Mark brings on US Rep. Robert Pittenger, (R-NC) to talk about his participation in this past weekend’s March for Life and the glaring contrast between the Women’s March and the vulgarity and hate that was prevalent, as opposed to the attitude displayed by those marching for the unborn. Also, Pittenger brings us an update from Congress on the status of repealing Obamacare, his thoughts on President Trump’s advocating for a wall to be built between the US and Mexico and the Executive Order yesterday regarding refugees, the temporary travel ban and the need to protect our country.
What Matters-House Special with Reps. John Bradford and Nelson Dollar-Tuesday, January 31, 2017-48 Minutes
Mark brings on two of our leaders from the state House of Representatives for a House Special on this Tuesday. First up is Rep. John R. Bradford (R-Mecklenburg), coming on to talk about tax reform, both what the NC General Assembly has done over the past six years, and what might be ahead this session, as well as his role as Deputy Majority Whip for the House Republicans. Closing out the show is Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake), and the lead budget writer in the House of Representatives, to discuss the bill he filed wherein surviving spouses of first responders and emergency personnel who die in the line of duty will have their property taxes waived. He addresses the concern that has been raised by some from the counties that this is an unfunded mandate.
Mark speaks with Dr. June Atkinson, former superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI). She talks about her reelection defeat at the hands of Mark Johnson, what she recalls most about her days as a public school teacher and the differences in teaching today, especially with the myriad technological advances available to students. Also, her thoughts on why she essentially opposes school choice even though it is growing in demand in North Carolina and nationally. And her thoughts on why she used the word “infant” to describe her successor, Johnson as superintendent at DPI.
Mark speaks with Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on the Time Warner Cable News Channel, about the General Assembly kicking off its 2017 legislative session this week. Also, what type of relationship can we expect between Gov. Roy Cooper and the General Assembly going forward? Will we see a budget from Cooper sooner rather than later? What type of dynamic can we expect with new players on key committees and staff positions in the General Assembly? Will there be the typical controversial “social” bills this time around, or will it be more of a budget-focused-session? Tune in to find out more.
Mark speaks with Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Greensboro), the incoming House Majority Whip, discusses his new leadership role in the House, the thoughts he has on working with Gov. Roy Cooper, his thoughts on what the legislative session will look like, and the bill that he filed with Rep. Dollar and others which would waive property taxes for surviving spouses of first-responders who die in the line of duty.
Mark speaks with Sen. Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate (R-Rockingham) about his goals for the legislative session and what priorities he will have; his response to the concerns that some conservatives have about a possible repeal of HB 2; how he feels about his and other General Assembly leaders’ relationship with Gov. Cooper going forward; and a review of how North Carolina has come from being in a condition of financial disarray in 2010, to having budget surpluses and money in the rainy day fund, to receiving ongoing accolades as a place that is great for business.
Marks speaks with Nick Ochsner, investigative reporter with WBTV in Charlotte, about the actual convening of the General Assembly yesterday, and a possible bill to come from Sen. Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg) to address the safety of public figures in the aftermath of former Gov. McCrory being cornered and yelled at by protesters a few days ago. What might we expect in the way of controversial bills? Also, how are the Charlotte residents who are so adamantly against the toll road project moving their issue forward with Gov. Cooper? And, will North Carolina get a Major League Soccer team in Charlotte? Also, what is the status of the investigations into the use of the state plane by Gov. McCrory and will those requests for records go away with a new administration? Tune in for the inside view.