Mark opens the show with the news that late Tuesday a court decision ordered North Carolina to hold legislative elections in 2017 due to the previous ruling that 28 legislative districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. First up on today’s show is Jeremy Waldrop of the NC Forest Service, to give an update on the wildfires in western NC followed by Brenda Berg, President and CEO of BEST-NC, to discuss the issue of principal pay and its relation to school performance. Mark speaks with Angela Hight, policy analyst at the Civitas Institute, about a hearing that began yesterday in Charlotte regarding the sentencing status of four former death-row inmates that had their sentences changed to life without parole under the Racial Justice Act. To close out the show Mark speaks with Tyler Voight, deputy state director of Americans for Prosperity in North Carolina, to talk about the results of the election, AFP’s work in Washington to try to influence members of Congress to hold the line on spending in regards to the upcoming continuing budget resolution, and what they will be working on in the upcoming session here in North Carolina.
On today’s show Mark speaks with Rep. John Bell, House Majority Leader, about the results of the election, specifically how the North Carolina House maintained its super majority when many pundits said they would not. Also, Mark asks John why he thinks Gov. Pat McCrory has apparently not been successful in the midst of the Republican wave of victories. Also Mark and John look forward at what to expect in the next legislative session on issues such as further tax reform, helping the victims of Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires, and working with possibly a Democrat in Roy Cooper as governor. In the second part of the hour Mark talks with Dr. Catherine Chew, former president of Craven Community College and currently an executive consultant with Yellow Cape Communications in Charlotte, on her “Viewpoint” piece in the Charlotte Observer, “I’m an Educated Woman and I Backed Trump. Here’s Why.” Catherine says that she was a “closet” Donald Trump supporter initially, but has spoken out to show that Trump’s support was not merely working-class white males, with no advanced education. Listen in to find out what swayed her to Trump.
To start off the week Mark opens the Monday show with Rep. Donnie Lambeth to discuss Medicaid and the status of the “waiver” that the federal government must sign off on in order to implement the reforms passed by the General Assembly last session, and whether a Trump administration move it along quicker. Also Lambeth talks about what to expect in the way of additional reforms in the upcoming session. For the “Mayor Monday” segment Mark brings on Mayor Bob Scott, of Franklin, NC, to find out what makes Franklin special, tell us a bit of the history behind Franklin and the challenges of managing things like infrastructure needs, in a smaller municipality. Closing out the show Mark speaks with Mayor Adam O’Neal of Belhaven, on the latest in the ongoing battle to re-open the former Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, and most recently keep it from being demolished. Pantego Creek LLC got a permit on Nov. 6 to demolish the historic building, but O’Neal says they have gotten a restraining order to postpone the demolition until a hearing is held within the next week or so. Tune in for more!
On this Thanksgiving-Eve Mark brings George Leef, director of Research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, on What Matters to discuss his recent post, “Will the Surge of Support for Free Speech on Campus Do Any Good?” about how many who advocate for free speech on university campuses do so with the caveat that the speech must align with their ideology. Next up is Dr. Louis Daniel, former director of NC Division of Marine Fisheries, to talk about fact vs fiction when it comes to marine resources stock, recreational fishermen say it’s depleted because of commercial fishermen and commercial fishermen say that they are being run out of business by environmentalists in the name of recreational fishermen. To close out the show Mark talks with Jeffrey Taylor, managing partner of USGRI (Government Relations International), to talk about their excellent post-election analysis, “Everyone Missed It” about why North Carolina was so key to Trump, and that he was assuming losses in Pennsylvania and Michigan, meaning he had to have NC, Ohio and Florida. Have a good Thanksgiving!