-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!
Last week, Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell and candidate Jonathan Wainscott got into a screaming match at the end of a West Asheville candidates forum.
Citizen journalist Davyne Dial recorded the exchange:
Bothwell's allegation is that Wainscott has promised people during the campaign that, if elected, he would see to it that the City bottle water and sell it on the open market. Bothwell says this is illegal, and Wainscott is lying when he promises he can do it.
On the show Friday, I wondered if anyone can confirm that Wainscott has, indeed, made this promise.
Davyne Dial did some investigation:
"I took the time to view the raw footage of the candidate forums (Oct 10, Oct. 14 and the brouhaha on Oct 17th.) I also read through the review of the Get There Asheville forum in Mountain Xpress, which makes no mention of Wainscott promising the people millions from Asheville water. I find no examples of Jonathan Wainscott lying about "the ability to sell water," or "lying to the people, at forum after forum" [as Bothwell alleged].
"Wainscott has never in "forum after forum, promised" to make millions. He HAS said we need to look into the "potential of establishing a partnership to sell our water." And that "we (I) just need to find a way to navigate through the channels of our legal system to participate in the processing, distribution, and sale of this commodity.'"
Here are links to previous forums and minutes in the timeline where H2o is discussed:
Bothwell apologized to the community and his fellow candidates for the argument, but he has refused to apologize to Wainscott for calling him a liar.
But it seems that Bothwell is the one that is playing fast and loose with the truth on this. He should produce some evidence to support his accusation against Wainscott, or he should apologize.
We are now on Day 3 of Bulldinky Apology Watch.
Meanwhile, Wainscott issued a statement this weekend:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City Council Candidate Wainscott Issues Statement Regarding Heated Forum Exchange With Bothwell Asheville, North Carolina- October 19th, 2013
For those who have been following the current election campaign for City Council, you are probably aware of the recent discourse between me and fellow candidate and Councilman Cecil Bothwell. At a recent candidates’ forum, a heated discussion between the two of us escalated to a full-fledged argument. Upon the accusation of me being a “liar” by Mr. Bothwell in front of my community and family, I defended my honor as an honest man and candidate. The charge of dishonesty by Mr. Bothwell is thoroughly unfounded and irrefutably rebuffed by a wealth of video and written correspondences. Mr. Bothwell has apologized to Mr. Lanning, Mrs. Wisler, and the West Asheville Business Association, but his insistence that I am lying to the public has been neither substantiated nor apologized for. I have expressed my regrets to both Mr. Lanning and Mrs. Wisler in person for the awkwardness that the moment of my defense caused for those two candidates. For those present at the forum and those who have witnessed the exchange by watching the video, I too apologize for the unease this exchange may have caused you.
I will not apologize, however, for defending myself against the false and egregious accusations levied by Cecil Bothwell. During the course of this campaign Mr. Bothwell has accused me privately and publicly of being a liar when he has found himself short on facts. He has repeatedly put words in my mouth then accused me of lying based on his own verbiage he attributes to me. Mr. Bothwell has a reputation of unapologetic denigration of those he does not agree with, and continues to employ the tactics of a bully. I will not stand for his dirty-pool tactics. Mr. Bothwell clearly owes the community, my wife, and my daughter a full explanation of his accusation of my alleged dishonesty, an apology to me for these unfounded accusations, and an explanation as to how his behavior is not a violation of the Code of Ethics he is bound to uphold as a member of the Asheville City Council.
As we proceed with our current election cycle I give you the following assurances:
- I will continue to provide complete honesty about my vision for moving Asheville forward.
- I will express myself with vigor, passion, and respect, but I will not be bullied and if finding myself in that situation again, I will defend myself, my family, and my community with the same level of dedication that I bring to my concerns about our City.
- I will continue to lead our community toward the prosperity, rewards, and greater ownership of our assets and resources we all deserve.
Thank you for your attention and participation in this election. The road forward can be a rough one at times. It is not my intention to inflict harm in exchange for political gain. It’s my intention to boldly lead our community to a higher level of empowerment.
In the words of a great social leader, Mr. Thomas Petty, “I won’t. Back. Down.”
Bothwell issued an apology... but left out Wainscott.
"I would like to apologize to WABA, Mike Lanning, Gwen Wisler and attendees of last night's West Asheville Business Association Candidate Forum for my part in a heated argument which occurred. I'll do my part to maintain decorum in the future."
The Bulldinky Apology Watch is ticking.....