Mark speaks with George Leef, Director of Research for the John Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, about Republican nominee Donald Trump’s higher education policy. While Trump has not said a whole lot about his plan for higher education Leef tells Mark about what we do know so far and the possibility that Trump would support a plan to make sure that colleges and universities have some skin in the game when it comes to student loans. Listen to find out more…
Mark speaks with Rob Henneke, general counsel and litigation director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for the American Future, about short-term rental ordinances effecting AirBnb and his recent piece in Forbes Magazine about Austin’s recent ordinances. Here in Raleigh many of the same issues are being discussed as have been regulated in Austin. Rob says, under city of Austin ordinances it is illegal to be out in your yard after 10 p.m. at a short-term rental property, also you cannot have more than six unrelated adults in a short-term rental property in Austin under their ordinances affecting short-term lease properties. The ordinances also give the city the right to come in and inspect the rental properties at any time, seemingly in violation of constitutional property rights.
Mark speaks with Napier Fuller, who filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Chris Sgro with the State Ethics Commission over his not resigning his position as the executive director of Equality NC, while serving in office. Sgro was appointed to serve out the remainder of Rep. Ralph Johnson’s term after his unexpected death over the summer. Sgro did not file to run for Johnson’s seat in November. Napier filed a public records request for Sgro’s communications with Equality NC, but that request has gone unanswered. Napier said that he will be pursuing legal action against Sgro for dragging his feet on his public records request.
Mark speaks with Tim Boyum, anchor for Capital News Tonight on Time Warner Cable News, about his views on both Trump and Hillary’s running mates. Tim says that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is a red-blooded Republican and will back the party line and may be able to win votes from conservative Republicans that Trump wants. Tim discusses the specter of an intervention for Trump to get him off of Twitter. Tim says that the first poll after Labor Day will be very telling about what to expect going forward. Tim with Mark about the court proceedings on HB 2 and the vast number of questions the sitting judge asked about the legislation that requires men and women to use the bathroom facility that matches their birth certificate. Tim also says that Republicans may be in trouble when it comes to the November in terms of keeping their super majority.
Mark speaks with Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, about the latest in the battle for HB 2 which went before a judge recently. Tami said that the hearing was more than three hours long and that the judge seemed to be most concerned about the privacy issue. Tami said that she hopes that the court will take the Supreme Court stay on a similar case in Virginia into account when deciding whether to keep HB 2 in place until the case is decided. Tami also speaks about the personal attacks and hate mail that she has received from opponents of HB 2.