Slate of Speakers set for the Conservative Leadership Conference | Eastern North Carolina Now

   Publisher's note: This article was originally published in Civitas,

   Mark your calendars now and plan to join us March 2-3, 2012 in Raleigh for the Conservative Leadership Conference (CLC). This year, CLC is titled Battleground North Carolina and we are excited to announce American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks will be speaking. Brooks will join Charles Krauthammer and Jason Lewis as keynote speakers. The Conference is designed to energize, train, and educate North Carolinians on the important battles in 2012. This will be an amazing weekend that you don't want to miss. We will have speakers and experts from the American Enterprise Institute, Americans for Prosperity, Heritage, Civitas, and Texas Watchdog, along with local and national radio personalities. Registration is now open! Click the link below for more information and to register or sponsor the conference.   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and named by The Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America, Charles Krauthammer has been honored from every part of the political spectrum for his bold, lucid and original writing -- from the famously liberal People for the American Way (which presented him their First Amendment Award) to the staunchly conservative Bradley Foundation (which awarded him their first $250,000 Bradley Prize).


Charles Krauthammer

    Since 1985, Krauthammer
Charles Krauthammer
has written a syndicated column for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. It is published weekly in more than 240 newspapers worldwide.

    Krauthammer is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The New Republic, and a weekly panelist on Inside Washington.He is also a contributor to FOX News, appearing nightly on FOX's evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier.

    For three decades, his influential writings have helped frame the very shape of American foreign policy. Krauthammer coined and developed The Reagan Doctrine (Time, April 1985), defined the structure of the post-Cold War world in The Unipolar Moment (Foreign Affairs, Winter 1990/1991), and outlined the principles of post-9/11 American foreign policy in his much-debated Irving Kristol Lecture, Democratic Realism (AEI Press, March 2004).

    The Daily Telegraph calls him "unquestionably the pre-eminent conservative columnist in a country where columnists still carry enormous heft." National Review featured him on its cover as "Obama's critic-in-chief." Der Spiegel calls him "the leading voice of America's conservative intellectuals." New York Times columnist David Brooks says that today "he's the most important conservative columnist." Politico calls him "leader of the opposition ... a coherent, sophisticated and implacable critic of the new president."

    Born in New York City and raised in Montreal, Charles Krauthammer was educated at McGill University (B.A. 1970), Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar in Politics) and Harvard (M.D. 1975). While serving as a resident and then chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, he published scientific papers, including the discovery of a form of bipolar disease, that continue to be cited in the psychiatric literature.

    In 1978, he quit medical practice, came to Washington to help direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration, and began contributing articles to The New Republic. In 1980, he served as a speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale. He joined The New Republic as a writer and editor in 1981. His New Republic writings won the 1984 National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism, the highest award in magazine journalism.

    From 2001 to 2006, he served on the President's Council on Bioethics. He is president of The Krauthammer Foundation and chairman of Pro Musica Hebraica, an organization dedicated to the recovery and performance of lost classical Jewish music. He is also a member of the Chess Journalists of America.

Arthur C. Brooks

    Arthur C. Brooks is an
Arthur C. Brooks
expert on public policy and economics who has published extensively on social entrepreneurship and the connections between culture, politics and economic life. A behavioral economist by training, he has written three books on the social value and economic impact of nonprofits and charitable giving. He is the author of a major study of association membership titled Generations and the Future of Association Participation, an optimistic and valuable look at what young people want from their involvement in associations. His new book, The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future, looks at the new culture war facing America, a battle between free enterprise and social democracy.

    In 2008, Arthur has released two books--Gross National Happiness and Social Entrepreneurship.
Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America -- and How We Can Get More of It, explores the relationship between values and happiness--what makes people happy and fulfilled in life and work, and how public leaders and public policy can help make America happier.

    Social Entrepreneurship: A Modern Approach to Social Value Creation combines the methods of the entrepreneur with leading edge nonprofit and public management tools. Arthur's first book offers surprising perspectives on the values and practices of conservatives and liberals in America. Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism proves with hard numbers that conservatives give far more to charity than liberals and explains why values make the difference.

Arthur C. Brooks is President of the American Enterprise Institute.

Jason Lewis

    Jason Lewis has returned
Jason Lewis
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, N.C., Jason Lewis 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 Post and 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.
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