Happy New Year to all our listeners. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well!
We started today’s show discussing our new Governor, Roy Cooper, and his administration. Cooper took his oath of office seconds into the new year early on Sunday morning. One of the first things Cooper and his team will need to work on is a state budget. McCrory already submitted a 2017 budget outline, but that is likely to be deep sixed with Cooper’s team. We’re still awaiting cabinet appointments from Cooper.
ESPN’s political tilt is starting to cost them viewers. ESPN reported a 34% decrease in viewership for college football. ESPN is hoping numbers will normalize for the college football championship game next weekend. It is shocking college basketball has higher ratings than college football and the long term contract with the NCAA football folks is starting to look like a bad deal. C’mon ESPN, dump the left leaning politics in college sports.
We discussed how Roy Cooper and the Democrats will use the courts to deal with many of the changes to NC’s Executive Branch, including the Board of Elections and Department of Public Instruction. The courts will also play a major role in drawing districts and election requirements. If NC wants voter ID laws then we need to pass one similar to those in other states that have passed US Supreme Court muster.
We went through the top ten resolutions for 2017. Losing weight is no longer the number one resolution. Being a better person took the number one spot. Spending less, saving more, exercising, and losing weight are also on the list of resolutions.
Drew Elliot with the North State Journal joined us in the studio. We started our conversation discussing a few big moments from 2016, including the triumph of Trump over two dynasties in American politics, the Clinton and Bush families. 2016 was a major news year due to the presidential election.
We refocused to state politics and discussed the public records of Governor Cooper and how he can work to maintain transparency in his administration. We also spend time speculating who Cooper will choose for his cabinet. There has been little coverage of the transition of the Executive Branch and what North Carolinians can expect.
Drew stayed with us for an extra segment. We discussed the changes made to the state government by the legislature and signed by former Governor McCrory. We discussed whether or not these changes will be upheld by the courts. We looked at the powers granted in the North Carolina Constitution and how the broad powers have been used to justify what the republican lead legislature was able to do.
We ended the show going through a list of political face-plants in 2016. Some of the political fumbles included Kasich’s victory “party” after winning Ohio, the pundit’s predictions of a failed presidential attempt by Trump, and Hillary Clinton’s actual failed attempt at the presidency.