24 Feb

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.

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