What Matters for Friday, October 21, 2016

Mark opens a packed show with Janie Wagstaff, president of the ICON Lecture Series, to discuss the origin and history of the conservative lecture series and the challenges to being a conservative voice in a predominately liberal area of North Carolina as well as the recent bullying they and the venue site were subjected to surrounding Diana West’s appearance last Tuesday evening. Following up Janie is Diana West herself, author and journalist, to discuss her thoughts on the irony of being bullied before her talk on political correctness in a part of North Carolina by groups that assert free speech for themselves and the politically correct but no one else. Mark finishes out the show with Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on Time-Warner Cable News, to discuss the frequency at which the two presidential candidates continuing to come to North Carolina, his thoughts on this week’s gubernatorial debate and whether down-ballot races will start to get more attention now that the presidential debates are over.

What Matters for Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mark opens a packed show with Rep. Nelson Dollar, (R-Wake), re-examine the positive impact of tax reforms and unemployment reforms in the state before speaking with Nick Ochsner, investigative reporter for WBTV, about early voting in North Carolina starting today, the violence at the Orange County GOP headquarters and also about shots reportedly fired at the GOP headquarters in Pamlico County. Mark also speaks with Nick about his take on the gubernatorial debate and Tim Kaine again visiting Charlotte today. Mark closes out the show with Dr. Bob Luebke, education policy analyst at the Civitas Institute, to discuss the reality that public schools are not preparing students for college, as written about in the Charlotte Observer that says only 1 high school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district has a majority of students ready, based on ACT scores.

What Matters for Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On today’s show Mark speaks with Garret Ventry, a North Carolina Republican strategist, about last night’s gubernational debate between Gov. Pat McCrory and challenger Attornety General Roy Cooper and his thoughts on what to look for in tonight’s presidential debate. Then Mark speaks with Donald Bryson, state director of the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, for an update on their work across the state regarding Deborah Ross’ campaing and her assertion at the senatorial debate agasinst Sen. Richard Burr hat she would still vote for ObamaCare given the option and also for his analysis of last night’s debate.

What Matters for Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mark speaks with Hans Von Spakovksy, senior legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation, and Nathan Tabor, NC businessman and writer at Christian Post, looking at the dilemmas conservatives and evangelicals are facing in politics today. Mark opens the show with Hans to talk about his piece at The Daily Signal, “The All-Out Assault on the First Amendment” before speaking with Nathan about the dilemma many evangelicals are feeling between Hillary Clinton, because of her policies such as abortion and the moral challenges presented by Donald Trump.