The bathroom just won’t get off the front page. Mark kicks off the show discussing the demonstrations that took place at the legislature over the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB2). Civitas Communications Coordinator Demi Dowdy had gone to the legislative building. She describes the demeanor of the two groups. Mark mentions how the whole issue has been taken out of context. Demi explains how Charlotte’s ordinance contradicted state law by establishing a special protected class. At this time, the transgender community is not part of a protected class. Demi points out the transgender community constitute a small portion of the population yet know how to push an agenda benefitting them forward at a dizzying rate. Mark points out there were no arrests in the group that supports HB2 while those who are in opposition had more than 50 arrested. Demi says she has had the nastiest comments made to and about her since the bill was passed – something she doesn’t see as much of from those on the right. Mark shares a story about something that happened to his son when he was interning at the GA during a Moral Monday protest that will infuriate most parents.
Next, Mark speaks to LadyLibery1885, A.P. Dillon. She describes how before each Moral Monday protest, meetings are held to choose who will be arrested. Mark is surprised by this revelation. She says the volunteers wear a wristband to indicate to others in the group that they’ll be the ones that will take the fall this week. She also tells Mark what the scene was like leading up to the arrests.
In the second hour, AFP Communication Director Joseph Kyzer joins Mark. They discuss what AFP is doing to try to keep energy costs down. Joseph explains AFP is not asking for the elimination or repeal of the President’s clean energy plan. Instead, they’ve called for Congress to freeze the renewable energy portfolio standard mandate and study it. He says this will give lawmakers a chance to see if it is actually beneficial or will hurt Americans. Mark asks him to explain what he means by forcing customers to buy solar or biofuels. Joseph explains that by 2020, current legislation requires energy companies switch to alternative forms of energy production that will raise the cost of power by over $430 a year. And these same companies are already charging $2-3 a month in the form of a REPS charge on their monthly power bill which adds up month by month and year after year. Joseph tells Mark AFP has also released its education plan which includes lifting a growth cap on charter schools and open enrollment in public school districts.
Finally, the NCAA has issued another notice of allegation (NOA) against UNC Chapel Hill’s athletics department. Another? Really?
Civitas Election Policy Analyst Susan Myrick, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser and Meredith College Political Science Professor Dr. David McLennon join us tomorrow.