An end run of the democratic process. That’s what Roger Severino, Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation tells Mark the Obama administration is trying to do to force a transgender agenda on the American public. Mr. Severino says his former colleagues at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division know very well that when Congress banned sex discrimination in 1964 and 1972, it did not mean ‘gender identity.’ He says their standing, in fact, discriminates against men who identify as men because they are the only ones that aren’t allowed in women’s restrooms.
Next, House Majority Leader Rep. Mike Hager joins Mark. They discuss how the short session is going. Mark asks about the agreement on a spending limit. Rep. Hager says he is thrilled the two chambers came to an agreement so quickly so they can quickly get on with the business of agreeing on a budget. Rep. Hager tells Mark a bit about his background and thoughts on public education. Mark asks Rep. Hager to lay out what Republicans have been able to accomplish in moving education forward in North Carolina including teacher pay and STEM funding. He explains that prior to Republicans taking control of the GA, teachers had not gotten raises in several years. He says they’d worked hard to get base salaries increased as well as funding for key education programs that lead to jobs shortly after graduation no matter what part of the state you live in. They also discuss a key piece of legislation put forward today to help keep lawmakers and others safe while they work, visit or conduct business at the GA.
In the second hour, AFP Communications Director Joseph Kyzer joins Mark. They discuss what legislation the General Assembly is working on that coincide with issues AFP supports. Joseph delves into the necessity for changes to Certificate of Need (CON) laws. Mark asks him to explain what CON laws are and why they were put in place. Joseph tells him Certificate of Need are required for a healthcare facility to be built or expanded in the state. Joseph tells Mark he thinks the GA will have to address CON laws this session.
Finally, Civitas Communications Coordinator Demi Dowdy joins Mark to explain the public records request being made to find out if any illegal conversations took place between the Attorney General and companies opposed to HB2. She says there is no timeframe for the AG to comply with the request, but says if he wants to keep credibility in this issue and others, he should respond in a timely manner.
Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser joins us tomorrow.