In the News

January 2016

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"New NC budget director Andrew Heath rises quickly to key post," Raleigh News & Observer, January 30, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Clinic in Winston-Salem helps eligible people get certain criminal records cleared," Winston-Salem Journal, January 30, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/clinic-in-winston-salem-helps-eligi...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Food stamp change concerns adovcates for poor in N. Carolina," WRAL, January 30, http://www.wral.com/food-stamp-change-concerns-advocates-for-poor-in-n-c... (also at Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/article/20160130/NEWS/160139960, ABC-11: http://abc11.com/society/food-stamp-change-concerns-advocates-for-poor-i..., WXII: http://www.wxii12.com/news/food-stamp-change-concerns-advocates-for-poor..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/food-stamp-change-in-north-c..., WLOS: http://www.wlos.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Food-Stamp-Change-..., Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2016/02/01/food-stamp-change-con..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article57465633.html, Statesville Record & Landmark: http://www.statesville.com/food-stamp-change-concerns-advocates-for-poor..., Greensboro News & Record: http://www.greensboro.com/news/food-stamp-change-concerns-advocates-for-..., Goldsboro Daily News: http://goldsborodailynews.com/blog/2016/02/01/food-stamp-change-concerns..., Go Dan River: http://www.godanriver.com/food-stamp-change-concerns-advocates-for-poor-..., Raleigh Sun-Times: http://raleigh.suntimes.com/ral-news/7/99/231414/food-stamp-change-conce..., Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/food-stamp-change-concerns-advocates-..., McDowell News: http://www.mcdowellnews.com/food-stamp-change-concerns-advocates-for-poo..., Dothan Eagle: http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/ap/state/food-stamp-change-concerns-advo...)
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"New reports show benefits of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina," Raleigh News & Observer, January 30, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article57513138.html
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Board of Education works to close spending gap," New Bern Sun Journal, January 29, http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20160129/OPINION/160128763
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Discrimination agreement required at voucher-eligible school," QNotes, January 29, http://goqnotes.com/41476/discrimination-agreement-required-at-voucher-e...
(Billy Ball column)

"Blue Cross projects $400M loss in NC on ACA in just 2 years," Raleigh News & Observer, January 29, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article57367343.html (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/news/north-carolina/blue-cross-projects-400m-...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"The Morning Roundup: Fundraising, school choosing and Raleigh outdoor dining," Independent Weekly, January 28, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/01/28/the-morning-roundup-fun...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"'More fair' report on NC charter schools released," WRAL, January 28, http://www.wral.com/-more-fair-report-on-nc-charter-schools-released/152...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Real test of McCrory's commitment to mentally ill," Henderson Daily Dispatch, January 28, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-real-test-of-mccrory-... (also at Charlotte Sun-Times: http://charlotte.suntimes.com/clt-politics-government/7/93/213703/the-re..., Greenville Daily Reflector: http://courier-tribune.com/news/north-carolina/blue-cross-projects-400m-..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-real-te..., Jefferson Post: https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2560/the-real-test-of-mccrorys-commitm...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The Morning Roundup: Fundraising, school choosing and Raleigh outdoor dining," Independent Weekly, January 28, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/01/28/the-morning-roundup-fun...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"State rundown 1/28: Taxes up for debate," Tax Justice Blog, January 28, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2016/01/state_rundown_128_taxes_up...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Lawmakers considering new management for NC's lowest-performing schools," WRAL, January 27, http://www.wral.com/lawmakers-considering-new-management-for-nc-s-lowest...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"What does a casino in the Charlotte area mean for the community?" Creative Loafing Charlotte, January 27, http://clclt.com/charlotte/what-does-a-casino-in-charlotte-mean-for-the-...
(cites NC Policy Watc)

"North Carolina now unprepared for next recession," Raleigh News & Observer, January 26, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article56683318.html
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"NC job market recovery appears to plateau at end of 2015," Winston-Salem Journal, January 26, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/nc-job-market-rec...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"If the NRA was in charge of climate change policy," Jefferson Post, January 25, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2503/if-the-nra-was-in-charge-of-clima...
(Rob Schofield column)

"North Carolina's virtual charters off to a rocky start," Jefferson Post, January 25, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2509/north-carolinas-virtual-charters-o...
(Billy Ball column)

"Trickle-down was a fairy tale," Lincoln Times-News, January 25, http://www.lincolntimesnews.com/2016/01/25/trickle-fairy-tale/
(cites Cedric Johnson)

"W. Va. officials look for answers on impact of tax cuts on budget," Beckley Register-Herald, January 25, http://www.register-herald.com/news/w-va-officials-look-for-answers-on-i...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"United we stand, divided we fall," Greenville Daily Reflector, January 23, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/columnists/clayton-united-we-stand-divi...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"The truth on Carolina Comeback," The Robesonian, January 22, http://robesonian.com/opinion/83709/the-truth-on-carolina-comeback (also at Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/tepid-carolina-comeback-behind-gop-..., Richmond County Daily Journal: https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/21362/mccrorys-carolina-com..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/tepid-carolina-comeback...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Weekly Wrap: Man's best friend for sure; lend a hand in this big chill," Fayetteville Observer, January 22, http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/editorials/weekly-wrap-man-s-best-fri...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Inaccurate claims about unemployment insurance changes in NC," Jefferson Post, January 21, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2475/inaccurate-claims-about-unemploym...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"Countering election-year spin on education," Henderson Daily Dispatch, January 21, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-countering-election-y... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/columnists/fitzsimon-list-counter-elect..., Richmond County Daily Journal: https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/21135/countering-the-gops-s..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-a-list-to-c..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/here-s-list-counter-ele..., Robesonian: https://robesonian.com/opinion/83637/the-election-year-education-spin, Durham Herald-Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/a-list-to-counter-the-election-year-spi...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Centro de Justicia de Carolina del Norte realiza sesiones informativas sobre detenciones de ICE," QuePasa, January 19, http://raleigh.quepasanoticias.com/noticias/carolina-del-norte/centro-de...
(quotes Raul Pinto)

"McCrory does nothing about Medicaid, too much about abortion," Greenville Daily Reflector, January 19, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-mccrory-does-nothin...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"In NC, a collective responsibility to improve schools," Raleigh News & Observer, January 19, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article55487465.html
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Stark inequality pervades, cuts across Tar Heel county lines," Jefferson Post, January 19, http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/editorials/weekly-wrap-man-s-best-fri...
(Tazra Mitchell op-ed)

"Medicaid expansion in NC?" Chapelboro, January 18, http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/medicaid-expansion-in-nc/
(cites Adam Linker)

"Inside Politics: Mayor Robertson says city faces cuts over lost sales taxes," Fayetteville Observer, January 18, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/inside-politics-mayor-robertson-sa...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"The very least we can do about gun violence," Raleigh News & Observer, January 18, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/chn-op...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Susan Shumaker and Allen Smart: NC can close Medicaid gap with reform," Greensboro News & Record, January 17, http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/columns/susan-shumaker-and-allen-smart...
(cites Adam Linker)

"Another state expands Medicaid while McCrory does nothing," Hickory Daily Record, January 16, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/another-state-expands-medicaid-whil...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Behind NC tax surge is a tax shift," Raleigh News & Observer, January 16, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article55101605.html
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"Deeds, not words, best to honor King," The Robesonian, January 15, http://robesonian.com/opinion/83488/deeds-not-words-best-to-honor-king (also at QNotes: http://goqnotes.com/41084/honoring-dr-king-means-more-than-words/, Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/20160117/column-honoring-king-with-m...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Cary begins another search for manager," Raleigh News & Observer, January 15, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article54928390.html
(cites Adam Linker)

"Activists say North Carolina's Clean Power Plan doesn't do enough to help the poor -- on purpose," Independent Weekly, January 15, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/01/15/activists-say-north-car...
(quotes Al Ripley)

"New teacher supplement formula saves Cumberland $1 million; costs teachers," Fayetteville Observer, January 15, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/new-teacher-supplement-formula-sav...
(cites Matt Ellinwood)

"Obama's immigration raids are turning Latino communities into ghost towns," Think Progress, January 14, http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2016/01/14/3738349/wheaton-latino-o...
(quotes Raul Pinto)

"NC Bar admonishes Mumma for 'crossing the line'; no finding of dishonest conduct," Raleigh News & Observer, January 14, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article54686005.html (also at Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article54743530.html)
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Disciplinary panel rules innocence advocate violated ethics rule," WRAL, January 14, http://www.wral.com/innocence-advocate-s-fate-in-disciplinary-panel-s-ha...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Work, training requirement for food stamps returning," Winston-Salem Journal, January 14, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/work-training-requirement-for-food-...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Livable wage shouldn't be just for city," Winston-Salem Chronicle, January 14, http://www.wschronicle.com/2016/01/editorial-livable-wage-shouldnt-just-...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"More power to you tonight when winner is drawn," The Robesonian, January 13, https://robesonian.com/opinion/83403/more-power-to-you-tonight-when-winn...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Food assistance recipients face new requirement," WUNC, January 13, http://wunc.org/post/food-assistance-recipients-face-new-requirement#str...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"The problem with Powerball fever," Richmond County Daily Journal, January 13, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/20763/the-problem-with-powe... (also at High Country Press: http://www.hcpress.com/news/powerball-jackpot-at-1-5-billion-but-not-man..., Mooresville Tribune: http://www.mooresvilletribune.com/opinion/the-troubling-lottery-reality/..., Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-troubling-reality-beh...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"North Carolina to reinstate food stamp work requirements," Opposing Views, January 13, http://www.opposingviews.com/i/food-stamps-nc-will-soon-require-20-hours...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Lotteries are evil, but... four tickets for me, please," North Jersey Record, January 13, http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-guest-writers/lotteries-are-e...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC legislators consider expanding sales taxes, cutting income taxes," Raleigh News & Observer, January 12, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti... (also at Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article5443688...)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"The power to prey on the poor," The Robesonian, January 12, https://robesonian.com/opinion/83394/the-power-to-prey-on-the-poor
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Our view: Banning the box makes a lot of sense," Asheville Citizen-Times, January 11, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/01/11/view-ba...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Our lawsuit against the governor went to mediation last week," Independent Weekly, January 11, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/our-lawsuit-against-the-governor-went-t...
(cite NC Justice Center)

"Threats to prosperity as 2016 begins," Jefferson Post, January 11, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2380/threats-to-prosperity-abound-as-2...
(Patrick McHugh op-ed)

"Some simple and powerful truths about the North Carolina economy," Jefferson Post, January 11, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2378/some-simple-and-powerful-truths-a...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"Ban the Box - Right or risky?" UNC-TV, January 10, http://video.unctv.org/video/2365637060/
(Daniel Bowes interview)

"After another winless Powerball drawing, America will see its first billion-dollar jackpot," New York Magazine, January 10, http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/01/powerball-jackpot-will-now-...
(cites NC Policy Watch/NC Justice Center)

"Where the lottery ticket sales profits go," WUNC, January 9, http://wunc.org/post/where-lottery-ticket-sales-profits-go
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Food stamps will soon require 20 hours of work or classes in NC," Raleigh News & Observer, January 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti... (also at Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article54210120.html, Centre Daily Times: http://www.centredaily.com/news/nation-world/national/article54210120.html)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Dan Forest and facts and fuel and charters," Hickory Daily Record, January 9, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-dan-forest-and-facts-and-fue...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Two cautionary messages," Durham Herald-Sun, January 8, http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/two-cautionary-messages/article_419b906...
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Average annual pay in NC based on location," Time Warner Cable News, January 8, http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2016/01/8/average-annu...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota interview)

"Yes to invest in North Carolina, and not just in buildings," Raleigh News & Observer, January 8, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article53772555.html (also at The Robesonian: https://robesonian.com/opinion/83254/more-is-needed-than-buildings)
(Chris Fitzsimon op-ed)

"The very least we can do on gun violence," Salisbury Post, January 7, http://www.salisburypost.com/2016/01/07/chris-fitzsimon-the-very-least-w... (also at Richmond County Daily Journal: https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/20550/expanding-background-..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-very-le..., Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/columnists/fitzsimon-least-we-can-do-ab..., Jefferson Post: https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2353/the-very-least-we-can-do-about-gu..., Kings Mountain Herald: http://kmherald.com/opinion-the-very-least-we-can-do-about-gun-violence-..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/it-s-very-least-we-can-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Delay game: The McCrory administration drags its feet on our public records lawsuit," Independent Weekly, January 6, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/delay-game-the-mccrory-administration-d...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"America locked in darkness," Up & Coming Weekly, January 6, http://upandcomingweekly.com/content/view/3060/26/
(cites Rick Glazier)

"How did North Carolina stack up in 2015?" Asheboro Courier-Tribune, January 4, http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/how-did-north-carolina-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Financial collapse possible no matter the county," Kinston Free Press, January 1, http://www.kinston.com/article/20160102/NEWS/160109960
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

Also see clips from December 2015, November 2015, October 2015, September 2015, August 2015, July 2015, June 2015, May 2015, April 2015, 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.