29 Feb

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.

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