-May 13, 2013-
3:00 -- BREAKING NEWS: A Philadelphia jury convicts abortionist Kermit Gosnell on three counts of First Dgree Murder. Plus, the latest on the Asheville water lawsuit.
4:00 -- The Mayor of Asheville says she never got a written $57 million proposal from the Metropolitan Sewerage District. Except she actually did.
5:00 -- The IRS is trouble for targeting Tea Party groups starting back in 2010.
-May 14, 2013-
3:00 -- Buncombe County Commissioners really, really, really care about what you think about their proposal to give $18 million to an un-named business. But they say we'll be happy!
4:00 -- WLOS has a story on how the Buncombe County School district has a history of not getting the required permits for work.
5:00 -- More on the WLOS story. Plus, Scott Hamilton, President & CEO of AdvantageWest, joins us to talk about a bill in the NC Senate that would strip the organization of $1 million in state funding.
-May 15, 2013-
3:00 -- Dr. Terry Stoops joins us to talk about a Henderson County classroom exam that used a partisan editorial to teach English to 4th graders. Plus, dissention at AB Tech over the new building.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress drop by to chat about the latest edition on news stands today.
5:00 -- Jane Bilello, Chairman of the Asheville Tea Party, joins us to talk about how her group may have been targeted by the IRS in a national campaign of intimidation.
-May 16, 2013-
3:00 -- Scandalamnia! IRS, Benghazi, and the AP phone records - has President Obama stopped the political bleeding?
4:00 -- More Scandalmania.
4:30 -- NC State Treasurer Janet Cowell drops by the studio to chat about unclaimed property you might have, plus will the City of Asheville see a downgrade of its bond rating if the water system gets merged into MSD?
5:00 -- Scandalmania! Plus trivia.
-May 17, 2013-
3:00 -- As Pete predicted it took a year for John Edwards to kick off his "comeback" tour. Plus, Jeff Greiner, Gerald Kummerlow and Simone Seitz join us to about an upcoming Zipline event to raise money for a local autism agency. Details are here.
4:00 -- Protesters rally for education. Pete suggests stop crying about funding until schools quit wasting money, like the "sweet" deal given to outgoing Asheville City Schools Superintendent Allen Johnson. Then, more on the Buncombe Co. Schools permit scandal.
5:00 -- More on the permits story. Plus, Susan Myrick from Civitas joins us to talk about the latest in a series of investigative reports looking at the incestuous relationship between the Board of Elections and the leftwing group Democracy NC.
And now there are nine.
Nine Democratic elected officials have announced they will not be attending the Democratic National Convention in
The latest is Claire McCaskill from
The other Democrats who declined to RSVP were: Sen. Joe Manchin (WV), Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (WV), Rep. Nick Rahall (WV), Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.), Rep. Bill Owens (NY), Kathy Hochul (NY), Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mark Critz (Pa.).
As a vulnerable incumbent in a reddening state, I’m sure the President will understand that McCaskill needs to ensure she doesn’t contribute to the Democrats losing control of the US Senate.
But, this no-show is particularly noteworthy because McCaskill’s home state was one of the finalists to host the “People’s Convention.”
At the time, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said
“We just aren’t the South,” he added. The south will be a key part of President Obama’s releelection bid: Coastal and southern states will help the president, while midwestern states are turning more red.
And two days after
Two days later, McCaskill denied the report.
"I worked very hard," McCaskill said. "I wanted it for
very badly. It would have meant organizational help on the campaign. It would have meant great economic activity for St. Louis .” St. Louis
So, now McCaskill isn’t attending the convention at all.
As if the growing list of no-shows isn’t bad enough, the
The organizers say it has nothing to do with money or the inability to raise enough of it.
And democrats say the no-shows have nothing to do with distancing vulnerable incumbents from the President.
But that's not exactly the message Democratic Party officials are giving their colleagues.
The man responsible for getting Democrats elected to the U.S. Congress this fall has a message for his party's candidates: Stay away from the Democratic National Convention.
"If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts," New York congressman Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told the Reuters Washington Summit on Tuesday.
So, to recap:
The fundraising is going great and the move from the speedway to Uptown had nothing to do with anything bad. The growing list of no-shows at the DNC is really all about stumping schedule conflicts and has nothing to do with anything bad.
Oh! Hey! Also, I have a bridge in Pack Square I can sell you for cheap.