-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
The NC abortion debate
Two developments in the last 24 hours on the General Assembly attempt to adopt new abortion rules. First, Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement:
Unless significant changes and clarifications are made addressing our concerns that were clearly communicated by DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, Governor Pat McCrory will veto the existing bill, HB 695, if it is passed by the House and Senate.
The Governor would like to thank those members of the legislature who have been working with the administration to ensure that the bill’s goals and objectives are clearly to protect the health and the safety of women. The governor believes that major portions of the bill are of sound principal and value.
The Governor also noted that there is much unfinished business in the legislature and again stressed the importance of passing legislation that will work to grow the North Carolina economy.
This got abortion activists riled up early this morning. Some accused McCrory of a cynical unethical PR move – knowing there are enough votes to override his veto in the GOP-controlled legislature.
Pro-lifers were mad that McCrory would cave on the abortion issue.
I’ve long said, McCrory is in a unique position if he intends to run for another office in 2020 (assuming he wins re-election in 2016). He has the political luxury of choosing when to pick a fight and when to play nice, without any real impact on whether a bill becomes law.
Another 'sneak attack'
Then, later this morning, Capitol newsies were reporting GOP leaders told them something was coming at a morning committee meeting.
House GOP members gutted a motorcycle safety bill and put in the abortion changes the McCrory administration wanted.
This was the way the Democratic Party operated for decades in the General Assembly. The GOP criticized it then, but loves it now. Democrats loved it then, but hate it now.
Outrage is ensuing.
Here’s a story from Texas, about a former PP director says the protests are really all about money.
Radio host could be trouble for Paul
Meanwhile, US Sen. Rand Paul has a PR problem.
One of his aides was the “Southern Avenger” radio shock jock in South Carolina from 1999-2012. Jack Hunter says those secessionist, racially provocative things he said don’t reflect the person he is now.
The GOP needs to help Democrats govern better, or something
In Washington, the Democrats have pitched their latest narrative about the GOP. Luckily, the media is willing to help them out. The meme is: “The GOP is trying to sabotage government.”
Apparently, as the train wreck that is Obamacare becomes clearer, and as the Administration continues to delay implementing various parts of it, the Left wants the GOP to help fix the abomination (which was rammed through the Congress without a single GOP vote of support).
Also, here’s the latest “Vital Statistics on Congress” report.
A great resource.
By the way, did you know it costs about $10 million to buy… er … I mean WIN a US Senate seat? It costs $1.6 million for a House seat. Public service, indeed!