A Letter from Matt: Taking the Leap!

mattmichsHello friends,

I’ve spent the better part of the past 20 years doing my best to carve out neutral space for people to have a free-flowing, independent and engaging dialogue about current happenings, news events, community challenges and personal successes. We have laughed together, we have cried together and we have gotten active together – when needed. I have no allegiance or leaning to any corporation, political party or special interest. And above all, I respect and appreciate all that want a seat at the table of American Life – and I am willing to continue fighting for that.

Hardly a day goes by that I’m not asked about returning to the microphone. The times seem to be calling for a fresh approach. I so appreciate that people care enough about how I carry a program that they still want it. Well, truth is, I had to wait for gravity to pull my heart into it. I needed to know that it felt right in my soul to re-engage. That has happened. But rather than start another radio station, or work for a corporation or even have to split my time between serving my community and selling advertising, a friend patreon-logo-05showed me the strengths and accountability of crowd sourcing, or direct patronage approach where I work for my community directly. No middle men. So… I have launched a fund through Patreon.
This fund, on the front end, will help pay to bring in an engineer to construct a brand new, fully functional, broadcast studio and cover other start up needs. From there, moving forward, it will help cover ongoing costs and monthly expenses, production, licensing and expanded distribution of the program – as well as allow for growth of new digital platforms. I want to deliver this new program at the level of professionalism, and personal interaction, that people have come to expect from me. Through this fund, you will help make the platform a reality – and keep it growing. This is as true a return to “Programming for and by the People” as there could possibly be! And that really excites my soul. I hope it does yours too.

By pledging your support (of whatever amount you want, from $1/month to $100) you can empower a safe haven where there is civility, humor and truth, without it depending on anyone but us, working together, to keep it going.

CLICK HERE to become a patron today. Thank you so much!

Yours in service,
Matt

Cops Save Birthday for Autistic Boy When No One Shows Up

cops-attend-autistic-boys-birthday-fb-north-port-pd(Good News Network) When no one sent an RSVP after being invited to a birthday party for an autistic boy, the local police department showed up in force. Daniel Nicastro’s autism makes it hard for him to make friends–and no one had shown up for his previous two birthdays. His parents didn’t want to see him disappointed again, so they sent an invitation to the North Port, Florida Police Department to invite Daniel’s favorite heroes. The parents thought maybe one or two officers might stop by, but the cops kept coming. They brought police-themed gifts and seven of them posed for a picture with Daniel.

Watch a video HERE>

State Legislator Looks to Fundamentally Change Local Elections, without Local Input or Consent

636010760689572533-ashbrd-03-14-2016-act-1-a011-2016-03-11-img-tom-apodaca-1-1-5gdnbnqk-l775013539-img-tom-apodaca-1-1-5gdnbnqk(Asheville Citizen-Times) A Republican senator’s proposal to fundamentally change Asheville City Council elections would knock out almost half of the current members right off the bat. A map of proposed election districts obtained by the Citizen-Times would pit five of seven council incumbents against each other, “double bunking” and even “triple bunking” them into the same districts. Asked Wednesday if the map was final — or if it would change before being submitted with the bill — Sen. Tom Apodaca responded via text, saying he was “looking at a couple of things.” He didn’t answer a phone call Wednesday afternoon, but texted back, saying the Senate was in session and he was on the floor.

Apodaca is the GOP chair of the powerful rules committee and represents Henderson and Transylvania counties and a small piece of South Asheville in Buncombe. Almost a week ago, he said he was considering mandating district elections, something that would come over protests from Asheville’s elected officials and the four other state lawmakers from Buncombe who represent parts of the city. The Democrats, who are in the minority in the General Assembly, said Apodaca told them he didn’t expect them to support the bill and would move forward despite their concerns.

Read the full report HERE>

 

Libertarians could give us a Presidential show down in Congress

636002289746170936-shapiro01(US Today: Column) A popular third-party candidate could frustrate Trump and Clinton, putting the 12th Amendment in play. In this extraordinary presidential election, when the presumptive nominees of both major parties have historically low approval ratings, many Americans are looking for other options. But the structural obstacles facing third-party and independent candidates — ranging from campaign-finance regulations to ballot-access rules — prevent viable alternatives. Add in the common sentiment that a vote for someone other than a Republican or Democrat is “wasted” and it’s clear that, assuming they do get their respective parties’ nomination, nobody other than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton has a chance to win, right?

Actually, it’s not so simple. While it’s inconceivable that anyone other than the major-party candidates could win the popular vote, it’s possible that nobody wins a majority in the electoral college. If there’s no electoral majority, the 12th Amendment specifies that the House of Representatives, voting by state, will choose the president among the top three.

Read the full breakdown HERE>