-December 2, 2013-
3:00 -- Is it unethical for Rep. Tim Moffitt to publish a newspaper outling all the great things his Republican Party passed in the NC Legislature?
4:00 -- Americans don't trust each other any more. Why? Plus Art Pope and William Barber exchange words.
5:00 -- Kevin King joins us to talk about his grassroots organizing work on college campuses. Plus, Milton Friedman debates Frances Fox Piven.
-December 3, 2013
3:00 -- Pete offers NC Democratic candidate recruiters the opportunity to come on the show. They chicken out.
4:00 -- The rise of the administrative state and why budget battles will be the focal point now.
5:00 -- The Hobby Lobby lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, plus should chimpanzees get legal "personhood" status.
-December 4, 2013
3:00 -- A coup on the Mecklenburg County Commission might make it easier for South Asheville to de-annex from the city. Plus, a Hindu guy is mad at a local brewer for naming a beer Shiva.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands. Plus, Buncombe County Commissioners say they want to reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.
5:00 -- Kurth Schlichter, columnist at Townhall, says liberals have to lie. Plus, human cheese.
-December 5, 2013
3:00 -- Fast food workers protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
4:00 -- Ford O'Connell, GOP strategist and former McCain-Palin adviser, talks about what the Republican Party needs to do to win the Presidential race in 2016 - including "getting over the fact that Reagan is dead."
5:00 -- It turns out President Obama did know his illegal alien uncle living in Boston. Plus, the Democrats are desperate to get everyone to focus on income inequality.
-December 6, 2013
Well... they might have been a tad premature in their celebration.
That goes for Republicans, too, who were also trying to claim credit for the increase in the graduation rate.
This, today, from the News & Observer:
Chagrined by how poorly students performed on new state standardized tests last spring, state Board of Education members decided not to set passing grades at their meeting this month.
The board is now expected to set the bar for passing scores next month. The new schedule pushes the release of test scores from October to November.
Under the state Department of Public Instruction's suggestions, the number of students who would pass state tests given last spring drops significantly compared to the results from spring 2013.
The board unanimously approved making the results of last spring's tests part of a "transition" year , meaning the scores won't be used to judge schools or districts.
The old labels the board used under the ABC system to distinguish good schools from shaky ones are gone, and the new system of assigning schools A-F letter grades is not yet in place.
Of course, nobody will be held accountable for claiming credit for the success while avoiding culpability in the failure.
Instead, let's scream about increasing teacher pay while studiously ignoring the pay for public university administrators which averages about half a million dollars per year.
For the children! Am I right, or what?