Mark speaks with Hans Von Spakovsky, a legal expert with the Heritage Foundation, about the apparent showboating done by District Federal Court Judge William Orrick who issued the temporary ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities and if we are likely to see more or less judicial activism now that Justice Neil Gorsuch has been seated on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mark speaks with Brenda Berg, president and CEO of BEST NC, a non-profit, nonpartisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s education system through policy and advocacy. Brenda talks about whether the education establishment in the state will respond in a business-like manner to the growing demand for school choice – seeing it as competition and evaluate what is needed to better position public schools as a viable choice for parents who don’t see it that way now – or, continuing to do things as they have always been done, and heralding more money as the answer.
Mark talks to Rep. Beverly Boswell, (R-Dare) about her experience in the House in her first term and how she doesn’t fit the mold of a “typical” freshman legislator, but has been very engaged from the start and gotten involved in a number of important efforts already.
Mark speak with Rep. Nelson Dollar(R-Wake) about his bill to give victims of crimes more rights such as being informed when their assailant is freed on parole, which would give voters a chance to amend the North Carolina Constitution to recognize victim’s rights. Also Dollar talks about his bill to allow taxpayers to check off on their taxes if they’d like to use part of their refund to go to breast and cervical cancer research.
This Monday, Mark brings on Dr. Charles Sikes, past president of the NC Optometric Society, to respond to the assertions made by representatives of the ophthalmologists that allowing HB36 to pass, which would allow optometrists to perform certain surgeries and advanced eye care procedures, would not be safe for patients.
Mark speaks with Landon Stevens, director of Policy with Strata Solar, to discusses a recent study by Utah State University that found that North Carolina Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) have led to a loss of income. Following Stevens is Donald Bryson, state director of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina to clarify the confusion that exists when the renewable energy folks say they have created thousands of jobs but studies show that mandates have cost jobs in the state.
Mark brings on Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger (Ret), author of eight books including in Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, to talk about the topic at his upcoming appearance on April 25 at the ICON Lecture Series, “Slow Death: Assessing America’s War on Terrorism.” Bolger says that America has been fighting the war on terror and has not seemed to make noticeable progress, partially because the U.S. has chosen to fight this war on the terms of our enemies. For details on Gen. Bolger’s April 25 appearance at the ICON Lecture Series, click here for details.