Monthly Archives: February 2016

What Matters for Monday, February 29, 2016

Asking the tough questions. Is it hard to do? As a journalist, you are supposed to stay unbiased. But there’s a new form of reporter who can ask the hard questions, demand those in power tell them why and how, and state the facts while getting the answers everyone REALLY want to know. Chad points out bloggers, who are becoming the new wave of investigative journalist, aren’t afraid to ask the questions that may make them unpopular.

Then, Chad speaks to the Mayor of the Town of Ahoskie, Jimmie Rowe. Chad asks him how he got into politics. Mayor Rowe says he was a farmer and when he retired from farming, he went into business with a friend and then decided to run for Mayor. Chad asks how he feels about the solar and wind farms that are being built in mass in his area. Mayor Rowe says he’s not thrilled with the solar farms, but he thinks the wind farms aren’t too bad because a company he works for is supplying the cement for the bases. Chad asks about the number of bears and alligators in the area. Mayor Rowe agrees that there are more bears in the eastern part of the state than in the mountains. Mayor Rowe tells Chad he has high hopes that the Governor will keep promises of improving transportation and the economic situation. He says he’d like to see the state spend more money on his area of the state because it’s a poor area. Chad asks about the demographics and small town culture. Mayor Rowe tells Chad people look after each other, but the mean income is well-below the state’s average. He says he’d like to see tax rates lowered because it’s a challenge to keep the town going with the funds they collect.

In the second hour, CLC organizer Angela Hight joins us. She tells Chad the latest on the conference coming up this Friday and Saturday. Angela tells Chad the candidates for Council of State are coming, the Governor, the Lt. Governor, Heidi Cruz, David Limbaugh, Hans von Spakovsky, George Dunlop, Jimmy Kemp, Alan West, and so many others will be speaking and/or in breakout sessions. She reminds Chad time is running short to buy tickets.

Chad then shares a story about where the majority of funds have come between the two candidates for Governor. It’s kind of a non-surprise that the entertainment industry has made donations to the Attorney General’s campaign, but not to Governor McCrory’s.

Finally, there’s a new poll showing Donald Trump could beat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race in New York – her home state. Yes, you read that right.

Tomorrow Editor and Publisher of “The Daily Haymaker” Brant Clifton and AFP State Director Donald Bryson and  joins us.

What Matters for Friday, February 26, 2016

There are as many twists and turns in today’s political circus than there are on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Chad kicks off the show talking about the nastiness that was the last GOP presidential primary debate before Super Tuesday. He shares one reason to vote for Donald Trump that has to do with Rev. Al Sharpton.

Then, Chad speaks to Political Consultant John Davis. Chad asks what he thought of Thursday night’s GOP Presidential Primary debate. Chad asks John why Trump is resonating with the public. John says it comes down to one word, corruption. He tells Chad many Americans equate establishment politicians with corruption now. He says Ohio Governor John Kasich could still make an impact if he holds on while the remaining three fight it out to the bottom. Chad asks if Carson will make a comeback. John says he won’t because he doesn’t have the skillset to address the major problems identified as significant to Americans. Chad asks why people think Trump is qualified. John says because he can’t be bought and he’s not a career politician.  He’s also devoted his life to the creation of private sector wealth which government is dependent on. Chad asks John if he got the call tomorrow to be Cruz’s consultant, what he’d tell him. John says he’s not sure you can turn someone around that is not liked as much as Cruz. He compares Cruz with President Obama except Obama is optimistic while Cruz is extremely pessimistic. John says with regard to Rubio, he needs to grow up – just give him four more years or so. When it comes to the new congressional maps, John says you may not always want to watch the sausage being made, but this is good sausage.

In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum joins Chad. He’s still in South Carolina awaiting the Democratic presidential primary. Tim is sitting outside of an event where Bill and Hillary Clinton will be speaking. He says there is definitely a different feel from the Republican race a week before. Tim says he’ll be glad to be back home next week if his wife lets him come home. Chad asks Tim about the congressional maps. Tim says he’s not a politician or lawyer so he doesn’t know whether the maps will be accepted or not. Chad agrees. He says there are so many additional candidates indicating their interest in running for a spot in the newly proposed districts, this could become extremely interesting.

Finally, Rep. Justin Burr calls in to the show. He tells Chad he’s 100% behind coming back into session to take action against Charlotte City Council’s decision to make all public restrooms transgender. Chad asks him about the attacks he’s come under by the Chamber. Rep. Burr says it’s just weird for this to happen and concerning since he’s the only incumbent this is happening to.

Monday we speak to Civitas President Francis De Luca and we learn about the town of Ahoskie from Mayor Jimmie Rowe.

What Matters for Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The weather isn’t the only thing that’s turbulent today. Donald Trump has won another primary causing the Republican establishment to accept the reality the industry mogul could be the GOP presidential candidate. Chad points out, like the situation with the Congressional redistricting maps, caution should be used as lawmakers decide how to move forward.

Then, Chad speaks to Carolina Plott Hound Co-founder Paul Chesser. They discuss whether the new congressional maps and how, if approved, they will affect incumbents, how many additional competitors will be added when filing is reopened and when we may finally have an answer on whether the maps are approved. They also discuss the Connect NC bond and how Rep. Chris Millis and others are pushing how the priorities of the bond are just plain wrong. Chad asks Paul about the Green Schools story. Paul tells Chad these schools haven’t been as “green” as environmentalists hoped. They are surprised by one school’s assignment that had students carry around all the trash they generated for the entire day. To Chad’s amazement, no parents or students complained.

In the second hour, NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor joins Chad. They discuss his article on how growth and equality issues will shape the presidential campaign. Dr. Taylor says for the GOP, taxes must be reduced and simplified and spending cut. For the Democrats, Dr. Taylor says Bernie Sanders spending “wish list” will be a hard sell at over $18 trillion over the coming decade. He tells Chad if Bernie wants him to work for much lower pay or free, he quits. Chad asks Dr. Taylor about the Trump train. Dr. Taylor says he even underestimated Trump. He says Trump set a high floor and low ceiling and has exceeded probably even his own expectations. Chad asks if Rubio and Cruz are getting that they need to change tactics to make any headway. This is a fascinating discussion you’ll enjoy!

Finally, Chad gets the latest on the upcoming Civitas Conservative Leadership Conference from Angela Hight. She reveals Governor Pat McCrory will be attending and there is another “HUGE” guest that will be announced soon. Chad tries to get her to reveal who it is, but she won’t crack. Angela says to check your email.

Civitas Senior Education Policy Analyst Dr. Bob Luebke, WBTV’s Nick Ochsner and ICON Lecture Series President Janie Wagstaff all join us tomorrow.