It’s an eventful news day which means a really exciting show. Chad gets the skinny on a meeting stopping disruption that led to the arrest of some protestors at the UNC Board of Governors meeting from Carolina Journal Associate Editor, Kari Travis. She describes the scene when students and faculty members brought the meeting to a halt over the appointment of Margaret Spellings and cutting funding for programs at traditionally black state universities. She tells Chad the faculty group presented a survey to the Board pushing for more funding. She says one member of the BOG said they would not stand for non-peaceful protests and banned the group from the building. After disbanding for 10-15 minutes, Kari says the BOG reconvened and completed the meeting.
Next, Chad speaks to Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Commissioner Troxler shares his thoughts on the CSX project, the impact of the recent storm on crops, the reduction in the number of small farms, the increase in number of small Farmer’s Markets in the state, the addition of a Sky Lift at the Fairgrounds, solar and wind energy, what he would like to see to grow the agriculture industry to a $100 billion market in the state, and being the first Republican Ag Commissioner ever. It’s a fascinating look behind the scenes at how many things his department has a part in that you may not be familiar with.
In the second hour, AFP State Director Donald Bryson is in studio. It’s school choice week. Chad asks Donald his thoughts on the good and bad going on around the state regarding school choice. Donald tells Chad the growth of charter schools is one of the really good things that are happening. Chad says the compliance issues charter schools have to go through are extremely stringent. Donald adds when public schools are failing, they get more funding; when charter schools falter, parents pull their children out which means less funds and perhaps the eventual failure of the school. Donald points out the availability of direct instruction is one of the benefits of charter schools. So, if your child is interested in art or nature, there’s a school focused specifically on those issues. Chad segues into the upcoming primary. Donald shares the limits AFP has regarding the primary and issues without having to disclose their donors. He says laws put in place in 2010 and 2011 have limited their free speech.
Finally, Chad shares an article by Michael Barone about Americans being tired of political and media elites considering them stupid and vicious. The article delves into the fear of many to call Islamic extremists what we know they are – terrorists. Chad questions what has happened to free speech. How much freedom do we really have today? Good question.
Tomorrow NC Free Enterprise Foundation Executive Director Joe Stewart and Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser join us.