This morning we started the conversation with a discussion on the validity of current political polling. Just released polls have Cooper leading McCrory, Burr leading Ross, and Hillary leading Trump, only slightly. While political polls give the leader something to tout, we can all remember the many polls that had Trump losing the GOP primary. The only poll that really matters is the one on Election Day. I played a clip from last night’s Trump rally, which featuring Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit movement. Being an outsider himself, he took a strong anti-establishment stance paralleling his Brexit experience with that of ordinary Americans.
Out first guest in studio was N&O Insider reporter Dan Boylan. Yesterday on the show, we discussed Boylan’s article that focused on the prosecution and federal investigation of State Senator Fletcher Hartsell. Boylan and I discussed the federal investigation, speculating how deep and wide this investigation might be, and who else might be involved. Boylan also shared with us his impressive background, which includes, studying the press in Indonesia, covering the Syrian conflict, and working in the U.S. State and Defense Departments.
During the second hour our good friend from the Free Enterprise Institution, Joe Stewart joined us in studio. We discussed the investigation into Senator Hartsell. We also touched on the polling data discussed earlier in the show and the messaging being used by Gov. McCrory and Cooper as they appeal to voters. Hillary is largely distrusted, while Trump’s demeanor continues to hurt him. How these perceptions affect down ballot races was also part of our discussion.
Closing out the show, we discussed the University of Chicago’s “warning” to incoming freshman. The University says they will encourage and uphold freedom of expression and ideas. This is not something we see happening in Universities across the country, but it is about time. Will the UNC board be bold enough to follow their lead? I doubt it.