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This week, we bid Civitalk farewell as we prepare for the exciting transition ahead: Civitas and John Locke Foundation’s new union! Ray and Brooke reflect on the lessons they’ve learned during their time at Civitas, as well as consider the less
This episode, Ray and Brooke get into the Christmas cheer by discussing “Woke Santa” and his dalliance with political correctness at the expense of a child, as well as the changing demographics across the state and our nation, and reflect on th
Ray is joined by Bob Luebke, director of policy for the Civitas Institute. They talk the good and bad of Christmas, the current political realignment going on in the nation, the 2022 U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, education, and voter ID.
Thanksgiving is on the horizon and Ray and Brooke sit down to discuss cherished Thanksgiving traditions and edibles, as well as venture into the uncertainty and disruption COVID and government shutdowns have created during this special time of
“Even though Cooper won, a lot of the issues he ran on lost.” – Ray Nothstine On this episode of Civitalk, Ray and Brooke discuss the dynamics of the election results. Does Trump continue to remain a force of influence on the political Right? H
This week, Ray and Brooke are joined by election policy analyst Andy Jackson to dive deep into the Election Day results. They discuss the impact President Trump has had on the GOP’s ability to expand its base and what the future might hold. The
What went wrong with the polls in 2016? This week, Joseph Campbell, author of Lost in a Gallup, joins Ray and Brooke to examine this question that has perplexed many voters and experts. They discuss lessons learned, as well as consider what rol
This week, Ray and Brooke discuss unscientific political prognostications based on which homes decide to observe Halloween and which cars they drive, Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden’s
This week, Ray is joined by Leah Byers to discuss the recent gubernatorial debate between Gov. Roy Cooper and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, sharing what they believe were the evening’s hits and misses. They also examine the special Civitas Action Freedo
This week, Ray and Brooke examine the substance of the Vice Presidential debate and issue a definitive ruling on the accusations that Vice President Mike Pence was Mansplainer in Chief. They also discuss the latest developments in the Cal Cunni
This week, Corey DeAngelis director of school choice at Reason Foundation and Bob Luebke, Civitas’ director of policy, join the show as we discuss the release of a brand new Civitas-Reason study titled, “Funding Students Instead of Systems: The
Was there collusion between the Democrats and Gov. Cooper’s North Carolina State Board of Elections that led to administrative changes, effectively overturning significant election integrity protections enacted by the legislature? Andy Jackson,
Joe Catenacci, host of Mornings with Joe Catenacci on Big Talker FM, joins the program to give our audience a taste of what Wilmington’s political climate is like, from the increasing “Northernization” of Wilmington’s voting population and the
This week, Ray and Brooke discuss their favorite food trucks (Redneck BBQ Lab, for the win!), the mass exodus out of cities, making predictions about life after COVID, declining voter confidence in the election, and the justifiable controversy
Ray and Brooke are joined by Gil Pagan, the leader of Hispanos Del Sur (Southern Hispanics) to discuss how Latin culture and faith play into voting patterns among Hispanics. They touch on a variety of issues, from the differences between first
This week, Ray and Brooke talk the Republican and Democratic national conventions, scan Gov. Cooper’s budget, and camp on how rising crime and civil unrest might play into how voters cast their ballots this November. Of course, they kick off th
The electorate wants more education options, not fewer. So, why is Governor Cooper trying to limit options for lower-income families? And what’s going on with the North Carolina Association of Educator’s highly political platform and how does i
What do we make of Kamala Harris’ decision to run with Joe Biden, someone she suggested was guilty of championing racist policies and harassing women? And what does the latest Civitas Poll tell us about where the North Carolina electorate curre
Ray is joined by North Carolina writer Andrew Donaldson this week. They discuss the politics surrounding Gov. Roy Cooper’s extension of Phase Two and then jump into the governor’s race in North Carolina and the presidential race. Ray and Andrew
This week, Brooke is joined by Leah Byers, Civitas policy analyst and government affairs coordinator. They make guesses as to former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden’s imminent VP announcement, examine the scrutiny Amazon fou
What is the role of the government in education? How much liberty and freedom should parents have when it comes to how and where their child is schooled? This week, Ray and Brooke explore these questions, as well as share their favorite books a
This week, Ray and Brooke celebrate 100 episodes of Civitalk, opening up with what they believe life will be like 100 years from now and their favorite 100-year-old individuals. They also discuss heavier topics such as learning lessons from fla
This week, Brooke is joined by Dr. Andy Jackson, Civitas’ elections policy analyst, to discuss the 11th Congressional District Republican primary win of Madison Cawthorn, a 24-year-old political newcomer, over Trump-endorsed Lynda Bennet. They
This week, Eric Peterson of Pelican Institute joins Ray and Brooke for a robust debate on online censorship. Should social media platforms be completely content-neutral or should community standards exist? And if community standards should be e
This week, attorney Daniel Gibson makes his third guest appearance on Civitalk, helping us make sense of the recent Supreme Court decision, Bostock v. Clayton County. After Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered the surprising majority opinion, there h
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