In the News

May 2016

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"Federal appeals court won't reconsider ruling in favor of Virginia transgender teen," ABC-11, May 31, http://abc11.com/politics/court-wont-reconsider-ruling-in-favor-of-lgbt-...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Federal Treasury program targets employer's delinquent on state unemployment tax," Winston-Salem Journal, May 31, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/federal-treasury-...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"BCBS of North Carolina proposes premium rate hikes for ACA customers," Time Warner Cable News, May 31, http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2016/05/31/bcbs-of-nor...
(quotes Nicole Dozier)

"The 2017 budget promises nothing but more distress for North Carolina," Jefferson Post, May 29, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3885/the-2017-budget-promises-nothing-b...
(Rob Schofield column)

"A brief lesson on the lives of immigrants in North Carolina," Jefferson Post, May 28, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3879/a-brief-lesson-on-the-lives-of-imm...
(Ricky Leung column)

"The never-mind budget and why it hurts North Carolina," Raleigh News & Observer, May 26, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article80124297.html#navlink=S...
(Rick Glazier op-ed)

"House committee passes bill establishing Achievement School Districts," Indy Week, May 26, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/05/26/house-committee-passes-...
(cites Kris Nordstrom)

"Student fights back after consideration for admission to NCSSM denied," WRAL, May 25, http://www.wral.com/student-fights-back-after-consideration-for-admissio...
(quotes Kate Woomer-Deters)

"Letter: HB2 affects employee rights and more," Mountain Xpress, May 25, https://mountainx.com/opinion/letter-writer-hb2-affects-employee-rights-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Advocates push for Medicaid expansion," Raleigh News & Observer, May 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Ciara Zachary)

"NCSSM sued by Durham sophomore over admissions policy," Durham Herald-Sun, May 24,
http://www.heraldsun.com/news/ncssm-sued-by-durham-sophomore-over-admiss...
(cites Jack Holtzman)

"How North Carolina is faring in terms of wage gains since the recession," Charlotte Business Journal, May 24, http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2016/05/24/how-north-carolina-...
(cites Patrick McHugh)

"Senate passes bill to cut taxes faster than House plan," Greensboro News & Record, May 24, http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/senate-passes-bill-to-cut-taxe...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Immigrant students fights school admission decision," Courthouse News Service, May 23, http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/05/23/immigrant-student-fights-school...
(cites Jack Holtzman)

"Follow the money: The House's budget doubles down on tax cuts," Jefferson Post, May 23, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3816/follow-the-money-the-houses-budget...
(Tazra Mitchell column)

"Another week of McCrory misstatements on HB2," Greenville Daily Reflector, May 22, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/05/22/Another-week-of-McCrory-missta...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Warning sings ignored," Fayetteville Observer, May 22, http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/local_columns/allan-freyer-warning-si... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3833/on-hb2-warning-signs-abound-but-st..., Lincoln Times-News: http://www.lincolntimesnews.com/2016/05/23/warning-signs-abound-state-le...)
(Allan Freyer column)

"Everyone's precious jewels," Up & Coming Weekly, May 22, http://www.upandcomingweekly.com/views/3274-everyone-s-precious-jewels
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Political notebook: 13th District candidate wants to shut down FEMA," Salisbury Post, May 21, http://www.salisburypost.com/2016/05/21/political-notebook-13th-district...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The costs of HB2 that NC simply cannot calculate," Raleigh News & Observer, May 21, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article78940782.html
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Business leaders reflect on HB2's economic impact," Hickory Daily Record, May 20, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/hb2/business-leaders-reflect-on-hb-s-econom...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"State jobless rate drops slightly in April to 5.4 percent," Winston-Salem Journal, May 20, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/state-jobless-rat...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"House Bill 2 opponents urged to vote in November," Fayetteville Observer, May 19, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/house-bill-opponents-urged-to-vote...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Former Republican North Carolina Chief Justice comes out against the death penalty," Indy Week, May 19, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/05/19/former-republican-north...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Overtime-pay rule sets off debate," Winston-Salem Journal, May 19, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/overtime-pay-rule...
(quotes Clermont Ripley)

"New overtime rules," Capital Tonight, May 19, http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/politics/2016/05/19/capital...
(Allan Freyer interview)

"Critics say teacher pay raise too little, too late," The Daily Tar Heel, May 18, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/05/critics-say-teacher-pay-rais...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"NC House budget plan sees debate in Raleigh," Greensboro News & Record, May 18, http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/n-c-house-budget-plan-sees-deb...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"More work, more pay? New rule extends overtime to millions," WRAL, May 18, http://www.wral.com/overtime-pay-may-become-reality-for-more-us-workers/...
(quotes Clermont Ripley)

"The assault on public education in North Carolina just keeps coming," Washington Post, May 18, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/05/18/the-assau...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Loss of federal funds could cost state 53,000 jobs in wake of HB2," Greensboro News & Record, May 18, http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/loss-of-federal-funds-could-co... (also at Fox 8: http://myfox8.com/2016/05/18/loss-of-federal-funds-could-cost-state-5300...)
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Political hack Margaret Spellings appoints political hack Cecil Staton Chancellor of ECU," Indy Week, May 18, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/political-hack-margaret-spellings-appoi...
(cites Billy Ball)

"Opinions vary on impact of federal overtime rule on NC workers, employers," Winston-Salem Journal, May 18, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/opinions-vary-on-...
(quotes Clermont Ripley)

"In North Carolina, the rich get richer, while the middle class disappears," Indy Week, May 18, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/in-north-carolina-the-rich-get-richer-w...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Could coal ash water contamination be state's Flint, Michigan?" The Mountaineer, May 17, http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/could-coal-ash-water-contaminati...
(Rob Schofield column)

"The Morning Roundup: Anonymous attacks NC government over HB2; and Fed funding loss could really hurt," Indy Week, May 17, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/05/17/the-morning-roundup-ano...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"House plan includes raises for most state workers," ABC-11, May 17, http://abc11.com/politics/house-plan-includes-raises-for-most-state-work...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"NC House lawmakers unveil $22.2 billion budget proposal, with emphasis on teachers," Fayetteville Observer, May 17, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/n-c-house-lawmakers-unveil-billion...
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Groups spar over HB2's potential economic impact," ABC-11, May 17, http://abc11.com/politics/groups-spar-over-hb2s-potential-economic-impac...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"NC Chamber comes clean on HB2," Henderson Daily Dispatch, May 17, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/schofield-nc-chamber-comes-clea...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Loss of federal funds could eliminate 53,000 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages," The Mountaineer, May 16, http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/loss-of-federal-funds-could-elim...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"House would give raises to state workers, teachers," Charlotte Observer, May 16, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article7798931... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti..., Wilmington Star-News: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20160517/ARTICLES/160519716/1020/n...)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Report: NC lawmakers leaving millions on the table," Public News Service, May 16, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-05-16/civic-engagement/report-nc-l...
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"Watch former NC House Speaker's bizarre meltdown over 'LGBTTQQIAA' people causing topless beaches," Raw Story, May 15, https://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/watch-former-nc-house-speakers-bizarre-...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Durham Chamber holds community conversation on HB2," ABC-11, May 15, http://abc11.com/politics/durham-chamber-holds-community-conversation-on...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Chamber launches public discourse on HB2 at Durham Central Park," Durham Herald-Sun, May 15, http://www.heraldsun.com/business/chamber-launches-public-discourse-on-h...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Take 5: Lee legislative delegation revisits HB2," Sanford Herald, May 14, http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/take-lee-legislative-delegation-revisi...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"How North Carolina got in the fiscal fix it is in," Jefferson Post, May 14, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3728/how-north-carolina-got-in-the-fisc...
(Cedric Johnson column)

"Order of the Long Leaf Pine recipient is moved to tears," Fayetteville Observer, May 13, http://www.fayobserver.com/living/community/order-of-the-long-leaf-pine-...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Lawmakers seek massive expansion of voucher scheme that discriminates against LGBT students," New Bern Sun Journal, May 13, http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20160513/OPINION/160519515 (also at Richmond County Daily Journal: https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/33910/lawmakers-seek-massiv..., Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/05/29/Lawmakers-seek-expanded-discri..., The Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/opinion/87673/voucher-bill-will-discriminate)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Commentary: For LGBTs in North Carolina, Beyonce is a sellout," Caribbean News Now, May 13, http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headline-Commentary%3A-For-LGBTs-in-Nort...
(cites Allan Freyer)

"We see you, we stand with you," Curve, May 12, http://www.curvemag.com/News/We-See-You-We-Stand-with-You-1196/
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"McCrory's evolution into culture warrior," Henderson Daily Dispatch, May 12, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-mccrory-s-evolution-i... (also at Richmond County Daily Journal: http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/33092/the-evolution-of-gov-p..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3733/the-evolution-of-gov-pat-mccrory-i..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-evoluti..., Southern Pines Pilot: http://www.thepilot.com/opinion/mccrory-s-odd-evolution-into-culture-war..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/evolution-gov-pat-mccro..., New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160512/chris-fitzsimon-evolution-of-p...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Former Governor Jim Hunt calls for environmental protection," Mountain Xpress, May 12, http://mountainx.com/blogwire/former-governor-jim-hunt-calls-for-environ...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"The outhouse," Scranton Times-News, May 12, http://blogs.thetimes-tribune.com/johncole/index.php/2016/05/12/the-outh...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Scotland lawmakers: Time to revise HB2," Laurinburg Exchange, May 12, http://laurinburgexchange.com/top-stories/5271/scotland-lawmakers-time-t...
(cites Allan Freyer)

"Local briefs: Chamber to hold HB2 event," Durham Herald-Sun, May 12, http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local-briefs-chamber-to-hold-hb-event-bike...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Jobless insurance," Wilkes Journal-Patriot, May 11, http://www.journalpatriot.com/opinion/jobless-insurance/article_ee0fd57c...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Legislative budget proposal would lock in a formula for failure," Jefferson Post, May 11, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3697/legislative-budget-proposal-would-...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota column)

"Wage gains mostly going to folks already doing well," Jefferson Post, May 10, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3687/wage-gains-mostly-going-to-folks-a...
(Patrick McHugh column)

"Rep. Robert Pittenger getting to know new 9th District," Fayetteville Observer, May 10, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/rep-robert-pittenger-getting-to-kn...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"An election year push for teacher/principal pay increases," EducationNC, May 10, https://www.ednc.org/2016/05/10/an-election-year-push-for-teacherprincip...
(Matt Ellinwood interview)

"Justice Department suit threatens Carolina Title IX funding," NPR, May 9, http://www.npr.org/2016/05/09/477382533/justice-department-suit-threaten...
(Matt Ellinwood)

"The high price of North Carolina's transgender bathroom bill," Marketplace, May 9, http://www.marketplace.org/2016/05/09/business/north-carolina-transgende...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Employment prospects improving for NC veterans," Public Radio East, May 9, http://publicradioeast.org/post/employment-prospects-improving-nc-veterans
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"McCrory acting like a spoiled child in HB2 battle that could cost NC billions," Charlotte Examiner, May 9, http://www.examiner.com/article/mccrory-acting-like-a-spoiled-child-hb2-...
(cites Matt Ellinwood)

"North Carolina's Governor is fighting back against the Department of Justice," Pacific Standard, May 9, https://psmag.com/north-carolinas-governor-is-fighting-back-against-the-...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Senator Burr's absurd blockage of a judge in his home state," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, May 9, http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/senator-burr-s-absurd-b... (also at New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20160517/OPINION/160519062, Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/05/15/Sen-Burr-s-absurd-blockage-of-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"U.S. Justice Department suing North Carolina over bathroom law," Bloomberg News, May 9, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-09/north-carolina-sues-fe... (also at Newsmax: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/justice-department-sues-north/2016/05/0...)
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"North Carolina's 'bathroom' law explained," Voice of America, May 9, http://www.voanews.com/content/hb2-north-carolina-transgender-bathroom-l...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Investments that are MIA in Governor McCrory's budget," Jefferson Post, May 8, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3659/investments-that-are-mia-in-gover...
(Tazra Mitchell column)

"McCrory flails on HB2, reality sets in at Assembly," Greenville Daily Reflector, May 8, http://reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/05/08/McCrory-flails-again-on-HB2-as-rea... (also at the Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Other-Views/2016/05/05/McCrory-still-flailin..., New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160505/chris-fitzsimon-mccrory-flails...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Legislators try a different way to agree on NC budget," Asheville Citizen-Times, May 7, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/05/07/le... (also at WCNC: http://www.wcnc.com/news/politics/legislators-try-a-different-way-to-agr...)
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Unhinged McCrory, more bad news from business leaders, and the feds weigh in," Hickory Daily Record, May 6, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-unhinged-mccrory-more-bad-ne...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"No sea victima de fraude notaria," Univision, May 6, https://www.facebook.com/stephmnews/videos/982230805157880/
(Kate Woomer-Deters client)

"Is it time to scrap the state's salary schedule for teachers?" EdNC, May 5, https://www.ednc.org/2016/05/05/time-scrap-states-salary-schedule-teachers/
(Billy Ball column)

"The Morning Roundup: About those teacher raises..." Indy Week, May 5, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/05/05/the-morning-roundup-abo...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Vote to restore Voting Rights Act to its past," Winston Salem Chronicle, May 4, http://www.wschronicle.com/2016/05/vote-restore-voting-rights-act-past/
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Citizen Green: 'Their voices are silenced completely,'" Triad City Beat, May 4, http://triad-city-beat.com/citizen-green-their-voices-are-silenced-compl...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC man among some joining groups in US to patrol border with Mexico," WNCN, May 4, http://wncn.com/2016/05/04/nc-man-among-some-joining-groups-in-us-to-pat...
(quotes Kate Woomer-Deters)

"CRO editor to receive Green Tie award," Coastal Review Online, May 4, http://www.coastalreview.org/2016/05/tursi-to-receive/
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Armed citizens patrolling US-Mexico border," Opposing Views, May 4, http://www.opposingviews.com/i/world/armed-citizens-patrolling-us-mexico... (also at Knights of the Templar: http://www.knightstemplarinternational.com/video-border-keepers-joining-...)
(quotes Kate Woomer-Deters)

"Legislative leaders set budget target that spends less than McCrory wanted," Raleigh News & Observer, May 4, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Why debt forgiveness and short sales could become more expensive for NC homeowners," WFAE, May 4, http://wfae.org/post/why-debt-forgiveness-and-short-sales-could-become-m...
(quotes Al Ripley)

"NC government workers wonder where their pay raise is," Asheville Citizen-Times, May 4, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/05/03/nc-government-w...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"McCrory officials push back against public records lawsuit," WRAL, May 2, http://www.wral.com/mccrory-officials-push-back-against-public-records-l...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Mediocre budget fails to deflect from HB2," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, May 2, http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/mediocre-budget-fails-d... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3570/mccrorys-mediocre-budget-fails-to-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Gov. McCror'ys attempt to spin North Carolina's economic performance comes up short," Jefferson Post, May 2, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3590/governor-mccrorys-attempt-to-spin-...
(Patrick McHugh column)

"HB2 about last stand against LGBT rights," Greenville Daily Reflector, May 1, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/05/01/Last-stand-against-LGBT-rights...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Refugees, immigrants study for citizenship tests," Raleigh News & Observer, May 1, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/articl...
(cites NC Justice Center)

Also see clips from 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, 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.