-December 2, 2013-
3:00 -- Is it unethical for Rep. Tim Moffitt to publish a newspaper outling all the great things his Republican Party passed in the NC Legislature?
4:00 -- Americans don't trust each other any more. Why? Plus Art Pope and William Barber exchange words.
5:00 -- Kevin King joins us to talk about his grassroots organizing work on college campuses. Plus, Milton Friedman debates Frances Fox Piven.
-December 3, 2013
3:00 -- Pete offers NC Democratic candidate recruiters the opportunity to come on the show. They chicken out.
4:00 -- The rise of the administrative state and why budget battles will be the focal point now.
5:00 -- The Hobby Lobby lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, plus should chimpanzees get legal "personhood" status.
-December 4, 2013
3:00 -- A coup on the Mecklenburg County Commission might make it easier for South Asheville to de-annex from the city. Plus, a Hindu guy is mad at a local brewer for naming a beer Shiva.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands. Plus, Buncombe County Commissioners say they want to reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.
5:00 -- Kurth Schlichter, columnist at Townhall, says liberals have to lie. Plus, human cheese.
-December 5, 2013
3:00 -- Fast food workers protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
4:00 -- Ford O'Connell, GOP strategist and former McCain-Palin adviser, talks about what the Republican Party needs to do to win the Presidential race in 2016 - including "getting over the fact that Reagan is dead."
5:00 -- It turns out President Obama did know his illegal alien uncle living in Boston. Plus, the Democrats are desperate to get everyone to focus on income inequality.
-December 6, 2013
3:00 -- Why the Affordable Care Act is costing Democrats support among women.
4:00 -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dismantles a liberal professor's defense of presidential overreach. Plus, Rev. William Barber's comments after getting convicted on 2 of 3 counts for his Moral Monday protests.
5:00 -- More from Rev. Barber. Plus, the Olympic torch lights a man on fire in Siberia and the NC lottery is now offering subscriptions!
Buncombe County Commissioner Mike Fryar just issued a statement, apologizing for quotes he made to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Here is the full statement:
To the Citizens of Buncombe County:
I am pleased that the Asheville Citizen Times has pursued coverage of the ABTech situation in recent days. First of all, I apologize for the use of the Little Hitler reference to Dr. Dunn. Two wrongs do not make a right. What I intended to convey was a dictatorial style that does not allow room for different opinions. As a Buncombe County Commissioner who opposed this sales tax being placed in a city election, although it included a tax on all Buncombe County residents, I see my current role as one to oversee the use of these tax dollars in the most economical and beneficial manner. I see ABTech as a great community resource and I want to see it succeed. What I do not want to see happen is that the Board of Trustees gives up its authority in hiring and evaluating the college president. I believe that what Dr. Dunn did in the case of working to keep me off the Board of Trustees was beyond his authority and it undermines the authority of the full Board of Trustees. From what I understand about the situation, three members of the ABTech organization orchestrated an underhanded process that may have caused the Madison County Commissioners to violate the open meetings law, in an attempt to dictate that I would not have the opportunity to serve on the Board. I saw my service on the Board as an opportunity to provide my opinions directly and in a timely manner regarding the expenditures of the sales tax income. Finally, the phrase “sick little puppy” is a mountain expression to indicate that someone is not doing well, especially in the role they should be fulfilling.
I do believe that two Executive Board members were wrong in helping with this maneuver that prevented myself, or any other Buncombe County Commissioner, from having the opportunity to serve on the AB Tech Board. I feel that those involved should remove themselves from the Executive Board.
Commissioner Mike Fryar
For future reference, it's probably a good idea to eliminate the Hitler comparisons from your rhetorical toolbox. It's just not very effective, and it always leads to this sort of public apology.
In some really good reporting over the last few weeks, the Citizen-Times uncovered and detailed how the President of A-B Tech orchestrated an impromptu appointment of a Madison County Commissioner hours before the Buncombe County Commissioners were slated to appoint Fryar to the school's Board of Trustees.
[A-B Tech President Hank] Dunn’s comments Thursday were the first since questions first surfaced publicly on Feb. 28. He said Thursday he sees no problem with his efforts.
College officials have routinely sought trustees who would increase the racial or ethnic diversity of the board, Dunn said.
“I think it’s appropriate to tell the appointing body the kind of people you need on your board,” Dunn said.
“We really want a board that represents our diversity.”
(Two questions: If Fryar was going to be the only critic on the Board of Trustees, wouldn't that make it more diverse? So, wouldn't that make Dunn the racist in his own analogy?)
Fryar has been critical of the A-B Tech administration and the 2011 sales tax referendum campaign.
Upon learning of Dunn's admission, Fryar got a bit mad:
Fryar responded angrily when told of Dunn’s comments and said it shows that Dunn is unable to tolerate differing opinions.
“If it’s not his way, it’s no way. That’s not a leader, that’s a little Hitler,” Fryar said.
He called Dunn “one sick puppy,” but said later he thought he had gone too far with that description.
The A-B Tech Board of Trustees has now called a special meeting for Thursday, where it is slated to discuss "personnel issues" and consult with a lawyer. Could this be the end of the Hank Dunn era?