In the News

January 2015

Also see clips from 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.

"No olive branch offered as legislators get to work," The Robesonian, January 31, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151591415/No-oliv... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: https://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-ominous-start-2783495)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"North Carolinians seeking mental health care might encounter problems," The Daily Tar Heel, January 30, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/01/north-carolinians-seeking-me...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Are NC tax cuts a race to the bottom?" Blue Ridge Now, January 30, http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20150201/ARTICLES/502011009
(uses BTC framing)

"Gubernatorial contenders return for 2016 race," The Daily Tar Heel, January 29, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/01/gubernatorial-contenders-ret...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity fights Board of Governors' Cuts," The Daily Tar Heel, January 27, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/01/center-on-poverty-work-and-o...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"State rundown 1/27: All tax cuts are not created equal," Tax Justice Blog, January 27, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2015/01/state_rundown_127_all_tax_...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Let's have school accountability week," The Robesonian, January 27, http://www.robesonian.com/news/news-opinion_columns/151523276/Lets-have-... (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x1351413225/Fitzsimon-School-ch..., Richmond County Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151568180/S..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-school-choi..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151587409/School-choice-and-un...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"More economic incentives debated in NC," The Daily Tar Heel, January 27, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/01/more-economic-incentives-deb...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Filing season: Changes meant to simplify NC tax law might create complications," Shelby Star, January 26, http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/filing-season-changes-meant-to-simp...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"20-year education lawsuit returns to NC courts," The Daily Tar Heel, January 26, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/01/20-year-education-lawsuit-re...
(quotes Christine Bischoff)

"McCrory's staggering start," Greenville Daily Reflector, January 26, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimonmccrorys-staggering-... (also at Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-mccrory-s-st..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151446055/McCrorys-staggering-..., Laurinburg Exchange: http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151448970...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Less money, more problems: Tax codes handcuff states facing budget crises," Facing South (ISS blog), January 23, http://www.southernstudies.org/2015/01/less-money-more-problems-tax-code...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Conspiracy to deny conspiracy about Ross' ouster from UNC system," Henderson Dispatch, January 22, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x761905378/Fitzsimon-Conspiracy... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-conspir...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The UNC conspiracy," Burlington Times-News, January 21, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/the-unc-conspiracy-1...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Community forum Thursday on issues affecting Wake County minority students," Raleigh News & Observer, January 21, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/21/4493611_community-forum-thursday-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC SPIN panelists support modifying new state A through F school grading system," Raleigh News & Observer, January 21, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/21/4493135/nc-spin-panelists-support...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"K 12 Inc. gets NC charter despite headwinds," Chasing in on Kids, http://cashinginonkids.com/blogs/k12-inc-gets-nc-charter-despite-headwinds/
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Study finds that poorest pay higher tax share than richest in N.C.," Chapelboro, January 20, http://chapelboro.com/news/state-news/study-finds-poorest-pay-higher-tax...
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"Medicaid expansion not yet off the table in NC," Public News Service, January 19, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-01-19/health-issues/medicaid-expan...
(quotes Nicole Dozier)

"Florida surpasses North Carolina in offering fewest weeks of jobless insurance benefits," Winston-Salem Journal, January 19, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_beat/florida-surpasses-north... (also at Fox 8: http://myfox8.com/2015/01/19/florida-surpasses-north-carolina-in-offerin...)
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Read tax claims with skepticism," The Robesonian, January 19, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151370676/Read-ta... (also at Gaston Gazette: http://www.gastongazette.com/opinion/columns/column-read-tax-claims-skep...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The last four years," Greenville Daily Reflector, January 17, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-last-four-years-277... (also at Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151320777/A-session-of-defense...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"State should address unfair tax system," Asheville Citizen-Times, January 17, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/01/17/letter-sta...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Three state leaders, but how many agendas?" Winston-Salem Journal, January 16, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-three-state...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Expect GOP to go on the defense," The Robesonian, January 16, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151342671/Expect-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Lack of health coverage hobbles young adults in NC, advocates say," Charlotte Observer, January 16, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/01/16/5452180/lack-of-health-cover... (also at Insurance News Net: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2015/01/16/lack-of-health-coverage-..., The State: http://www.thestate.com/2015/01/16/3932645/lack-of-health-coverage-hobbl...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Disappointing signal on legislative session," Henderson Daily Dispatch, January 15, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x761903931/Fitzsimon-Disappoint...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Two virtual charter schools set to debut in NC," The Daily Tar Heel, January 15, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/01/two-virtual-charter-schools-...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Despite claims, GOP policies aren't spurring the NC economy," Raleigh News & Observer, January 15, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/15/4479691_despite-claims-gop-polici...
(uses BTC framing)

"Durham Public Schools to repay back wages," Indy Week, January 14, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/durham-public-schools-to-repay-back-wag...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"US kids hit harder by poverty than any other age group," Feature Story News, January 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHbQlNZU4dg
(Tazra Mitchell interview)

"Hunger hitting high numbers in North Carolina," Feature Story News, January 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6zDymNybRU
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Low-income taxpayers pay nearly twice the rate of high-income taxpayers in NC," Mountain Xpress, January 14, http://mountainx.com/news/low-income-taxpayers-pay-nearly-twice-the-rate...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"GOP lawmakers brush of McCrory's demand," Jefferson Post, January 13, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151174824/GOP-lawmakers-brush-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Familiar issues returning: Medicaid, shortfall among topics expected again in legislative session," Wilkes Journal-Patriot, January 12, http://www.journalpatriot.com/news/article_646183b6-9a89-11e4-8f45-c762b...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"State economy to dominate long session," Jacksonville Daily News, January 12, http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/state-economy-to-dominate-long-session-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Familiar faces, issues to welcome legislators as new session begins," Wilmington Star-News, January 11, http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150111/ARTICLES/150119982
(cites NC Justice Center)

"What's on the agenda? Legislature convenes this week," High Point Enterprise, January 10, http://www.hpe.com/news/x1351408796/What-s-on-the-agenda-Legislature-con...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"NC budget writers await April 15 returns," Lake Wylie Pilot, January 10, http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2015/01/10/2756390/nc-budget-writers-await... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/10/4463406/nc-budget-writers-await-a...)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Tim Moore set to jump from small town to big stage of N.C. House speaker," Charlotte Observer, January 10, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/01/10/5437975/tim-moore-set-to-jum... (also at WBTV: http://www.wbtv.com/story/27819048/tim-moore-set-to-jump-from-small-town..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/14/4475728_tim-moore-jumps-from-smal...)
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"The latest alleged crisis in Commerce raises more questions," Winston-Salem Journal, January 10, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-latest-... (also at Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151148013/The-latest-alleged-c...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Durham school janitors protest lost wages," Raleigh News & Observer, January 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/09/4462690/durham-school-janitors-pr... (also at The Durham News: http://www.thedurhamnews.com/2015/01/09/4462691/durham-school-janitors-p...)
(quotes Carol Brooke)

"Commerce dept. lacks transparency," Laurinburg Exchange, January 9, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151148766...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Study says tuition supports public universities more than state," The Daily Tar Heel, January 9, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/01/study-says-tuition-supports-...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Setting schools' agenda behind closed doors," Richmond Daily Journal, January 9, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151158335/S...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Unemployed in NC? You may need to verify more job searches to collect benefits," WUNC, January 9, http://wunc.org/post/unemployed-nc-you-may-need-verify-more-job-searches...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Problems exist with principal salary structure in North Carolina," Education NC, January 8, https://www.ednc.org/2015/01/08/problems-exist-principal-salary-structur...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Danger signs in Raleigh already," Burlington Times-News, January 8, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/danger-signs-in-rale... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-legislative-session..., Richmond Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151158335/S..., Laurinburg Exchange: http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151301825...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Raleigh contractor finally agrees to pay workers he failed to pay in 2010," Raleigh News & Observer, January 8, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/08/4461147_raleigh-contractor-finall...
(cites Kate Woomer-Deters)

"Alleged Commerce crisis raises more questions," Daily Dispatch, January 8, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x761902362/Fitzsimon-Alleged-Co...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"BCBSNC makes some medical costs public," WFAE, January 7, http://wfae.org/post/bcbsnc-makes-some-medical-costs-public
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Virtual charter schools," Capital Tonight, January 7, http://capitaltonightnc.twcnews.com/2015/01/08/capital-tonight-jan-7-vir...
(Matt Ellinwood interview)

"Economic urgency needs explanation," The Robesonian, January 7, http://robesonian.com/news/news-opinion_columns/50993570/Economic-urgenc...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The lowest lowlights of 2014," Jefferson Post, January 7, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151118246/The-lowest-lowlights...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Virtual charter schools recommended in spite of serious academic and financial questions," Jefferson Post, January 5, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151078426/Virtual-charter-scho...
(Matt Ellinwood column)

"2014 had more ups than downs in the local economy," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, January 2, http://courier-tribune.com/news/local/2014-had-more-ups-downs-local-economy
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Helping poor children," Jefferson Post, January 2, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151078261/Helping-poor-children
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

Also see clips from 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.