Monthly Archives: September 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Are you ready for a lot of rain? It seems the whole state will see some rain and parts of the state could see as much as 7-12 inches, but we’ve got our hurricane kits ready for whatever comes our way. We’ll try and make sure you’re prepared with updates on the weather and what’s happening politically around the state, too. On today’s show,  Chad talks with Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser. Paul and Chad analyze the final moments of the long legislative session. Paul, when pressured by Chad, gave the legislative session an overall grade of “D.” Chad had given it a “C-“in an appearance on News14. Paul says GOP lawmakers were not as conservative as they could have been and that’s a problem.

In the second hour, Chad breaks down the good, bad and ugly from the legislative session. He discusses some of the details of the session with LadyLiberty1885 herself, A.P. Dillon. She and Chad go into some of the education funding approved by the legislature – specifically for charter schools. It’s a great discussion you don’t want to miss.

And Chad gets calls from both ends of the state – Mooresville and Oak Island. Now that’s reach!

On tomorrow’s show, Governor Pat McCrory and Weatherbell.com Senior Meteorologist Joe Bastardi.

What Matters for Tuesday, September 29, 2015

As the General Assembly finally winds down its session, the list of befuddling legislation grows. And, it’s National Coffee Day to boot. Chad definitely got his free cup of joe right before the show started because he is wound-up. He goes through bills being discussed related to deer farming, charter school funding, and sex ed/local government provisions. He shares a quote from one Republican lawmaker that says we won’t know everything we passed until about two weeks after session has ended. Chad questions why an elected official would pass a bill they hadn’t read. That’s a very good question.

In the second hour, American for Prosperity State Director Don Bryson joins Chad. They marvel at the legislation being scurried through the GA right now. Don says he wishes all the lawmakers would go home. Chad agrees. Chad and Don discuss the metamorphosis of HB373. A caller from Caldwell County reads a response she received from her legislator when she questioned the details of the bill. Don tells Chad about the expansion AFP is undergoing (if you’re a conservative and looking for a job – check their website).

Chad closes out the show with an update on the deer farming bill. It seems North Carolina will now have deer farms under the regulation of the Agriculture Department. And why would we want a hookworm? Seems they may be related to autoimmune disease. While still a hypothesis, the worms may have actually been keeping some diseases at bay for thousands of years. It’s icky, but true. And finally, there are some great facts on coffee in honor of National Coffee Day and Chad’s Dad, Tom.

On tomorrow’s show we have Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser.

What Matters for Monday, September 28, 2015

On today’s show, Chad discusses the intricacies of HB373 which creates a new form of fundraising committee which would be allowed to act as a political party. The legislation as passed allows for four such committees: one headed by the House Speaker, one by the Senate leader, and the remaining two by their counterparts in the minority political party. The bill is getting lots of discussion, including possible negative consequences that would develop if it becomes law. It’s sitting on Governor McCrory’s desk awaiting a veto OR approval.  This bill is the same that moves the NC primary date to March 15th.  Why this last minute provision about the political committees was added is a mystery.

Chad has a great discussion with Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens as part of our Mayor Monday segment.  He and Chad talk about issues in the town including the removal of the word, “Confederate” on the old library and the impact of the historic preservation tax credits remaining in the recently approved state budget.

In the second hour, Chad wraps things up with a call from former Rep. Glen Bradley, who attended the NCGOP Executive meeting. He and Chad chat about how the opposition to incentives are now part of the GOP platform and they delve into the ongoing problems with Rep. David Lewis who is facing expulsion as the RNC committeeman in the state.

And guess what, there IS water on Mars!

What Matters for Friday, September 25, 2015

It’s a rainy Friday, but the sun is shining brightly with all the great guests we have on the show today. Guest host Civitas President Francis De Luca begins with the biggest news in the nation, the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner. In fact, North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows called for him to step down before the end of the last session. Then President of Environmentalists for Effective Education and NCSU Associate Professor Dr. Bart Danielsen is in studio to talk about reforming education to improve our environment. Dr. Danielsen describes a Tuitioning System. Vermont has over 200 school districts but 93 don’t have a public school.  Instead, the town pays for the student to attend whatever school they want to attend – that includes private schools or even a school in another town or state. This system has been in place for over 150 years. In fact, crime rates have fallen in areas using this model and home price have increased as well. It’s a fascinating discussion that provides a whole different angle on the topic of school choice.

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum joins Francis in studio. They share their opinions on the resignation of Speaker Boehner. Tim wonders how much Congressman Meadows call for the Speaker to step down had to do with his actual decision. Francis and Tim agree it would be hard for anyone to defeat Meadows in his district. Francis asks Tim if he thinks the Governor will sign the bill moving all primaries to March. Tim says he’s not sure, but the Governor did tell him he preferred a split primary because he felt it benefitted state candidates by giving them more time to campaign and raise funds. The two have plenty of news to talk about this week. You’ll enjoy it.

Finally, Francis speaks with Guilford County Representative John Blust about the passage of HB373 which was passed Thursday. Rep. Blust says he sees the Republican majority emulating a lot of what their Democratic predecessors did. For example, breaking process by sliding provisions into bills and not telling other members, much less their constituents, these changes have been made. Specifically, this bill now allows the creation of something akin to a Super PAC made out of caucuses. Rep. Blust tells Francis he wants to see the GA pass spending caps before they adjourn next week. It’s a great and informative discussion.

Chad returns on Monday (If Francis will relinquish the host chair) with guest Town of Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens.