-December 9, 2013-
3:00 -- Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner sentenced, but media can't seem to determine his political affiliation. The Panthers' horrible showing in New Orleans, why leftists believe Obamacare will work, and why one progressive says Canada's death panels should be emulated.
4:00 --NC Secretary of Education June Atkinson says voucher money could go to "schools of terror" - when asked about a private Christian schools stance against gay marriage. Plus, NC Republicans say they'll try to get teachers a pay raise, Budget Director Art Pope responds to leftist picketings of his family's store. Meanwhile, Congressional leaders are in budget talks.
5:00 -- One in five Americans will be "rich" for some period in their lives. And would you rather have your dream job making $40,000 or the worst job - but making $150,000?
-December 10, 2013
3:00 -- President Obama shakes a communist's hand and poses for a "selfie" at the memorial for Nelson Mandela. Outrage ensues.
4:00 -- Mark Keller & Rick Phillips join us in studio to preview tomorrow night's Hometown Holiday Jam at the Orange Peel. Plus, Janet Casperson from Blue Ridge Bear Yogurt & Espresso tells about their "Joe for Joes" care package drive they're running. Stop by and donate to help send sweets & coffee to troops in Afghanistan.
5:00 -- More on the "Selfie seen around the world." Plus, NC DHHS software problems are completely different than the Obamacare website problems because ... well ... the GOP is in charge of the NC government while Democrats are in charge of the national failure.
-December 11, 2013
3:00 -- A former deputy with the Buncombe County Sheriff's office stabs a guy outside an Asheville bar and police arrest the guy who got stabbed.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from the Mountain Xpress stops by to talk about the latest edition on news stands today. Plus, a sword-wielding robber, a fake sign language interpreter at Mandela's memorial, and a new world record low temperature of -135.8 degrees.
5:00 -- Fake or real? Which is better. Christmas trees, that is.
-December 12, 2013
-December 13, 2013
Republican US Senator Rand Paul (KY) says the path forward for the GOP in national elections is to get someone on the ballot who is a little more libertarian.
Sort of like him, coincidentally.
Appearing on FOX News Sunday, Sen. Paul made his case:
If Rand Paul is right, he's positioning himself pretty well.
He can attract younger, socially liberal, less-interventionist, fiscally conservative voters who have been part of the core of support for Sen. Paul's father - Rep. Ron Paul. However, he will get resistance from the social conservatives in the primaries. They might also stay home during a general election.
Much has been made of the Republican Party soul-searching, and rightly so. Losing two straight Presidential elections (particularly the last one) should force any party to look inward and do some assessment.
Much like sports, losing will do that to an organization. And, just like sports, winning can mask an organization's weaknesses.
With Obama victories in 2008 and 2012, the Democratic Party believes the nation has shifted to the left and that most people agree with the progressive agenda.
We're going to find out if this is true over the next four years. First in the mid-term races. Then in 2016.
And that's why I suspect the Democratic Party will need to run an Obama-esque candidate: a great speaker, a dynamic personality, a masterful campaigner, attractive, and probably a minority.
Why? Because the Democratic Party might not ever be able to nominate a white male and garner the kind of electoral support among the new "Obama coalition" (ie: single white women, blacks, hispanics, and college kids).
You can see this phenomena in urban Democratic-controlled strongholds. The white, male At-Large candidate is becomgin rarer. Often times they cannot clear the primaries.
Like I said, we'll see in the next four years.
But if the two major parties in America become predominantly identified by the race of its membership, our nation is in real trouble.
What do you think?
Is Rand Paul right? Is America ready for a libertarian Republican?