By Longleaf Politics
Longleaf PodcastMay 01, 2019
"Red for Ed" rally underwhelms
The N.C. Association of Educators predicted 50,000 teachers or more marching on Raleigh. The crowds were less than a tenth of that size. We also touch on the tragedy at UNC Charlotte, the 3rd Congressional District primary and the Senate veto override vote on the "Born Alive" act.
The weirdest argument against the "Born Alive" act
Poking holes in N.C. Democrat legislative priorities
Important House budget proposals you won't read in the news
To find the links to budget documents I mentioned, go here: lockerroom.johnlocke.org/2019/04/26/house-budget-documents-just-in-time-for-weekend-review/
Will House Bill 2 be a campaign issue in 2020?
Early voting begins. Who goes negative in the 9th?
Political fact-checking is broken in North Carolina
The concept of "fact-checking" was pretty revolutionary when it was popularized by PolitiFact in 2007. But over time, its meaning has diminished — particularly in North Carolina. We dive deep into two recent fact-checks from the News & Observer and show you how you can ferret out its biases.
Club for Growth makes big endorsement
Jeff Jackson challenging Tillis ... at least on Twitter
What the “Born Alive” act is really about
"Born Alive" opponents can't get story straight
As the "Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act" heads to Gov. Cooper's desk, we look into the two contradictory counterarguments being put forward by the left. Then we discuss Rev. William Barber being allowed back at the General Assembly building and Dan McCready refunding a $2,000 donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Dan Bishop leads the $$ race
Why Dallas Woodhouse just announced he’ll step down
What the NCGOP needs in its next chairperson
Wake, Meck schools cave to striking teachers
North Carolina's two largest school districts — Wake and Mecklenburg — have now both said they'll cancel classes on May 1 to allow teachers to attend the N.C. Association of Educators rally/strike in Raleigh. We go into why the NCAE is disingenuous in its rhetoric and question why school districts are leaving families high and dry.
Plus, we discuss:
- A minor dust-up between 9th District Republicans Stony Rushing and Dan Bishop
- A new bill to require Uber drivers to display a lighted sign
- The N&O is criticized for insensitive coverage of the Durham explosion
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Does N.C. REALLY want a third party? | Secret Medicaid expansion | Voter ID “fix”
We go over a few of the day's top headlines, including a Meredith poll that says both Republicans and Democrats think we need a viable third party in state politics. I explain why that's not going to happen and might not be the best idea to pursue anyway. Plus, a quick recap of the Medicaid expansion that shall not be named, a somewhat silly fix to the state's voter ID law, and an examination of whether North Carolina really is not suited for rail transit.
Will Charlotte-Mecklenburg consolidation ever happen?
For decades now, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have been talking about consolidating their governments. They've taken small steps forward, coordinating on certain services like police, water, and parks. Now more coordination for land development is on the table, and we talk about its chances of moving forward with Bryan Holladay, the principal of CLT Public Relations.
We need more $ in politics, not less
Why N.C. can’t seem to have an honest conversation about education
Will the Robin Hayes scandal spread?
A day after NCGOP chairman Robin Hayes was indicted along with a major political donor, the big questions is: Who else might get wrapped up in the scandal? We examine the connections Wayne Goodwin, Mark Walker and Dan Forest have with Greg Lindberg and the chances that they might be damaged politically. We also spend time discussing Cherie Berry's impending retirement and a new proposal that would give teachers direct access to $400 apiece to buy classroom supplies.
Robin Hayes INDICTED. Is there a silver lining for the NCGOP?
Episode 025: Fording Cross Creek with Matt Richardson
Episode 024: What Democrats get wrong about gerrymandering
Episode 023: 5 ways to stay involved in politics after the election
Episode 022: Bad candidates
Episode 021: Biggest winners and losers of the 2018 elections
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Episode 020: A 4-minute recap of North Carolina's midterm elections
Episode 019: DECODED — Why the national media writes hit pieces on N.C. politics
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Here's the link to The Atlantic's piece if you would like to read it: www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/north-carolinas-constitutional-amendment-fight/574546/