31 May 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Should he change his ways? That’s the question Mark asks NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor about presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Dr. Taylor says there may be a war within himself on whether he can change at this point. He says a lot will depend on who he picks as his running mate and he’ll need to lean on his surrogates to soften his image. Dr. Taylor says Ms. Clinton will need to do the same thing. Mark asks what Trump will need to do to sway Ohio – a key state historically in winning the overall election. Dr. Taylor says state’s with heavy demographics of blue collar workers may provide some help from their Republican governors. However, some traditional right-leaning states like Arizona and Georgia could move left. Mark questions Trump’s stance on building a wall and the Hispanic vote. Dr. Taylor says the Hispanic vote could play a big role in this election. He explains Republicans thought Hispanics would be firmly right-leaning since many are Catholic, but that hasn’t been the case. Mark asks about Hillary Clinton. Dr. Taylor says interestingly enough, Clinton is the one heading into a messy convention instead of Trump. Mark asks is bringing on Senator Elizabeth Warren would help. Dr. Taylor says this would make her “target rich,” something she doesn’t want. She may be a good person to go after Trump as a surrogate and party unifier for Clinton.

Next, Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz joins Mark. He says democrats are winning 50 year culture battles in 50 days. He says the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Obama Administration are fighting against a state, which is unheard of; and, to have no one in the Republican party from our state stand up and declare, “This will not be done. There is a difference between men and women,” is atrocious. Mr. Horowitz says every citizen should consider what their member of Congress has done or not done before they cast their ballot in November. He says the fight is pretty tough when no one is backing us up. Mark asks how we got here. Mr. Horowitz says Obama ushered in a new era where there was little pushback from Republicans on major social issues. He says this past election has shown that incumbents will still be elected even when they support or don’t fight issues like HB2. He says what Republicans are doing is not working because there is no equal or opposing force (think Einstein) pushing back against legislation. Mark asks if the courts will do anything in favor of HB2. Mr. Horowitz says absolutely not.

In the second hour, Joseph Kyzer, AFP NC’s Communications Director, joins Mark. Mark asks him about a recent congressional debate involving Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, Dr. Greg Brannon and Congressman George Holding. Joe agrees WRAL’s anchor, David Crabtree, seemed to be more of a participant than an anchor. He says AFP is not supporting any particular candidate, but they are encouraging citizens to NOT vote for Congresswoman Ellmers because of her lack of integrity during her tenure. Joe also talks about last week’s efforts that had all the staff knocking on doors to inform as many people as possible about the upcoming congressional primary and issues of importance to all North Carolinians.

Finally, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation with the NC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Kay Castillo, joins Mark. They discuss legislation being put forward in the short session that they are hoping to get passed. This includes bills to help seniors and caregivers, victims of PTSD and suicide prevention.

MPAA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Vans Stevenson, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser, and candidate for Treasurer and former state Rep. Dale Folwell join us tomorrow.

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27 May 2016

What Matters for Friday, May 27, 2016

The Senate budget should be out next week. That’s the word from Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger. He joins Mark right out of the gate. They discuss some of the details of the budget before moving on to the proposal for teacher pay increases. Senator Berger says, “Even though over the past five years, we’ve instituted some reforms, it would take 33 years to get to the top of your profession. Now it takes 24 and with the passage of the Senate’s proposal it will take just 15 years.” He says that will move North Carolina to 24th in the nation in terms of teacher pay. Senator Berger says he’s optimistic that some compromise will be reached between the Governor’s, the House and the Senate’s proposals when it comes to teacher pay. Mark asks about the coal ash issue. Senator Berger says there are a lot of differences in opinion on this issue. He says lawmakers want to make sure the coal ash basins are dealt with so the people of North Carolina do not have any safety concerns moving forward that is also cost effective. If you want to know what is happening in the state, there’s no one better to talk to than the leader of the Senate. You’ll want to listen to this segment twice.

Next, WeatherBELL.com Chief Meteorologist Joe Bastardi gives Mark his forecast for the potential of a system off our coast to turn deadly. Joe says people east of I-95 will see some rain starting Saturday night/early Sunday, and even around the Triangle to about the Triad there will be some rain, but the holiday weekend will not be a washout. Mark asks Joe about the upcoming hurricane season. He says it’s going to be active. He says we’re entering another cycle similar to that in the 50’s and 60’s which brought storms like Hurricane Hazel. Joe explains the difference between El Nino and El Nina. Joe even gets into why he doesn’t believe climate change is an accurate way to forecast weather. It’s a deep and informative discussion.

In the second hour, Time Warner Cable News Capital Tonight Anchor Tim Boyum joins Mark. They agree that the Senate will get their version of the budget out next week, but what happens after that is anyone’s guess. Tim thinks besides negotiations over pay increases for teachers and state employees as well as time frames for tax reform, the rest should go fairly quickly. Mark asks Tim’s thoughts on the reforming of the Coal Ash Commission. Tim says he’s still scratching his head over that one. Mark asks Tim if the interview he did with two of the plaintiff’s in the HB2 case was one of the more interesting he’s done in his career. Tim says he decided they’d talked to many lawmakers about the issue and they should talk to those on the other side. And then there’s light rail. You’ll have to listen to see what Tim says because it’s always a blast when he’s on with Mark.

Then, former Managing Director of the Bastiat Society, Eric Rowell, joins Mark. He explains what the Society is all about and their focus on economics, free trade and individual freedom and rights. He says you can get a good idea about what the society is all about by reading some of the writings of Bastiat, one of which is “The Law.”

Finally, Daily Signal Editor-in-Chief Rob Bluey joins Mark. He recaps last week’s meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg over whether the highly popular social media website has a liberal bias. Rob says there were discussion over Facebook’s workforce and the algorithm they use which chooses sources from which the newsfeed obtains its news. He says Zuckerberg seemed to be taking the problem seriously.

We’re off Monday, but NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor, AFP State Director Donald Bryson, and Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz join us Tuesday.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

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26 May 2016

What Matters for Thursday, May 26, 2016

It was the physical loss of a father. That’s what columnist and author Denise Shick tells Mark she felt at the age of nine when her Dad told her he no longer wanted to be a man. She explains how difficult it was going through puberty knowing her father wanted to be like her instead of who God made him. Mark asks if they were able to reconcile before his death. Denise says after 13 years of being apart, she spent the last six months with him, trying to understand his point of view. Mark asks if she was able to be at peace after his death. She says she made peace with her loss and prayed that he finally gained some sort of sanity as well. This is a great interview you need to hear and share as the HB2 issue continues to rage on.

Next, WBTV Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner joins Mark. They delve into his story about the use of the private state plane by the Governor. Nick says the Governor took more than 300 flights of which 100 were deemed unnecessary. Nick says other Governors have also used the plane in a similar manner, so Governor McCrory’s usage is not an anomaly. Nick also got a chance to tour a coal ash basin. He tells Mark it looked very much like a park.

In the second hour, Civitas Senior Education Analyst, Dr. Bob Luebke joins Mark. They delve into the Senate’s recommended teacher pay increase proposal. Bob says they made a bold statement with bringing pay up to $55,000 over two-years. He says he was disappointed they didn’t tie it to a merit-based pay scale. They also discuss the positives and negatives of pay plans.

Finally, Mark speaks to West Virginia University Associate Professor of Journalism and author, John Temple. His tells Mark about his book, “American Pain.” It tells the story of how alleged pain clinics in Florida helped contribute to the opioid addiction crisis in America. He tells Mark the areas to see the biggest rise in addiction were in Appalachia – where there is little access to healthcare and most jobs are blue collar. Mark asks how you go from painkillers to heroin. John says the two drugs are fairly interchangeable; it’s just heroin is cheaper and easier to acquire.

Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, Daily Signal Editor-in-Chief Rob Bluey, WeatherBELL Meteorologist Joe Bastardi, Time Warner Cable News Capital Tonight Anchor Tim Boyum and Former Managing Director Bastiat Society Eric Rowell join us tomorrow.

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25 May 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Media wants to know about the Governor’s use of his western residence. Why? Mark discusses this with Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser. He says no other Governor has been so closely followed and watched as Gov. McCrory. Paul points out since this is a t.v. station doing the investigation, they will provide a minimal story that coincides with the reporter’s video. However, they couldn’t prove anything because there are very few records kept on the state-owned residence. Paul says he’s had to devote an entire column to the HB2 issue because of the amount of coverage.

Next, President of Americans for Prosperity Tim Phillips joins Mark. He explains why the group decided to take on Republican incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers which includes reinstatement of the Import-Export Bank, the size of government, how much government spends and cronyism. Mark asks how her campaign has responded to their ads. Mr. Phillips says the group spoke to her many times prior to her re-election bid and she didn’t change the way she was voting, so she shouldn’t have been surprised over the lack of support by their group. Mark asks the feel in the rest of the country. Mr. Phillips says there is a deep resignation and distrust of both presidential candidates and major media outlets. He stresses the importance of talking about candidates and issues with friends, family and people you know because that is who they are going to listen to and trust this election cycle.

Finally, North Carolina is adding jobs at one of the fastest rates in the country. Wells Fargo Securities Analyst Mark Vitner tells Mark more people are beginning to look for work again because of the upturn in our state’s economy. Mark asks about slower growth in rural areas. Mr. Vitner says it’s harder to bring more jobs to these areas because many relied on one to two large corporations that when they close, it affects the area much harder than in larger cities. Mark asks about incentives. Mr. Vitner says they should be used judiciously. Revenues and expenditures go into how you use surpluses, explains Mr. Vitner. He says recent tax reform has brought us more in line with other states that we compete with for businesses. Mark asks what gives him pause in the state economically right now. Mr. Vitner says there are some unmet transportation needs that need to be addressed especially in and around Charlotte because of massive growth and we should find ways to extend prosperity to continue growing.

Associate Professor of Journalism and author John Temple, WBTV Investigative Report Nick Ochsner, Civitas Senior Education Policy Analyst Dr. Bob Luebke and author Denise Shick join us tomorrow.

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24 May 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

When you have that big of a bureaucracy, you’re going to have some issues. That was what the newly appointed Asst. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sgt. James Prosser tells Mark about issues veterans have faced in the past that they are trying to work through. Sgt. Prosser says it also takes time to turn around problems and money to fund changes Congress makes in veterans coverage. Sgt. Prosser describes the NC Serves program which is a platform allowing many different organizations that are available to assist veterans to be seen in one online system helping streamline the process of assisting those who have served our country. He says there are many different programs for various veterans depending on when they served. Sgt. Prosser tells Mark veterans can learn more about services available in our state by going to www.NC4VETS.com.

Next, Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal joins Mark. He describes the latest on their efforts to reopen a local hospital. He says the hospital was started with money raised by school children. Mayor O’Neal explains the town paid $30,000 for an audit on the hospital. It showed the hospital was overstaffed and inefficient, but it could be profitable. He says they’re having to watch the property to make sure the building is not torn down, but they are willing to do whatever it takes to save lives.

And, Pastor Gabe Rogers who leads the Kingdom Christian Church in Charlotte was part of a group of faith leaders that spoke out in favor of HB2 today. Pastor Rogers tells Mark before HB2 passed, he led a group from his church to rally at Charlotte’s City Hall to let the members of the city council know they didn’t agree with the original ordinance. Mark asks Pastor Rogers his opinion how we got here. Pastor Rogers said he had said that many times. We’ve gotten here through the lowering of morality. He says the President has overreached his authority and America has a sin problem. Pastor Rogers questions how you can even police this ordinance. Pastor Rogers says any man worth his salt would take a pause if they saw a man following their daughter into a restroom.

In the second hour, State Director of Generation Opportunity, Anna Beavon, joins Mark. She describes the organization’s mission as one to advance policy change, hold policymakers accountable, fights for opportunity and defends the freedoms of young Americans. Anna tells Mark millennials who are defined as anyone between the ages of 18-34, will vote in the next 14 presidential elections. She tells Mark her generation has already created change to traditional hospitality, retail and travel industries with Uber, Lift, Airbnb’s, and online marketplaces.

Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser joins us tomorrow.

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23 May 2016

What Matters for Monday, May 23, 2016

Sex versus gender identity. Simple as that. Right? Not so fast. Jeremy Tedesco, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom joins Mark right out of the gate to discuss the latest in the battle with the federal government over the legality of HB2. Mr. Tedesco says when it comes to Title IX and Title VII, the federal government has no right to redefine statutes or there is no rule of law in this country. Mark asks if Congress can help in resolving the issue. Jeremy tells Mark members of Congress are able to fight to keep privacy, dignity and safety in place in bathrooms, showers and locker rooms between the sexes if they choose to do so. Senators Burr and Tillis have decided to leave it to the courts or refer constituents to their State Representatives, respectively.

Next, Mark speaks to Zebulon Mayor Robert Matheny. He tells him about the growth of Zebulon, specifically how Five County Stadium has helped economically. He says he hears from people around the world about the Carolina Mudcats. Mark asks what he likes to tout about the town. He says it’s a close community with lots of parks, new housing developments and open spaces. Mark asks what legislation may have affected his town. Mayor Matheny says changes to forced annexations, sanctuary cities, local broadband, allowing guns in parks, and reducing powers of municipalities. Mark asks about water rate hikes because of the switchover from providing water locally to purchasing water from Raleigh. Mayor Matheny says while rates went up substantially, they’ll fall when the pro forma is paid off in 2023. He explains water is easy, but sewer is not.

In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca joins Mark. Francis begins by explaining the differences in power between local, state and federal government and what can happen when each oversteps their boundaries. Mark asks Francis’ thoughts on the House budget. Francis says firstly, he was amazed by the passage of a budget by at least one chamber so quickly. He goes on to say he was pleased to see a raise for all state employees who have not received a salary increase in many years. However, he says creating a merit-based pay scale would be a better way to evaluate people moving forward. This also applies to teachers. He says a good way to attract instructors for positions that are hard to fill is by raising salaries. He stresses the importance of making sure teacher evaluations are also performed correctly.

Finally, Mecklenburg County Senator Bob Rucho joins Mark. Senator Rucho says firstly, he was pleased to get an agreement on a spending plan early. Next, Senator Rucho says he thinks the middle class should receive their tax relief immediately and not wait four years especially since the state got millions back in tax revenue. Mark asks his thoughts on state employee raises. Senator Rucho says they’ve been discussing this for four years and thought they were on a path toward merit-based pay. He says it used to take more than 40 years for a teacher to get her salary up to $50,000. They got that down to 20 years. He says the House took the easy road by giving everyone a raise. Mark asks if this might keep lawmakers in session longer. Senator Rucho says sometimes you fight for what is right. Mark asks what the mood is in Mecklenburg County among his constituents regarding HB2. Senator Rucho says they’ve told him to stand firm.

And, Mark speaks to Chairman of Moore County’s Commission, Nick Picerno. He explains to Mark how they are looking for alternate funding after a threat by the Obama administration to take federal funding because of the state’s stance over HB2.

Tomorrow, Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs First Sgt. James Prosser, Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal, AFP State Director Donald Bryson, and Generation Opportunity State Director Anna Beavon join us tomorrow.

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20 May 2016

What Matters for Friday, May 20, 2016

Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) joined Mark Shiver on What Matters in North Carolina to discuss what’s going on with any charter school legislation during the Short Session, the controversy surrounding HB2 and whether he has any regrets about the legislation being passed. Also, we discussed the Senate budget that will be proposed soon to answer the House’s budget passed this week. Reaching out further, we discuss national politics and the presumptive nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate.

In the first hour, we also had James Sherk, Research Fellow in Labor Economics at the Heritage Foundation to discuss his article “Obama’s Overtime Rule Tried at IBM, and It Didn’t Work” and Rep. Robert Pittenger, who represents the 9th District of NC, to discuss his legislation to help combat our opioid epidemic and the heroin crisis that is stemming from the abuse of opioid medications.

To start off the second hour, we had on Time Warner Cable News Senior Political Reporter Loretta Boniti, to discuss all the news that matters. She and Mark talk HB2, the budget and more.

Dale Gillmore , chairman  of the Make an Impact Foundation, finishes out the hour. He and Mark discuss the foundation’s efforts to help the children in Flint, Michigan, who are dealing with a contaminated water crisis, by building new playgrounds. Gillmore, a Flint native, hopes to ignite a furor to give the people of Flint more than just playgrounds.

Jeremy Tedesco, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, Zebulon Mayor Robert Matheny, Senator Bob Rucho and Moore County Commissioners Chair Nick Picerno join us Monday.

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