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Friday, March 4
 

7:30am

Registrant Check-In
Friday March 4, 2016 7:30am - 7:00pm

8:00am

CLC 2016 Opening Breakfast with Governor Pat McCrory, Dr. Ryan Anderson, Hans von Spakovsky, and Tim Phillips
Speakers
avatar for Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy, Heritage Foundation
Ryan T. Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon senior research fellow in American principles and public policy at The Heritage Foundation. | He also is the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J. | Anderson is the author of the “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom.” He is the co-author with... Read More →
avatar for Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory

Governor, State of North Carolina
avatar for Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips

President, Americans For Prosperity
Tim Phillips is president of Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. Tim is a veteran political strategist and one of the nation’s premier grassroots organizers with 28 years of experience, including presidential, gubernatorial and congressional races, as well as, state legislative, local and issue-advocacy campaigns. In 1992, Tim managed U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) first congressional campaign and later... Read More →
avatar for Hans A. von Spakovsky

Hans A. von Spakovsky

Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Hans von Spakovsky is an authority on a wide range of issues – including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform -- as a senior legal fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. | | As manager of the think tank’s Election Law Reform Initiative, von Spakovsky also studies and writes about campaign finance restrictions, voter fraud... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 8:00am - 10:30am
Embassy Suites - Carolina Ballroom

9:00am

10:00am

Coffee Break
Friday March 4, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Embassy Suites - Exhibition Hall

10:30am

Policy & Process: Why the House Freedom Caucus Matters and How You Can Help
Speakers
avatar for Melody Himel Clarke

Melody Himel Clarke

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, Heritage Action for America
Melody Himel Clarke was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. Melody is a life-long entrepreneur having founded and operated businesses in the hospitality, realty, and communications industries. Among her endeavors she has founded and owned a boutique realty agency and settlement agency which closed over $67,000,000 in transactions. Expanded government intrusion into the markets had a direct impact on her business. The end result was her dedicating... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

10:30am

The Case for Border Security - the Humanitarian Argument: What's Really Going on at the Southern Border
Speakers
avatar for Brandon Darby

Brandon Darby

Managing Editor, Breitbart Texas
Brandon Michael Darby is an activist who rose to international recognition for his role in co-founding and directing the Common Ground Relief organization in New Orleans’ 9th Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Though once a prominent radical who worked with former Black Panther Party members, Palestinian and various other radical groups, his experiences led him to have a deep love for his country and to feel an obligation to... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Embassy Suites - Cameron

10:30am

The Way Back: How the Left Stole Our Issues and How We Can Take Them Back.
Speakers
avatar for Frank Buckley

Frank Buckley

Foundation Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason University School of Law, where he has taught since 1989. Before then, he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He has also taught at McGill Law School in Montreal, the Sorbonne (Paris II),and Sciences Po in Paris. He practiced law for three years in Toronto. | His most recent books are The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Embassy Suites - Smith

11:30am

Economic Consequenses of President Obama's Environmental Agenda
Speakers
avatar for Jillian Kay Melchior

Jillian Kay Melchior

Political Editor, Heat Street
Jillian Kay Melchior, political editor for Heat Street, is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and the Independent Women's Forum. She reports on government waste, fraud and abuse, energy and the environment, organized labor and other domestic issues. She has also reported from China, Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere around the globe.  | | Jillian has previously worked as an investigative reporter for National Review, an opinion writer... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm
Embassy Suites - Smith

11:30am

Liberty is No War on Women: Women, Politics, & the 2016 Election
Speakers
avatar for Sabrina Schaeffer

Sabrina Schaeffer

Executive Director, Independent Women's Forum
Sabrina L. Schaeffer is the executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum. She was the the managing partner of Evolving Strategies, served as the speechwriter for Senator George Voinovich of Ohio, the Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, DC, where she frequently served as a spokeswoman for the organization, and a member of the communications team for Bob McEwen’s campaign in... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm
Embassy Suites - Cameron

11:30am

The Death of Liberalism!
Speakers
avatar for R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

Founder and Editor in Chief, American Spectator
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn't Work: Social Democracy's Failure in Britain; Madame... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

12:30pm

Book Signing

Books Available for Sale and Signature

  • Allen West – Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family, and Freedom
  • David Limbaugh – The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic
  • David Limbaugh – Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of Barack Obama
  • David Limbaugh – The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament
  • Dinesh D’Souza – Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me About Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party
  • Dinesh D’Souza – America: Imagine a World Without Her
  • R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr. – Death of Liberalism
  • R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr. – After the Hangover: The Conservatives Road to Recovery
  • Frank Buckley – The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America
  • Stanley Kurtz – Radical in Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism
  • John Fund – Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department
  • John Fund – Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk
  • Morton Kondracke & Fred Barnes – The Bleeding Heart Conservative Who Changed America
  • Ryan Anderson – Truth Overruled: The future of Marriage and Religious Freedom
  • Charles Koch – Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies
  • Timothy Daughtry – Waking the Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals at Their Own Game

Friday March 4, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Embassy Suites - Exhibition Hall

12:30pm

How to Use Twitter - A Special Training for Using Social Media to Advance Conservative Ideas
Speakers
avatar for Joseph Kyzer

Joseph Kyzer

Communications Director, Americans For Prosperity North Carolina


Friday March 4, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Embassy Suites - Technology Room

1:00pm

General Session Lunch with Dan Forest, Ann McElhinney, and Lt. Col. Allen West
Speakers
avatar for Dan Forest

Dan Forest

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
In 2012, in his first run for elected office at any level, Dan Forest became only the second Republican since 1897 to be elected Lieutenant Governor in the state of North Carolina. Dan’s victory to the state’s second highest office came after he personally travelled nearly 300,000 miles to all 100 counties. This same work ethic was demonstrated in Dan’s previous career. A registered architect, Dan rose from office intern (while in... Read More →
avatar for Ann McElhinney

Ann McElhinney

Journalist, Film Producer and Director
Ann McElhinney is a journalist, and film producer and director. Her most recent success is a massive crowdfuding campaign for a movie about Kermit Gosnell. The crowdfunding for the Gosnell movie was the most successful Indiegogo campaign ever. Over 26,500 people funded the film contributing $2.25m in 45 days. The campaign smashed a number of crowdfunding records. Gosnell is a ripped from the headlines story about a respected doctor who ran a... Read More →
avatar for Lt. Col. Allen West

Lt. Col. Allen West

Executive Director and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, The National Center for Policy Analysis
The National Center for Policy Analysis welcomed Allen West as its new President and CEO effective January 2. West took the post because he believes it will be policy, not politics, that secures a sound economic future for Americans – with growth, opportunity and returning the promise of the American dream for this generation and those to come. | National Center for Policy Analysis CEO Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Embassy Suites - Carolina Ballroom

3:00pm

Five Ways You Can Help Improve Higher Education
Speakers
avatar for Jenna A. Robinson

Jenna A. Robinson

President, John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
Jenna Ashley Robinson joined the Pope Center in January 2007 as campus outreach coordinator and later became the center's director of outreach. She was previously the E.A. Morris Fellowship assistant at the John Locke Foundation, where she had worked since 2001. | | Robinson graduated from N.C. State University in 2003 with a major in political science and French. She has studied at the University of East Anglia School of American Studies in... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Embassy Suites - Smith

3:00pm

Religious Freedom: In Clear and Present Danger
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mark Harris

Dr. Mark Harris

Senior Pastor, First Baptist Charlotte
Mark Harris is known for his vision, optimism, organizational, and fundraising skills. His personal and professional discipline, networking abilities, and passion for people set him apart. He has lived his life in service to others. He has extensive leadership experience in management, administrative planning and budgeting, as well as construction planning and budgeting. In 2011 Mark Harris first entered the realm of political activities. He... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

3:00pm

Whom Should We Bar from Buying Guns?
Speakers
avatar for Richard Dietz

Richard Dietz

Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Judge Dietz grew up in a small town family of railroad and telephone workers. He was the first in his family to attend college. | | Judge Dietz graduated first in his class from Wake Forest University School of Law, which he attended on a full academic scholarship. After law school, Judge Dietz served as a law clerk for two prominent federal judges and then taught himself Japanese and spent a year as a research fellow at Kyushu University in... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Tarte

Jeff Tarte

Senator - District 41, North Carolina General Assembly
Jeff Tarte is a State Senator representing Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and parts of Charlotte.He is the former three term Mayor of Cornelius. As a side note, it was Jeff’s idea to seek a new design of the interstate exchange in January 2008 and under his leadership that brought to life the redesign and we now see the beginning of the construction of Exit 28, the Diverging Diamond Interchange.Senator Tarte’s Senate... Read More →
avatar for F. Paul Valone

F. Paul Valone

Executive Director, GrassRoots North Carolina
As a handgun competitor for nearly thirty years, Paul Valone is an NRA firearms instructor who has been certified by the state of North Carolina to conduct concealed handgun training,  and has received advanced defensive training at Thunder Ranch, Smith & Wesson Academy, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute and elsewhere. Valone writes occasionally for examiner.com as Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner. His publishing credits include... Read More →
avatar for E. Gregory Wallace

E. Gregory Wallace

Law Professor, Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Professor Wallace teaches constitutional law with a concentration in free speech, church and state, and constitutional interpretation. | | He received the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia School of Law. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “Higher Call: Foundations of Religious Freedom in American Constitutionalism.” He received his J.D. degree with high honors from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock School of... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Embassy Suites - Cameron

4:00pm

Dark Money vs. Private Philanthropy - How to Keep Your Donations Private and the Left out of Your Business
Speakers
avatar for Lawson Bader

Lawson Bader

President & CEO, Donors Trust
Lawson Bader joined DonorsTrust as president and CEO in November 2015. Previously, he served three years as president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a research and outreach organization dedicated to reducing government barriers to entrepreneurship, innovation and economic liberty. While there, Mr. Bader expanded CEI’s litigation and communication efforts aimed at reducing executive branch overreach. Before joining CEI in 2012, Mr... Read More →
avatar for Starlee Coleman

Starlee Coleman

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network
Starlee Coleman has 18 years of experience turning public policy ideas into laws. Through strategic public affairs and PR campaigns, grassroots engagement, and coalition development, Starlee has contributed to the passage of dozens of bills in state legislatures, Congress, and at the ballot box. Starlee is a senior policy advisor at State Policy Network and at the Goldwater Institute. Starlee has worked on numerous issue and candidate... Read More →
avatar for C. Theodore Hicks II

C. Theodore Hicks II

Certified Financial Planner, Private Wealth Advisor, Hicks & Associates
Ted Hicks is the franchise owner of a private wealth advisory practice that is affiliated with Ameriprise Financial. He has over 18 years of experience and has owned his practice since 1998, with two offices, one in Cary, NC and the other in Southern Pines NC. Ted just finished a two-year term as Chairman of the Durham County Republican Party. Ted is also finishing his 6th year serving on the Board of Directors for Club Horizon, a non-profit that... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

4:00pm

The 1976 NC GOP Presidential Primary & Lessons Learned for Today’s Conservatives
Speakers
avatar for Hon. George S. Dunlop

Hon. George S. Dunlop

Chairman and Founding Partner, Cobis Systems Corporation
The Honorable George S. Dunlop is Chairman and founding partner of Cobis Systems Corporation, a financial services enterprise that provides core banking and mobile payments software systems and infrastructure to large banks, small and micro financial institutions and mobile transaction networks in the Americas and Japan. He has 40-years experience in leading, helping and motivating people and organizations in the private sector and government... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Embassy Suites - Smith

4:00pm

Toward A More Perfect Union: Reasons to Hope that Our Grand Experiment is Stronger than Ever
'The American Idea is that the condition of one's birth should not determine the outcome of one's life. Today, many are concerned about the political situation of the United States - from Congress to the White House. There is reason to hope that our grand experiment in self governance is actually stronger than ever. The thirst for authentic transpartisan leadership, which will help us build a more perfect union, is evidenced by the interest in political leaders who are willing to venture into territory that politicians typically avoid.'

Speakers
avatar for Jimmy Kemp

Jimmy Kemp

President, Jack Kemp Foundation
James Kemp is President of the Jack Kemp Foundation. He created the Foundation and its program, which are based on the American idea that the condition of your birth doesn’t determine the outcome of your life. | | Mr. Kemp also co-founded and is the Managing Partner of Kemp Partners, a strategic consulting firm based in Washington DC. Mr. Kemp has assisted Fortune 500 companies as well as burgeoning firms before Congress, the White House and... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Embassy Suites - Cameron

4:45pm

Book Signing

Books Available for Sale and Signature

  • Allen West – Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family, and Freedom
  • David Limbaugh – The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic
  • David Limbaugh – Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of Barack Obama
  • David Limbaugh – The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament
  • Dinesh D’Souza – Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me About Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party
  • Dinesh D’Souza – America: Imagine a World Without Her
  • R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr. – Death of Liberalism
  • R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr. – After the Hangover: The Conservatives Road to Recovery
  • Frank Buckley – The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America
  • Stanley Kurtz – Radical in Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism
  • John Fund – Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department
  • John Fund – Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk
  • Morton Kondracke & Fred Barnes – The Bleeding Heart Conservative Who Changed America
  • Ryan Anderson – Truth Overruled: The future of Marriage and Religious Freedom
  • Charles Koch – Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies
  • Timothy Daughtry – Waking the Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals at Their Own Game

Friday March 4, 2016 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Embassy Suites - Exhibition Hall

5:00pm

Film Screening - FrackNation
Speakers
avatar for Ann McElhinney

Ann McElhinney

Journalist, Film Producer and Director
Ann McElhinney is a journalist, and film producer and director. Her most recent success is a massive crowdfuding campaign for a movie about Kermit Gosnell. The crowdfunding for the Gosnell movie was the most successful Indiegogo campaign ever. Over 26,500 people funded the film contributing $2.25m in 45 days. The campaign smashed a number of crowdfunding records. Gosnell is a ripped from the headlines story about a respected doctor who ran a... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Embassy Suites - Mendenhall/Bellamy

5:30pm

7:15pm

Audentia Award Dinner with Dinesh D'Souza
Speakers
avatar for Dinesh D'Souza

Dinesh D'Souza

Filmmaker, Author, & Commentator
Born in Mumbai, India, Dinesh D’Souza came to the U.S. as an exchange student and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. | Since then, D’Souza has had a prominent career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual, and has also become a renowned filmmaker with his top-grossing documentaries, 2016: Obama’s America and America. | A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D’Souza also served as John M. Olin... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Mark Harris

Dr. Mark Harris

Senior Pastor, First Baptist Charlotte
Mark Harris is known for his vision, optimism, organizational, and fundraising skills. His personal and professional discipline, networking abilities, and passion for people set him apart. He has lived his life in service to others. He has extensive leadership experience in management, administrative planning and budgeting, as well as construction planning and budgeting. In 2011 Mark Harris first entered the realm of political activities. He... Read More →
avatar for Col. Francis De Luca

Col. Francis De Luca

President, Civitas Institute
Francis has a varied background that includes owning a small business, political consulting and working in government. He served on active and reserve duty with the United States Marine Corps where he retired with the rank of Colonel. He is a Naval Aviator and flew combat missions in the first Persian Gulf War and was deployed to the Middle East in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Francis has an undergraduate degree in Political Science... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 7:15pm - 9:30pm
Embassy Suites - Carolina Ballroom

9:30pm

 
Saturday, March 5
 

7:00am

Registrant Check-In
Saturday March 5, 2016 7:00am - 4:00pm
Check-In Desk

7:15am

General Session Breakfast with Tim Daughtry, Stanley Kurtz, and Bob Woodson
Speakers
avatar for Timothy Daughtry

Timothy Daughtry

Author, Waking the Sleeping Giant
Tim Daughtry is a conservative writer and speaker with a long history in conservative politics. He regularly speaks to grassroots conservative groups around the country as well as Republican elected officials at the local, state, and national levels. He has been a guest on Fox and Friends, The Daily Caller, and on nationally syndicated radio shows such as Dennis Miller, Monica Crowley, Phyllis Schlafly, Jason Lewis, J.D. Hayworth, Steve Deace... Read More →
avatar for Stanley Kurtz

Stanley Kurtz

Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. On a wide range of issues, from K-12 and higher education reform, to the challenges of democratization abroad, to urban-suburban policies, to the shaping of the American left’s agenda, Mr. Kurtz is a key contributor to American public debates. Mr. Kurtz has written on these and other issues for various journals, particularly National Review Online (where he is a... Read More →
avatar for Bob Woodson

Bob Woodson

Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
Robert L. Woodson, Sr. is Founder and President of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Often referred to as the “godfather” of the movement to empower neighborhood-based organizations, Bob Woodson’s social activism dates back to the 1960s, when as a young civil rights activist, he developed and coordinated national and local community development programs. During the 1970’s he directed the National Urban League’s Administration of... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 7:15am - 9:15am
Embassy Suites - Carolina Ballroom

9:45am

Charter Schools: An Insider’s Perspective on What You Need to Know
Speakers
avatar for C. Philip Byers

C. Philip Byers

President, Challenge Foundation Properties
In 2014, C. Philip Byers was named president of Challenge Foundation Properties, a sister organization to TeamCFA that helps connect the network’s charter schools with the building resources they need for long-term success. In continuing his work with TeamCFA, he serves as the Southeast Regional Director for the network’s two other sister groups: Challenge Foundation and Education Freedom Alliance. | | After serving in the law... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Robert Luebke

Dr. Robert Luebke

Senior Policy Analyst, Civitas Institute
Dr. Luebke’s primary area of interest is education policy and reform. Luebke’s professional experience has been varied. He has worked as a Legislative Assistant with the Wisconsin State Legislature, a Policy and Planning Analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Administration and as Research Director for a higher education consulting firm in Washington, D.C. In addition to these responsibilities, Luebke served as a staff writer for Presidents... Read More →
avatar for Paul Norcross

Paul Norcross

Chairman of the Board, 7 Degrees of Change Foundation


Saturday March 5, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am
Embassy Suites - Cameron

9:45am

Free the Grid: energy Policy In North Carolina
Speakers
avatar for Donald Bryson

Donald Bryson

North Carolina State Director, Americans For Prosperity
Donald Bryson is the North Carolina State Director for Americans for Prosperity Foundation. Bryson started with AFP Foundation in 2011 as a field coordinator, in charge of grassroots activities in the Raleigh-Durham area. In 2014, he was promoted to state director. Before joining AFP Foundation, Bryson was policy specialist with Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina – a school choice advocacy organization. Bryson’s... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am
Embassy Suites - Smith

9:45am

The Cartel Chronicles: The Importance of Right Media and Citizen Journalists Being Present in Danger Zones
Speakers
avatar for Brandon Darby

Brandon Darby

Managing Editor, Breitbart Texas
Brandon Michael Darby is an activist who rose to international recognition for his role in co-founding and directing the Common Ground Relief organization in New Orleans’ 9th Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Though once a prominent radical who worked with former Black Panther Party members, Palestinian and various other radical groups, his experiences led him to have a deep love for his country and to feel an obligation to... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

10:30am

Coffee Break
Saturday March 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Embassy Suites - Exhibition Hall

10:45am

A Leftist National Curriculum? It's Already Here.
Speakers
avatar for Stanley Kurtz

Stanley Kurtz

Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. On a wide range of issues, from K-12 and higher education reform, to the challenges of democratization abroad, to urban-suburban policies, to the shaping of the American left’s agenda, Mr. Kurtz is a key contributor to American public debates. Mr. Kurtz has written on these and other issues for various journals, particularly National Review Online (where he is a... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am
Embassy Suites - Cameron

10:45am

How Bernie-Style Socialism Eats the Young
Speakers
avatar for Tom Rogan

Tom Rogan

Blogger, Columnist, Commentator
Tom Rogan is a columnist for National Review and Opportunity Lives. He is a panelist on The McLaughlin Group and a senior fellow at the Steamboat Institute. Follow him on Twitter @TomRtweets.


Saturday March 5, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am
Embassy Suites - Smith

10:45am

Where Has Your Family Doctor Gone? How Government Intervention Is Changing Medicine.
Speakers
avatar for Katherine Restrepo

Katherine Restrepo

Health and Human Services Policy Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Katherine Restrepo is the health and human services policy analyst at the John Locke Foundation, a free-market think tank located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her work involves a variety of mediums, including radio, statewide news channels, newsletters, policy reports, and keynote speaking engagements. After graduating from McDaniel College with a BA in Political Science and Spanish, she first developed an interest in consumer-driven health care... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

11:30am

Book Signing

Books Available for Sale and Signature

  • Allen West – Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family, and Freedom
  • David Limbaugh – The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic
  • David Limbaugh – Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of Barack Obama
  • David Limbaugh – The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament
  • Dinesh D’Souza – Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me About Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party
  • Dinesh D’Souza – America: Imagine a World Without Her
  • R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr. – Death of Liberalism
  • R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr. – After the Hangover: The Conservatives Road to Recovery
  • Frank Buckley – The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America
  • Stanley Kurtz – Radical in Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism
  • John Fund – Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department
  • John Fund – Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk
  • Morton Kondracke & Fred Barnes – The Bleeding Heart Conservative Who Changed America
  • Ryan Anderson – Truth Overruled: The future of Marriage and Religious Freedom
  • Charles Koch – Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies
  • Timothy Daughtry – Waking the Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals at Their Own Game

Saturday March 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:45am

Carolina Combat - Fighting for Liberty in the Courts
Speakers
avatar for Elliot Engstrom

Elliot Engstrom

Lead Counsel, Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom
Elliot Engstrom is Lead Counsel for the Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom (CLF). There, he litigates in courts across North Carolina against abuses of government power. Cases range from public records lawsuits to administrative agency actions to constitutional litigation. Prior to joining CLF, Engstrom worked as a litigation clerk at the Goldwater Institute and as Director of Communications for Young Americans for Liberty. He is a... Read More →
avatar for Jon Riches

Jon Riches

Director of National Litigation, Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation
Jon Riches is the Director of National Litigation for the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation and General Counsel for the Institute. | | He litigates in federal and state trial and appellate courts in the areas of economic liberty, taxpayer rights, public union and pension reform, government transparency, and school choice, among others. | | His work at the Institute has been covered by national and... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 11:45am - 12:30pm
Embassy Suites - Smith

11:45am

Choosing the Next Conservative Hero
Speakers
avatar for Garland S. Tucker III

Garland S. Tucker III

Chairman of the Board and Senior Advisor; Author, Conservative Heroes, Triangle Capital Corporation
Mr. Tucker co-founded Triangle Capital Corporation’s predecessor companies, Triangle Capital Partners, LLC and Triangle Mezzanine Fund LLLP in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Prior to co-founding Triangle, Mr. Tucker and an outside investor group sold First Travelcorp, a corporate travel services company that he and the investors founded in 1991. For the two years preceding the founding of First Travelcorp, Mr. Tucker served as Group Vice... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 11:45am - 12:30pm
Embassy Suites - Cameron

11:45am

Reversing the Leadership Crisis in our Armed Forces
Our military is the best in the world at addressing the threats facing our nation today, but it faces an existential threat due to failures in leadership.  These failures are systemic, starting with leaders in the armed forces themselves, spreading through the bureaucracies of the Executive branch, and continuing all the way to the Commander-in-Chief.  These leadership failures are exacerbated both by a legislature unwilling to exert its responsibilities and by a disengaged populace increasingly isolated from the men and women who serve and protect them.  Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Testerman, USAF (Ret), will outline this leadership crisis, its consequences, and solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Lt. Col. Patrick Testerman, USAF

Lt. Col. Patrick Testerman, USAF

Speaker, Writer, & Advocate for Veterans and Military
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Testerman, USAF (Ret) earned his commission as a distinguished military graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. While awaiting active duty orders, he worked as a research analyst supporting multiple kinetic energy programs of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (“Star Wars”). | During his Air Force career, Lt Col Testerman served as an Offensive Systems Officer on the supersonic B-1B... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 11:45am - 12:30pm
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

12:45pm

General Session Lunch with David Limbaugh and Heidi Cruz
Speakers
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Heidi Cruz

Heidi Cruz is an American investment manager at Goldman Sachs. She is the spouse of Republican Texas senator and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz.In 2003, she worked for the Bush administration on economic policy, eventually becoming the director for the Western Hemisphere on the National Security Council under National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in 2003.In 2005, she joined Goldman Sachs, serving as a private wealth manager and is... Read More →
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David Limbaugh

Author, Columnist, & Commentator
David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert in law and politics who writes engaging columns from a fresh, conservative point of view. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.” | | He is also the author of books such as “The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament”; “The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Embassy Suites - Carolina Ballroom

2:00pm