On today’s show Civitas President Francis De Luca sits down with NC Capitol Connection’s Matt Caulder to discuss a recent petition sent out by the left-leaning Progress NC calling out Republicans for looking to get rid of background checks in an omnibus gun bill moving through House that doesn’t get rid of background checks for handgun sales, or any gun sales. Francis and Matt discuss how Progress NC dropped the ball on this one.
On today’s episode of What Matters in North Carolina we hear from Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca about voter ID in the state, then we hear from Dr. Robert Leubke and Demi Dowdy about legislative changes on the horizon regarding education as well as in the budget. After that listen in to Susan Myrick and Jim Tynen talk about how the Left is using the courts to deter citizens from reporting possible voter fraud. Closing up the show is Demi Dowdy with your Media Meltdown Minute, talking about Kathy Griffin’s abhorrent image holding a mock-up of President Donald Trump’s severed head. Join us again next week for the next installment of What Matters in North Carolina.
Mark speaks with Mark Martin, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, about his support for legislation that would change the current law that allows 16 and 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in the state’s criminal justice system by having them charged in juvenile court. North Carolina is the last state that still charges minors as adults in that situation.
Mark speaks with Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy about the coming flooding in his area from the absolute drenching the Triangle got last week that could see the Neuse River crest higher than it did during Hurricane Fran. The flooding oddly coincides with his trip to Washington D.C. to meet with some of the state’s congressional delegation to seek assistance with the flooding and with prevention of future flooding in his area of the state.
Mark brings on North Carolina Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) to talk about last week’s crazy sessions leading up to the crossover deadline wherein the sheer number of bills being heard on the House floor had the speaker sounding a lot like an auctioneer at a cattle auction rather than the leader of the House of Representatives. But looking forward after crossover, what is to come in the next few weeks to come at the General Assembly?
Mark is joined on the show by Jenna Ashley Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, and Anna Beavon Gravely, spokeswoman of Generation Opportunity NC to discuss their article, NC Joins Growing List of States Seeking to Protect Campus Free Speech. The two talk about the growing lack of tolerance for free speech in our society and the outright intolerance and opposition to free speech on university campuses.
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.