Your blogger spent all day Friday and most of the day Saturday attending one of the most informative events ever held in North Carolina.
If you are a conservative and are not in Raleigh this weekend, you've missed a great event. The Civitas Institute puts on the annual NC Conservative Leadership Conference which brings top notch national experts to North Carolina for a thought provoking, often entertaining, and information-packed two days.
Saturday's luncheon, for example, featured the former Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean. We also heard Friday, from terrorism expert, Robert Spencer, who has traveled worldwide researching the topic.
As she writes, your blogger is hearing from Wall Street Journal colunnist and Fox News contributor, John Fund discuss health care. KCC notices especially how he appeals to the under-35 generation who aren't as aware of the great times we had under President Reagan and the bad times we had under Carter and Clinton.
Civitas Chairman Art Pope is moderating the panel from the perspective of a business owner, with Donna Arduin as a fellow panelist. Pope mentioned that he'd like to continue in the retailing business rather than be an expert in the health insurance business, which he has been forced to become today.
Your blogger has taken many photographs and will provide the complete rundown in a few days. If you decided to skip it this year, be sure to make it a part of your plans in 2010.
Many thanks to Col. Francis X. DeLuca (USMCR) and his team for putting on such an excellent program. Thanks also to Jeff Mixon for keeping things rolling, and for being especially helpful to this blogger. Mixon and wife Amanda are longtime friends.
Check out the Civitas Review's wrap up of the Dr. Jennifer Ruth's talk here. They've got a great blog and we highly recommend them.
Despite the competition this group had with the many who went on bus trips to Washington for the 9/12 demonstrations, the Conference has an excellent turnout.
More coming from this great Civitas event, soon.