We had to start today with a review of last night’s gubernatorial debate between Cooper, McCrory, and Cecile, who is the Libertarian candidate. For the most part, the debate was fair and David Crabtree stayed tactful. Laura Leslie only played a minimal role last night although she appeared quite nervous. The discussion was robust between the candidates, covering topics like HB2, the economy, tax policy, and teacher pay. Cooper struggled in answering several questions especially when it came to taxes and NC’s economy. McCrory was able to articulate and defend his record. It is a shame that the public knows so little about what Roy Cooper actually stands for at this point in time. And he refuses to do any more debates, that’s fear, not confidence.
We discussed recent comments made by Trump regarding term limits in congress. This will register with his base, especially those who are sick of establishment politicians. Trump also said he wants to “drain the swamp” when he gets to Washington. As we enter the final three weeks of the election, it will become more bizarre. All the assertions that Hillary has it locked up are not showing as they nervously respond to thousands of insider e-mails via Wikileaks.
The e-mails being exposed by Wikileaks tell the real story of how Democrats view the groups and people who support them. If you’re in one of those special interest groups, her campaign doesn’t particularly care about you except your vote.
Educational expert Dr. Terry Stoops joined us in the studio to kick off the second hour. We discussed teacher pay and graduation rates. Both are trending upward, however, graduation numbers may be deceiving. While more students in NC are graduating, most are not prepared for college-level courses. We discussed how this problem should be addressed. Teacher pay was part of the discussion during last night’s gubernatorial debate. While McCrory has created teacher pay increases, Stoops said the democrats are winning when it comes to messaging on the issue. In short it means that educational dollars have increased, but that the public thinks they haven’t.
We ended the show with an article from the NY Post, which highlights an error in the study from the American Psychology Association. The study was originally reported to show that conservatives tend to have psychopathic character traits. Now, the authors of the study claim that their research actually showed liberals to be more prone to psychotic behavior. We also discussed a piece from the N&O, which attacks the Koch Brothers for donating to conservative causes in NC and harming NC families with their industries. In the grand scheme of things, the amount of money donated to conservative organizations in NC by the Koch brothers was greatly exaggerated and wrongly reported by the leftist group.