Carolina Journal Radio

Liberals Choose Political Theater Over Substance

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For weeks, liberal advocacy groups have protested at the legislature against Republicans and GOP policies making their way through the legislative process. Their protests, featuring planned arrests, have attracted much media attention. John Locke Foundation John Hood analyzes the protests and the impact of the theatrics. Hood also offers advice for GOP legislators on how to respond. Then we turn to a hotly contested policy debate involving a bill to restart North Carolina’s system of capital punishment. The bill includes repeal of the so-called Racial Justice Act. You’ll hear highlights from a state House debate for and against the measure. Next is a look health care. As North Carolina lawmakers continue to struggle with unexpected increases in state health care costs, some members of the congressional delegation continue to fight the 2010 Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare. U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-9th District, recently called for the act’s repeal during a speech on Capitol Hill. That’s followed by comments from a North Carolina congressman. National headlines have highlighted a scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative and tea party groups for extra scrutiny of their tax status. Among those asking questions about the source of the IRS activity is U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th District. You’ll hear highlights from his recent interrogation of a top U.S. Treasury Department official. And finally, Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson discusses what appears to be multiple scams operating in North Carolina involving fake income tax refund requests. Henderson updates us on the case of two people from Clinton, as well as suspicious activity in Durham.