-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
-December 6, 2013
People have heard me talk about the rise of Twitter on the show, and some folks have even e-mailed me to tell me how they set up their accounts specifically at my urging.
It's great! You can, essentially, create your own "wire feed" service - with news outlets, journalists, pundits, comedians, and friends.
While I've only been on Twitter for a few years (getting really active just during the last year 18 months), I believe it's changing everything from sports and pop culture, to news and politics. Protest movements in the Middle East have been organized and covered via Twitter.
CNBC recently did a documentary called Twitter Revolution, citing the "Miracle on the Hudson" splashdown in New York as a turning point for the social media service:
For news and political junkies, Twitter is like main-lining information.
Twitter has been called the pulse of the planet -- home to Lady Gaga, LeBron, foreign revolutionaries, journalists, tech geeks and the Pope himself.
Needless to say, politicians are learning how best to utilize the platform. Then-Senator Barack Obama focused a lot more attention on social media than John McCain in 2008. It helped him win the Presidency.
On the other hand, former Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned in disgrace after using Twitter to send provocative photos to random women.
So, how should pols use Twitter?
James Kotecki is a digital messaging strategist, and he compared US Senator Kay Hagan with NC Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (who is running to unseat the incumbent in 2014).
Thom Tillis is the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. He’s a Republican running for Kay Hagan’s Senate seat. And he takes Twitter very, very personally.
The real question, of course, isn’t whether Tillis wins any individual Twitter skirmish. It’s whether he wins the broader messaging war. In other words, is tweet-tussling a good communications strategy for man who wants to be a US Senator?
Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) is up for reelection in 2014, and the race could be one of the most watched in the country. Her campaign Twitter feed says a lot about how she’ll run - if, that is, you read between the tweets.
The fact that Hagan does not identify her Senate record - or with the Senate in general - speaks volumes about the unpopularity of Washington and the kind of outsider campaign Hagan hopes to run.
I encourage you read the rest of Kotecki's analysis... and join me on Twitter.