Today was our 100th episode! We had a surprise call from Governor Pat McCrory to congratulate Chad on his 100th Episode. Followed by in-studio guest Vice Chairwoman of the NCGOP Michele Nix. At the top of the second hour, Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation called in with congratulations followed by Jeff Moore of the North State Journal who discussed his breaking story on the Secretary of State’s office. In the final half hour, we were joined in-studio by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest who was one of our first guests when the show started.
In the first hour, Chad discusses the NCAA’s pull out of NC. In the second hour, Dr. Roy Cordato joined to discuss current events.
In the first hour we had Jon Ham, the former publisher of the Carolina Journal, joining us by phone. Chad and Jon discussed the NCAA moving games out of NC and the Hillary Clinton health situation.
In the second hour, Chad welcomed State Executive Director Donald Bryson and Communications Director Joseph Kyzer from Americans for Prosperity NC into the studio to discuss current events and AFP’s new education campaign about Deborah Ross. Their new website www.costofross.com is set to be online today and was unveiled on the Chad Adams Show.
Today’s show began with special guest Eric Trump, son of Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump spent the first two segments talking about his father and growing up Trump.
At the bottom of the first hour, our producer, Aimee, joined us from her trip to Florence, Italy. Chad and Aimee discussed how Europeans are viewing the US elections. Aimee indicated that there was not much coverage; although she said today’s headlines point to Hillary Clinton’s health issue yesterday at the 9/11 Memorial.
In the second hour, Ray Nothstine, deputy opinion editor of the North State Journal joined Chad to discuss his latest pieces in the paper as well as his thought on the election.
Hello, we are live from Orlando at the Defending the American Dream Summit hosted by Americans For Prosperity. This morning we are with activists from across the country who will be hearing from conservative leaders today and tomorrow. Right out of the gate we talked about an article from USA Today on Obamacare premium increases. With insurance companies dropping out of exchanges and low enrollment numbers higher costs are inevitable. North Carolina is projected to see one of the largest premiums increases in the country. Silence from the NC media on this one.
Donald Bryson, State Director for AFP-NC stopped by to discuss the ongoing challenge to keep activists informed and engaged. Bryson said the goal is to show appreciation for the activists who knock on doors and work phone banks. We discussed the importance of holding true to free-market principles regardless of political party. This idea was echoed by Akash Chougule, Senior Policy Advisor for AFP, who joined us on the show later. We discussed how AFP’s message resonates with Americans of diverse backgrounds. We also discussed the importance of state issues. More often than not state issues get less attention than national issues, but AFP wants to hold all elected official accountable and draw attention to issues close to home.
We caught up with Deputy State Director for AFP-NC, Tyler Voigt. We discussed how to communicate the success of conservative free-market principles in NC. Tyler said the grassroots activists are the ones communicating AFP’s message by going door to door and making phone calls. We discussed the different issues AFP plans to focus on as we move into the next legislative session, including renewable energy reform needed in NC.
Mac Zimmerman, Director of Policy at AFP joined us. We discussed the senate race, Burr v Ross. Our senate race is among the few which will determine if Republicans will continue to hold the majority in the US Senate. AFP plans to hold anti-free market candidates accountable for their voting record. On the NC level, Deborah Ross has supported higher taxes, which translates into higher costs for consumers. The race is close and not focused on issues most effecting North Carolinians.
Arthur Brooks, President of American Enterprise Institute was on the program. We discussed how different the American Dream is for the next generation. The economic policy being advocated by the left, particularly a higher minimum wage, is not enough to lift people out of poverty. Minimum wage has been proven to destroy jobs for the most vulnerable in our society. Brooks shared why he is so passionate about economic policy and restoring the American Dream for those in society who find it difficult to obtain. We also talked about Brooks’ transition from musician to independent advocate, very interesting!
Ending the show with the Pope’s call for repentance for Climate Change, which he says is a sin against God. Pope Francis made a list of sins committed against the environment. Will he issue an edict against organic foods? Something to look for ahead. And this probably didn’t do a lot of good for the Catholic faithful
Enjoy your weekend folks!
It’s a hot, but beautiful Thursday here in the Tar Heel State. We started this morning’s discussion with a story out of Florida. Floridians have approved an amendment to their state constitution which authorizes tax breaks for the installation of solar or renewable energy systems. Bringing us back home, we continued a discussion from yesterday’s show. The Republican House Caucus met earlier this week and according to those in the meeting, only about half of the members were in attendance. A majority of the meeting time was spent trying to determine who leaked information about HB2 prior to it becoming public.
We also discussed the recent decision by the Supreme Court regarding NC’s voter ID law. A 4 – 4 decision lead to the denial of Gov. McCrory’s request for a stay on the ID law. Early voting, same day registration, and voting without an ID have all been reinstated for the upcoming elections in November. Looking at the polls, Trump has taken the lead in NC as Hillary’s poll numbers continue to trend downward. We see this not only in NC, but in other states and at the national level.
Hans von Spakovsky from the Heritage Foundation joined us during the second hour of our program. We talked at length about NC voter ID law and the decision by SCOTUS. Spakovsky discussed the unconstitutionality of their decision. It is the states and not the federal government who has the authority over elections. Several other states have voter ID laws which have been upheld by the SCOTUS. Hans von Spakovsky says, NC’s voter ID failed because of the liberal judges who occupy the 4th circuit.
Market Watch had an article on how American spend their money. Comparing numbers from previous years it seems American are now spending more on healthcare. Interesting since the hallmark of the Affordable Care Act is affordability. Where ever the government is involved, spending increased. Where the free market was left to itself spending decreased.
We ended the show with an exciting guest, Lara Trump. Lara is a native North Carolinian who has been spending a lot of time in NC campaigning for her father-in-law. Lara said she is humbled to be a part of history and represent her family here in North Carolina. We also discussed the side of Trump often ignored by the media. Lara discredited the claims made about Trump, saying those of us who have known Trump for years know the kind of person he is. Lara has been working closely with Michele Nix, the Vice-Chair for NC Republican Party, to organize Women for Trump here in our state. Lara Trump will be at Sir Tyler in Wilmington today at 2p.m.
Tomorrow we will be broadcasting from Americans for Prosperity’s American Dream Summit in Orlando.
We started Wednesday’s discussion off with an update from the NC House. John Bell was elected as the new House Majority Leader, with other members shifting into absent roles. Hopefully these changes will prompt the House to reevaluate issues like solar subsidies and certificate of need.
Obamacare is a hot topic among voters. More insurance companies are pulling out of exchanges, leaving consumers with little to no choice on where to get their health coverage. With regulations on competition across state lines, Obamacare has strengthen monopolies in the healthcare sector. Even with all facts pointing to the disaster that is Obamacare, the left wants to double down on these failed policies.
An interesting article from the Washington Post on why American’s who typically abide by tax laws will start cheating on their taxes. Among the six reason are, budget cuts to the IRS, the perception that everyone else is cheating, declined trust in the government, and the complexity of the tax code. More on this later in the program.
During our second hour, we were joined by Dr. Roy Cordato from the John Locke Foundation. Most of our discussion focused on the two topics discussed earlier, Obamacare and tax policy. Roy suggested Obamacare’s failure was intentional because would prompt a single-payer system something the left has been advocating for decades. Roy pointed out the lack of an enforcement mechanism and the inability for insurers to turn anyone down, are major indicators Democrats where not honest about their motivations for passing Obamacare.
We also discussed tax policies with Roy. We discussed how a complicated tax code creates an interest group, made up of tax firm and lobbyist. A complicated tax code also creates dead weight losses and opportunity costs as Americans spend hours trying to file their own taxes. Roy mentioned the positives changes in North Carolina’s state tax codes and how it should be used as a model for the federal tax code.
We ended the show with an article on the changes in technology for cargo ships. Cargo ships are being automated, which will to some degree eliminate the need for a crew, driving down transportation cost. This could lead to lower costs for consumers, until the government steps in with regulations for the new technology.