As we’ve been pointing out for the better part of two weeks now, our Governor, Roy Cooper, has a bit of ‘splainin’ to do regarding a $57m slush fund set up for the new gas pipeline through NC. While his “spokespeople” continue to assert there’s nothing to see here, even democrat legislators like Pricey Harrison as essentially saying that the $57m was used to get the permit. The Governor can’t hide forever and we think he’s waiting for some kind of poll driven messaging before he answers a single tough question. Crickets continue to chirp around Cooper himself which looks worse, not better day by day. (https://www.nccivitas.org/civitas-review/state-rep-admits-pipeline-slush-fund-condition-getting-permit-granted/)
Our good buddy Nick Oschner poured gasoline on the Cooper fire by breaking the story that Cooper’s new Legislative Director, Lee Lilley, comes from the very industry and represented at least one of the same companies involved in the pipeline to the tune of $128k a year. It just looks worse and worse, what was in the deal? How was it done? Would it have been approved without the $57m? Gov, you can’t duck from the truth forever!! http://www.wbtv.com/story/37451429/cooper-hires-pipeline-petroleum-lobbyist-as-legislative-director)
We also pondered at one point the Governor would oppose offshore tankers from being anywhere near the NC coastline. Just sayin’.
There’s simply NO way to update the audience on where we stand from an election standpoint in NC. . We’re not sure what the districts will look like, who can run and where they can run or even if we’ll have elections this year at the general assembly level. Democrats oppose every little detail in state and federal courts and seem hell bent on simply disrupting elections until the courts appoint the legislature rather than having them elected. You think I jest, it’s just hard to watch. (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article198867404.html)
On the environmental lines, we wanted to make sure our audience was well aware of the lateest GenX controversy as democrats want the state to purchase an expensive mass spectrometer while republicans voted to use the federal ones at the EPA. Millions of dollars saved and we still get to find out what’s in the water. In spite of democrats anger over the GenX situation they are deaf and mute to the realities that GenX is in EVERY single solar panel along with a cadre of truly toxic chemicals (https://sciencing.com/toxic-chemicals-solar-panels-18393.html#socialshare). . . .proving once again that it’s more about power than about practical realities. We have nowhere to safely dump solar panels at this time! (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article198986324.html)
We also went through the latest polling data from Meredith which shows that the GOP is doing quite well with NC voters in spite of democrat assertions to the contrary. While legislative republicans should remain wary, democrats hoping to pick up congressional seats might be in for a surprise as the tax bill continues to become more widely supported day by day! (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article198833529.html)
In that vein, we went through a detailed piece by Michael Barone about how Gentrified Liberals have taken the reins of their party revealing that they’re more about identify politics than relating to folks working day in and day out. This could spell increasing problems for the democrats as we head towards the 2020 elections. (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/michael-barone-gentry-liberals-own-the-democratic-party/article/2648432)
We also revealed the STRIKING difference between the election of 2010, when democrats were trounced, and 2018. The massive difference is that democrats had passed a horrendously bad Obamacare bill. The more Americans learned about it, the worse it got. You couldn’t keep you doctor, prices escalated and democrats were obliterated due to it. In contrast, the GOP passed tax reform which becomes more popular by the day. Do democrats moan about how bad the economy is or how great it was under Obama. . . hatret of Trump is almost the only card they have left. (https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/02/08/one_major_difference_between_2010_and_2018_136217.html)
They’re also facing an uphill battle as jobless numbers continue to improve. (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/u-jobless-claims-unexpectedly-drop-near-45-low-133609683–finance.html)
All of this leads to the inevitable question about how democrats intend to explain the economy without making themselves or their former president look bad without making the current president look good. (https://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2018/02/08/if_trump_werent_president_what_would_his_critics_say_about_this_economy_103139.html)
We briefly updated folks on the horrendous Uranium One story that Sarah Carter broke yesterday. William Campbell’s testimony in front of three different committees in DC yesterday was explosive and Hillary Clinton looks terribly immersed in Russian issues along with President Obama. It’s just about to explode. (http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/sara-carter-fbi-informant-uranium-one-breaks-silence-explosive-testimony-congressional-committees/)
Heading to the last half of the final hour, we touched on the administration’s desire to cut sharply back on energy subsidies, yet another way in which they are moving policies to the right. While many are cut, several are still in place like “ethanol” which needs to be abolished, but one step at a time. (http://www.newsweek.com/trump-set-slash-energy-subsidies-hankers-after-coal-800329)
To reflect back to an earlier part of the show, California is set to block ANY attempt to move oil obtained offshore from traveling through its state. It would be interesting to see oil companies BLOCK any petroleum products from entering California and see how long that lasts. For that matter, maybe they should block oil from entering NC or Brunswick/New Hanover Counties. They would fold like cheap tents. . . they want their SUVs, but they want the energy it consumes to come from elsewhere. Hmmm. . . .(https://ca.news.yahoo.com/california-says-block-crude-oil-trump-offshore-drilling-105324555–finance.html)
And finally, the heavily subsidized Musk was able to get SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket into space. This is the most powerful engine to lift a payload into space since the Saturn 5’s during the Apollo missions. For fun, Musk launched a Tesla roadster with a space dummy towards Mars and through the asteroid belt beyond. Great photo bombing of the moon, we’ll be watching to see what happens next! (http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/02/08/elon-musk-posts-final-photo-tesla-roadster-headed-to-asteroid-belt.html)
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest helping us kick off the show tomorrow and our good buddy Tim Boyum later on!