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Rick Hess: Letters To a Young Education Reformer [AUDIO]

With my recent move from Illinois to Michigan, I’ve experienced a significant change in the education environment. Michigan is a “Schools of Choice” state, providing parents options as to what school children may attend:

Schools of Choice programs provide students with additional enrollment opportunities, which range from allowing students to determine which school within the resident district they will enroll, to allowing non-resident students to enroll in a district other than their own.

School choice, vouchers, and charter schools long have been an interest of mine, so it was wonderful to talk with Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.  His new book is “Letters To a Young Education Reformer“. Here’s the audio:

Life Lessons From The Twilight Zone

This was a blast. Virtually anyone who knows me knows how much I love “The Twilight Zone”. I’m the guy who watches the twice-yearly marathons on SyFy, even if I’ve seen the episode 15 times. So, talking to a guy who literally wrote a book on the topic? Yes, please.

Mark Dawidziak is the author of the new book, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone“. In essence, taking life lessons from episodes of the series. I’m actually thinking about trying to teach a seminar course on “The Twilight Zone” & American society in the late 1950s/early 1960s, so this was great prep.

Here’s the audio:

Rep. Randy Hultgren: Return to Patient-Focused Care

Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren was first elected in the Tea Part wave of 2010 and has represented the 14th District well since that time. He’s one of the most earnest lawmakers I’ve had the pleasure of talking to and he’s always well-versed on almost any topic that comes up in the course of an interview.

Last week while filling in on “The Michael Koolidge Show,” I was joined by Hultgren to break down the new Republican health care bill. Clearly Hultgren does not believe this is a perfect measure and would like to see some improvements. But, all in all, he thinks it’s an improvement over the current situation we find ourselves in with Obamacare rules and  regulations. Here’s the audio:

Kristina Rasmussen: Illinois Residents Want Reforms

Living in Michigan for the past year has not meant I’ve forgotten about what is happening in Illinois. I followed politics in the state for years and years, so why would I stop now? Not to mention the fact virtually all of our extended families are still in the Land of Lincoln, and we travel back often. All of which is to say, I’m still invested in the future of the state and the budget talks happening at the moment.

Kristina Rasmussen from Illinois Policy joined me on The Michael Koolidge Show to discuss the results of a new survey of Illinois residents and the current state of the “Grand Bargain” in Springfield:

Phil Kerpen Breaks Down GOP Health Insurance Plan

Michael Koolidge was kind enough to invite me to fill in on his show again this week, which gave me a great excuse to catch up with some of my favorite guests.

I’ve been talking with Phil Kerpen of American Commitment for years about Obamacare, both before and after it became law. Now, with Republicans putting forward their own plan, Phil and I talked about what’s in and out of the bill and whether it’s a marked improvement from the status quo:

Rep. Adam Kinzinger: Impressed By Cabinet Picks

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined me as I filled filling in on “The Michael Koolidge Show“. He represents the 16th District, which stretches from the Wisconsin border to the Indiana border.

Kinzinger was a sharp critic of President Elect Trump during the campaign, but agrees with me that his cabinet selections have been impressive. We also previewed this week’s inauguration and discussed the possible GOP repeal/replace of Obamacare and the recent commutations handed out by President Obama.