-May 20, 2013-
3:00 -- The head of the IRS's labor union met with President Obama the day before the IRS launched its targeted program of Tea Party groups. Surely, it's just a coincidence.
4:00 -- Is Obama a flake? Here's an analysis that supports the conclusion that he is.
5:00 -- Shariah law in North Carolina - is it needed or are Republican lawmakers just scaremongering?
-May 21, 2013-
3:00 -- The Asheville TEA Party protests outisde the local IRS offices. Plus, french fries & curly fries.
4:00 -- French fries, curly fries, drive-ins, and radio frequency waves. Plus, if you had to pick a species of infestation, what would it be?
5:00 -- Pete's battles flies in his apartment. Plus, trivia!
-May 22, 2013-
3:00 -- Highlights of today's congressional hearing on the IRS scandal.
4:00 -- Belgian racing pigeons and pot-fed pigs who get the munchies.
5:00 -- The Charlotte Bobcats will change their name back to the Hornets. Because that'll make them be less sucky?
-May 23, 2013-
3:00 -- We start off with trivia! Then, a city in New Hampshire seeks a court order to prevent citizens from getting too close to parking meter enforcement, after the citizens launched a campaign to feed meters for strangers. Plus, a stolen poptart in Charlotte leads to an arrest, and the UN urges us all to eat insects to fight obesity.
4:00 -- Kevin King, Managing Editor of the Asheville and Hendersonville Tribunes, joins us to talk about the latest issue on news stands today. Also, the 38 signs you're from North Carolina.
5:00 -- Pete convinces Producer Tank to eat a fried grasshopper for $10.
-May 24, 2013-
3:00 -- Two Muslim terrorists kill a British soldier while people stand around and watch. Does it say something about the culture? Plus, Dr. Mark DeWeaver joins us to talk about whether the Chinese economy is collapsing.
4:00 -- The political spat between NC Rep. Robert Brawley and Speaker of the House Thom Tillis.
5:00 -- Free burgers for the guy who rescued three Cleveland women held captive for more than a decade. Plus, the Buncombe County budget recommendation from Manager Wanda Green.
Last night the North Carolina State Senate voted to reject federal Obamacare money and the requisite expansion of Medicaid.
Before she left office, former Governor Bev Perdue (D) accepted $74 million from the feds to start setting up a "hybrid" state exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
Now, Republicans overturned it.
Before they did, Gov. Pat McCrory (R) sent a letter to the Senate asking for a delay. The Senate did not wait.
As I watched the Twitter feed last night, I saw a narrative developing among Democrats, activists, and the state media.
First, I saw Travis Fain, the Political Reporter for the Greensboro News & Record, who asked on Twitter, "If the Senate passes S4 tonight, is there any way to argue that's not telling the gov to shove it, right out the gate?"
Then came a similar statement from Chris Fitzsimons, Founder and Director of NC Policy Watch - a self-described "progressive public policy think tank." He Tweeted, "Senate GOP majority slaps Gov McCrory, votes 31-17 to deny Medicaid expansion after he asks them to slow down."
So, here's the meme: Not only are the NC GOP members heartless and cruel by refusing to expand Medicaid and buy into Obamacare implementation, but the new Republican Governor is weak and ineffectual.
Of course, there is another way to look at this.
I've discussed it on the show a few times. Gov. McCrory is in a very good position. On any given issue he has three options:
1. Do nothing. Allow the General Assembly to do it's own thing and not comment about it. I'm thinking this approach might come in handy during debates on the social issues where, as Mayor of Charlotte, McCrory never showed a burning desire to weigh in.
2. Go along with the GOP majority in the Legislature. Depending on the issue, he can share the glory or the blame. When it's beneficial, he can play the populist - like on job creation efforts. Or he can reassure skeptical conservatives that he's one of them - like on a Voter ID bill.
3. Oppose legislative leaders and veto measures the GOP passes. This option is made all the more appealing by the fact that the General Assembly has a veto-proof majority. Gov. McCrory can issue any veto he'd like and watch it get overturned. He can carve out a position as a center-right moderate and might even win praise for bucking his own party. Eight years from now, the national media might take note of his "mavericky" history.
I believe Option #3 is what the Governor is employing. Why? I saw him do it repeatedly as Mayor of Charlotte. For years he presided over a City Council that was comprised of a majority of Democrats. If a vote was close, he would try to peel one Councilmember away in order to prevent veto overrides. But in the later years, as Democrats took more seats on the Council, McCrory's vetos became more symbolic.
Of course, McCrory will (and did) say that he vetoed things out of principle, and that might be true.
But the political results were the same - a focus on his arguments over the issue of his choosing. And he did it by using the veto - even when he knew it would get overridden.
But let's assume he does not veto the legislation. By asking for a delay he carved out a nice spot for himself. He can tell folks, "Hey, I asked them for a delay. But they refused. I can count votes and they'll override my veto anyway. So I might as well let it become law." He comes off as a reasonable moderate.
So, politically, how does McCrory lose on this?