07 Nov 2016

What Matters for Monday, November 7, 2016

Mark opens today’s show with Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump, to talk about the issues that contrast the choice between Hillary Clinton and her father-in-law Donald Trump. Lara has been spending a lot of time campaigning for Trump here in her home state over the last few months. Next, Mark speaks with Mayor BJ Murphy, of Kinston, for an update on the recovery of Kinston and eastern North Crolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Mark speaks with Tonya Baker-Nelson, executive director of A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, to discuss the recent reversal by the City of Raleigh which allows them to put their office next to an abortion clinic in Raleigh. To close out the show Mark speaks with Mayor James Roberson, of Knightdale, for the show’s Mayor Monday segment, to talk about the amazing growth that Knightdale has had over the past few years, and the challenges of managing that growth.

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04 Nov 2016

What Matters for Friday, November 4, 2016

Mark opens the show with Susan Myrick, elections policy analyst with the Civitas Institute on the U.S. Justice Department sending observers into North Carolina to watch the election in several counties and also to discuss some fun with Hillary Clinton’s “Ray Cooper for Governor” gaff. Mark brings on a special guest to the show in former director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency Gen. Michael Flynn (U.S. Army Ret.) to talk about what matters to the folks that make up North Carolina’s large military presence and the concerns all Americans should have about terrorism. Also, he takes President Obama to task for the way he has led the military and says, “Do your job, Mr. President.” In the second half of the hour Mark speaks with Dr. Michael Bitzer, a professor of Political Science at Catawba College, to break down the totals for North Carolina’s absentee voting thus far, which are outpacing the 2012 numbers for the same time period. To close out the show Mark talks to Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on Time-Warner Cable News, for his weekly segment as the rat race of the Presidential Election comes to  close, the Justice Department is sending watchers into North Carolina to observe the election in certain counties and also what the likelihood is of a special legislative session to address the financial needs of the Hurricane Matthew aftermath?



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03 Nov 2016

What Matters for Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mark opens a packed show with Sen. Bill Rabon to talk about the process that went into the tax reforms that have led to the surge in North Carolina’s economy, how tax reform helps the middle class and not the “wealthy” and how lowering the corporate and personal income tax rates will attract more business to the state. Then Mark speaks with Nick Ochsner, investigative reporter for WBTV for his bi-weekly segment to speak about his latest stories including, Planned Parenthood advertising for jobs for people to oppose the toll roads in Charlotte but actually canvassing for Democrat candidates. Nick also talks about the latest on Sen. Fletcher Hartsell’s legal problems, having an additional federal indictment come down this week and more. Mark finishes out the show with Dr. Bob Luebke, education policy analyst for the Civitas Institute, where he discusses the new data on teacher turnover in North Carolina public schools which shows it is not as bad as the Left would lead people to believe.

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02 Nov 2016

What Matters for Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Mark opens the show with James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas Action, about his latest video release, which shows Benjamin Barber, a top Democrat donor, disparaging members of the African American community, specifically those voting for Republicans, at a fundraiser for North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross in New York City. In the video, prominent Ross donor Benjamin Barber expresses his opinion about blacks who vote Republican by comparing them to jews that worked for the Nazis in concentration camps. After the explosive interview Mark speaks with Dr. Susan Roberts, professor of political science at Davidson College, about the latest on how the various elections are playing out in North Carolina with less than a week to go until Election Day. To finish up the show Mark speaks with Donald Bryson, state director of the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity, for his weekly segment on their work across the state as the election winds to a close.

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01 Nov 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mark speaks with Sen. Buck Newton (R-Johnston), candidate for NC Attorney General about what it felt like to be elected to the majority in the NCGA only a few short years ago only to be confronted with the big mess that the previous majority left behind, a $3 billion budget deficit, Medicaid problems, and the state unemployment and health plans in disarray. Buck also talks about how tax cuts and regulatory reform worked in turning North Carolina’s economy around and the contrast being a conservative and a liberal, highlighted by current Attorney General Roy Cooper’s comments that setting aside money for the rainy day fund was not what the state should be doing just before the devastation of Hurricane Matthew caused the funds to be needed. In the second half of the hour Mark speaks with Dr. Mike Walden, an economist at NC State University, to discuss what the market reaction might be in response to a Trump or Clinton victory and the realities of how trade agreements have in some cases negatively impacted North Carolina’s manufacturing sector. Tune in for more.

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