Monthly Archives: December 2015

What Matters for Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It’s the last new show of the year and Chad is making the most of it. He kicks off the show sharing an article about how much the average American has in savings to pay for emergencies. He marvels over the thousand dollars most households have set aside to pay hospital bills. Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser comes in early and ends up interviewing Chad in the first half-hour.

Paul continues to hang out with Chad to discuss all the news that’s worth a link. Chad asks Paul what he thinks about Rev. Franklin Graham leaving the Republican party. Paul says he’s his own man and different from his father. Chad expresses his surprise that Graham has expressed his admiration for Trump. As Paul points out, many evangelicals admire Donald Trump for his firm stance on funding planned parenthood and other issues. Paul shares a story he’s about to post on how conservative groups are not rushing to support Dr. Greg Brannon who is challenging incumbent Senator Richard Burr.

In the second hour, Chad discusses how times have changed when it comes to political affiliation and marital matches. It wasn’t that long ago when marrying a Republican was a shocking idea.

Finally, Chad reminds us of the important things in life. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our listeners! We’ll be back in 2016!

What Matters for Tuesday, December 22, 2015

How does your perception of a person change when their actions don’t match their words? Chad starts the show discussing the stress of the season. He marvels at how quickly time passed while shopping for gifts yesterday. Chad touches on why Mark Otto, the man running against incumbent Rep. David Rouzer, decided to enter the race. It came down to one issue – his vote FOR the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

Next, Republican candidate for State Treasurer Dale Folwell is in studio. Chad tells him how relaxed he looks. Dale says running unopposed is great, and as he sees social media across the state, he’s “feeling the love.” He also explains why the job of Treasurer is about more than just being a good accountant. Dale says some of the most important responsibilities of Treasurer is maintaining the Triple-A rating, maintaining and growing the state’s pension plan, and keeping the state health plan viable. Part of the problem comes from abuse and fraud, as Dale tells Chad, but that has to be found and stopped. Chad asks Dale how he’ll get people to pay attention to the Treasurer’s race. He tells Chad he’ll associate Dale and the number three (and if you don’t get that, you ain’t from here). Chad asks if the current state retirement system is sustainable. Dale tells him times have changed in the work world. Based on how younger workers change jobs, under the current plan, they are penalized if they leave before they have worked for more than five to ten years. Dale points out that running for Treasurer is akin to applying for a job. If voters don’t like what he has to say, they won’t vote for him just like if an employer doesn’t think you’re the appropriate candidate for a job, they won’t offer you the job.

In the second hour, AFP’s Donald Bryson joins Chad for the last time this year. Chad asks Donald what AFP will focus on next year. Donald says trying to end solar subsidies and continuing their work to stop the renewable energy mandate. Chad asks Donald if AFP nationally was disappointed in the passage of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. Donald tells him they weren’t happy with it, but they did like parts of it. For example, changes in oil trading regulations. Chad shares his disgust with Duke Energy on the renewable portfolio standard every time he opens the bill for one pole that lights basically a “turkey shoot once a year.” When asked what AFP should be thankful for this year, Donald tells Chad educational freedom, the expiration of the renewable energy tax credit, and two other items. What’s on their wish list? One on Donald’s list is keeping the short session short.

Finally, NASA is rethinking the causes of climate change as they see heavy industrialized areas are actually cooling over time. And, what do you think takes more lives – guns, drugs or automobiles? You might be surprised how that statistic has changed over the past few decades.

Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser joins us tomorrow for the last live show of the year.

 

 

What Matters for Monday, December 21, 2015

How fair are polls? That depends on many different factors. Chad shares the latest results from Public Policy Polling’s on whether a fictional city should be bombed. But, what information does this poll provide? How was the data collected? Was everyone polled asked the same question in the same manner? If you’ve ever taking a statistics or marketing class, you know there are variables to consider that can skew your results AND then there’s spin.

Next, Chad talks to McAdenville Mayor Farrell Buchanan. Mayor Buchanan tells Chad the story of Christmastown, USA got started in 1956 when the owner of the mill asked some men to put lights in the trees. In 1980, Wilmington native, the late Charles Kuralt named the town, Christmastown, USA. He explains more than 600-thousand people come to see the lights every year. It takes more than two hours to get in and see the millions of lights that decorate almost every house in the town surrounding the lake with a fountain in the middle. Chad asks Mayor Buchanan why he decided to become Mayor. Mayor Buchanan says he was on town council and there were things he wanted to get done so he put his name on the ballot and a sign in his restaurant. After the election, he woke up and discovered he’d won. Chad asks what are some of the accomplishments he’s made of which he’s most proud. Mayor Buchanan says so many people want to move into the town and they are growing. He says some of the town’s challenges include repairing or replacing infrastructure. The town was established in the late 19th century so taking it into the 21st century, even for only a thousand residents, can be difficult. For the most part though, Mayor Buchanan says residents are quite happy with the Mayberry-like atmosphere of the town. If you haven’t been to McAdenville at least once, you should add it to your list. It’s truly beautiful!

In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca joins Chad. Francis starts by sharing information from an article he read on how they celebrate Christmas in Japan – with KFC and a chocolate cake with a Christmas tree on top. Chad marvels at how the southern-fried concoction is like spiral hams in the U.S. They quickly move to who is and who is not running for office now that the filing deadline has passed. One of the rumors Chad had heard has now been shown as false. Chad had heard that Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler wouldn’t finish his term. He will and he now has a challenger because of the call to register all chickens in the state to help prevent the spread of Avian Flu. Francis notes how interesting it is to see who has and doesn’t have a primary challenger. Chad says it’s just strange to be talking about politics before Christmas. Francis questions whether the election season really gets started right after the new year. So, this begs the question – will this boil down to name recognition? Chad also asks about polling accuracy. Francis says it’s getting harder to get people to participate in polls. To get accurate answers, Francis tells Chad Civitas may have to go back to door-to-door polling. “There’s an art to polling.”

Finally, does having a position of power lead to a longer life? Chad shares a new study that says the higher the office to which you’re elected, the more of your life you lose. Interesting. Makes you wonder why anyone wants to ever run for office, doesn’t it?

On the show tomorrow, Republican candidate for State Treasurer Dale Folwell and AFP State Director Donald Bryson.

What Matters for Friday, December 18, 2015

How many videos does it take to explain how to do addition? Well, as Chad explains at the start of the show, if you’re talking about Common Core, at least six. That’s why the Academic Standards Review Commission who has spent a year reviewing Common Core standards for the state’s public schools is recommending scraping the way math is taught. Of course, that also means millions in tax dollars spent to train teachers on the overly complex teaching method will have been wasted.

Next, Chad speaks to LadyLibery1885, A.P. Dillon. Chad asks A.P. right out of the gate if she is running for office. She says she just doesn’t have the time, but she has considered it. Chad tells her a lot of people probably just gave a collective sigh of relief. They have a great discussion on education – especially why the NCAE won’t release its membership numbers and the latest woes of the Wake County School System.

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum joins Chad. He and Chad discuss the latest two General Assembly members who have said they will not be running for re-election. They also discuss WBTV’s Nick Ochsner’s story on Rep. David Lewis. You gotta’ listen because as Chad says, “it’s always fun when Tim’s on.”

Finally, do you shop online? Chad tells a great story about his Mother and her Christmas shopping habits. It’ll make you laugh and touch your heart at the same time.

Monday we head to Christmastown, U.S.A. for Mayor Monday when we speak to McAdenville Mayor Farrell Buchanan and we get the latest updates on Civitas with President Francis De Luca.