In the News

April 2015

Also see clips from March 2015, February 2015, January 2015, December 2014, November 2014, October 2014, September 2014, August 2014, July 2014, June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014, January 2014 and March 2009-December 2013.

"N.C. lawmakers to state justices: slow your role in reviewing controversial redistricting case," Independent Weekly, April 30, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/04/30/nc-lawmakers-to-state-j...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC GOP sponsored bills that would require teachers to push Koch brothers' rhetoric," Ring of Fire, April 29, http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2015/04/nc-gop-sponsored-bills-that-would...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Bill to block cheating employers advances in NC Senate," Raleigh News & Observer, April 29, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"The answer isn't always more guns," The Robesonian, April 29, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153207767/The-ans... (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x1222488154/Fitzsimon-More-guns...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Wrench in the works: Haywood Schools grapple with enrollment wildcard," Smoky Mountain News, April 29, http://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/15635
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Triad jobless rate drops in March," Winston-Salem Journal, April 29, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/triad-jobless-rat...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Workers' advocates march from site of fatal construction accident," WRAL, April 28, http://www.wral.com/workers-advocates-march-from-site-of-deadly-accident...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"In shadow of deadly accident, advocates call for transparency in reporting of worker deaths," The Republic, April 28, http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/289d73b4bd1e491cb47ebfe1f384b2f4/N... (also at WECT: http://www.wect.com/story/28915302/workers-advocates-to-march-from-site-..., Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article197889..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article19788930.html, Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/advocates-workers-deaths-sho..., Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/region-state/advocates-workers-deaths-s..., Blue Ridge Now: http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20150428/APN/304289880, Yahoo! News: http://news.yahoo.com/video/advocates-believe-north-carolina-workers-221...)
(cites NC Justice Center press conference)

"Advocates believe North Carolina workers' deaths should be reported accurately," ABC-11, April 28, http://abc11.com/news/advocates-workers-deaths-should-be-reported-accura...
(cites NC Justice Center press conference)

"Advocates demand more from NC to keep workers safe," WNCN, April 28, http://www.wncn.com/story/28919369/advocates-demand-more-from-nc-to-keep...
(cites NC Justice Center press conference)

"Labor group presses NC government on worker deaths," Raleigh News & Observer, April 28, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article19812...
(cites NC Justice Center press conference)

"Workers' advocates to march from site of deadly accident," Greensboro News & Record, April 28, http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/workers-advocates-to-m... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article19786..., WRAL: http://www.wral.com/workers-advocates-to-march-from-site-of-deadly-accid..., WXII: http://www.wxii12.com/news/Workers-advocates-to-march-from-site-of-NC-hi...,
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Prayers today on Workers' Memorial Day," North Carolina Council of Churches, April 28, http://www.ncchurches.org/2015/04/prayers-today-on-workers-memorial-day/
(cites NC Justice Center press conference)

"A stark reminder that the far-right still rules in Raleigh," Jefferson Post, April 27, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153123068/A-st... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-right-rules-raleigh..., Richmond County Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion_columns/153205731/The-far-r..., Charlotte Sun Times: http://charlotte.suntimes.com/clt-politics-government/7/93/84831/a-stark...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"GOP bankrupting state," Raleigh News & Observer, April 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article1941917...
(uses BTC framing)

"Despite success, bilingual programs face setbacks," Southern Neighbor, April 25, http://southernneighbor.com/2015/04/despite-success-bilingual-programs-f...
(cites Matt Ellinwood)

"No tax break for seniors," Raleigh News & Observer, April 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article1941914...
(uses BTC framing)

"Cumberland Matters: Fair-housing workshop open to public," Fayetteville Observer, April 25, http://www.fayobserver.com/living/saturday_extra/cumberland-matters-fair...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Are NC charter schools becoming segregated?" Asheville Citizen-Times, April 25, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/04/25/nc-charter-scho...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Tax reform cruelty," Raleigh News & Observer, April 24, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article1941916...
(uses BTC framing)

"Experts question NC's funding of public education through lottery," The Daily Tar Heel, April 24, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/04/experts-question-ncs-funding...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"A GOP tax increase," Raleigh News & Observer, April 24, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article1941921...
(uses BTC framing)

"Experts question NC's funding of public education through lottery," The Daily Tar Heel, April 24, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/04/experts-question-ncs-funding...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"'Death tax' not as grim as McHenry suggests," Asheville Citizen-Times, April 24, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/04/24/death...
(uses BTC framing)

"Tax deception at its best," Raleigh News & Observer, April 24, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article1941920...
(uses BTC framing)

"Carolina, please come back," Salisbury Post, April 23, http://www.salisburypost.com/2015/04/23/katelyn-buffett-carolina-please-...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Senate Republicans kneel before the Magic Tax Cut Fairy, are wrong," Independent Weekly, April 22, http://m.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/04/22/senate-republicans-kneel-...
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Lawmakers introduce bill increasing availability of paid sick leave," Time Warner Cable News, April 22, http://www.twcnews.com/nc/coastal/news/2015/04/22/lawmakers-introduce-bi...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Reminder that redistricting is rigged," The Robesonian, April 22, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153052912/Reminde... (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x926855192/Fitzsimon-Rigged-red..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-a-reminder-..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion_columns/153205731/The-far-r..., Charlotte Sun Times: http://charlotte.suntimes.com/clt-politics-government/7/93/83570/a-remin...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"What's the matter with Kansas? (Everything. And that matters here.)," Independent Weekly, April 21, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/04/21/whats-the-matter-with-k...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"A reminder of the rigged redistricting game," Jefferson Post, April 21, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/153050993/A-reminder-of-the-ri...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"U.S. transportation chief Foxx keynotes leadership summit," The Charlotte Post, April 21, http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2015/04/21/local/u.s.-transportatio...
(cites Chris Hill)

"Immigrants without documents could drive," The Daily Tar Heel, April 21, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/04/immigrants-without-documents...
(quotes Dani Moore)

"No excuse not to approve nonpartisan redistricting panel for NC," Raleigh News & Observer, April 20, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article19092213.html
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"For McCrory, the truth hurts," The Robesonian, April 18, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153002636/For-McC...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Alliance of AIDS Services selects new board members," Military Technologies, April 18, http://www.military-technologies.net/2015/04/18/alliance-of-aids-service...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The revealing 2015 Tax Day," Hickory Daily Record, April 17, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-the-revealin...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Where your county stands... Poverty Map," WSOC, April 17, http://www.wsoctv.com/news/entertainment/where-your-county-standspoverty...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Tax Day state round up," Tax Justice Blog, April 16, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2015/04/tax_day_state_round_up.php...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Hospitals to fight bill that would open NC medical market," Raleigh News & Observer, April 16, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article18618429.html (also at Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article1861842...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"State tax changes backfiring," Salisbury Post, April 16, http://www.salisburypost.com/2015/04/16/134702/ (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x531821568/Fitzsimon-The-reveal..., Greenville Daily Reflector: https://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-tax-day-changes-28..., Laurinburg Exchange: http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152950374..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-reveali...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Letter: Speech was harmful in wake of murders," The Daily Tar Heel, April 16, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/04/letter-speech-was-harmful-in...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC's tax code brings surprises this tax season," WUNC, April 15, http://wunc.org/post/north-carolinas-tax-code-brings-surprises-tax-season
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Midtown Muse: Community discussion focuses on race relations," Raleigh News & Observer, April 15, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/midtown-raleigh-news/ar...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC lawmakers push unreasonable income tax cuts, prompt outcry," Tax Justice Blog, April 15, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2015/04/north_carolina_lawmakers_p...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"The worst proposals thus far in the 2015 legislative session," Anson Record, April 15, http://www.ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152891985/The-worst-proposals-th...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Low-wage workers need a boost," Richmond County Daily Journal, April 15, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion_columns/152942194/Low-wage-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Poll: 60 percent of North Carolinians say their taxes went up after the Legislature's 2013 reform," Indy Week, April 15, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/04/15/poll-60-percent-of-nort...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"GOP lawmakers tout tax cuts on eve of Tax Day," Charlotte Observer, April 14, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article1853504... (also at WBTV: http://www.wbtv.com/story/28804643/gop-lawmakers-tout-tax-cuts-on-eve-of...)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"April 15th is Tax Day," The Stanly News & Press, April 14, http://www.thesnaponline.com/news/state_news/april-th-is-tax-day-north-c... 9also at
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Righteously indignant: (lots of) fear and (plenty of) loathing at the NC Council of Churches Legislative Seminar," Independent Weekly, April 14, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/04/14/righteously-indignant-l...
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"On the Record: Fight over tax reform heats up," WRAL, April 11, http://www.wral.com/wral-tv/video/14575373/
(Cedric Johnson interview)

"N.C. tax filers deal with lower rates, fewer deductions," Fayetteville Observer, April 11, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/state/n-c-tax-filers-deal-with-lower-rat... (also at Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article18263168.html, Bellingham Herald: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/11/4235425_nc-tax-filers-deal-wi..., Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/11/nc-tax-filers-deal-with-..., McDowell News: http://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/state/ap/nc-tax-filers-deal-with-fewer-..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/state/ap/nc-tax-filers-deal-with-fewer...)
(cites Cedric Johnson)

"NC lawmakers doubling down on losing hand of income tax cuts," Raleigh News & Observer, April 10, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article18225896.html
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"No-brainer on raising minimum wage," Henderson Daily Dispatch, April 9, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x926852431/Fitzsimon-No-brainer... (also at the Robesonian: http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/152858485/Time-for-NC-to-..., Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-raising-minimum-wag..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-the-no-brain...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Pressure on to increase minimum wage in N.C.," Indy Week, April 9, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/04/09/pressure-on-to-increase...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Elderly to keep wary eye on budget," The Robesonian, April 8, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152814591/Elderly... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-thousands-o..., Durham Herald-Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/x926852315/Thousands-of-seniors-anxious..., Laurinburg Exchange: http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152815211..., Richmond County Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion_columns/152833897/Seniors-h...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC consumer loan bill spawns opposition," Raleigh News & Observer, April 8, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article17875019.html
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Unemployment rate dipped in February as Winston-Salem lost 1,000 jobs," Winston-Salem Journal, April 8, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/unemployment-rate...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Democrats and allies hit GOP tax policies," Charlotte Observer, April 8, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article1788164...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"UNCW holds 'Taking the Pulse on Poverty,'" The Seahawk, April 7, http://www.theseahawk.org/lifestyles/uncw-holds-taking-the-pulse-on-pove...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Letting fellows program expire will add to teacher shortage," Raleigh News & Observer, April 7, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article17778974.html
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Right reeling, expanding," Greenville Daily Reflector, April 7, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-right-reeling-expan...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"A flawed tax plan," Durham Herald-Sun, April 5, http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/x626360666/A-flawed-tax-plan#.VSJrpy5ZR...
(uses BTC framing)

"Gov. McCrory barks against discrimination - but will he bite?" Winston-Salem Journal, April 4, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-gov-mccrory...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Happy Easter Weekend Reading: North Carolina's poor are screwed," Independent Weekly, April 3, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/04/03/happy-easter-weekend-re...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"Pass tax credit, help working poor," Richmond County Daily Journal, April 2, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/localnews5/152712915/Pierce:-Pass-t...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"More than 1 million NC taxpayers, working families benefited from state Earned Income Tax Credit," RealEstateRama, April 2, http://northcarolina.realestaterama.com/2015/04/02/more-than-1-million-n...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Will McCrory block legislation?" Henderson Daily Dispatch, April 2, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x268555460/Fitzsimon-Will-McCro...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"McCrory barks, but will he bite?" Richmond County Daily Journal, April 1, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion_columns/152687719/McCrory-b... (also at the Robesonian: http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152688032/McCrory..., Richmond Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion_columns/152687719/McCrory-b..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-gov-mccrory-..., Laurinburg Exchange: http://www.ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152891985/The-worst-proposals-th...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"GOP pranks Cooper on April Fool's Day," Raleigh News & Observer, April 1, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

Also see clips from March 2015, February 2015, January 2015, December 2014, November 2014, October 2014, September 2014, August 2014, July 2014, June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014, January 2014 and March 2009-December 2013.