What Matters-Sen. Joyce Krawiec and Tim Boyum-Friday, February 17, 2017-51 Minutes

Mark opens the show with a return visit from Sen. Joyce Krawiec, (R-Forsyth), to give us an in-depth look at a couple of bills she has filed and her thoughts on what she sees as the top priority for this legislative session. Also she talks about her views on Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest HB 2 repeal proposal. Following Krawiec is Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on the Time Warner Cable News Channel, who will gives us some insight into where HB 2 stands today after the General Assembly leadership looked unfavorably at his proposal earlier this week. Also, who are some of the players currently that might have legitimate shots at higher offices in the state and in Washington D.C. What lies ahead for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, darling of the conservatives in the state, and might former Gov. Pat McCrory run again for governor in the future?

What Matters-Rep. Larry Pittman and Nick Oschner-Thursday, February 16, 2017-42 Minutes

Mark opens the show with Rep. Larry Pittman, (R-Cabarrus), to discuss the Constitutional Carry Act he has filed in the General Assembly which would allow NC citizens to carry concealed handguns without a permit if they desire. Pittman says the bill does not loosen in any way the current law surround where a person can carry a concealed handgun. The bill is to be heard first in the House Judiciary Committee but Pittman says he is not sure if the chairman of the Judiciary Committee will even hear the bill. Following up Pittman is Nick Ochsner, investigative reporter for WBTV, joining us to talk about the seemingly slow start the General Assembly has gotten off to this session, Gov. Cooper’s latest HB 2 proposal and the response by the General Assembly and more about the goings on in the state.

What Matters-Marty Kotis-Wednesday, February 15, 2017-38 Minutes

Mark speaks with Marty Kotis, a successful developers in the central part of the state and a member of the UNC Board of Governors (BOG), about a bill filed in the General Assembly that would reduce the size of the BOG from 32 members to 24. Is this a good idea? What about the argument some have made that there is not enough diversity represented on the Board? Also, Marty talks with Mark about the growing demand for online education in North Carolina, especially in the rural parts of the state, and advocates that this is something that should be embraced by the UNC-System.

What Matters-Dr. Mike Adams-Tuesday, February 14, 2017-27 Minutes

Mark brings on Dr. Mike Adams, professor of Criminology at UNC-Wilmington, for the first time today to talk about his upcoming speech on March 7th at the ICON Lecture Series, “How US Campuses Incubate and Enforce Cultural Marxism.” Adams also talks about freedom of speech and the lack of it on college and university campuses. Adams makes the point that it is not simply “liberal” ideology as much at work as it is a determined leftist effort to quash any speech they view as undesirable. Also, the genesis of “triggers, micro-aggressions and safe-spaces” on campuses. And, is the effort to restrict speech really an effort to restrict the speech of people of faith?