-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!
Governor Pat McCrory must certainly be Satan to offer this kind of state-destroying fiscal blueprint. Or should I give the credit to Art "The Puppet Master" Pope for trying to ensure poor minority kids are kept illiterate and uneducated?
Today, McCrory offered his first budget proposal. It's more than 300 pages, so it's going to take some time for (honest) pundits to assess the true magnitude of meanness.
The Raleigh News & Observer had this headline:
"McCrory’s budget: hires 1,800 more teachers, gives state workers a pay raise"
There really ought to be federal charges for this kind of attack on the children, don't you think?
Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a modest $20.6 billion state budget Wednesday that includes a 1 percent pay hike for state employees but limits spending growth to 2 percent.
The Republican governor emphasized spending on education and economic development, two campaign priorities in the plan, by including money to hire 1,800 additional classroom teachers and $2.7 million to craft a new branding strategy to lure companies to the state. Another 5,000 at risk 4-year-olds would be able to get into pre-kindergarten programs, at a cost of $9 million a year. But it also cuts $117 million that now funds teacher assistants.
The progressives and Democrats on social media pounced - focusing on the cuts to teachers assistants and some training programs. The argument is, I guess, that hiring more teachers is a worse option than training existing ones. Better to have people not employed at all.
You know, for the children.
My goodness, and I thought Sophie's Choice was heartbreaking.
Two other items that are getting early attention are the de-funding of judicial races and cuts to the NC Biotechnology Center and Rural Economic Development Center.
On the judge races: Associate Editor at Carolina Journal, Barry Smith, quotes McCrory's Budget Director Art Pope as saying, "This eliminates tax money going to political candidates."
On the cuts to Biotech Center and Rural Eco Dev Center: Democratic consultant and former advisor to failed Gubernatorial candidate Bill Faison, Jeanne Bonds, tweeted: "Both #NCRuralCenter @ncbiotech do tremendous jobs initiatives in rural areas. Always GOP target b/c of history."
Here is a link to the entire budget proposal. There will be a test later today.