In the News

December 2016

Also see clips from November 2016, October 2016, September 2016, August 2016, July 2016, June 2016, May 2016, April 2016, March 2016, February 2016, January 2016, December 2015, November 2015, October 2015, September 2015, August 2015, July 2015, June 2015, May 2015, April 2015, March 2015, February 2015, January 2015, and March 2009-December 2014.

"Lawsuits to keep an eye on in the New Year," Jefferson Post, December 31, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6306/lawsuits-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-the-...
(Melissa Boughton column)

"At the epicenter of the North Carolina political maelstrom," Bristol Observer, December 30, http://bristolobserver.com/2016/12/30/at-the-epicenter-of-the-north-caro...
(quotes Joe Killian)

"Bad news, good news in year-end conflict," Richmond County Daily Journal, December 29, http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/58413/bad-news-good-news-in-...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Letter: In response," Henderson Daily Dispatch, December 24, http://www.the-dispatch.com/opinion/20161224/letter-in-response
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

“Educators welcome McCrory,” The Robesonian, December 24, https://robesonian.com/opinion/94675/educators-welcome-mccrory
(Billy Ball column)

“Grant rewarded for renovtaion,” Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, December 24, http://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2016/12/24/grant-awarded-for-ren...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Durham student continues battle for NCSSM admission," Durham Herald-Sun, December 23, http://www.heraldsun.com/lifestyles/schools_more/durham-student-continue...
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Food, toys given to families,” Daily Record, December 23, http://www.mydailyrecord.com/eedition/featured/2016/12/23/foodtoys-given...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

“General Assembly: No repeal of HB2,” Ashe Mountain Times, December 22, http://ashemountaintimes.com/news/general-assembly-unable-to-repeal-hb/a...
(Cites Melissa Boughton)

“Raleigh, by the numbers,” Wilmington Star-News, December 22, http://www.starnewsonline.com/opinion/20161222/chris-fitzsimon-raleigh-b...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

“Lawmakers should help fund storm recovery by halting further corporate tax cuts,” Jefferson Post, December 22, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6242/lawmakers-should-help-fund-storm-...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

“Sneak Attack: Inside the Legislature’s Surprise Assault on Democracy,” Indy Week, December 21, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/sneak-attack-inside-the-legislatures-su...
(cites Joe Killian)

"Denuncian riesgos si se revoca ‘Obamacare’," Hola Noticias, December 20, https://holanoticias.com/denuncian-riesgos-si-se-revoca-obamacare/
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Short stack,” Greensboro News & Record, December 19, http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/short-stack/article...
(cites Joe Killian)

“The cynical, undemocratic and outrageous spectacle in Raleigh,” Burlington Times-News, December 18, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/20161218/column-cynical-undemocratic... (also at New Bern Sun-Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20161216/chris-fitzsimon-cynical-undemo..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/column-the-cynical-undemocratic-and-ou...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

“North Carolina’s assault on public education just got worse,” Washington Post, December 17 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/17/north-car...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"North Carolina's jobless rate inches higher," Winston-Salem Journal, December 17, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/north-carolina-s-...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

“Journalist Arrested At North Carolina Capitol: ‘They Don’t Need To Remove Reporters,’” Huffington Post, December 16, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reporter-arrested-nc-gop_us_585445f7... (also at Long Beach City College Viking: http://lbccvikingnews.com/politics/journalist-arrested-at-north-carolina...)
(Joe Killian interview)

"Inside the Republican power grab in North Carolina," VICE, December 16, https://www.vice.com/en_nz/article/republican-power-grab-north-carolina
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Current NC Governor signs bill stripping power from the next guy," Jezebel, December 16, http://theslot.jezebel.com/current-north-carolina-governor-signs-bill-st...
(Cites Joe Killian)

“For legislators, handcuffing Cooper wasn’t enough,” Charlotte Observer, December 16, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article121403418.html
(cites Joe Killian)

“North Carolina's Republican legislators stage unprecedented power grab,” Facing South, December 16, https://www.facingsouth.org/2016/12/north-carolinas-republican-legislato...
(cites Joe Killian)

“At least 39 arrests Friday during protests at legislature,” Charlotte Observer, December 16, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article1213231...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Here's what happened at the General Assembly yesterday, and what might happen next," Indy Week, December 15, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/12/15/heres-what-the-hell-hap...
(cites Melissa Boughton)

“Journalist arrested during protests at legislature,” Raleigh News & Observer, December 15, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites Joe Killian)

Public Barred from Viewing N.C. Legislative Coup; Reporter Apparently Arrested,” Slate, December 15, http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/12/15/north_carolina_legisla...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

“Disaster recovery bill a good start, but a sustained commitment is needed,” Jefferson Post, December 15, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6184/disaster-recovery-bill-a-good-sta...
(Cedric Johnson column)

“Cooper, GOP at odds of HB17,” Asheboro Courier-Tribune, December 15, http://www.courier-tribune.com/news/20161215/cooper-gop-at-odds-of-hb17
(cites Joe Killian)

“Journalist among 16 arrested as protestors storm NC General Assembly over ‘shameful’ special session,” Raw Story, December 15, https://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/journalist-among-16-arrested-as-protest...
(cites Joe Killian)

“Protesters arrested during special legislative session,” WRAL, December 15, http://www.wral.com/protesters-arrested-during-special-legislative-sessi...
(cites Joe Killian)

“Protesters in House gallery arrested for disturbance,” Greensboro News & Record, December 15, http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/protesters-in-house-gallery-ar...
(cites Joe Killian)

Republicans Forge Ahead With Their North Carolina Power Grab, The Atlantic, December 15, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/the-battle-of-north...
(cites Joe Killian)

“Despite Large Protest North Carolina GOP House Passes Bill Greatly Restricting New Democratic Governor's Power,” New Civil Rights Movement, December 15, http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/despite_large_prote...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

“A cynical spectacle in Raleigh,” Richmond County Daily Journal, December 15, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/57025/a-cynical-spectacle-i... (also at Jefferson Post: https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6226/the-cynical-undemocratic-and-outr...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

“Raleigh vigil held to bring attention to gun violence,” ABC-11, December 15, http://abc11.com/news/raleigh-vigil-held-to-bring-attention-to-gun-viole...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"La Legislatura regresa en medio de rumores de maniobra republicana para recuperar la Corte Suprema estatal," Mundo Hispanico, December 13, http://mundohispanico.com/noticias/la-legislatura-regresa-en-medio-de-ru...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"U.S. Senate should act on court nominees," Raleigh News & Observer, December 13, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article120711883.html
(Rob Schofield op-ed)

"No special surprises as NC House passes Disaster Recovery Act," ABC-11, December 13, http://abc11.com/politics/no-special-surprises-house-passes-disaster-rec...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"McCrory sidesteps goodbyes, presses for sale of 'crappy' historic buildings," Jefferson Post, December 13, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6167/mccrory-sidesteps-goodbyes-presses...
(Melissa Boughton column)

"Charlotte is trying to open job opportunities to people overcoming troubled pasts," Charlotte Agenda, December 12, https://www.charlotteagenda.com/75044/charlotte-trying-open-job-opportun...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Rumors fly on eve of special session on disaster relief," ABC-11, December 12, http://abc11.com/politics/rumors-fly-on-eve-of-special-session-on-disast...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"NC GOP mum on changing balance of Supreme Court," WFDD 88.5, December 12, http://www.wfdd.org/story/nc-gop-mum-changing-balance-supreme-court
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Power grab brewing in special session," Greenville Daily Reflector, December 11, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/12/11/fitzsimon-2.html (also at the Robesonian: https://robesonian.com/opinion/94216/94216, The Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Other-Views/2016/12/13/Will-GOP-lawmakers-re..., Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/20161212/watch-out-for-gop-power-gra...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Will Gov.-Elect Cooper propose 'fair share' tax policy?" ABC-11, December 11, http://abc11.com/politics/will-gov-elect-cooper-propose-fair-share-tax-p... (also at WRAL: http://www.wral.com/will-gov-elect-cooper-propose-fair-share-tax-policy-..., Blue Ridge Now: http://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20161211/roy-coopers-tax-plans-not-set-..., Greensboro News & Record: http://www.greensboro.com/ap/state/will-gov--elect-roy-cooper-propose-fa..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/state/ap/will-gov--elect-cooper-propos..., Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20161211/will-gov-elect-cooper-propose-..., Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article120254..., Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/12/11/gov-elect-coope..., Fayetteville Observer: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/north_carolina/cooper-tax-plans-face-unc..., GoUpState: http://www.goupstate.com/news/20161211/roy-coopers-tax-plans-not-set-in-..., Daily Progress: http://www.dailyprogress.com/will-gov--elect-cooper-propose-fair-share-t...)
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Ruling costs hourly workers," The Robesonian, December 10, https://robesonian.com/opinion/94234/ruling-costs-hourly-workers
(Clermont Ripley column)

"McCrory, the mayor who never figured out how to be governor," Winston-Salem Journal, December 9, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-mccrory-the... (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-the-mayor-who-never-f..., The Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/opinion/94171/mccrory-governed-as-mayor, Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6188/mccrory-the-mayor-who-never-figure...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Revenues for Matthew recovery," Greenville Daily Reflector, December 8, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/12/09/A-resilient-eastern-North-Caro... (also at Fayetteville Observer: http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/local_columns/alexandra-sirota-recove..., Wilmington Star-News: http://www.starnewsonline.com/opinion/20161209/tar-heel-voices-dont-cut-...)
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"19 NC public schools to operate with charter-school-like flexibility," The Daily Tar Heel, December 7, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/12/19-schools-to-operate-with-c...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Court ruling over overtime leaves workers high and dry," Triangle Tribune, December 6, http://www.triangletribune.com/news/2016/12/06/opinion/court-ruling-over...
(Clermont Ripley column)

"Gov. Pat McCrory concedes to Roy Cooper after weeks of legal battles," The Daily Tar Heel, December 6, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/12/gov-pat-mccrory-concedes-to-...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Misguided claims about election, HB2," Henderson Daily Dispatch, December 5, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-misguided-claims-abou... (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20161205/misguided-claims-about-e..., Southern Pines Pilot: http://www.thepilot.com/opinion/some-misguided-claims-about-the-election..., Daily Record: http://www.mydailyrecord.com/eedition/editorial/2016/12/12/misguided-cla...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Troubling machinations of preserving power," Daily Record, December 5, http://www.mydailyrecord.com/eedition/editorial/2016/12/05/troubling-mac... (also at Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/opinion/94022/gop-suffers-power-loss, Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20161205/troubling-machinations-o...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Vouchers have been a tough sell when put to a vote," Politico, December 2, http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-education/2016/12/vouchers-hav...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Tar Heel Heist: How the charter school industry is hijacking public education," Alternet, December 2, http://www.alternet.org/education/north-carolinas-charter-school-industr... (also at Salon: http://www.salon.com/2016/12/05/tar-heel-heist-how-the-charter-school-in..., Campaign for America's Future: https://ourfuture.org/20161205/tar-heel-heist-how-the-charter-school-ind...)
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"North Carolina's river basins would appreciate it if we stopped polluting them," Jefferson Post, December 2, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6071/north-carolinas-river-basins-would...
(Lisa Sorg column)

"The World: 12/01/2016," PRI's The World, December 1, http://www.pri.org/programs/pris-world/pris-world-12012016
(Suijin Li Snyder interview)

Also see clips from November 2016, October 2016, September 2016, August 2016, July 2016, June 2016, May 2016, April 2016, March 2016, February 2016, January 2016, December 2015, November 2015, October 2015, September 2015, August 2015, July 2015, June 2015, May 2015, April 2015, March 2015, February 2015, January 2015, and March 2009-December 2014.