09 Feb 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Challenging the liberal norms. Every year, universities and colleges across the nation add more modern books to reading lists while eliminating the classics many of us read in junior and senior high school or at the very least, in our freshman year of college. What can parents do to make sure their child is exposed to the classics (like Dickens, Hawthorne and Twain) and not only what others decide they SHOULD read? Chad gives you a few ideas.

Next, former Secretary of State and Attorney General Rufus Edmisten joins Chad to give a slightly different view of state political issues. Rufus explains how he was the Attorney General for two full terms and a half term. He also served for years as Secretary of State. Chad asks his take on the current Republican legislature and Governor. Rufus explains Democrats began losing power starting in the Eastern part of the state under the Holshouser administration. He says he gets frustrated with the lack of civility which political consultants are conducting themselves – and even the way the candidates act as well – that seem to be more vile and antagonistic than in the past. Chad says it’s not much different among the Democrats with Sanders gaining power over the “establishment candidate” Hillary Clinton. Chad asks Rufus what he thinks will happen with the gerrymandered district issue. Rufus quotes Yogi Berra, “It’s deja vu all over again.” He explains he dealt with this issue when he was Attorney General, and one time, had a case where politicians wanted districts redrawn to have one judge’s home be included. Rufus predicts though, there will be a stay issued in the case. He tells Chad drawing the districts and packing them with African-Americans is not the right way to do things for either side.

In the second hour, AFP State Director Donald Bryson is in studio. Chad asks about the situation between the solar industry, farming and AFP. It comes down to statements made about farming by Senator Andy Wells, the response from Rep. Chris Millis and AFP’s statement regarding renewable energy. Chad is impressed Donald is able to remember all of his points without any notes. Donald tells Chad AFP is spreading the word about how the Attorney General, who is running in the Democratic primary for Governor, is embracing many of President Obama’s policies – especially when it comes to Obamacare and renewable energy. Chad asks AFP’s thoughts on Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. Donald explains her vote to reinstate the Import-Export Bank which had expired, was really a betrayal to the organization. Donald says being a grassroots organization, they realize the most powerful voice is that of an informed voter. Chad gives accolades to AFP and Donald on how much money they’ve saved taxpayers on issues involving educational choice, right to work over unionization, working to eliminate the renewable energy mandate and more.

Finally, does a future disruption report do anything to help our economy or does it create fear and stress by making people think there jobs will be eliminated by the advancement of technology? Chad delves into the notion of change, technology, and unpredictability.

Political Analyst, writer, public speaker and founder of consulting firm John Davis Consulting and Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser join us tomorrow.

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08 Feb 2016

What Matters for Monday, February 8, 2016

The Panthers lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Football is over for the season. Time to shift our focus back to politics (if you ever refocused). Chad gives his thoughts on the game, the ads, Cam Newton and moves on. He starts with news that broke Friday after the show on a ruling by a three judge panel that determined race was the predominant factor in drawing the lines in two majority black congressional districts, but state legislators lacked justification in using the practice. Those districts, as Chad explains, are the 1st and 12th – one of which has been challenged (12th) before. The judges ordered lawmakers to come up with new boundaries by February 19th. Chad says he heard the Senate is hoping for a “stay” on the decision which allows the election to move forward; the House, however, may be called back into session next week, to work out the mapping issue. We’ll be keeping you informed on what happens next.

Next, Chad speaks to Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens. Mayor Hutchens tells Chad how the town has transformed from farming to vineyards. Chad reveals the city was nationally known for “Cruisin’” between the 60’s-80’s. Mayor Hutchens tells Chad they had to halt the practice in the 90’s when it became too cost prohibitive to keep the town safe and clean. Chad compliments her on how the town has brought back the practice of “Cruisin’” for one month each year and renovated and reopened the downtown theater, too. Chad is amazed at how active the school system is – that is privately run by the town – in both academics and sports. They have fencing, basketball, football, and many other sports which Mayor Hutchens says is so important to keeping a child active and out of trouble. She says the school system is small enough where everyone knows each other and that helps keep kids in line. Chad asks her to explain how she got into politics. You’ll love her story – especially being a woman getting into small town government. One of the things she tells Chad she’s seen change over the last two decades is that the town and county governments work together more productively. Mayor Hutchens says they’ve had to refocus their businesses from textiles to other products like vehicle glass manufacturing. She says you “build on blocks” for the future of industry by working with community colleges and rising high school students to help get them ready for the workforce. When asked about how  the last legislative session had impacted the town, she said losing the privilege license tax had not had a major impact, but other changes had necessitated an increase in property taxes and water rates.

In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca is in studio. Chad and Francis take up the gerrymandered district issue. Francis explains this will likely not affect the March primary for several reasons: people have already cast absentee ballots, the Obama administration has approved these districts, and the Gingles decision from the late 80’s. Chad asks if there would be chaos if the state holds the election no matter what the three judge panel says they can do. Francis says General Assembly members should stand firm because this can put ALL districts in jeopardy, but ultimately thinks a higher court will issue a “stay.” Chad asks Francis to explain what you will need to bring with you to vote in March’s primary. Francis says you will still have to bring an ID to cast a ballot because the case has not been settled yet. He breaks down the “significant impediment” clause whereby you can cast a provisional ballot without an ID, but you do need other identification. Chad asks if he believes we will have an election March 15th. Francis says he thinks we will be voting March 15th.

Finally, Chad shares a great article from Insider Editor Pat Gannon on some ideas for better bets politicians can make over sporting events. He says instead of barbeque and Cheerwine, how about continuing the volunteering and add in better governing practices like no negative ads against your opponent next time you run. What a great idea!

Tomorrow, former state Attorney General and Secretary of State Rufus Edmisten and AFP State Director Donald Bryson join us.

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05 Feb 2016

What Matters for Friday, February 5, 2016

It’s Super Bowl weekend and with the Panthers in the big game, there’s little else on many North Carolinians minds today. Chad starts out by breaking down how much Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton will have to pay in taxes whether they win or not. Put it this way, if the Panthers win, he’ll actually receive, after taxes, less than what you probably paid for the television on which you’re watching the game.

Next, Chad speaks to TWC News Charlotte Sports Director Mike Solarte. He shares with Chad what it’s been like in Santa Clara this week leading up to Sunday’s big game. Mike says while it’s great to be in California, he’s ready for the big game. Chad asks him to describe his access to the players each day. Mike says besides Coach and Cam, he’s gotten a chance to ask a few different questions other than just “x’s and o’s.” He says he covered the last time the team went to the big game and this time is just different. He shares with Chad something Cam said early in the season about how he felt the atmosphere in the locker room was changing. Chad asks about Michael Oher and the Touhy’s. Mike shares that he got a chance to talk to Oher one-on-one about his story and how accurately he was portrayed in the movie, “The Blind Side.” Oher told him he didn’t have a problem with the film, just the way he was portrayed as not knowing anything about football. Mike says Oher looked at him and said, “Look at how big I am. I knew about sports.” Mike tells him he would be amazed if Newton didn’t get MVP. Chad asks when he realized the differences between last season and this season. Mike says last season created the building blocks, they added a few needed players and were set to do exactly what they’ve done this season. He goes on to say the four games they won after the buy was when they started noticing this is the team to watch.

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum joins us. Tim discloses he’s not as psyched about the Super Bowl as everyone else seems to be. Chad says he’ll keep that between us. They move on to the election. Tim says he’s concerned about voter turnout and the Hillary Clinton effect. Chad brings up the issue of the state health plan, House Speaker Tim Moore, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the Affordable Care Act. Tim says Speaker Moore clarified what lawmakers had called on the Health Plan to do for the 2017-2019 budget. And then there’s the hi-speed Internet discussion. These two always cover a lot of ground and have fun, too.

Finally, does it take more than two parents to make a healthy baby? Chad shares a study showing how changing the terms of marriage has led to the government getting involved in our lives in a way that may lead to the thought that more parents are required to get rid of genetic anomalies.

Monday we learn about the town of Elkin from Mayor Lestine Hutchens and get the latest on what’s happening at Civitas from President Francis De Luca.

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04 Feb 2016

What Matters for Thursday, February 4, 2016

Seems politicians and businesses are seeing the light when it comes to how costly the Affordable Care Act is for all involved. Chad starts the show discussing the Insurance Commissioner’s statement that the federal health care law is wreaking havoc on the state’s insurance market. The Commissioner says the Affordable Care Act might prompt some insurance companies to leave North Carolina. Chad isn’t surprised by this news and most of us aren’t either, especially if you’ve looked at how much medical costs have skyrocketed.

Then, NC Against the Bond Director Nicole Revels is in studio. She and Chad delve into what is truly inside the Connect NC bond and how taxpayers will ultimately be paying for it. Nicole tells Chad she got into the issue because she’s a Mother who wants to make sure her children aren’t paying taxes on any bond for years to come. There are two callers who share what they have learned about how some institutions say they plan to use funds from the bond even when that is not how the bond monies are supposed to be used. This is an informative segment about the Connect NC Bond you don’t want to miss.

In the second hour, GOP State Treasurer candidate (or as we like to call him – the next State Treasurer) Dale Folwell makes a surprise visit to the studio. He and Chad discuss how his campaign has been going thus far. Dale shares some wisdom with Chad that he picked up in his years working for the people of North Carolina as a Representative in the State House, as Speaker Pro Tem, and as Assistant Secretary with the Division of Employment Security. He shares a quote from his yoga instructor that he felt also applied to the job he hopes voters will elect him to in November. Dale says, “People think they can separate themselves from danger and the more they separate themselves from it, the less danger they are in. That’s not the case with the Treasurer’s office.” It’s always great when Dale stops by.

Speaking of bonds, Civitas Senior Education Policy Analyst Dr. Bob Luebke is in studio. He and Chad get into the issue of certificates of participation, limited obligation bonds, and the whole issue of school funding. Bob says he feels the way the state does school funding is wrong because no one understand where the money comes from, who to blame when there aren’t enough funds to accomplish what needs to be done to educate students effectively, or why the system is succeeding or failing. Chad says the smaller school systems are still obligated to pay for schools constructed based on miscalculated growth calculations. Chad says he doesn’t like government regulation chiming into school budgets, but the current system lends to a lack of transparency on school funding.

Tomorrow we head to Santa Clara with TWC News Charlotte Sports Director Mike Solarte for an inside look at what’s happening with the Panthers leading up to Sunday’s big game and it’s out weekly visit with News14’s Tim Boyum.

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03 Feb 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, February 3, 2016

And then there were nine. Two more GOP presidential primary candidates dropped out of the race today – Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. Chad kicks off the show with the news and wonders where, specifically Paul’s supporters, will turn now. As each state has their primary, Chad notes, we’ll continue to see candidates falling out of the race for various reasons.

Next, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser is in. He and Chad discuss the Connect NC bond and meetings being held this week about not only the name, but how the funds will be used. They also talk about a story concerning the solar lobby, government subsidies, private property rights, permitting, and Senator Andy Wells’ statements about all of them. Chad wrote the Senator, who has been on the show, about solar farms and subsidies. Chad shares the Senator’s response. And then there’s the story about the Manteo man who owns the only recording of the first Super Bowl played on January 15, 1967. The NFL is refusing to pay the price the man is asking for his copy – a million bucks – and they’re preventing anyone else from buying it, too. That’s just wrong.

In the second hour, Civitas Election Policy Analyst Susan Myrick joins Chad. Chad asks her to explain why they started the Mapping the Left project. Susan describes how Civitas wanted to address the perception that only “right-leaning” groups had any influence on politics. They started with mainstream media’s most-referenced and soon they had a list of 150 groups just in North Carolina. She tells Chad they immediately noticed the interconnectivity with many groups and wanted to show these relationships in one place. That’s when “Mapping the Left” was born. She also shares information about a new network on the site about unions. If you want to know if there is any correlation between a special interest group or person or union, you can find it on “Mapping the Left.”

Finally, if you have to ask for applause, do you stay in the presidential primary race? Chad shares a story about former Florida Governor Jeb Bush having to do just that at a campaign event.

Tomorrow NC Against the Bond Director Nicole Revels and Civitas Senior Education Policy Analyst Dr. Bob Luebke join us.

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02 Feb 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Six coin tosses. What’s the statistical probability of getting six coin tosses to go your way? One in 64. Democratic Presidential Primary Candidate Hillary Clinton was that “one” in Iowa’s caucuses Monday night. What does that mean for opponent Bernie Sanders? Well, as Chad explains at the start of the show, it’s all about those delegates which Hillary has in spades (more than 300 already committed). The polls were just wrong on the Republican side. Cruz’s ground game made all the difference against Trump’s “popularity” factor. Rubio came in a close third to “the Don.” Now it’s on to New Hampshire.

Next, it’s our monthly visit with Lt. Governor Dan Forest. Chad asks him what his role is with the State Board of Education. The Lt. Governor explains between the State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges, he spends a great deal of time looking at new technologies, workforce innovations, and other aspects related to and how to improve the state’s educational system. Chad asks how far we’ve come over the past few years when it comes to school choice. Lt. Governor Forest says it’s gotten easier under Republican control with the passage of legislation lifting the cap on charter schools and access to vouchers. He also discusses opportunity scholarships and other programs available for students in the state. Chad asks the Lt. Governor’s opinion on the potential of ESA’s in the state in the home school community. He thinks many home schoolers would think there would eventually be government regulation associated with the funds, but he explains that is not his opinion. He thinks as we move forward, parents will see how ESA’s can be beneficial, especially for those who have children with special needs, to get the kind of instruction and assistance they require. Moving on to curriculum, the Lt. Governor says lawmakers needs to look at the minority report on Common Core. Chad asks what the reluctance is to give up the curriculum. Lt. Gov. Forest says he thinks lawmakers were listening to false narratives. Chad moves on to the NCAE membership dues collection issue. The Lt. Governor says the state shouldn’t be responsible for taking dues out of paychecks for ANY organization. He says he doesn’t understand why the legislature continues to put up with the group when they won’t cooperate with the simplest of requests. When asked how Republicans come back together after the primary, the Lt. Governor says it’s a question of leadership and political civility. These monthly talks with the Lt. Governor are always fascinating and worth a listen – or two!

In the second hour, AFP State Director Donald Bryson is in studio. Chad asks Donald how AFP is doing on the renewable energy issue. Donald tells Chad the solar lobby has become a problem unto itself becomes it’s gotten so large. He explains it still acts likes it’s representing small, rural communities and what residents want for the future. Donald says the reality is many people think they are for wind and solar until they see the REPS charge on their power bill. He points out while it’s not a large amount on a household consumer’s bill, for business and industrial customers, that total is substantial. Chad asks what AFP is trying to do about the issue. Donald says they hope to freeze any further legislation and pushing for a study. Chad asks Donald to explain what AFP is all about for our new listeners which he does. He also tells Chad about the forthcoming “Defending the Dream” conference in Orlando, Florida.

Finally, Chad says the very strong statements made in a press release by Senator David Lewis and Senator Bob Rucho on the Voter ID case. The Senators point out that attorneys were unable to offer any witness that would NOT be able to vote under the new law.

Tomorrow we have Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser.

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01 Feb 2016

What Matters for Monday, February 1, 2016

A big shout out to our new terrestrial and online listeners in China Grove on AM 1140 WRNA, in Kannapolis on AM 1460 WRKB, and online at www.fordbroadcasting.com!

It’s caucus day in Iowa! What does that mean to you? Chad shares the definition of a caucus, and how, by tomorrow, we may know a bit more about the way Americans are leaning on both sides of the aisle in the Presidential race. He also delves into the new political committee created to help defeat Rep. Nelson Dollar.

Next, we have Louisburg Mayor Karl T. Pernell for Mayor Monday. He tells Chad he’s lived in Franklin County his entire life and decided after being Fire Chief for more than 30 years, he ran for Town Council. Then, when the current Mayor stepped down, he ran for Mayor because he wanted to see the town move forward. Chad asks about some of the challenges Louisburg has had. Mayor Pernell says one was getting 401 expanded from two to four lanes and that is about three-quarters complete. He says he’s had businesses turn away from the town because there isn’t a four-lane highway. Chad notes that Louisburg College is the oldest two-year institution in the country. Mayor Pernell says the new head of the college has made so many upgrades you’d hardly recognize it. Chad asks about the sales tax redistribution legislation. Mayor Pernell says he’d like to see the legislation changed in the short session because it really helps his town by reducing the amount of taxes his residents have to pay.  The Mayor tells Chad if the legislation is changed, Louisburg will see an approximate 13% increase in the amount of sales taxes the town receives. Chad asks about his dealings with the Governor. Mayor Pernell says he’s spoken to the Governor personally several times and thinks he cares about rural communities. He says he also gets along well with County Commissioners. Chad asks if the federal government should be doing more or less for his residents. He says personally, while citizens can get healthcare, “if they can afford it,” but maybe the government should stay out of it. Chad asks what the Mayor would like to see for the future of Louisburg. Mayor Pernell says making the town into a place where college graduates want to return, work and raise their families which is limited right now because of lack of economic opportunity. He reminds people about the Tar River Festival and the laidback atmosphere of the town that is so inviting.

In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca is in studio. Chad asks Francis about Civitas’ recent poll results. Francis explains when doing this poll, they pulled from a list of past primary voters. He shares the most recent results on the Democratic side. In the democratic primary race for U.S. Senate – 70% undecided while 13% are for Deborah Ross; 6% for Griffin; and 3% for Rey. In the Gubernatorial primary race, the Attorney General has taken a good lead with close to 40% of voters. In the Lt. Governor’s race, two-thirds of voters remain undecided while only 15% of primary voters support Linda Coleman. Chad notes how many incumbents are not receiving initial support from voters. Francis points out the importance of name recognition in how likely a voter is to pick a candidate if they don’t have an initial preference. And, then, Francis gives the big results – the Presidential primary race – 27% Trump to Cruz at 23% with no preference taking a close third. On the Democratic side, it was 53% for Clinton and 28% for Sanders. Interestingly, both sides of the aisle supported the Connect NC bond until they have to consider an increase in taxes. At that point, Republican voters no longer have such a wide margin of support for a bond that repairs infrastructure and has nothing to do with transportation. Sadly though, as Francis explains, when asked if infrastructure means repairing roads, the majority of both parties say yes. Infrastructure, in this bond, does not refer to the repair of roads or a traditional definition of infrastructure.

Finally, Chad asks Francis why we need to add more indebtedness to the state. Francis explains during an election year, it never hurts politicians to tout what the bond is doing in their local communities. He says there won’t be an area of the state that will not get touched by this bond. Chad wonders why we need more brick and mortar buildings at community colleges when the trend is toward online learning.

Tomorrow, it’s our monthly visit with Lt. Governor Dan Forest and we catch up with AFP’s State Director Donald Bryson.

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