-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
3:00 -- The NC Association of Educators and a liberal group sues the state over the fledgling voucher program. Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Education Freedom NC, joins us to talk about it.
4:00 -- More discussion of the voucher program and the lawsuit. Plus, a federal judge says lawsuits against the state of NC over the voting laws overhaul will not be tried before the 2014 election.
5:00 -- PolitiFact names "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan" as the "Lie of 2013." Just in time for it to matter! Plus, Rick Rice from 104.9-FM joins us to talk about a big change in the Asheville radio market.
-December 13, 2013
As I've mentioned before - it must be nice to have the media coverage that liberals/progressives/Democrats get.
Democrats don't ever seem to be asked to defend their philosophy or deeper political beliefs. Nor are they asked to reconcile personal religious ideas with policy ones. This is often due to reporters sharing a similar worldview as the progressive politician they're covering. It makes the journalist an ineffective Devil's Advocate.
But there are more insidious manifestations of this media advantage. When a Democrat finds himself at the center of scandal, reporters seem to forget his party affiliation. Likewise, a slip of the tongue is never representative of the Democratic Party or the liberal ideology. It was just an unartfully framed flub.
It's a level of forgiveness Republicans have never experienced.
The latest example of the hypocritical double standard: pay raises.
Democrats, progressive protesters, liberal activists and the media (but I repeat myself) have focused a lot on the salaries paid to members of NC Governor Pat McCrory's administration. The optics on this issue is terrible, coming as it does on the heels of a budget battle that saw no teacher raises.
The headline writes itself: "McCrory gives raises to staff, nothing for teachers."
It doesn't matter that giving these dollars to teachers, instead, would only mean pennies on an individual paycheck. It's just bad PR.
And the media has been very happy to shine the big, blinding PR light on it.
Yesterday, I outlined how Asheville City Council and Buncombe County Commissioners could increase teacher compensation if they choose to do so - by increasing the locally-funded supplemental pay "steps."
Some of the loudest critics of the McCrory administration and the Republican-controlled General Assembly have been local Democratic elected leaders. Again, it must be nice to not be questioned by the media about the hypocrisy.
This week, we learn from the Citizen-Times that County Commissioners gave themselves a pay raise as part of the recently-adopted budget.
When the time came to make a change as part of deliberations over this year’s budget, commissioners let the opportunity slip with no public discussion, allowing themselves a 1.7 percent pay increase. That raise matches what was given to county employees in April.Before the increase, regular commissioners got the second-highest compensation package in the state.
The article describes how "advocates of a pay cut" realized they didn't have the votes to get it done in the Spring, so they abandoned the idea. As it turns out, that led to a pay raise.
The three advocates were identified as Holly Jones, Brownie Newman, and Mike Fryar. Fryar's picture was used prominently. Jones' and Newman's were not.
Shouldn't this be outrrage-inducing from the Left?
Commissioners who publicly advocate for a cut to their own pay end up approving a budget that has pay raises for themselves - while not increasing education funding for teacher raises.
Meanwhile, in a follow-up story today, Commissioner Mike Fryar, who criticized the BOCC pay before running as a candidate, told the Citizen-Times that he'll turn down the increased compensation.
The raise was included in the 2013-14 county budget commissioners passed 6-1. Fryar cast the only “no” vote, saying he was opposed to a property tax increase.
He was unaware of the pay increase until interviewed by a Citizen-Times reporter Thursday, Fryar said.
“If I’d known if up front, it wouldn’t have happened,” he said.
Commissioners reduced their compensation in February 2011 after Fryar, before being elected to serve on the board, raised the issue in a commissioners’ meeting and the Citizen-Times found it was the highest in the state.
The issue has surfaced periodically since then. The July increase was approved with no formal discussion in commissioners’ meeting.
What's not mentioned anywhere in any of the stories? Party affiliations.
Mike Fryar is a Republican. Jones and Newman are Democrats.
Purely an oversight, I'm sure.