31 Oct 2016

What Matters for Monday, October 31, 2016

Mark speaks with Brenden Jones, current Republican candidate for House District 46, who says he was punched Saturday at the Bladenboro “Beast Fest” by his Democrat opponent, Tim Benton, who was angry at a GOP mailer comparing him to Hillary Clinton. Jones has sworn out a complaint against Benton for assault. Mark then speaks with Julie Tisdale, city and county policy analyst and research manager at the John Locke Foundation, on the problems associated with the Wake Transit Plan that calls for a sales tax increase in Wake County that will be on the ballot in November. To finish up the show Mark speaks with Daniel Horowitz, senior editor of Conservative Review, to discuss what conservatives are to do when they really do not have a home, especially social conservatives.

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28 Oct 2016

What Matters for Friday, October 28, 2016

Mark opens the show with Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on Time-Warner Cable News, to discuss the state of the presidential campaigns in North Carolina, early voting, and down-ballot races. Also, he talks about his interviews this week with Rev. Franklin Graham, Gov. McCrory and AG Roy Cooper. Then Mark brings on Todd Gaziano, executive director and senior fellow in constitutional law at the Pacific Legal Foundation, to discuss his op-ed in the Investor’s Business Daily which focuses on the importance of the U.S. Senate races, and how the appointment of Federal judges and justices to the Supreme Court can be stymied or advanced by strong US Senators. To close out the show Mark speaks with David Shestokas, author of “Constitutional Sound Bites” about how Hillary Clinton in the last debate said she would appoint justices to the Supreme Court that would “best represent us” which shows she either does not understand the Constitutional role of the Supreme Court, or has an intentional plan to appoint justices that would represent the social and moral ideology that she and those on the Left are advocating for. Tune in for more.

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27 Oct 2016

What Matters for Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mark opens the show with Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, to address the tension people of faith/evangelicals are facing between Hillary Clinton’s horrific policy agenda, most notably her stance on abortion including partial-birth abortion, and the moral challenges that characterize some of Donald Trump’s words and behavior. Then Mark speaks with Brian Balfour, executive vice-president of the Civitas Institute, to discuss the Wake County half-cent sales tax for transit that is on the ballot, as well as the additional costs associated with the plan long-term; the lack of demand for transit expansion in Wake County, and the raising of vehicle registration fees and costs users will likely incur above the cost for using the transit service. Tune in for more.

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26 Oct 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mark speaks with North Carolina Speaker of the House, Rep. Tim Moore and his feelings after the 2010 election, that gave the GOP the majority in the NC General Assembly, and his reaction to the multiple messes the previous Democratic majority had left, including a nearly $3 Billion budget deficit, a Medicaid situation that was in financial chaos and whose delivery system to patients was horrible, an unemployment division that was broke and broken. Mark then speaks with Donald Bryson, State Director of the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity for an update on AFP’s work across the state in encouraging people to get out and vote, his thoughts on how prudent it is to have a rainy-day fund for the state, and how shortsighted it was for Roy Cooper to dismiss the idea in favor of more spending. Mark finishes up the show with Tony Pecararo, vice-president of the Wake County Taxpayer’s Association, to discuss the Wake County 50 cents sales tax  referendum for transit that is on the ballot. To find out more, listen in.

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25 Oct 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On Today’s show Mark speaks with North Carolina House Majority Leader Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne) about the recovery efforts related to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in his district, as well as his thoughts on the leadership Gov. McCrory has demonstrated in helping manage the response to Matthew. Turning to elections Mark sits down with Susan Myrick, elections policy analyst at the Civitas Institute, to discuss the Trump campaign’s assertions that “the system is rigged” and how those assertions might be accurate. To finish up the show Mark talks wit Susan Swift, a writer at www.politichicks.com, and covers topics ranging from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas videos to her thoughts on how the media is reporting that the early voting is going for Hillary in places like North Carolina and Florida, attempting to discourage people from voting.

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24 Oct 2016

What Matters for Monday, October 24, 2016

On Today’s show Mark speaks with Dr. David McLennan, professor of political science at Meredith College, about what to expect in the last two weeks prior to Election Day, his thoughts on last week’s presidential and gubernatorial debates and whether historically candidates benefit from having to “be Governor” like Gov. McCrory has had to in managing the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. In today’s Mayor Monday segment, Mayor BJ Murphy of Kinston, NC gives Mark an update on the progress Kinston is making in getting back to normal after the flooding devastation from Hurricane Matthew and how you listeners can help as well as his thoughts on how Gov. McCrory has managed the crisis and how he ended up in public service.

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21 Oct 2016

What Matters for Friday, October 21, 2016

Mark opens a packed show with Janie Wagstaff, president of the ICON Lecture Series, to discuss the origin and history of the conservative lecture series and the challenges to being a conservative voice in a predominately liberal area of North Carolina as well as the recent bullying they and the venue site were subjected to surrounding Diana West’s appearance last Tuesday evening. Following up Janie is Diana West herself, author and journalist, to discuss her thoughts on the irony of being bullied before her talk on political correctness in a part of North Carolina by groups that assert free speech for themselves and the politically correct but no one else. Mark finishes out the show with Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on Time-Warner Cable News, to discuss the frequency at which the two presidential candidates continuing to come to North Carolina, his thoughts on this week’s gubernatorial debate and whether down-ballot races will start to get more attention now that the presidential debates are over.

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