25 Apr 2017

What Matters-Rep. Nelson Dollar-Tuesday, April 25, 2017-27 Minutes

Mark speak with Rep. Nelson Dollar(R-Wake) about his bill to give victims of crimes more rights such as being informed when their assailant is freed on parole, which would give voters a chance to amend the North Carolina Constitution to recognize victim’s rights. Also Dollar talks about his bill to allow taxpayers to check off on their taxes if they’d like to use part of their refund to go to breast and cervical cancer research.


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24 Apr 2017

What Matters-Dr. Charles Sikes-Monday, April 24, 2017-39 Minutes

This Monday, Mark brings on Dr. Charles Sikes, past president of the NC Optometric Society, to respond to the assertions made by representatives of the ophthalmologists that allowing HB36 to pass, which would allow optometrists to perform certain surgeries and advanced eye care procedures, would not be safe for patients.

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21 Apr 2017

What Matters-Landon Stevens and Donald Bryson-Friday, April 21, 2017-37 Minutes

Mark speaks with Landon Stevens, director of Policy with Strata Solar, to discusses a recent study by Utah State University that found that North Carolina Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) have led to a loss of income. Following Stevens is Donald Bryson, state director of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina to clarify the confusion that exists when the renewable energy folks say they have created thousands of jobs but studies show that mandates have cost jobs in the state.

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20 Apr 2017

What Matters-Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger (Ret)-Thursday, April 20, 2017- 31 Minutes

Mark brings on Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger (Ret), author of eight books including in Why We Lost:  A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, to talk about the topic at his upcoming appearance on April 25 at the ICON Lecture Series, “Slow Death: Assessing America’s War on Terrorism.” Bolger says that America has been fighting the war on terror and has not seemed to make noticeable progress, partially because the U.S. has chosen to fight this war on the terms of our enemies. For details on Gen. Bolger’s April 25 appearance at the ICON Lecture Series, click here for details.

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19 Apr 2017

What Matters-Dr. Sara Stoneburner-Wednesday, April 19, 2017-37 Minutes

On today’s show Mark speaks with Dr. Sara Stoneburner, president of the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, about HB36, which would allow optometrists in North Carolina to perform surgical and other advanced procedures, with the exception of those that require general anesthesia and 17 specific procedures named in the bill. Ophthalmologists such as Stoneburner are vigorously opposed to the bill, saying that optometrists do not have the education, training or experience to perform surgery or other advanced procedures on the eyes.

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18 Apr 2017

What Matters-Rep. Bert Jones-Tuesday, April 18, 2017-31 Minutes

Mark brings on Rep. Bert Jones (R-Rockingham) to discuss his bill HB728, which would require all UNC system universities to withdraw from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) should the conference boycott the state again by withdrawing games over legislation they find disagreeable. Jones explains that the withdrawal is not immediate, but would go through a process based on the length of time media rights are in place. Jones says that UNC System schools are taxpayer supported and should not necessarily remain affiliated with a conference that is boycotting them.

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17 Apr 2017

What Matters-NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes-Monday, April 17, 2017-24 Minutes

Mark brings on Robin Hayes, current Chairman of the NC Republican Party, to discuss his thoughts on November’s election and why former Gov. Pat McCrory was unable to get reelected amidst a strong Republican showing elsewhere in the state as well as his assessment of the political landscape nationally – including Rep. Mark Meadows meteoric rise to national prominence. Also, Hayes talks about his bid for another term as chairman and why he wants to continue in that position, including answering the charge by some in the state – including his opponent Jim Womack – that say grassroots Republicans feel left out of their party.

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