The word of the week is “memo” and anxious politicos are awaiting its release. In the meantime, however, there’s a lot going on in NC. While the democrats continue to assert they want more non-partisan districts, they certainly want more partisan control over boards of elections and judicial races as they are hell bent on making sure we have primaries this year. The problem is that judicial candidates will now have to decide immediately whether they want to run or not for statewide judicial races. Yep, those federal judges weighing in again on the NC legislature at the behest of Gov. Roy Cooper. . . . . The courts are looking more and more like an unelected legislative branch. (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article197672199.html)
Before we got into the main thrust of the democrats continued meltdown over the SOTU, it was interesting to note the struggles of music radio as they continue to mount. While Cumulus is in bankruptcy, it now appears that iHeart is heading down the same road as they decided NOT to make their monthly interest payment in excess of $100m. Meanwhile, talk radio is STILL relevant and timely, just worth noting! (https://radioink.com/2018/02/01/iheart-chooses-not-make-interest-payment/)
The democrats had no fewer than 5 responses to the SOTU and Nancy Pelosi also had to weigh in on things. While she was entirely uninterested in ANYTHING the President had to say during the SOTU, she tried to act as if she was after the fact when she leveled accusations that the speech had reached new lows. In spite of a 75% positive response to the speech the liberal narrative has been NOTHING but nasty. Judge for yourself, but don’t be surprised. (https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/01/31/pelosi_dreamers_being_held_hostage_by_president_trump.html)
Rep. Maxine Waters, the newest liberal star to appear on the dinosaur progressive circuit, gave a rousing racist speech on BET. Her response to the SOTU was laced with hateful rhetoric and ad hominem attacks which is a preview of the 2018 progressive agenda. (https://www.bustle.com/p/maxine-waters-state-of-the-union-response-on-bet-was-just-as-fiery-as-you-expected-8085718)
It is quit tiring to hear the constant progressive attacks that conservatives who don’t agree with them are racists, bigots, homophobes, Islamophobes and more. It’s old, it’s childish and we should be better than this!
As I had said at the beginning of the show we HAD to discuss the memo at some point. And progressive democrat Rep. Adam Schiff went so far as to scribble an editorial decrying the release as a danger to the Republic! His cries and protestations have yet to assert that there is ANYTHING false in the alleged memo, but his musings are relentless. It is clear the release of this memo terrifies the political left. One would think he would be on the front lines concerned about government being used for political purposes. . . well. . he should be! (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rep-nuness-memo-crosses-a-dangerous-line/2018/01/31/cbdabedc-0696-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html?utm_term=.3460c4bda973)
In light of the democrats mantra against tax reform, against regulatory reform, against tax cuts, against border protection, against law enforcement, against the flag, against the motto, against the military, one has to wonder what they will be FOR in 2018. Other than sheer hatred of the president, what’s the go to line for them this year? The National Review has a suggestion, maybe it should be, “Can’t stand church and family? Neither can we! Vote for the Democrats in 2018!” (http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455998/democratic-party-2018-midterm-congressional-elections-blue-wave-predictions-agenda-anti-trump)
Oil production is at an all time high in the US in spite of environmentalists pressures to stop. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-oil-production-tops-10-million-barrels-a-day-for-first-time-since-1970-1517429674) But cheap energy prices are good for jobs and the overall economy by keeping fuel prices and energy prices low. It is surprising to see people like Gov. Roy Cooper and some republicans in southeastern NC trying to shore up the Iranians and Russians. Why would I say that? Well, as we produce more energy and prices stay low, it actually hurts the Iranian and Russian government who rely on high energy prices. But that takes a bit more thought than our governor and some county commissioners care to consider. Well written and worth reading over thehill.com. (http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/371223-time-to-end-quixotic-opposition-to-american-energy)
In the meantime, Americans continue to use less energy year over year and appear to be spending a bit more time at home. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/climate/americans-staying-home-energy.html)
Tomorrow, we’ll be discussing the weekly wrap with our friend Tim Boyum and we have some tough questions regarding a pending “slush fund” from Duke Energy to Gov. Roy Cooper that WILL become a much larger story. $58m is a lot of money to just hand out when you’re the sitting governor. . was it a quid pro quo?