Mark talks with Rep. Scott Stone (R-Mecklenburg) about his first full term in the House and how his background as an engineer might help him as a legislator. Also, Stone talks about the bill he filed Tuesday which would lengthen the “cooling off” period for former members of the legislature to register as a lobbyist from 6 months to 12 months, and more.
Mark brings on Lt. Gov. Dan Forest for a return segment where he talks with Mark about his experience at the National Prayer Breakfast last week, the start of the legislative session and his thoughts on the NCAA threatening to take more championships from North Carolina over HB 2 and UNC Tar Heels’ coach Roy Williams saying the law is ridiculous. Also Forest talks about his impressions of President Trump’s first couple of weeks in office.
Mark speaks with Mayor Virginia Gray for the Mayor Monday podcast about a bit of history of the town and the recent surge of growth there along with the rest of Eastern Wake County. Gray says that the growth they are planning for is that which is sustainable and that can afford residents the opportunity to have everything they need in the town area. Tune in to learn more about one of Wake County’s smaller towns.
Mark brings on Dr. Bob Luebke, education policy analyst at the Civitas Institute, to discuss the growing demand for school choice in North Carolina and nationally. Also, last week’s school choice luncheon held by the Civitas Institute and NC Parents for Educational Freedom, which was extremely well-attended. And, the results of a Civitas Institute poll released at the luncheon which showed among other things that 70 percent of North Carolina likely voters polled believe that “state lawmakers need to do more to expand educational options for families.” Also, why do many education leaders on the left such as former Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. June Atkinson oppose school choice, even though it is becoming popular even among Democrats.
Mark opens up the show with Dr. Susan Roberts, professor of Political Science at Davidson College, to discuss the relationship between Gov. Roy Cooper and the General Assembly, whether Cooper have the “power to persuade?” and how President Trump has fared his first two weeks in office. Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on the Time Warner Cable News Channel, comes on for his weekly news segment to discuss how some members of the General Assembly are getting blowback for statements posted on social media, a bill filed on the Senate to address retiree healthcare underfunded liabilities and whether legislators have the political courage to take this issue on when it will flare up state retirees, the state employees.
Mark speaks with Elizabeth Slattery, legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, about President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Who is Judge Neil Gorsuch? Are conservatives right to be excited that Trump appears to have kept a major campaign promise to put someone conservative on the Court? What is the likelihood that Gorsuch could turn out to be a disappointment as have some other sitting justices who were touted as conservatives when nominated? And, if Gorsuch is confirmed, could the presence of a conservative on the Supreme Court help North Carolina in some way stem the tide of judicial activism against it that has been happening over the past year?
Mark brings on Jenna Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, to talk about her latest article, “Bigger’s Better? In Higher Eds Amenities Arms Race Bigger’s Just Better” discussing whether spending tax dollars on lush new facilities is the best us of education funding.