Mark speaks with Dr. Andrew Taylor, professor of Political Science at NC State University, about the relationship between Gov. Roy Cooper and the General Assembly; what kind of budget can we expect from Cooper; does he expect controversial legislation to be offered during this session such as social bills or another run at Voter ID and more. Tune in!
Mark talks with Brian Jodice, vice president of communications and outreach at Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, about the surging demand for school choice in North Carolina, and what he sees as fueling that demand. Also, The General Assembly has forecast appropriating increasing amounts for Opportunity Scholarships. This is an indication that they believe the demand for school choice will continue to grow. Do you agree? Dr. June Atkinson said that school choice is really a “euphemism” and means that we will educate some children and forget others, a statement the Dr. Bob Luebke of Civitas said, “Is a smear with veiled racist overtones and no basis in fact.” Do you agree? Why do you think there is such an aversion to school choice among the education establishment? How is PEFNC working to spread the word about Opportunity Scholarships and school choice in NC?
Mark brings on Tim Boyum, Anchor of Capital Tonight on the Time Warner Cable News Channel,to talk about the General Assembly kicking off its 2017 legislative session this week, and what will be going on during their two-week break before reconvening on January 25. Also, what type of relationship can we expect between Gov. Cooper and the General Assembly going forward? What will the first few weeks of the legislative session look like? What will the first few weeks of the Trump administration? And, the North Carolina Senate will be meeting to confirm or deny Cooper’s cabinet appointments, something we’ve not seen before. What can we expect out of that process? Tune in for more.
Mark sits down with Dr. Bob Luebke, Education Policy Analyst, the Civitas Institute, to talk about his recent post, “Atkinson’s Criticism of School Choice is False and Telling” wherein he responds to June Atkinson’s comment that “school choice” is really a euphemism that implies educating some children and forgetting others. Listen in for more.
Also next week is National School Choice Week and Luebke talks about the luncheon hosted by the Civitas Institute and NC Parents for Educational Freedom, Thursday, January 26 at the downtown Holiday Inn in Raleigh from 11:30-1:30. More information is available at www.nccivitas.org/events
Mark speaks to Dr. Robert Moffit, senior fellow for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, about his article, “Obamacare Repeal and Replacement, the Case for Moving Quickly”. The House, last Friday, voted to begin the process of repealing Obamacare largely voted along party lines, 227-198, approving a budget resolution that will serve as the vehicle to unwind the health care law. Moffit says that Congress needs to move quickly to with replacement, focusing on establishing a few basic rules while leaving most of the detailed decisions to either the private sector or state governments. Also, contrary to those who would scream otherwise, there are no plans to “kicking” people currently insured off of their plans.
Mark speaks with Kyshia Lineberger, president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Republican Women about heading to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. She is part of a large contingent from Mecklenburg County going to the inauguration.Listen in to find out what she, as a young woman, is looking forward to going into Trump’s first term as President, and more presently what she is looking forward to tomorrow. Also does she worry about her safety in light of those who have threatened to disrupt the proceedings? Tune in for more!
Mark speaks with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest about what he is expecting to be some of the more significant legislation to come out of the Legislature during the upcoming Long Session as well as what to expect going forward already seeing the rocky start to the relationship between Gov. Roy Cooper and the General Assembly leadership. Also Forest has been stalwart in his defense of HB 2 and Mark asks him if he is concerned about the leadership of the General Assembly seemingly being willing to repeal the legislation. Find out what else is on Forest’s mind as he heads into his second term.