In the News

October 2017

Also see clips from September 2017, August 2017, July 2017, June 2017, May 2017, April 2017, March 2017, February 2017, January 2017, and March 2009-December 2016.

"A new low in the dismantling of democracy," Jefferson Post, October 31, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/opinion/9220/a-new-low-in-the-dismantling-o... (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20171021/dismantling-democracy-re..., The Robesonian: http://www.robesonian.com/opinion/103909/attack-on-democracy-continues)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Boo! Should Duke Energy’s Shift from Electricity Rates to Mandatory Fees Scare Us?," Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, October 30, http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2017/10/30/duke-energy-monthly-charge/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Debaters agree on need to pay teachers more, disagree on how," Greenville Daily Reflector, October 30, http://www.reflector.com/News/2017/10/30/Debaters-agree-on-need-to-pay-t...
(cites Kris Nordstrom)

"As Congress slashes the federal budget by $5 trillion, NC stands to lose big," Jefferson Post, October 30, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/opinion/9210/as-congress-slashes-the-federa...
(Luis Toledo column)

"Teacher pay deserves reasoned debate," The Mountaineer, October 30, http://www.themountaineer.com/opinion/columns/teacher-pay-ddeserves-reas... (also at Sampson Independent: http://www.clintonnc.com/opinion/24810/teacher-pay-deserves-reasoned-debate

(quotes Kris Nordstrom)

"OPINION: The free speech policy is anything but," NC State Technician, October 30, http://www.technicianonline.com/opinion/columns/article_1183efd8-bd01-11...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"A Call to Faith in Action: Mass Incarceration & The Church's Response," Christianity Today, October 27, http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/october/call-to-faith-in...
(cites Miea Walker)

"This Week In NC Politics: Is There A Way To Bring People Back To The Middle?," WUNC, October 27, http://wunc.org/post/week-nc-politics-there-way-bring-people-back-middle...
(Rob Schofield interview)

"Getting down to work: New ECSU-UNC working group meets," The Daily Advance, October 26, http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2017/10/26/Getting-down-to-work-New-ECS...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Their insurer refused to cover medical bills. They fought back – with the state’s help.," Raleigh News & observer, October 26, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article181127866.html
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"Health care services set for changes," Rocky Mount Telegram, October 26, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2017/10/26/Health-Care-forum-addr...
(quotes Nicole Dozier)

"Catawba County Chamber of Commerce: Debate shines light on teacher compensation in N.C.," Hickory Daily Record, October 26, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/catawba-county-chamber-of-commerce-deb...
(cites Kris Nordstrom)

"NC 2018 judicial primaries cancelled," The Carolinian, October 25, https://carolinianuncg.com/2017/10/25/nc-2018-judicial-primaries-cancelled/
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"North Carolina State Senator Jay Chaudhuri Appointed to Judicial Reform, Redistricting Committee," India West, October 25, http://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/north-carolina-state-senator...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Lawsuit Challenging Use of Smithfield Payments Dismissed," U.S. News & World Report, October 24, https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina/articles/2017-10-...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Health care forum aims to educate," Rocky Mount Telegram, October 24, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2017/10/24/Health-care-forum-aims...
(quotes Nicole Dozier)

"Trump’s America: Reshaping the federal judiciary in NC," Triad City Beat, October 24, https://triad-city-beat.com/trumps-america-reshaping-federal-judiciary-n...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"New report highlights General Assembly’s failed record on higher education," Jefferson Post, October 23, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/opinion/9150/new-report-highlights-general-... (also at the Durham Herald-Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/education/article178889966.html)
(Kris Nordstrom column)

"Civitas Institute's Francis De Luca Loses Lawsuit Over Smithfield Foods Agreement," Indy Week, October 23, https://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2017/10/23/civitas-institutes-fra...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Youth in North Carolina Work to ‘Flip’ Abandoned Prison, the Scripts of Their Lives," Youth Today, October 23, http://youthtoday.org/2017/10/youth-in-north-carolina-work-to-flip-aband...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"'Like a friend helping a friend': Community clinics prepare for cuts as federal funding stalls," The Daily Tar Heel, October 22, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/10/like-a-friend-helping-a-frie...
(quotes Ciara Zachary)

"Town hall meeting to focus on health care," Rocky Mount Telegram, October 21, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/Health/2017/10/21/Lawmakers-host-Healt...
(cites Nicole Dozier)

"This Week In NC Politics: Veto Override, Judicial Changes, And The Opioid Crisis," WUNC, http://wunc.org/post/week-nc-politics-veto-override-judicial-changes-and...
(Rob Schofield interview)

"Statewide Women's Network Offers Action to Those Who Say, "Me Too"," Public News Service, October 19, http://publicnewsservice.org/2017-10-19/livable-wages-working-families/s...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Year after year, richest areas claim most job incentive cash," WRAL, October 19, http://www.wral.com/year-after-year-richest-areas-claim-most-job-incenti...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"State lawmakers, experts debate school choice in N.C.," Bladen Journal, October 19, http://www.bladenjournal.com/news/education/14733/state-lawmakers-expert...
(cites Matt Ellinwood)

"Choice, regulation form spectrum," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, October 19, http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20171023/choice-regulation-form-s... (also at The Robesonian: http://www.robesonian.com/opinion/103863/the-right-mix-of-choice-rules, Elkin Tribune: http://www.elkintribune.com/opinion/17004/choice-and-regulation-form-spe..., Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/20171021/column-return-lottery-money..., Stanly News & Press: http://www.thesnaponline.com/news/boost-facility-funding-from-lottery/ar..., Kinston Free Press: http://www.kinston.com/news/20171018/john-hood-boost-facility-funding-fr..., Morganton News-Herald: http://www.morganton.com/opinion/boost-facility-funding-from-state-lotte..., Wilson Times: http://www.wilsontimes.com/stories/choice-regulation-form-spectrum-of-sc..., New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/news/20171021/john-hood-choice-and-regulation-f...)
(cites Matt Elliinwood)

"Demoted former DEQ chief contradicts department policy in national environmental journal," The Carolinian, October 18, https://carolinianuncg.com/2017/10/18/demoted-former-deq-chief-contradic...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Confused about Obamacare changes? NCCU forum hopes to clear the air," Durham Herald-Sun, October 18, http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article179491... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article179...)
(cites Brendan Riley)

"Charlotte’s Amazon HQ2 proposal, which includes 22 sites in the region, being sent off today," Charlotte Business Journal, October 18, https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2017/10/18/charlotte-s-amazon...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"John Hood: Boost facility funding from lottery," New Bern Sun-Journal, October 18, http://www.newbernsj.com/news/20171018/john-hood-boost-facility-funding-...
(cites Matt Ellinwood)

"A group ranked states on taxes. Here’s how NC compares.," Raleigh News & Observer, October 18, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article179506876.html
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Lexington City Schools candidates speak," Davidson Daily Dispatch, October 18, http://www.the-dispatch.com/news/20171018/lexington-city-schools-candida...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"The Briefcase: Urban League offers fall career expo today," Winston-Salem Journal, October 18, http://www.journalnow.com/business/the-briefcase-urban-league-offers-fal...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Job promises miss the mark, but come in under budget," WRAL, October 18, http://www.wral.com/job-promises-miss-the-mark-but-come-in-under-budget/...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"N.C. Department of Insurance OKs rate increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield ACA plans," Winston-Salem Journal, October 18, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/n-c-department-of...
(cites HAP)

"Preocupaciones ante medida que busca reducir la cantidad de alumnos en clases," Univision, October 18, http://www.univision.com/north-carolina/wuvc/noticias/educacion/preocupa...
(quotes Sarah Montgomery)

"Charity and other on-the-cheap solutions won’t get the job done," Jefferson Post, October 17, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/opinion/9083/charity-and-other-on-the-cheap...
(Rob Schofield column)

"BCBS: Trump's order could make it harder for insurers in 2019," Winston-Salem Journal, October 16, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/bcbs-trump-s-order-could-make-it-ha...
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"Restore lottery’s original purpose," The Robesonian, October 16, http://www.robesonian.com/opinion/103804/restore-lotterys-original-purpose (also at Up and Coming Weekly: http://www.upandcomingweekly.com/local-news-briefs/boost-facility-fundin..., Blue Ridge Now: http://www.blueridgenow.com/opinion/20171021/north-carolinas-lottery-isn...,
(cites Matt Ellinwood)

"Oct 16 letters," The Mountaineer, October 16, http://www.themountaineer.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/oct-letters/arti...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The Readers' Forum: Monday letters," Winston-Salem Journal, October 15, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/the-readers-foru...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Lawmakers square off on schools," Rocky Mount Telegram, October 15, www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2017/10/15/Rocky-Mount-selected-as-site-...
(cites Matt Ellinwood)

"Optimism bodes well for economy," Rocky Mount Telegram, October 15, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2017/10/15/Optimism-bodes-well-fo...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Obamacare: Trump gambling with American lives," 10,000 Couples, October 14, http://10thousandcouples.com/2017/10/obamacare-trump-gambling-with-ameri...
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"Why this pro-business advocate supports raising the minimum wage," Jefferson Post, October 13, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/opinion/9050/why-this-pro-business-advocate...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Experts: North Carolina’s actions on pipeline ‘not unusual’ so far," Southeast Energy News, October 13, http://southeastenergynews.com/2017/10/13/experts-north-carolinas-action...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"This Week In NC Politics: Municipal Elections, Another Veto, And The Atlantic Coast Pipeline," WUNC, October 13, http://wunc.org/post/week-nc-politics-municipal-elections-another-veto-a...
(Rob Schofield interview)

"Lawmakers, experts debate school construction in N.C.," Bladen Journal, October 12, http://www.bladenjournal.com/news/education/14622/lawmakers-experts-deba...
(cites Matt Ellinwood)

"Lawmakers want competition, except in their own races," Salisbury Post, October 11, http://www.salisburypost.com/2017/10/11/chris-fitzsimon-lawmakers-want-c... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-legislators..., Richmond County Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/76342/lawmakers-want-inc..., Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-lawmakers-want-more-c..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/opinion/9089/lawmakers-want-increased-compe..., The Robesonian: http://www.robesonian.com/opinion/103687/gop-goes-hard-on-hypocritical)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"GOP tax cuts amount to $16 for lowest earners, $22,000 for top 1 percent," The Mountaineer, October 11, http://www.themountaineer.com/opinion/columns/gop-tax-cuts-amount-to-for...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NCSU reaches legal settlement with disabled student over her support animal, a cat," Raleigh News & Observer, October 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article178261431.html
(quotes Jack Holtzman)

"Legislature creates school funding task force," Jefferson Post, October 10, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/opinion/9024/legislature-creates-school-fun...
(Kris Nordstrom op-ed)

"Chinese immigrant responds to social media criticism on bid for Chapel Hill Town Council ," Durham Herald-Sun, October 10, http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article177826...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Arrogant legislating now the new normalns, except their own," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20171009/arrogant-legislating-now...

(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Cooper vetoes bill that would have eliminated 2018 judicial primaries," Winston-Salem Journal, October 9, http://www.journalnow.com/news/elections/local/cooper-vetoes-bill-that-w...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"North Carolina judicial remapping raises the ire of black lawmakers," Charlotte Post, October 7, http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2017/10/07/local-state/north-caroli...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"North Carolina gerrymandering bill pits black judges against other incumbents," ThinkProgress, October 6, https://thinkprogress.org/judicial-gerrymandering-north-carolina-56f15b9...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"One high ranking N.C. must lose – 12th in poverty," Raleigh News & Observer, October 5, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article177563856.html
(Alexandra Sirota op-0ed)
"Multiple election changes now headed to Gov. Cooper," Winston-Salem Journal, October 5, http://www.journalnow.com/news/elections/local/multiple-election-changes...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Bipartisan Consensus Emerges That Bag Bans & Taxes Do Not Reduce Litter, But Do Harm The Poor," Forbes, October 5, https://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickgleason/2017/10/05/the-bipartisan-co...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"SAALT to host town hall on hate crimes against South Asian Americans in North Carolina," American Bazaar, October 4, https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2017/10/04/saalt-to-host-town-hall-...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Activists call for change to NC driver’s license suspension policies," WNCN, October 4, http://wncn.com/2017/10/04/activists-call-for-change-to-nc-drivers-licen...
(quotes Daniel Bowes)

"Advocates await North Carolina utility board appointments ahead of major rate case," Southeast Energy News, October 3, http://southeastenergynews.com/2017/10/03/advocates-await-north-carolina...
(cites NC Policy watch)

"Politics or justice? Legislators consider shaking up voting for judges," Asheville Citizen-Times, October 3, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2017/10/03/politics-justic...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"U.S. teacher pay gap (possibly) worst in developed world," Jefferson Post, October 3,  http://www.jeffersonpost.com/opinion/8952/u-s-teacher-pay-gap-possibly-w...
(Kris Nordstrom column)

"In this legislature, bad ideas never die," Wilson Times, October 2, http://www.wilsontimes.com/stories/our-opinion-in-this-legislature-bad-i...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Gerrymandering latest attack on courts," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, October 2, http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20171002/gerrymandering-latest-at... (also at Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/opinion/9124/gerrymandering-is-only-the-lat...)
(cites NC Policy Watch)

Also see clips from September 2017, August 2017, July 2017 June 2017, May 2017, April 2017, March 2017, February 2017, January 2017, and March 2009-December 2016.