One “nay” vote. That’s all it takes to stop one county in North Carolina from closing early voting sites two hours early. Guest host Mark Shiver kicks off the show talking with Civitas Election Policy Analyst Susan Myrick. She wrote an article explaining how one of two Democrats on the five-member State Board of Elections told the board’s Executive Director not to bother meeting about any requests for reduction of hours at early voting sites for the November election because he will deny it. Mark asks why one member has that much control. Susan says a compromise was made in 2013 to the Voter Identification Verification Act (or VIVA) shortening the number of days people have to vote from 17 to 10 days. The catch with the allowance was any requests from county boards had to be followed by a unanimous vote by the five State Board of Elections members.
Next, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser joins Mark. He tells Mark about a social experiment being conducted by the host of a YouTube channel, Joey Salads, who dresses up as a woman and goes into women’s bathrooms to see what kind of reaction he gets which is a lot of discomfort from women. Paul explains this may be a way for the supporters of HB2 to make their point to those who oppose the law. Other stories they talk about are the wildfires springing up across the state because of the dry conditions and how the cost of Obamacare is making insurance companies find it too pricey to continue to offer to customers.
In the second hour, NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor joins Mark. He discusses the results of the primary in New York and what it means to the remaining presidential primary candidates. Dr. Taylor says the results weren’t really surprising, but they may be the death knell for Gov. John Kasich. He adds this will not give Trump the needed delegate count going into the convention, however, it will make it extremely difficult for establishment Republicans to deny him the nomination if he continues to pick up votes in the remaining primaries as he is expected to do. Mark asks why Sanders hasn’t been able to resonate with the African-American community but has with young people. Dr. Taylor says it reminds him of a Churchill quote, “If you’re not a socialist when you’re 20 then you don’t have a heart. If you’re still one when you’re 40, then you don’t have a brain.” He continues to say political scientists tend to overlook the conservative instincts of Hispanic and African-American voters and that’s a mistake. Mark asks whether Cruz supporters will back Trump if he becomes the nominee. Dr. Taylor says this leads to a broader question of whether Trump will be able to unify the Republican party as a whole. He says neither the Republican nor Democratic nominee can go into the general election without the support of his party. Mark segues into a question about the state election and what Dr. Taylor thinks about the Elon poll showing Attorney General Roy Cooper with a lead larger than the margin of error over Governor Pat McCrory. Dr. Taylor says we always knew this would be a very close race, but he feels some will interpret this poll as a direct correlation to HB2 legislation. Dr. Taylor adds if it is, it is in response to the economic fallout from the bill instead of the bill itself.
Finally, former Asst. Secretary of Commerce and candidate for Treasurer Dale Folwell joins Mark. He announces that he has gotten the endorsement of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. Mark explains this is a huge deal because this is one of the first times they have given their endorsement to a Republican candidate.
Civitas Center for Law and Freedom Chief Counsel Elliot Engstrom, House Speaker Tim Moore and Policy Director Brian Balfour join us tomorrow.