Mark speaks with Rep. Sarah Stevens, (R-Surry), Speaker Pro Tempore of the North Carolina House, about the task of essentially being the deputy Speaker of the House filling former Rep. Skip Stam’s (R-Wake) large shoes who held the position for several years before retiring last session? She gives us an update on what was going on in the House in regards to HB 2 in the December Special Session called to repeal it. Also, she tells us her priorities for this session and what type of legislation would she like to see passed.
Mark speaks with Janie Wagstaff, president and co-founder of the ICON Lecture Series (Issues Confronting Our Nation), to talk about this year’s lineup of guests for the series. Janie gives a history of the ICON Lecture Series, and talks about the challenges of presenting conservative speakers and content in the highly liberal region of Durham and Orange Counties. The series has grown with the numbers of attendees reaching higher levels each year. The first speaker of the season will be Dr. Mike Adams from UNC-W, on the topic, “How Campuses Incubate and Enforce Cultural Marxism.” For a list of the series’ guests go to http://www.iconlectureseries.com/ where a full-season pass can be purchased.
Mark brings on Mary Clare Reim, policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, to continue our coverage of National School Choice Week. Mary talks about the fact the school choice is growing incredibly and that parents being in charge of their child’s educational has shown to be a positive when it comes to students’ outcomes. She also tells Mark about the growth of opportunity scholarships in popularity nationally as they are in North Carolina and more about the positive affects of that growth.
Mark speaks with Sen. Dan Bishop, (R-Mecklenburg) about a video that surfaced showing some people chasing former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Lou Dobbs in Washington, DC shouting, “shame on you” and “anti-gay bigot.” Also, Bishop says he will introduce legislation that would give protection to public officials, much like already exists for federal elected officials. Also, former governors such as Hunt, Easley and Perdue have not been confronted in such a threatening manner. Would such a law violate First Amendment rights, or are public officials need such a law in place to protect them?
Mark brings on Demi Dowdy, communications coordinator at the Civitas Institute, to talk about her thoughts and feelings surrounding the women’s marches that took place over the weekend, the irony of non-Muslim women wearing hijabs, which is a symbol of submission, and that one of the main organizers of the march is a pro-sharia law Muslim woman. Also, Demi questions the notion of women’s inequality and talks about the extreme vulgarity on display and how it was very inappropriate especially in front of young children.
Mark speaks with Rep. Holly Grange, (R-New Hanover) about her being election as the Deputy Conference Director for the House Republican caucus as a first term representative in the General Assembly, her thoughts on the increasing growth of the New Hanover County area and what needs that growth is causing in the way of infrastructure, as well as her thoughts as to what she’d like to accomplish in her first term, and what she thinks the main priorities will be overall during this legislative session.
Mark speaks with David Horowitz, one of the founders of the New Left movement of the 1960s who worked with such notable leftists as Huey Newton’s Black Panther Party, but turned conservative during the President Ronald Reagan’s term and through the David Horowitz Freedom Center works to expose the efforts of the Left to erode our nation’s moral, cultural and economic foundations. In his just-released book, “Big Agenda.” Horowitz takes aim at the Left of today and their targeting of young people through indoctrination on college campuses. Also, Horowitz talks about the attacks on President Trump and what to expect during the first 100 days of the new administration.