-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!
I got this e-mail about a pretty cool reunion today (Friday) that is open to the public.
"Inka, a military service dog, is scheduled to be reunited with her handler at the Hickory airport at 3:30 pm.
Inka is a Belgin Malinoise that served in Afghanistan until her handler was hurt in 2011. Only recently was she able to return stateside.
Her journey will begin tomorrow morning in Lake City, Fla., where her first leg will be to Charleston, S.C.. A second pilot will fly her from Charleston to Hickory.
All are welcome to show up. Ask your listeners to be arrive 15 to 30 minutes early in case the flight arrives early."
This is part of a larger program called Pilots N Paws that helps pilots and pet-owners arrange transport over long distances.
A pretty startling discussion occurred yesterday between NC Republican Congressman Mark Meadows and some of the IT wizards charged with getting Healthcare.gov up and running.
Rep. Meadows questioned the White House chief technology officer Todd Park and Henry Chao, the chief digital architect, about some pretty basic concepts.
Like, how do they define "success?" What are the metrics to be used? How can Americans judge the progress o December 1, when the website is supposed to be "fixed."
Chao also said that during about two dozen meetings with the White House officials about the website, there was never any discussion about whether the October 1 launch date might be problematic.
Chao said the meetings were highly-specific to individual tasks, so there was never any thought paid to whether the site could be up and running by the deadline.
I'm no IT or management wizard, but this seems pretty amazing to me. How could people working on such a massive project that includes all sorts of benchmarks, deliverables, and deadlines not know whether the thing was going to work upon launch?
Are we to assume that every single area Chao and all his colleagues in all of those meetings were responsible for worked properly and launched on-time? That everything THEY were working on was fine, and they had no clue how the entire project would work on Day One?
Watch the video:
And the website probably won't be working by the NEW deadline of December 1, either.
You know it's bad when the Washington Post can't even write a positive story about a swing state Democratic incumbent's defense of health care reform.
In this case, it's Sen. Kay Hagan from North Carolina.
The first-termer has been trying to create separation between herself and the miserably-managed and defectively-designed Affordable Care Act.
From WaPo's dana Milbank:
Hagan hosted a conference call for reporters Tuesday morning to discuss the problems with the health-care law’s rollout, and the Q&A session was so painful that the senator should qualify for trauma coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Oof -- that left a mark.
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, released a poll Tuesday showing that 69 percent of North Carolinians think the Obamacare rollout has been unsuccessful. Probably because of that, Hagan is now in a dead heat with would-be challengers. “Kay Hagan on the ropes,” the conservative National Review exulted.
That goes too far; there’s a year until the election, and a challenger to Hagan has yet to emerge from the Republican pack. Just a month ago, when the government shutdown was dominating the news, it looked as though Democrats could make gains in the 2014 midterms — and more such swings are likely.
This line from Milbank is amusing because the PPP survey shows ALL FOUR Republicans could be effective challengers to Hagan. He's arguing that one candidate needs to emerge before Hagan can accurately be labeled as "on the ropes." But isn't she on the ropes when she's essentially tied with the entire pack of challengers?
Milbank also ignored the PPP results that found Hagan was actually trailing one of the GOP candidates - Dr. Greg Brannon.
Back in Septmeber, Brannon was trailing Hagan by 16 points (52-36) in the PPP survey.
Now he's beating her 44-43.
Either Brannon is having amazing success as a campaigner, or PPP has some problems with its methodology.
When POLITICO covered this remarkable improvement in Brannon's standing, it was mentioned in the third paragraph - after describing how Hagan was still leading the other GOP contenders.
Considering the story is about how Hagan's lead "vanished," you'd think the bigger story (ie: the MORE newsworthy) would be how she lost a 16-point advantage and is now trailing the Tea Party candidate.
Hagan's collapse is tied to Obamacare. And that has Democrats all over the USA worried about the 2014 election.