27 Jan

What Matters for Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It’s “what’s up with that” day on the show. Chad gets into two stories – the decision by the Governor’s office to not allow CSX to put an intermodal terminal in Johnston County and NCAE’s refusal to provide its membership numbers to the State Auditor. He’s surprised by the lack of mention of eminent domain in the statement from the Governor’s office. He also calls out lawmakers for not taking the NCAE to task.

Next, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser is in studio. Chad and Paul discuss the I-77 toll road story and whether they think this will have any consequences for the Governor in November. Chad brings up the issue of how much money each candidate has raised so far and what it means to each candidate. Chad is amazed at the amount of money Josh Stein has amassed in the race for Attorney General. Paul says he is surprised as well – especially when compared to candidates like Deborah Ross who is running against incumbent Senator Richard Burr. Paul says some of the stories getting the most clicks have been about the Panthers heading to the Super Bowl. There’s a lot to read on Carolina Plott Hound and a lot of discussion about many of the articles you don’t want to miss.

In the second hour, NC Free Enterprise Foundation Executive Director Joe Stewart joins Chad. Chad asks Joe to explain what the Free Enterprise Foundation is all about. They quickly move to what Joe thinks about whether the decision to move the primary to March will bring more advertising dollars to the state. Joe says he doesn’t think it will make a large difference in the bottom line of most media outlets. Chad asks where Democrats will focus their attention. Joe says the challenge for the Democrats is that the party structure has not recovered from their collapse in 2012. He says the Democrats have to hope they can recreate the excitement and fervor President Obama generated in his run in 2008 in younger voters. Joe says Hillary just doesn’t generate that enthusiasm. Chad asks about the Republican slate. Joe says the Governor has an almost sandwich effect of having a strong incumbent Senator and Lt. Governor provides a nice cushion for the Governor in his bid for re-election. Chad asks about members of the General Assembly – especially the House and its divisiveness. Joe tells him it’s quite interesting because the divisions in the caucuses feel really strong which does several things. It makes it difficult to govern. It makes it more difficult to raise money in a cohesive way for all House Republicans. And, it makes it harder to guarantee vacated chairs will be filled by Republicans. Chad and Joe agree there may be a change in leadership in the House. He nominates Chad as Speaker if there if there is a tiebreaker. Chad laughingly tells him he’ll do the same for Joe. This is a fast-paced, engaging, political conversation you’ll find riveting and entertaining!

Finally, did you know that almost half of the young people in America think socialism is a better way of running the government than capitalism? For voters under 30 that don’t remember the U.S.S.R. or the fall of the Berlin Wall, capitalism has become akin to cronyism. And we wonder why Trump is resonating with so many Americans?

WBTV Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner and Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour join us tomorrow.

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