17 Nov 2016

What Matters for Thursday, November 17, 2016

On today’s show Mark digs down into Clinton’s campaign troubles and how Trump was able to beat the negative press to secure the presidency with Garrett Ventry, GOP communications strategist.  Also the wot talk about why Gov. Pat McCrory was not seemingly able to participate in the wave of GOP success, assuming the vote goes Cooper’s way in the end. To finish up the show Mark sits down with Brian Balfour, executive vice president of the Civitas Institute, to take a look at two of his recent articles on dealing with Walter Williams’ contrasting the rich and government and the influence each has on our daily lives, and highlighting Jeffrey Tucker’s comparison of harmony versus conflict.

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16 Nov 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mark opens a jam packed show with Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) to talk about the status of the wildfires in Western North Carolina, his thoughts on the results of the election, and his new legislation – Alternatives to Licensing that Lower Obstacles to Work (ALLOW) Act – that would limit the creation of occupational license requirements on federal installments. Coming to the show for the fist time is Dr. Jason Husser, director of the Elon University Poll and assistant Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies to discuss the Elon Poll’s foreshadowing results in this year’s close elections as well as his post-election analysis and trends to look for in the near future in North Carolina. Returning to the show for his weekly segment is Donald Bryson, state director of Americans for Prosperity NC to discuss the results of the election and what AFP-NC will be working on in the upcoming session of the NCGA. Closing out a packed show is Dr. Andy Taylor, professor of Political Science at NC State University to give his post-election analysis and an assessment of the nation and of North Carolina in light of the Republican election victories. Tune in for more!

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15 Nov 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mark speaks with North Carolina Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) to give his analysis of the election from a national perspective as well as pick apart the role North Carolina played in the Trump victory. Moore also shares his thoughts on the North Carolina Republicans maintaining a supermajority in the House, even in the face of pundits predicting that many GOP seats would be lost to the Democrats. Susan Myrick, elections policy analyst with the Civitas Institute, comes on the show for an excellent informational segment that breaks down the process involved with assuring procedural accuracy following an election and also explains the massive undertaking that going through each vote in each precinct entails. To close out the show is a cerebral segment from Dr. John Dinan, professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University and author of several books including The American State Constitutional Tradition, where he shares his post-election analysis on North Carolina as a battleground state, the Republican wave that flipped the majority on the Council of State and his thoughts on the outcome of the Cooper vs McCrory race for Governor. Tune in for more.

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14 Nov 2016

What Matters for Monday, November, 14, 2016

Mark is joined on this Monday by Dr. Susan Roberts, professor of Political Science, Davidson College, to discuss her post-election analysis including big GOP successes in North Carolina, with the exception of Gov. Pat McCrory, and what to expect in the way of dynamics between Roy Cooper and the NCGA, should he ultimately win. In the second half of the hour Mark speaks with Hans Von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, about his article in the New York Post, “It Shouldn’t Be Hard for Trump to Build That Wall” and to talk about the law being in place since 2006 to build a fence/wall at the southern border of the U.S., but has never been fully funded by Congress. Tune in for more.

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10 Nov 2016

What Matters for Thursday, November 10, 2016

Joining Mark on the show today is Francis De Luca, president of the Civitas Institute, to talk about the results of the election, polling and what to expect going forward. McGavock Edwards, strategic communications director with Eckel & Vaughn, joins Mark to talk about the upcoming “Sunday Supper” event this Sunday, November 13, in Raleigh which is being held to raise money for disaster relief for the people affected by Hurricane Matthew. Tune in to see how you can people participate, support and volunteer. Third up on a packed Thursday show is Nick Ochsner, investigative reporter with WBTV in Charlotte, to talk about his thoughts on the election and whether the I-77 toll road controversy hurt Gov. McCrory at the ballot box and what an apparent Cooper victory will mean with super majorities in the House and Senate, Closing out the show Mark speaks with Jenna Robinson, president of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, to discuss her recent article, “States Should Work to Ameliorate Bad Federal Student Loan Policies.”

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09 Nov 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, November 9, 2016

On today’s show Mark shares his thoughts on last night’s election results, as well as the results of some of North Carolina’s Council of State races, long held by incumbent Democrats. On today’s show Mark speaks with Dr. David McLennan, visiting professor of political science at Meredith College, Donald Bryson, state director of Americans for Prosperity NC, and Dr. Martin Kifer, Director of the High Point University Survey Research Center to discuss their post election analyses and what they see looking forward.

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08 Nov 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, November 8, 2016

It’s Election Day in America and Mark has a schedule of nationally recognized guests from the political realm as well as the entertainment sector on the show today. Mark starts off the show with KT McFarland, national security expert and FOX News contributor, to talk about the historical importance of this election, comparing it to the state of the country when Reagan was elected saying that this election may be a chance to break loose from the stale and stagnant status quo and fix the economy, rethink American foreign policy, and restore our sense of national purpose. In the second half of the show Mark speaks with legendary bluegrass and country music star Ricky Skaggs about his concerns about where the country is headed in regards to abortion and for the principles on which our founding fathers established this country. Ricky says that he believes God has used Trump to shine a light on the corruption in America, and makes the point that evangelists should not fear Trump because there has never been a president that has been a sinless man. But in terms of Hillary Clinton, Ricky says that the country cannot get any worse in terms of the lies and corruption that surround her. In regard to Trump, Ricky says that he doesn’t like the messenger, but the message is right Tune in for more.

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