In the News

July 2015

Also see clips from 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.

"Growing interest in school vouchers in WNC," Asheville Citizen-Times, July 30, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/07/30/growing-interes...
(quotes Christine Bischoff)

"Religious education, courtesy of the taxpayers," Greensboro News & Record, July 29, http://www.greensboro.com/blogs/clark_off_the_record/religious-education...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"One question for school voucher supporters," New Bern Sun Journal, July 29, http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20150729/OPINION/150728776/-1/s (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x110782245/Fitzsimon-Question-v..., Richmond County Daily Journal: http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/14906/vouchers-to-enrich-sec...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Why we're suing Pat McCrory," Independent Weekly, July 29, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/why-were-suing-pat-mccrory/Content?oid=...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Report: Low pay means high turnover for senior care workers," WUNC, July 29, http://wunc.org/post/report-low-pay-means-high-turnover-senior-care-workers
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Letter: Low-income parents," New Bern Sun Journal, July 28, http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20150728/OPINION/150728898/-1/s
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Groups meet to talk about living wage," Greensboro News & Record, July 28, http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/groups-meet-to-talk-about-livi...
(cites Allan Freyer)

"Reality Check: Minnie Jones changes," WLOS, July 28, http://www.wlos.com/news/features/reality/stories/reality-check-minnie-j...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Health debates like Medicaid and CON help delay state budget," Triangle Business Journal, July 27, www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2015/07/27/health-debates-like-medicai...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

“GOP legislators to be reimbursed for ALEC conference costs,” Raleigh News & Observer, July 27, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article28446967.html
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

“North Carolina Supreme Court upholds state’s school voucher program,” Education Week, July 27, http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/parentsandthepublic/2015/07/north_carolin...
(cites NC Justice Center lawsuit)

“NC House work slows as members attend ALEC conference,” Asheville Citizen-Times, July 27, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/07/25/am...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

“Tar Heel voucher victory,” Wall Street Journal, July 26, http://www.wsj.com/articles/tar-heel-voucher-victory-1437949527
(cites NC Justice Center lawsuit)

“NC high court: Taxpayer money for private school vouchers OK,” Shelby Star, July 26, http://www.shelbystar.com/article/20150726/NEWS/150729324
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Still no urgency,” Greenville Daily Reflector, July 25, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-still-no-urgency-29...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

“No victory in NC school voucher ruling,” Raleigh News & Observer, July 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article28649449.html
(editorial

“North Carolina court upholds taxpayer-funded grants for private schools,” ABC-11, July 24, http://abc11.com/education/nc-court-upholds-taxpayer-funded-grants-for-p... (also at Mecklenburg Times: http://mecktimes.com/news/2015/07/24/nc-court-upholds-taxpayer-funded-gr..., Trib Town: http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/37b4e18e7ab84d299304f91f1bf75f53/NC--..., The State: ,http://www.thestate.com/news/business/article28446967.html, Crux: http://www.cruxnow.com/life/2015/07/24/nc-court-upholds-taxpayer-funded-..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/nc-court-upholds-taxpayer-fu..., Blue NC: http://www.bluenc.com/comment/145992, Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article28446967.html, Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article28446967.html, San Luis Obispo Tribune: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/07/23/3733336/nc-court-upholds-taxpaye..., WRAL: http://www.wral.com/nc-court-upholds-taxpayer-funded-grants-for-private-..., WCTI: http://www.wcti12.com/news/NC-court-upholds-taxpayer-funded-grants-for-p..., WFMY: http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/education/2015/07/23/nc-supreme-cour..., KSL: http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=1016&sid=35634304&title=nc-court-uphold..., Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2015/07/23/nc-court-upholds-taxp..., Winston-Salem Chronicle: http://www.wschronicle.com/2015/07/nc-court-upholds-taxpayer-funded-grants/,
(quotes Christine Bischoff)

“Local groups rally in support of raising minimum wage during National Wage Week,” Triangle Business Journal, July 24, http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2015/07/24/local-groups-rally-i...
(quotes Ana Pardo)

“Students, schools celebrate North Carolina school-choice win,” Watchdog, July 24, http://watchdog.org/231013/nc-voucher-win/
(cites NC Justice Center)

“McCrory’s flailing on Confederate plates a microcosm of his reign in Raleigh,” Winston-Salem Journal, July 24, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-mccrory-s-f...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Cute answers not enough on charters," Charlotte Observer, July 23, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article28460338.html
(cites NC Policy Watch)

“NC Supreme Court upholds school voucher program,” Charlotte Observer, July 23, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article28470577.html (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article28437271.html)
(cites NC Justice Center lawsuit)

“Durham workers rally behind call for $15 wage,” Durham Herald-Sun, July 23, http://www.heraldsun.com/business/x399479497/Durham-workers-rally-behind...
(quotes Ana Pardo)

“Reminder of what’s at risk,” Henderson Daily Dispatch, July 23, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x110780547/Fitzsimon-Reminder-o...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC families need comeback, too," Laurinburg Exchange, July 23, http://laurinburgexchange.com/opinion/1056/nc-families-need-comeback-too
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Media outlets sue McCrory for public records," WFAE, July 22, http://wfae.org/post/media-outlets-sue-mccrory-public-records
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC House panel backs jail time for driving without a license," Charlotte Observer, July 22, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article2836516... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...)
(quotes Dani Moore)

"Lawmakers leave budget behind, head to California conference," WRAL, July 22, http://www.wral.com/lawmakers-leave-budget-behind-head-to-california-con...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"Pay workers a wage to make ends meet," Jefferson Post, July 22, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/724/pay-workers-a-wage-to-make-ends-meet
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"A reminder of what's at stake," Richmond County Daily Journal, july 22, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/2171/a-reminder-of-whats-at... (also at New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20150722/OPINION/150729572/-1/s, Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/742/a-sobering-reminder-of-whats-at-sta..., Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x110780547/Fitzsimon-Reminder-o...) +
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Raleigh's wages of poverty," Independent Weekly, July 22, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/raleighs-wages-of-poverty/Content?oid=4...
(quotes Ana Pardo)

"Help Wanted: Programs pair NC veterans with employers," Public News Service, July 22, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-07-22/livable-wages-working-famili... (also at Charlotte Post: http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2015/07/25/business/help-wanted-pro...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Today@NCCapitol (July 22): A bunch of smart ALECs?" WRAL, July 22, http://www.wral.com/today-nccapitol-a-bunch-of-smart-alecs-/14787036/
(cites NC Justice Center)

“North Carolina General Assembly week in review,” JD Supra Business Advisor, July 21, http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/north-carolina-general-assembly-week-in...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Media coalition sues McCrory administration over records," WRAL, July 21, http://www.wral.com/media-coalition-sues-mccrory-administration-over-rec...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"McCrory administration criticizes coalition over records lawsuit," Charlotte Observer, July 21, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article2803004...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC home-care workers for older people underpaid, advocates say," Raleigh News & Observer, July 21, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article28051297.html
(cites Allan Freyer)

"Media groups enters lawsuit against NC Governor and administration," WNCT, July 21, http://wnct.com/2015/07/21/media-groups-enters-lawsuit-against-nc-governor/
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC jobless stats show increase in summer unemployment," Winston-Salem Journal, July 21, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_beat/nc-jobless-stats-show-i...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Why we're suing Governor McCrory and the State of North Carolina," Independent Weekly, July 21, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/07/21/why-were-suing-governor...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Media companies sue McCrory over public records," WNCN, July 21, http://wncn.com/2015/07/21/media-companies-sue-mccrory-over-public-records/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Public records lawsuit filed against McCrory administration," Charlotte Observer, July 21, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article28059121.html
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review," Mondaq, July 21, http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/414234/Fiscal+Monetary+Policy/North...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC has no plan on Medicaid," The Robesonian, July 18, http://robesonian.com/opinion/1532/nc-has-no-plan-on-medicaid
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Can Greece learn lessons from NC?" Raleigh News & Observer, July 18, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites Patrick McHugh)

"Corporate Welfare: Why trade when you can be mugged?" The Tribune Papers, July 18, http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2015/07/18/corporate-welfare-why-trade-w...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Medicaid 'reform'," Greenville Daily Reflector, July 18, https://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-medicaid-reform-29... (also at Richmond County Daily Journal: http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/1977/tweak-medicaid-dont-dis..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-the-forgotten-starting-point..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/682/the-forgotten-starting-point-for-me..., The Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/opinion/1430/medicaid-worthy-of-celebrating, New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20150715/OPINION/150719319, Laurinburg Exchange: http://laurinburgexchange.com/opinion/928/medicaid-is-not-the-enemy, Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x110779096/Fitzsimon-Forgotten-...)  
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Marriage, Obamacare decisions confirm why the courts matter so much," QNotes, July 17, http://goqnotes.com/35901/marriage-obamacare-decisions-confirm-why-court...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Buncombe County No. 2 in state on cash pledges to businesses," Asheville Citizen-Times, July 17, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/07/16/buncombe-county...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Commentary: McCrory is talk but no action on Confederate flag license plates," Winston-Salem Chronicle, July 16, https://www.wschronicle.com/2015/07/commentary-mccrory-talk-no-action-co... (also at Charlotte Sun-Times: http://charlotte.suntimes.com/clt-politics-government/7/93/119582/the-fo...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Local activists pressure McCrory to act on Medicaid expansion," WNCT, July 16, http://wnct.com/2015/07/16/local-activists-pressure-mccrory-to-act-on-me...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Forgotten starting point for Medicaid reform," Henderson Daily Dispatch, July 16, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x110779096/Fitzsimon-Forgotten-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"State budgets can be strong anti-poverty tools," Jefferson Post, July 16, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/676/state-budgets-can-be-strong-anti-po...
(Tazra Mitchell op-ed)

"Advocates push on Medicaid issue," Greenville Daily Reflector, July 16, http://www.reflector.com/news/advocates-push-medicaid-issue-2934825
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Paid sick leave helps small businesses,” Raleigh News & Observer, July 15, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article27342943.html
(uses NCJC framing)

"Not better off," Jefferson Post, July 15, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/676/state-budgets-can-be-strong-anti-po...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Tax cuts, schools, worker pay at issue in NC budget," Asheville Citizen-Times, July 14, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/07/14/tax-cuts-school...
(cites Tazra Mitchell)

"The disturbing 'little-noticed provisions' snuck into the Senate budget," Jefferson Post, July 14, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/650/the-disturbing-little-noticed-provi...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"House weighs employment fraud reform," WRAL, July 14, http://www.wral.com/house-weighs-employment-fraud-reform/14773484/
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Why Republican finger-pointing over Moral Mondays' union ties looks disingenuous," Charlotte Observer, July 14, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/o-pinion/arti...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"NC Senate wants to cut personal income taxes," Raleigh News & Observer, July 12, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti... (also at Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/article/20150713/NEWS/150719678/15282/NEWS)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"DA-sponsored expunction clinic serves a different brand of justice," Mountain Xpress, July 11, https://mountainx.com/news/da-sponsored-expunction-clinic-serves-a-diffe...
(quotes Daniel Bowes)

"No Paid Sick Days: Stories of the burden on NC families," Public News Service, July 10, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-07-10/livable-wages-working-famili...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"NC lawmakers are considering offering a paid sick leave for employees," TWC News, July 9, http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2015/07/9/nc-lawmakers...
(cites NC Justice Center press conference)

"Workers' rights groups push for paid sick days," WRAL, July 9, http://www.wral.com/workers-rights-groups-push-for-paid-sick-days/14763966/
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Top N.C. Republicans silent on Trump comments," Henderson Daily Dispatch, July 9, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x399476117/Fitzsimon-Top-N-C-Re... (also at Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-top-nc-republicans-silent-ab...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Study: NC counties paid $144M in incentives over 5 years," WRAL, July 9, http://www.wral.com/study-nc-counties-paid-144m-in-incentives-over-five-...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Former lawmakers given two years in federal prison," WITN, July 8, http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Sentencing-Wednesday-312453661.html
(Sarah Ovaska interview)

"Former NC State Rep. sentenced to two years in prison," WCTI, July 8, http://www.wcti12.com/news/former-nc-state-rep-gets-two-years-in-prison/...
(quotes Sarah Ovaska)

"'Little-noticed' NC budget riders," Richmond County Daily Journal, July 8, http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/1789/little-noticed-n-c-budg...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Vouchers increase enrollment in N.C.'s private schools," Burlington Times-News, July 7, http://www.thetimesnews.com/article/20150707/NEWS/150709277
(quotes Christine Bischoff)

"Few details available to explain Medicaid surplus," Winston-Salem Journal, July 7, http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/few-details-available-to-exp...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Tax credits crucial for veterans," Fayetteville Observer, July 7, http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/local_columns/tazra-mitchell-tax-cred...
(Tazra Mitchell op-ed)

"'Little noticed' budget items add up to big outrage for NC," Raleigh News & Observer, July 7, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article26682961.html
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The lackadaisical start of the final budget debate," Greenville Daily Reflector, July 7, https://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-lackadaisical-star... (also at Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-the-lackadaisical-start-of-t..., Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x110777620/Fitzsimon-Lackadaisi..., Richmond County Daily Journal: http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/1583/schools-stuck-in-limbo-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"DA clinic to help people clean up criminal records," Asheville Citizen-Times, July 5, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/07/05/da-clinic-help-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Children and the state budget debate," Winston-Salem Journal, July 3, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/michelle-hughes-children-an...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"As Mecklenburg commissioners consider pay raise, over 120 county employees turn to public aid," Charlotte Observer, July 2, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article26133202.html
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Ineffective cuts," Raleigh News & Observer, July 2, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article2612792...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota LTE)

"What's at stake for kids in the state budget," Hickory Daily Record, July 2, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/guest-column-what-s-at-stake-for-ki...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Opinion: N.C. Senate should not cut funding for teacher assistants," The Daily Tar Heel, July 2, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/07/opinion-n-c-senate-should-no...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"McCrory booting 'media'?" Raleigh News & Observer, July 2, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/clayton-news-star/cns-o... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/other-voices/gannon-treat-media-same-29...)
(cites Lindsay Wagner)

"The lackadaisical start of the budget," New Bern Sun Journal, July 1, http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20150701/OPINION/150709926/-1/s
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Gov. Pat McCrory ousts press - from press conference," Independent Weekly, July 1, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/gov-pat-mccrory-ousts-pressfrom-press-c...
(cites Lindsay Wagner)

"Today in North Carolina," The Sylva Herald, July 1, http://www.thesylvaherald.com/columns/today_in_north_carolina/article_c5...
(cites Lindsay Wagner)

"Wall Street Journal is battleground for state tax-cut debate," Raleigh News & Observer, July 1, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Area scores big with second job announcement," Gaston Gazette, July 1, http://www.gastongazette.com/article/20150701/NEWS/150709941
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Cape Fear region continues to add jobs," Wilmington Star-News, July 1, http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150701/ARTICLES/150709978?Title=...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"The secret Senate attack on the teaching profession," Anson Record, July 1, http://ansonrecord.com/opinion/389/the-secret-senate-attack-on-the-teach...
(cites Lindsay Wagner)

Also see clips from 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.