly socialist it must call for the nationalization of industry–or at least most industries.” Chad asks how Sanders has maintained his popularity. Dr. Cordato says he has given himself an incorrect label and gives the example if Sanders told voters he wanted to nationalize Google or Apple, he’d get a completely different response.

Tomorrow Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour joins us and we’ll give you the latest on what congressional districts look like now.

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16 Feb 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Biases. We all have them. Whether it’s toward a political party, over an issue, or about an ice cream flavor – most of us have to admit we lean one way or another. Chad delves into the ways media can slant a story by making an opinion seem like fact just by writing it a certain way. What’s important is for you to know the facts and not let any possible misinformation get past you.

Next, Francis De Luca, Civitas President Francis De Luca joins Chad. He shares that only 32% of Americans recognized Justice Antonin Scalia’s name, much less that he was a member of the Supreme Court. Francis tells Chad he thinks Republicans (not only those in Congress) should take up the mantra of “we will support the right candidate for nomination.” Chad agrees. He asks Francis how this affects the call to redraw congressional maps in our state. Francis explains many maps have been redrawn. They discuss whether this means congressional races will be off the ballot for the primary. Francis thinks it will – for now – and says this also leads to more questions like will filing periods reopen and will anyone turn out to vote when there is an actual primary for the remaining races. Speaking of candidates, all those running for state office will be at the Conservative Leadership Conference, March 4th and 5th at the Embassy Suites in Cary. Francis shares that single day tickets have just become available for sale. You can check out everyone who is coming to the conference and how to get tickets by going to www.civitasclc.com.

In the second hour, AFP Communications Director Joe Kyzer joins Chad. He tells Chad about the next event the group has coming up which addresses the renewable energy portfolio standard. It’s the Energy Policy Dinner in Winston-Salem featuring lawmakers Senator Andrew Brock and Representative Chris Millis, AFP Director of Federal Affairs Chrissy Harbin and our very own Chad Adams. The event is free and being held at the Winston-Salem Marriott. Joe explains why grass roots activism works so effectively – you can activate campaigns against an issue and get a groundswell of support that can change law. Joe shares how this has been done successfully in the past. He also tells Chad some of the issues they’ll be taking on moving forward. Joe says what’s key is AFP doesn’t go away after the election like many groups. They keep pushing the issues that are important and hold lawmakers accountable to what they say they’ll do, support or not support while on the campaign trail.

Finally, who sets the global thermostat when it comes to climate change? Chad reads an article from Real Clear Science that says there is more to consider than carbon dioxide emissions when looking at predictions of what will happen to our planet long-term. Good point.

Tomorrow Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser and Civitas Election Policy Expert Susan Myrick join us.

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12 Feb 2016
12 Feb 2016

What Matters for Friday, February 12, 2016

Getting in the way of progress. Government has a way of doing that by putting restrictions on innovative businesses or new ways of doing business that aren’t fully understood. Chad kicks off the show by describing what the city of Austin is doing to regulate Uber drivers. Sound familiar?

Next, Chad speaks to LadyLiberty1885, AP Dillon. They delve into the issue of Common Core. Dillon shares the Trump “un-tweet” after his win in New Hampshire where he first stated he was against Common Core and later said it was great. Chad says the way to get under Trump’s skin, from what he’s heard, is to ask him the details of his policies. Andrea says the groundswell of support for both Trump and Sanders has come from Americans overall dissatisfaction with established politicians. Chad asks why she thinks DPI won’t drop the curriculum. Andrea says DPI and Superintendent Atkinson have bought into the idea full scale. She tells Chad two lawmakers have said the commission who looked at removing mathematics from the Common Core curriculum said Supt. Atkinson told them the issue would be addressed again in March. Chad asks if the hesitation is a fear of not receiving federal money. Andrea says the lawmakers need to take a long look at Common Core and get the spine to eliminate it. She tells Chad perhaps lawmakers should be changed as frequently as a baby’s diapers. Very nice!

In the second hour of the show, News14’s Tim Boyum is in studio. Chad asks how the Emerging Issues Forum went. Tim says it was enjoyable, but many of our jobs will be replaced by robots. He clarifies that other jobs will be created by the advent of robots. Chad says there’s never been a time we’re not in transition. Tim says he thinks that’s what scares many people, especially those that don’t understand how technology is advancing or have the education required to get higher level jobs. Tim shares that he’s heading to South Carolina for the next two weeks to hang out with the Presidential primary candidates. He tells Chad who he thinks will do well and who will not. You’ll always enjoy the conversations between Tim and Chad.

Chad wraps up the show by speaking to Ed Naile, Chairman of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers, about voter fraud. Ed explains they have very similar laws to ours and have documented thousands of cases of fraud. He explains it’s gotten so bad, they’ve taken to photo id’ing individuals and videotaping instances of election officials coaching people on how to get around rules and regulations – basically how to commit voter fraud. Ed says they’ve caught people voting in New Hampshire and in their home state. Chad is amazed by the number of people in their legislature – it’s over 400. Ed says there’s a vast disparity between local elections and those for Congressional seats and President when it comes to turnout and instances of fraud. You’ll love this discussion. Trust me.

We’re taking President’s Day off, but we’ve got a special show prepared just for you. We’ll be back in the studio Tuesday with AFP State Director Donald Bryson and Campaign Connections President Brad Crone.

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11 Feb 2016

What Matters for Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two trillion dollars a year. That’s how much regulations cost us each year. Chad starts the show breaking down what government regulations have prevented from being created, expanded, or explored. He points out that the state has more than 55 licensing groups – so many in fact, lawmakers are considering setting up another group to regulate them. Amazing.

Then, Mecklenburg County Senator Bob Rucho joins us to discuss the latest on North Carolina’s voting districts. He starts by telling Chad the North Carolina Supreme Court today reaffirmed the constitutionality of current district maps.  Chad asks if he thinks the election will be delayed. Senator Rucho says he hopes, especially since millions of ballots have been printed and thousands of absentee ballots mailed including some overseas, that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will grant a stay in the case. Chad asks Senator Rucho about his tax cut plan. The Senator explains, if his cuts are implemented, a person making under $70,000 a year will see a substantial cut in their taxes. He says change is slow to come, but every day other states indicate they want to implement programs the Republican General Assembly has put in place. Chad asks him about raises for state employees. Senator Rucho says lawmakers at some point will likely put in place a merit-based pay increase system. Chad asks about solar subsidies. Senator Rucho says he was happy to be part of stopping it and will continue to keep it out – at least for the next year that he’s in office. Good job, Senator!

In the second hour, Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour joins Chad. He discusses the ruling by the Supreme Court earlier this week that put a temporary hold on the President’s plan which would’ve put severe EPA rules on the nation’s energy sector. One of the new rules would’ve been reducing carbon dioxide emissions by one-third by 2030. Chad asks about the details of a study performed by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University published by Civitas from a year ago that examined the effects these rules would have on the state. Brian tells Chad, by 2030, North Carolina would: lose more than 32,000 jobs; cost the state’s economy approximately $1.7 billion; decrease real disposable income by $3.5 billion per year; and raise electric bills for residents by more than $350 a year and industrial customers by almost $52,000 a year. Chad asks who will be hit the hardest by these regulations. Brian says the study shows the poorest will be hurt most. Chad asks how those conducting the study came to their conclusions. Brian explains the Draconian reductions on carbon dioxide emissions so significantly impact the way energy companies produce power, there is a continuous building effect.

Finally, Chad speaks to Civitas Election Policy Expert Susan Myrick about a video released by Ed Naile, Chairman of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers exposing cases of voter fraud in Tuesday’s primaries. Susan shares how similar New Hampshire’s and North Carolina’s rules are making it easy to commit fraud. Chad says voting is a right that is easy to abuse. Amen.

Tomorrow, LadyLiberty1885, A.P. Dillon, Chairman of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers, Ed Naile, and News14’s Tim Boyum join us.

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10 Feb 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Results from New Hampshire weren’t all that surprising – except perhaps for the candidates. Chad kicks off by discussing the results from the primary and what it means for the remaining candidates. We weren’t half an hour into the show before Carly Fiorina announced she was dropping out of the race.

Then, Chad gets into how much solar subsidies cost the average manufacturer in our state with Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser. Chad asks Paul how he chooses articles because he didn’t see the article on redistricting. Paul tells him to refresh the screen. An article Chad found amusing was the stunt by democratic primary candidate Ken Spaulding who took two people dressed in chicken suits to the DOJ and challenged the Attorney General to a debate. Chad asks Paul about his story on more than 60% of Rep. Charles Jeter’s campaign contributions come from green energy – something Republicans say they do not support.

In the second hour, Political Analyst, author and founder of consulting firm John Davis Consulting, John Davis is in studio. John tells Chad he looked back at his headlines from ten years ago and the issues are the same today. He tells Chad he thinks the reason many politicians aren’t progressing today is there are too many unprincipled leaders. Chad asks how he defines principled. John explains there aren’t enough politicians willing to cross the aisles. He gives the example of President Obama who came into office with a huge debt, high unemployment and a stock market in decline, but instead of focusing on what’s important to Americans, he pushed his own priorities. Chad questions whether anger is creating a younger following for political outsiders. John says years of unfulfilled promises has led voters under 30 to support Trump and Sanders. John points out how social media has made the world accessible to younger audiences. He says they don’t have as much concern about issues like same sex marriage and any “ism” has no appeal shutting out many of the mainstream candidates. John says there’s a far higher level of satisfaction on the state than on the federal level. Chad asks if he thinks the NC Connect Bond will pass even though a recent poll showed a lack of support. John says he thinks the bond will most definitely pass. Both he and Chad agree the gubernatorial race is McCrory’s to lose. One advantage the Governor has, John points out, is having been a seven-term Mayor of a major city.

Finally, a straw poll among Wake County voters showed an overwhelming lack of support for the NC Connect bond. Chad explains he believes the bond will pass two to one. He says whether it’s a lack of education about what’s in the bond or just a misunderstanding of how the money will be used, bonds generally pass. We’ll just have to see what happens in March – maybe.

Tomorrow Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour joins us.

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