Monthly Archives: May 2016

What Matters for Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Should he change his ways? That’s the question Mark asks NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor about presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Dr. Taylor says there may be a war within himself on whether he can change at this point. He says a lot will depend on who he picks as his running mate and he’ll need to lean on his surrogates to soften his image. Dr. Taylor says Ms. Clinton will need to do the same thing. Mark asks what Trump will need to do to sway Ohio – a key state historically in winning the overall election. Dr. Taylor says state’s with heavy demographics of blue collar workers may provide some help from their Republican governors. However, some traditional right-leaning states like Arizona and Georgia could move left. Mark questions Trump’s stance on building a wall and the Hispanic vote. Dr. Taylor says the Hispanic vote could play a big role in this election. He explains Republicans thought Hispanics would be firmly right-leaning since many are Catholic, but that hasn’t been the case. Mark asks about Hillary Clinton. Dr. Taylor says interestingly enough, Clinton is the one heading into a messy convention instead of Trump. Mark asks is bringing on Senator Elizabeth Warren would help. Dr. Taylor says this would make her “target rich,” something she doesn’t want. She may be a good person to go after Trump as a surrogate and party unifier for Clinton.

Next, Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz joins Mark. He says democrats are winning 50 year culture battles in 50 days. He says the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Obama Administration are fighting against a state, which is unheard of; and, to have no one in the Republican party from our state stand up and declare, “This will not be done. There is a difference between men and women,” is atrocious. Mr. Horowitz says every citizen should consider what their member of Congress has done or not done before they cast their ballot in November. He says the fight is pretty tough when no one is backing us up. Mark asks how we got here. Mr. Horowitz says Obama ushered in a new era where there was little pushback from Republicans on major social issues. He says this past election has shown that incumbents will still be elected even when they support or don’t fight issues like HB2. He says what Republicans are doing is not working because there is no equal or opposing force (think Einstein) pushing back against legislation. Mark asks if the courts will do anything in favor of HB2. Mr. Horowitz says absolutely not.

In the second hour, Joseph Kyzer, AFP NC’s Communications Director, joins Mark. Mark asks him about a recent congressional debate involving Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, Dr. Greg Brannon and Congressman George Holding. Joe agrees WRAL’s anchor, David Crabtree, seemed to be more of a participant than an anchor. He says AFP is not supporting any particular candidate, but they are encouraging citizens to NOT vote for Congresswoman Ellmers because of her lack of integrity during her tenure. Joe also talks about last week’s efforts that had all the staff knocking on doors to inform as many people as possible about the upcoming congressional primary and issues of importance to all North Carolinians.

Finally, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation with the NC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Kay Castillo, joins Mark. They discuss legislation being put forward in the short session that they are hoping to get passed. This includes bills to help seniors and caregivers, victims of PTSD and suicide prevention.

MPAA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Vans Stevenson, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser, and candidate for Treasurer and former state Rep. Dale Folwell join us tomorrow.

What Matters for Friday, May 27, 2016

The Senate budget should be out next week. That’s the word from Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger. He joins Mark right out of the gate. They discuss some of the details of the budget before moving on to the proposal for teacher pay increases. Senator Berger says, “Even though over the past five years, we’ve instituted some reforms, it would take 33 years to get to the top of your profession. Now it takes 24 and with the passage of the Senate’s proposal it will take just 15 years.” He says that will move North Carolina to 24th in the nation in terms of teacher pay. Senator Berger says he’s optimistic that some compromise will be reached between the Governor’s, the House and the Senate’s proposals when it comes to teacher pay. Mark asks about the coal ash issue. Senator Berger says there are a lot of differences in opinion on this issue. He says lawmakers want to make sure the coal ash basins are dealt with so the people of North Carolina do not have any safety concerns moving forward that is also cost effective. If you want to know what is happening in the state, there’s no one better to talk to than the leader of the Senate. You’ll want to listen to this segment twice.

Next, Chief Meteorologist Joe Bastardi gives Mark his forecast for the potential of a system off our coast to turn deadly. Joe says people east of I-95 will see some rain starting Saturday night/early Sunday, and even around the Triangle to about the Triad there will be some rain, but the holiday weekend will not be a washout. Mark asks Joe about the upcoming hurricane season. He says it’s going to be active. He says we’re entering another cycle similar to that in the 50’s and 60’s which brought storms like Hurricane Hazel. Joe explains the difference between El Nino and El Nina. Joe even gets into why he doesn’t believe climate change is an accurate way to forecast weather. It’s a deep and informative discussion.

In the second hour, Time Warner Cable News Capital Tonight Anchor Tim Boyum joins Mark. They agree that the Senate will get their version of the budget out next week, but what happens after that is anyone’s guess. Tim thinks besides negotiations over pay increases for teachers and state employees as well as time frames for tax reform, the rest should go fairly quickly. Mark asks Tim’s thoughts on the reforming of the Coal Ash Commission. Tim says he’s still scratching his head over that one. Mark asks Tim if the interview he did with two of the plaintiff’s in the HB2 case was one of the more interesting he’s done in his career. Tim says he decided they’d talked to many lawmakers about the issue and they should talk to those on the other side. And then there’s light rail. You’ll have to listen to see what Tim says because it’s always a blast when he’s on with Mark.

Then, former Managing Director of the Bastiat Society, Eric Rowell, joins Mark. He explains what the Society is all about and their focus on economics, free trade and individual freedom and rights. He says you can get a good idea about what the society is all about by reading some of the writings of Bastiat, one of which is “The Law.”

Finally, Daily Signal Editor-in-Chief Rob Bluey joins Mark. He recaps last week’s meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg over whether the highly popular social media website has a liberal bias. Rob says there were discussion over Facebook’s workforce and the algorithm they use which chooses sources from which the newsfeed obtains its news. He says Zuckerberg seemed to be taking the problem seriously.

We’re off Monday, but NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor, AFP State Director Donald Bryson, and Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz join us Tuesday.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

What Matters for Thursday, May 26, 2016

It was the physical loss of a father. That’s what columnist and author Denise Shick tells Mark she felt at the age of nine when her Dad told her he no longer wanted to be a man. She explains how difficult it was going through puberty knowing her father wanted to be like her instead of who God made him. Mark asks if they were able to reconcile before his death. Denise says after 13 years of being apart, she spent the last six months with him, trying to understand his point of view. Mark asks if she was able to be at peace after his death. She says she made peace with her loss and prayed that he finally gained some sort of sanity as well. This is a great interview you need to hear and share as the HB2 issue continues to rage on.

Next, WBTV Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner joins Mark. They delve into his story about the use of the private state plane by the Governor. Nick says the Governor took more than 300 flights of which 100 were deemed unnecessary. Nick says other Governors have also used the plane in a similar manner, so Governor McCrory’s usage is not an anomaly. Nick also got a chance to tour a coal ash basin. He tells Mark it looked very much like a park.

In the second hour, Civitas Senior Education Analyst, Dr. Bob Luebke joins Mark. They delve into the Senate’s recommended teacher pay increase proposal. Bob says they made a bold statement with bringing pay up to $55,000 over two-years. He says he was disappointed they didn’t tie it to a merit-based pay scale. They also discuss the positives and negatives of pay plans.

Finally, Mark speaks to West Virginia University Associate Professor of Journalism and author, John Temple. His tells Mark about his book, “American Pain.” It tells the story of how alleged pain clinics in Florida helped contribute to the opioid addiction crisis in America. He tells Mark the areas to see the biggest rise in addiction were in Appalachia – where there is little access to healthcare and most jobs are blue collar. Mark asks how you go from painkillers to heroin. John says the two drugs are fairly interchangeable; it’s just heroin is cheaper and easier to acquire.

Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, Daily Signal Editor-in-Chief Rob Bluey, WeatherBELL Meteorologist Joe Bastardi, Time Warner Cable News Capital Tonight Anchor Tim Boyum and Former Managing Director Bastiat Society Eric Rowell join us tomorrow.

What Matters for Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Media wants to know about the Governor’s use of his western residence. Why? Mark discusses this with Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser. He says no other Governor has been so closely followed and watched as Gov. McCrory. Paul points out since this is a t.v. station doing the investigation, they will provide a minimal story that coincides with the reporter’s video. However, they couldn’t prove anything because there are very few records kept on the state-owned residence. Paul says he’s had to devote an entire column to the HB2 issue because of the amount of coverage.

Next, President of Americans for Prosperity Tim Phillips joins Mark. He explains why the group decided to take on Republican incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers which includes reinstatement of the Import-Export Bank, the size of government, how much government spends and cronyism. Mark asks how her campaign has responded to their ads. Mr. Phillips says the group spoke to her many times prior to her re-election bid and she didn’t change the way she was voting, so she shouldn’t have been surprised over the lack of support by their group. Mark asks the feel in the rest of the country. Mr. Phillips says there is a deep resignation and distrust of both presidential candidates and major media outlets. He stresses the importance of talking about candidates and issues with friends, family and people you know because that is who they are going to listen to and trust this election cycle.

Finally, North Carolina is adding jobs at one of the fastest rates in the country. Wells Fargo Securities Analyst Mark Vitner tells Mark more people are beginning to look for work again because of the upturn in our state’s economy. Mark asks about slower growth in rural areas. Mr. Vitner says it’s harder to bring more jobs to these areas because many relied on one to two large corporations that when they close, it affects the area much harder than in larger cities. Mark asks about incentives. Mr. Vitner says they should be used judiciously. Revenues and expenditures go into how you use surpluses, explains Mr. Vitner. He says recent tax reform has brought us more in line with other states that we compete with for businesses. Mark asks what gives him pause in the state economically right now. Mr. Vitner says there are some unmet transportation needs that need to be addressed especially in and around Charlotte because of massive growth and we should find ways to extend prosperity to continue growing.

Associate Professor of Journalism and author John Temple, WBTV Investigative Report Nick Ochsner, Civitas Senior Education Policy Analyst Dr. Bob Luebke and author Denise Shick join us tomorrow.