30 Nov 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mark opens the show with the news that late Tuesday a court decision ordered North Carolina to hold legislative elections in 2017 due to the previous ruling that 28 legislative districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. First up on today’s show is  Jeremy Waldrop of the NC Forest Service, to give an update on the wildfires in western NC followed by Brenda Berg, President and CEO of BEST-NC, to discuss the issue of principal pay and its relation to school performance. Mark speaks with Angela Hight, policy analyst at the Civitas Institute, about a hearing that began yesterday in Charlotte regarding the sentencing status of four former death-row inmates that had their sentences changed to life without parole under the Racial Justice Act. To close out the show Mark speaks with Tyler Voight, deputy state director of Americans for Prosperity in North Carolina, to talk about the results of the election, AFP’s work in Washington to try to influence members of Congress to hold the line on spending in regards to the upcoming continuing budget resolution, and what they will be working on in the upcoming session here in North Carolina.

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29 Nov 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On today’s show Mark speaks with Rep. John Bell, House Majority Leader, about the results of the election, specifically how the North Carolina House maintained its super majority when many pundits said they would not. Also, Mark asks John why he thinks Gov. Pat McCrory has apparently not been successful in the midst of the Republican wave of victories. Also Mark and John look forward at what to expect in the next legislative session on issues such as further tax reform, helping the victims of Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires, and working with possibly a Democrat in Roy Cooper as governor. In the second part of the hour Mark talks with Dr. Catherine Chew, former president of Craven Community College and currently an executive consultant with Yellow Cape Communications in Charlotte, on her “Viewpoint” piece in the Charlotte Observer, “I’m an Educated Woman and I Backed Trump. Here’s Why.” Catherine says that she was a “closet” Donald Trump supporter initially, but has spoken out to show that Trump’s support was not merely working-class white males, with no advanced education. Listen in to find out what swayed her to Trump.


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28 Nov 2016

What Matters for Monday, November 28, 2016

To start off the week Mark opens the Monday show with Rep. Donnie Lambeth to discuss Medicaid and the status of the “waiver” that the federal government must sign off on in order to implement the reforms passed by the General Assembly last session, and whether a Trump administration move it along quicker. Also Lambeth talks about what to expect in the way of additional reforms in the upcoming session. For the “Mayor Monday” segment Mark brings on Mayor Bob Scott, of Franklin, NC, to find out what makes Franklin special, tell us a bit of the history behind Franklin and the challenges of managing things like infrastructure needs, in a smaller municipality. Closing out the show Mark speaks with Mayor Adam O’Neal of Belhaven, on the latest in the ongoing battle to re-open the former Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, and most recently keep it from being demolished. Pantego Creek LLC got a permit on Nov. 6 to demolish the historic building, but O’Neal says they have gotten a restraining order to postpone the demolition until a hearing is held within the next week or so. Tune in for more!

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23 Nov 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, November 23, 2016

On this Thanksgiving-Eve Mark brings George Leef, director of Research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, on What Matters to discuss his recent post, “Will the Surge of Support for Free Speech on Campus Do Any Good?” about how many who advocate for free speech on university campuses do so with the caveat that the speech must align with their ideology. Next up is Dr. Louis Daniel, former director of NC Division of Marine Fisheries, to talk about fact vs fiction when it comes to marine resources stock, recreational fishermen say it’s depleted because of commercial fishermen and commercial fishermen say that they are being run out of business by environmentalists in the name of recreational fishermen. To close out the show Mark talks with Jeffrey Taylor, managing partner of USGRI (Government Relations International), to talk about their excellent post-election analysis, “Everyone Missed It”  about why North Carolina was so key to Trump, and that he was assuming losses in Pennsylvania and Michigan, meaning he had to have NC, Ohio and Florida. Have a good Thanksgiving!

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22 Nov 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, November 22, 2016

On today’s show Mark sits down with Francis De Luca, president of the Civitas Institute, to discuss a complaint filed with the North Carolina State Board of Elections regarding same day registration of voters, and whether it is logistically possible to have verified those registrations by Election Day. Francis says that these ballots should not be counted until the registrations can be verified. Next up on the show is Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union) to talk with Mark about the General Assembly Program Evaluation Division’s recommendation in favor of a weighted funding model to change the way that school systems are funded by the state. A joint legislative task force will be formed to look at the proposal. Closing out the show is Jerry Schill, president North Carolina Fisheries Association, to discuss The State Marine Fisheries Commission considering a petition from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation to adopt regulations for shrimp trawlers operating in coastal sounds that would reduce the size of their nets, limit how long nets could be pulled in the water, permit shrimping only three days per week and eliminate night-time shrimping. Schill says that the ultimate goal of the moves is to ban shrimping in inland waters, not to conserve the environment.

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21 Nov 2016

What Matters for Monday, November 21, 2016

Mark opens today’s show with Rep. Jon Hardister to give his overview of the election results and to talk about what the House GOP maintaining a super majority means for the coming session. For today’s “Mayor Monday” segment, Mark speaks with Mayor Scott Neisler of Kings Mountian to talk about what makes Kings Mountain special, a bit of history about the town and the challenges of managing things like infrastructure needs, in a smaller municipality. To close out the show Mark speaks with Elliot Engstrom, with the Elon School of Law, to talk about what it takes for a citizen challenging a vote and what legal actions might be on the horizon related to the race for governor and the vote recounts.

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18 Nov 2016

What Matters for Friday, November 18, 2016

On today’s show Mark sits down with Demi Dowdy, communications coordinator for the Civitas Institute, to discuss her recent post, The Difference Between Terrorism and the Election of Donald Trump and alsoher thoughts on the results of the recent election, both nationally and in North Carolina. Demi finishes up her segment with Mark giving an insight as to why the “First Female President” mantra was not more front and center in the Clinton campaign and other perspectives on the communication put forth for both campaigns. In the second part of the hour Mark talks with Joel Grewe, director of Generation Joshua, to talk about the origins of Generation Joshua, what their experience was like on the ground in North Carolina doing grassroots political organizing in the state and more. Tune in!

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