Williams is noted for his incisive yet plain-spoken views on economics and current issues. Take “social justice.” Of that liberal slogan, Williams has said, “What’s just has been debated for centuries, but let me offer you my definition of social justice: ‘I keep what I earn, and you keep what you earn.’ Do you disagree? Well, then, tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you — and why.” Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, and has served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics since 1980. He has appeared on scores of radio and TV programs, and is an occasional guest host on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” He writes a weekly column syndicated in 140 newspapers and various websites, and he is the author of more than 150 articles in scholarly journals.
Gov. Bobby Jindal
Bobby Jindal was sworn in as Governor of Louisiana on January 14, 2008. Shortly after taking office, Governor Jindal called a Special Session to address comprehensive ethics reform, the cornerstone of his election platform. Since the conclusion of the session, the Better Government Association and the Center for Public Integrity announced that Louisiana’s new ethics laws are among the best in the nation. President George W. Bush appointed Jindal to serve as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2001. In that position, he served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. He later resigned from the position in 2003 to return to Louisiana and run for elected office for the first time. In that race, Jindal went from being a relatively unknown candidate for Governor, to receiving the most votes in the primary election and eventually 48 percent of the vote in runoff.
Gov. Pat McCrory
Governor McCrory was raised in Guilford County and attended Catawba College in Rowan County, where he earned degrees in Education and Political Science. Following his graduation from Catawba, he packed his bags for Charlotte and went to work full time for Duke Energy. As Mayor, Charlotte was on the cusp of an explosion of growth, and he was just the visionary needed to help take Charlotte to the next level to become one of America’s great cities. He championed major issues such as economic development, infrastructure, transportation, public safety, and education. Charlotte’s economy flourished during his time as Mayor as he helped bring tens of thousands of jobs to the region. On January 5th, 2013, Pat became the 74th governor of North Carolina after winning election by over 11 points. Since then, Pat has focused on improving “customer service” for the people of North Carolina by streamlining operations and cutting waste. He has been an aggressive job creator during his term, including his recent announcement of MetLife’s decision to bring 2,800 well-paying jobs to the state.
Sen. Mike Lee
Elected in 2010 as Utah’s 16th Senator, Mike Lee has spent his career defending the basic liberties of Americans and Utahns as a tireless advocate for our founding constitutional principles. Throughout his career, Lee earned a reputation as an outstanding practitioner of the law based on his sound judgment, abilities in the courtroom, and thorough understanding of the Constitution. Today, Lee fights to preserve America’s proud founding document in the United States Senate. He advocates efforts to support constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and economic prosperity.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
Dan Forest is the first Republican Lieutenant Governor to be elected in North Carolina in over 20 years, and only the second since 1897. Dan is a registered architect. He and his wife, Alice, reside in Raleigh with their four children, ages 8 to 20. After receiving two degrees from the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC), Dan became a leader in the business community having served as Office President and Senior Partner of the state’s largest architectural firm – Little Diversified Architectural Consulting. As Lieutenant Governor, Dan serves as the President of the North Carolina Senate and serves as a voting member of the State Board of Education, the State Board of Community Colleges, the state Economic Development Board and is the chairman of the eLearning Commission. He is also a member of the NC Advisory Commission on Military Affairs.
Tim Phillips is president of Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has enjoyed rapid growth, going from nine state chapters in January of 2006 to 32 state chapters with fulltime staff on the ground, with more than 2 million grassroots activists in 50 states, who are fighting for free-market principles and policies at the state, national, and local levels. The combined budget of AFP and AFP Foundation has also grown from just under $3 million in 2004 to over $130 million in 2012.
Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute. Rev. Sirico serves on the staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS’ 60 Minutes, among others. In his new book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is the best way to meet society’s material needs. Only if we have economic rights can we protect ourselves from government encroachment into the most private areas of our lives – right down to our consciences.
Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks, a national grassroots organization that serves citizens in their fight for more individual freedom and less government control. An economist by training, Kibbe is a well-respected policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator, and a regular guest on CNN, Fox News, The Blaze TV and MSNBC. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria. Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is author of Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America, (2012) and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (2010). According to Slate Magazine, “Kibbe…looks like Billy Bob Thornton cleaned up for a Job interview,” and is prone to wonkish pronouncements regarding music, philosophy and beer.
In 2006, Garza went from politics to print as President of Televisa’s HISPANIC PODER Group overseeing editorial, commercial and promotion of publications including HISPANIC, Hispanic Trends, PODER and Tu Dinero. Garza also worked as co-producer and host of Univision Network’s “Agenda Washington” a weekly Spanish-language news talk show that covered state, economic, political and social issues impacting the U.S. Hispanic community before launching The Libre Initiative in which he currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director. He resides in McAllen, TX with his wife and three children.
Dr. Stein & her husband have worked tirelessly to further American family and children’s causes. Some of the organizations that they have helped build, support and volunteer in are Care Net and several Pregnancy Centers in the US, The Boy Scouts in establishing their own Boy Scout Troop for underprivileged boys, Crossnore Homes for Children in educating and helping abused, neglected and abandoned children. She was recently appointed to the NC Governor’s Hispanic Advisory Council and is the Chair of the Education Committee. She also serves on Board of the North Carolina Smart Start Foundation and on the Governor’s Council On Minority Hispanic Affairs as well as the NC Superintendent’s Graduation Task Force. She recently accepted the position of Chair of the NC Republican National Hispanic assembly.
Dr. Terrence Moore
Terrence O. Moore is a professor of history at Hillsdale College and helps set up classical charter schools throughout the country. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago in 1990 and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Edinburgh in 1999. He taught at Ashland University in Ohio for two years. Dr. Moore also served as a lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1990-1993. For seven years he was the principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools, a K-12 charter school in Fort Collins, Colorado whose high school was twice ranked the number-one public high school in the state. He is now the principal advisor to the Barney Charter School Initiative at Hillsdale College. Since the summer of 2013, Dr. Moore has been one of the foremost critics of the Common Core: testifying before legislative bodies in four different states, posting a series of articles on Townhall.com, speaking frequently on the topic throughout the nation and on talk radio, and writing a book, The Story-Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core, available on Amazon.
John L. Rustin is President and Executive Director of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, a statewide nonpartisan, nonprofit, pro-family research and education organization. Rustin, a 25-year veteran of North Carolina’s political and public policy arena, returned to lead the Council in May 2013 after serving four years as Executive Director of the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation, a business-oriented political research organization.
Tami Fitzgerald is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, which seeks to advance faith, family, and freedom in the culture of North Carolina from a Christian worldview by engaging Christians in voting, informing voters about which candidates share their values, and advancing public policies that create a culture in which human life is valued, marriage and families flourish, and religious liberty thrives.
Neil is an Allied Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonpartisan nonprofit ministry which advocates for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family. Neil practices with Robbins May & Rich LLP in Pinehurst, NC, where he focuses mainly on civil and appellate litigation, business law, real property, and family law. He is licensed to practice in all North Carolina state and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Neil is also one of Grass Roots North Carolina’s “Gun-Friendly Lawyers”and is part of the legal networks of the Institute for Justice and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
Jason Lewis has returned to the Twin Cities and is on KTLK-FM weekdays 4-7 p.m. He was on the air at WBT in Charlotte, N.C. While in Charlotte, he was listed as one of “The Heavy Hundred 2005″ by
Talkers Magazine. He has been named by the magazine as one of the top 100 most important talk show hosts in the nation. Prior to WBT, Jason spent ten years at Hubbard Broadcasting in Minneapolis, where he was rated number one. Lewis earned his Masters of Arts Degree in Political Science at the University of Colorado-Denver and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education/Business at the University of Northern Iowa. He also completed the Series 7 General Securities Examination requirement from the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). In 1990, he was the Republican nominee for the United States Congress from Colorado’s Second District. Lewis has been twice featured in ABC Radio’s “The Year in Talk” and has also been a substitute host for Rush Limbaugh. He’s been quoted in the
Washington Postand has written editorials for newspapers throughout the country, including the
Wall Street Journal. Lewis has also appeared on such nationally broadcast television programs as NBC’s Today Show, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNBC.
As chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, Moore focuses on advancing public policies that increase the rate of economic growth to help the United States retain its position as the global economic superpower. He also works on budget, fiscal and monetary policy and showcases states that get fiscal houses in order.
Erin Tuttle is a Co-founder of Hoosiers Against Common Core. She was publicly recognized by Governor Mike Pence for her efforts in passing anti-Common Core legislation in Indiana. She has written extensively on the deﬁciencies of the standards and has testiﬁed before the Indiana Senate. Her organization continues to do educational research and has provided commentary on the Common Core Standards for the Bill Bennett Show, NPR, and local talk radio shows across the country. Her research and opinions have been cited by National Review Online, EdWeek, StateImpact and EducationNext.
Michael F. Cannon
Michael F. Cannon is the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies. Previously, he served as a domestic policy analyst for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee, where he advised the Senate leadership on health, education, labor, welfare, and the Second Amendment. Cannon has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and NPR. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American government (B.A.) from the University of Virginia, and master’s degrees in economics (M.A.) and law & economics (J.M.) from George Mason University.
Bill Frezza is a contributing columnist forForbes.com, RealClearMarkets, and BioIT World. He writes on a variety of topics, including regulatory reform, crony capitalism, tax policy, “green” government mandates, and ways to restore US economic leadership. Frezza spent three decades as an entrepreneur and venture capital investor. He holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology –in electrical engineering and computer science, electrical engineering, and biology.
Frank Buckley has been a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law since 1989. He was previously a Visiting Olin Fellow of the University of Chicago Law School. Buckley was twice a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, and in fall 2007 was a visiting professor at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris. He earned law degrees from McGill University and Harvard Law School. Professor Buckley is the author of numerous books and articles on law and economics and has published in many of the leading journals, including the Journal of Legal Studies, the International Review of Law and Economics, and Public Choice. His most recent books are The Morality of Laughter and Just Exchange: A Theory of Contract.
David J. Bobb
David Bobb joined the Bill of Rights Institute in Arlington, Va. in December 2013. Previously he was the founding director of two national centers for Hillsdale College: the Washington-based Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, and the Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence, a civic education program. From 2001 to 2013 he also was a lecturer in politics at Hillsdale College. David is the author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue (Thomas Nelson, 2013) and a contributing editor to The U.S. Constitution: A Reader (Hillsdale College Press, 2012).
Catherine Engelbrecht started the True the Vote initiative, a citizen led effort to restore honor and integrity to our electoral system. True the Vote educates voters, researches the veracity of voter registries, trains and mobilizes volunteers to work in polling places, and advocates for comprehensive election code reform legislation. True the Vote has developed an exportable program of training, technology, and support to equip citizens for participation in the electoral process at whatever level of involvement they choose, ranging from one time volunteer to program leader. True the Vote is currently working with 30 states, with emphasis in select states and counties known to have historically problematic election processes.
Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated toward educating young people about the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and capitalism. In less than a year Charlie has grown Turning Point USA from nothing, to having representation on over 100 high schools and colleges nationwide. At 20 years old, he has appeared on Fox News over sixty times including frequent appearances on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” “Varney & Co.” and “The Willis Report”. His work has appeared on Townhall.com and is also a contributor for Breitbart.com.
In 1960, Clarence Henderson was in the forefront of the civil rights battle as he bravely stepped up to participate in the sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Today, Mr. Henderson is a champion for freedom and conservative values. His message will inspire you and teach you how to change the narrative in this nation, from “Liberty for a few” to “Liberty for All!”
Evan Feinberg is the President of Generation Opportunity, an organization fighting for economic opportunity for 18-34 year olds through less government and more freedom.
In 2012, Evan became one of the first Millennials to run for United States Congress in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although unsuccessful, his bid garnered significant national attention and deepened his conviction that engaging and mobilizing the next generation is the key to winning the future for freedom.
Bruce M. Carroll Jr. is the President and Founder of Patriot Consulting. In September 2004, Bruce launched a successful conservative political blog, and was an original member of the PajamasMedia blogger network and one of the longest-running conservative blogs in the United States. Bruce also expanded his social media presence in 2009 by becoming an active member of the political and pop culture discussions on Twitter. Bruce uses humor, satire and biting wit to personally comment on the news events of the day.
Francesca is the Editor of Red Alert Politics – an online publication written by and for young conservatives. Red Alert Politics is a product of MediaDC, the parent company of The Washington Examiner and The Weekly Standard. Ms. Chambers has been featured as a speaker at CPAC and events sponsored by the Leadership Institute, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity and the State Policy Network, among others. Francesca graduated from the University of Kansas with BAs in Political Science and Journalism. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Michael.
James Taylor is senior fellow for environment policy at the Heartland Institute. He is also managing editor of Environment & Climate News and a columnist for Forbes.com. Taylor has presented energy and environment analysis on CNN, CNN Headline News, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC, PBS News Hour, PBS Frontline, CBS Evening News and ABC World News. Taylor has been published in virtually every major newspaper in the United States. Taylor has given energy and environment briefings to the President of the European Union, U.S. senators, U.S. congressmen, U.S. governors, and dozens of state legislators. Taylor was a primary author of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s energy policy. Taylor subsequently advised the Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney campaigns on energy and environment issues.
John Fund is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and writes the paper’s daily Political Diary. He has written on voter fraud and election irregularities for the last decade in the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, American Spectator and other publications. In the past year, Fund has made over 90 appearances on Fox News, MSNBC, C-Span, and CNBC.
Emergent Order CEO and co-founder John Papola is an award-winning writer, producer and director with more than a decade of experience in broadcast television and marketing. Papola is also co-creator with economist Russ Roberts of the Keynes vs. Hayek rap videos on EconStories.tv that have garnered over 7 million views on YouTube and tens of millions of earned impressions through global media coverage.
Lorie Byrd started blogging as a stay-at-home mom in 2004 at the group blog Polipundit.com where she helped build an average daily readership of 2,000 to over 65,000 in six months. Since then she has written for online publications including Wizbang, Breitbart, The Washington Examiner, AOL and Townhall.com and has commented on politics and current events on CNN, BBC and talk radio. She has worked on several campaigns including the 2010 congressional race in NC-2 that unseated 14-year-incumbent Congressman Bob Etheridge.
Matt Patterson is Executive Director, Center For Worker Freedom, at Americans For Tax Reform. Matt’s columns and commentary have appeared in some of the nation’s top newspapers and political sites, including Forbes, the Washington Post, New York Post, Washington Examiner and FOXNews.com. His work has been cited on air by Sean Hannity, quoted in POLITICO and The Week magazine, and featured by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Drudge Report, and Real Clear Politics, among many others. In 2011 Matt was honored to receive the prestigious Warren Brookes Journalism Fellowship from the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Previously he served as research assistant to Charles Krauthammer and a political coordinator for the Rudy Giuliani 2008 presidential campaign.
Oliver P. Sherouse is a senior policy analyst and research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree Duke University and his master of public policy degree from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. At CKI he has focused on government spending, economic freedom, and the measurement and drivers of well-being. Sherouse is a frequent instructor in CKI’s educational programs and leads sessions on economics and non-profit management.
Paul Chesser is a correspondent for Watchdog.org, publishes a Drudge Report-style news aggregator for North Carolina called CarolinaPlottHound.com, is an associate fellow and investigative reporter for the National Legal & Policy Center, and is a contributor to American Spectator Online. Previously he has served as an associate editor for the John Locke Foundation’s Carolina Journal. His articles and commentary have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including The Washington Post, New York Post, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, and the San Francisco Examiner. He has also appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show,” on various Fox Business Network programs, and as a talk radio guest on stations across the country.
Professor E. Gregory Wallace teaches constitutional law with a concentration in free speech, church and state, and constitutional interpretation at Campbell University School of Law. Before joining the Campbell Law faculty in 1995, Wallace was a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas–Little Rock School of Law and served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Susan Webber Wright. He also has argued more than 150 disability cases in federal appellate courts. He has given several presentations on judicial candidate speech and served on the North Carolina Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Permissible Political Conduct by Judges and Judicial Candidates. Wallace enjoys nature photography, seeing movies with his wife, watching his daughter play softball, and following the Carolina Hurricanes with his son.
Tyler Younts is the Legal Policy Analyst at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation he was a staff attorney at the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law where he was engaged in legal research, writing, and appellate work. A native of Farmer, North Carolina, Tyler earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. He served as an intern in the North Carolina State Senate before entering law school at Campbell University. He earned a J.D. degree in 2011 from Campbell University School of Law. Tyler resides in Apex with his wife, son, and beagle.