May 30, 2015

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Frank Sorick and Betsy Summers fill in for Lou while he’s attending and presenting at the Libertarian Political Expo (LPEX) in Las Vegas. Mike’s building his ark down in Blanco, Texas, as he explains that the Blanco creek rose some 23 feet in a matter of two hours. This leads to a discussion of the condition of the Wilkes-Barre storm drains . . . for which Betsy’s got an intriguing proposition. Mike reminisces about growing up in South Wilkes-Barre.

Segment II (19:24)
Lou’s on the line from Las Vegas (where it’s around 4 a.m.) to fill everyone in on his drive out, his stay with 2012 Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, and the goings on at LPEX. He’s excited about the prospects of expanding the Gazette network to other parts of the country. The team discusses Rand Paul‘s exclusion from a Fox News poll as further evidence of the tremendous need for independent media today.

Segment III (32:22)
Ben, a Plymouth landlord, calls in to discuss crime, drug use, and property taxes. He wonders where the property tax money is going to come from for the new Wilkes-Barre Area School District schools being proposed. Gazette writer Dave Joseph is also in studio. He’s got some info on the Common Core Standards that he wants to share.

Segment IV (49:07)
The team discusses some isolated state resistance to Common Core while Dave fills us in on some of the dynamics which led to its widespread adoption. It seems that states were basically bribed with federal monies to sign on to the scheme . . . could it be part of an agenda to dumb down Americans and keep them compliant?