Monthly Archives: November 2015

What Matters for Monday, November 30, 2015

What is the law when it comes to reporting campaign finances? An article in the N&O shows many lawmakers seem to be having trouble in differentiating what expenses are related to holding public office and itemizing expenditures so there are no questions from voters or the State Board of Elections. As Civitas President Francis De Luca says, “When you’re in public office, you have to be beyond reproach.” So true.

We head east to Washington, NC and speak to Mayor Mac Hodges. The second term Mayor tells Chad about the city which was the first in America named after General George Washington. An ECU graduate, Mayor Hodges says he gets teased by his wife and others when he drives his van painted in the school colors of purple and gold in the Christmas parade. He talks about the need for a hotel downtown as the “final piece of the puzzle” in drawing more tourists to the area. Regarding economic incentives, Mayor Hodges says, “We all know where most of the money goes and it’s not east of I-95.” It’s an interesting look at another of our state’s many historical and fascinating cities.

In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca is in studio. He and Chad delve into how the media is reporting on the Climate Change Summit in Paris.  Francis tells Chad about an article he’d read that he’d thought was written by a stringer with the AP or Reuters; instead, he discovered it was written by someone in Wake Forest University’s Journalism department. Chad asks Francis when Civitas will release its legislative report card. Francis says it’s being worked on right now. He also asks listener’s to call and voice their opinion on state lawmakers. There is also a change to the report that Francis details.

Finally, there’s a lot of new laws that are now in effect. Do you know them? You could be breaking one right now. Or, more likely, some of your rights might have been taken away.

On tomorrow’s show, former Division of Employment Security Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell and AFP State Director Donald Bryson.

What Matters for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chad opens the show talking about academic trends. Specifically Duke University, talking about the way that employees are let go, and how the faculty feel about it. “Should be reserved for those who have demonstrated by teachers that shows excellence in the opinion of their peers.” and if they are not of the “Tolerance Test” they “have to go.”

5 reasons why I love Donald Trump. 5 reasons why I love Donald Trump… All answers non-sarcastic. Donald Trump brings energy to the race for presidency. Trump is not afraid to be painted with a broad brush, what you see is what you get. He is a real, and brutally honest candidate and he does not apologize for it. People didn’t think that Trump would make a splash in the political field, he ended up creating a tsunami.

Paul Chesser is on the show today to talk about political games and false claims in political stories. Chad tells Paul that he doesn’t see any attempt at balance. That others are trying to make McCrory look fake, and false. The article was supposed to be about Roy Cooper, and there was no mention of him. “Chapel Hill’s general education program has taken away from the more general courses and allowed students to choose their own course, however, with the amount of diversity in the General Education program, the studies of each student is going crazy.”

Chairman Josh Howard announced that he would be stepping down because of health reasons in January. The reason that he is stepping down is because he needs to take care of himself and have fun with his family, spending time with his 5-year-old son and his wife. “I need to do it.” He told Chad when asked ‘why now?’. Apparently, Howard has refused medication for years and has finally given into the pressure from his doctor.

In the last half-hour, Chad talks about the assignment of land, capitalism, and the rules and regulations around Plymouth. “For it made all hands very industrious. God gave them plenty.” Because of the change, the first Thanksgiving could first be held in 1633. “Tragedy of the commons” That which is common to the public has the least care to it. “To do as little as possible and take as much as you can”, if all American’s had a welfare mentality, who would be contributing to it. Sound familiar? They felt that the common good would be served, but it wasn’t. What’s ironic is that the US Government has yet to see the connection between then and now. “because the way the U.S Government deals with the native American lands, they don’t have the motivation to work harder because everything is being handed to them.” Says Chad. History repeats itself. America was founded by Socialist who learned from their mistakes and changed! What gives you great freedom is hard work. Honest work. And when someone can’t work, it is not our responsibility to take care of them.

We’re back live Monday at 3 p.m. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at “What Matters with Chad Adams!”

What Matters for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Gubernatorial race may be getting more interesting as a former state lawmaker announces he’s considering tossing his name in the hat to run against Governor Pat McCrory for the Republican nomination for Governor. Chad shares his thoughts on former Rep. Robert Brawley.

Chad speaks with Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O’Toole. They discuss “Smart Growth” and how it is affecting large and small cities across the nation. Mr. O’Toole says, “Urban Planners don’t understand how cities work so they make screw-up after screw-up,” and it hasn’t gotten better. He explains the most popular development today is akin to Greenwich Village in New York just as hi-rise developments were popular in the 1970’s. Those same mixed-use, shop and live here neighborhoods that are so popular today will be the slums of tomorrow. Chad asks Mr. O’Toole how the situation can be improved. Mr. O’Toole says it all comes down to weakening the zoning power of cities and counties and giving it back to the people.

In hour two, AFP’s State Director Donald Bryson is in studio.  He tells Chad about their “Road to Reform” event on December 16 in Reno, Nevada, the day after the next GOP debate. Along with presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle will be discussing the federal government’s over-burdensome regulation of all areas of America’s energy sector. Chad asks what AFP has coming up locally. Donald explains that since AFP is an issue-based organization, they have to be careful in scheduling events after the first of the year with the approaching primaries. Donald and Chad delve into the energy issue and why AFP focuses on it.

Finally, as the cost of your health insurance increases, Chad questions whether we could see Obamacare fail all by itself.

Tomorrow we speak to State Board of Elections Chairman Josh Howard and Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser.

What Matters for Monday, November 23, 2015

Does the way you lean politically change the meaning of capitalism? Of course it doesn’t. But, as Chad discusses, many would think the contribution of funds by the Koch Brothers for a new school promoting capitalism at Western Carolina was the way for Republicans to infiltrate the state.

Then, Chad speaks to Kitty Hawk’s Mayor, Gary Perry. Kitty Hawk and the surrounding area, plays a big part in the history of the state as well as the nation. Chad asks the Mayor how beach re-nourishment efforts are going and if there will be a time they’ll give up. Mayor Perry goes into the ways the town tries to keep up with the movement of sand through winds and storms. He explains the difficulties in rebuilding Highway 12 in Kitty Hawk. He defines “hot spots” and how they were created. These hot spots, which in the Ice Age were actually tidal inlets, continue to cause problems in keeping the road drivable. They also discuss County versus County arguments over tolls on ferries. The Mayor says the Ocracoke to Hatteras ferry is no different than a highway that residents use every day and has to be maintained. And they also talk fishing. You’ll learn a lot about this beautiful part of our state.

In hour two, Civitas President Francis De Luca joins Chad in studio. They start by delving into the breaking news of the resignation of the state’s Chief Information Officer, Chris Estes. They also delve into the falling price of gas and what it means to other forms of alternative energy. And Francis teases the changes being rolled out to the popular application, “Mapping the Left.”

Chad ends the show by talking to 17-year-old entrepreneur Zachary Glontz. Zachary is a high school senior in Clemmons who started the business “Animal Doodies” when he was 12. He tells Chad how he got the business started in 8th grade. Zach says he has over 40 customers and five employees working for him. Chad tells Zach how impressed he is with the level of thought and marketing skills used in putting together his business and website. He tells Chad about his plans for the future which include franchising his business.

Tomorrow, AFP’s Donald Bryson is in studio and discussing Education and “Smart Growth” is Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O’Toole.