In the News: April 2017

Also see clips from March 2017, February 2017, January 2017, December 2016, November 2016, October 2016, September 2016, August 2016, July 2016, June 2016, May 2016, April 2016, March 2016, February 2016, January 2016 and March 2009-December 2015.

"A look at Cooper's impressive start," Daily Record, April 30, http://www.mydailyrecord.com/eedition/editorial/2017/05/01/a-look-at-coo... (also at Richmond County Daily Journal: http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/72183/coopers-impressive-start, Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-cheers-to-c..., Greensboro News & Record: http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/columns/chris-fitzsimon-another-look-a..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20170430/cooper8217s-impressive-f..., Durham Herald-Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/article147344024.html, Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-a-look-at-cooper-s-im...)

"In NC, protected records shield wrongful convictions of the innocent," Raleigh News & Observer, April 28, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article147352174.html
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Invest again in the welfare of NC children," Raleigh News & Observer, April 28, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article147505339.html
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"This Week in NC Politics: An Analysis Of Crossover Week," WUNC, April 28, http://wunc.org/post/week-nc-politics-analysis-crossover-week
(Rob Schofield interview)

"Bell tolls 150 times for NC's fallen workers, killed on the job," Raleigh News & Observer, April 28, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/josh-shaffer/a...
(cites Carol Brooke)

"Senate passes class size compromise bill," The Daily Tar Heel, April 27, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/04/senate-passes-class-size-com...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"After 100 days, North Carolina has yet to see big impacts from Trump's policies, promises," The Daily Tar Heel, April 27, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/04/trumps-first-100-days-bring-...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Poverty affects state's rural counties at higher rate than urban counties," The Daily Tar Heel, April 26, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/04/poverty-affects-states-rural...
(quotes Brian Kennedy)

"Second Chance Alliance brings personal stories to the forefront," Triangle Tribune, April 25, http://www.triangletribune.com/news/2017/04/25/local/second-chance-allia...
(quotes Miea Walker)

"GOP judge in North Carolina resigns to prevent ‘court unpacking’ by legislature," Think Progress, April 24, https://thinkprogress.org/north-carolina-gop-judge-resigns-1559cf0dbb8c
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"GOP legislators offer compromise on North Carolina class-size proposal," Winston-Salem Journal, April 24, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/gop-legislators-offer-compromise-on... (also at WRAL: http://www.wral.com/north-carolina-class-size-proposal-phases-in-lower-c..., U.S. News & World Report: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina/articles/2017-04-..., The Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/news/98362/compromise-bill-would-eliminate-forced-..., Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2017/04/25/nc-school-class-size-..., WXII: http://www.wxii12.com/article/classroom-size-proposal-phases-in-lower-ca...,
(cites Education & Law Project report)

"Different stimulus, same response," North State Journal, April 22, http://www.nsjonline.com/article/2017/04/elliot-different-stimulus-same-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Political opposites try listening to each other," Raleigh News & Observer, April 21, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2017/04/25/Political-Opposites-Try-Listen..., Durham Herald-Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/article147020249.html, Rocky Mount Telegram: http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/Columnists/2017/04/29/Political-opposi..., Salisbury Post: http://www.salisburypost.com/2017/04/26/rob-christensen-talking-across-p..., Wilkes Journal-Patriot: http://www.journalpatriot.com/opinion/political-opposites-try-listening-..., Lincoln Times-News: http://www.lincolntimesnews.com/2017/05/01/political-opposites-try-liste...)
(cites Rick Glazier)

"'Class-size chaos' pending for NC schools," Burlington Times-News, April 21, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/20170421/editorial-class-size-chaos-...
(cites Education & Law report)

"This Week In NC Politics: Tax Cuts, Judicial Redistricting And Craft Beer," WUNC," April 21, http://wunc.org/post/week-nc-politics-tax-cuts-judicial-redistricting-an...
(Rob Schofield interview)

"Hog waste drives new bill on compensation in contamination lawsuits," The Daily Tar Heel, April 20, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/04/hog-waste-drives-new-bill-in...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Truth about state Senate leaders' tax plan," Henderson Daily Dispatch, April 20, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-truth-about-state-sen... (also at Richmond County Daily Journal: yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/71150/truth-about-the-senates-tax-plan, Daily Record: http://www.mydailyrecord.com/eedition/editorial/2017/04/24/the-truth-abo..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/column-the-truth-about-the-senate-lead..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20170424/truth-about-tax-plan-fro..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/7507/the-truth-about-the-senate-leaders...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Tax cuts haven't helped," Greenville Daily Reflector, April 20, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2017/04/20/Several-years-of-tax-cuts-have...
(Patrick McHugh op-ed)

"Parents and students rally for bill to preserve music, art and PE classes," The Daily Tar Heel, April 20, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/04/parents-rally-for-bill-to-pr...
(cites Education & Law report)

"Supreme Court to revisit N.C. voting law," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, April 19, http://www.courier-tribune.com/news/20170420/supreme-court-to-revisit-nc...
(Melissa Boughton column)

"Avert class-size chaos," Durham Herald-Sun, April 19, http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/article145484994.html
(cites Education & Law report)

"Appalachian to serve as Institute Partner for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders; 25 African leaders will study, network on campus this summer," ASU News, April 19, http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/04/19/mandela-washington-fellowship/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Classes of 40 students, no art and music, reassignment among Wake County options," Raleigh News & Observer, April 19, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article145287929.html#s...
(cites EdLaw report)

"Five major ways that the Trump budget would hurt rural North Carolina," Jefferson Post, April 18, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/7398/five-major-ways-that-the-trump-bud...
(William Munn op-ed)

"Rally planned in support of bill that would ease class size limits," WFDD, April 18, http://www.wfdd.org/story/rally-planned-support-bill-would-ease-class-si...
(cites EdLaw report)

"Support arts education,” Henderson Daily Dispatch, April 18, http://www.the-dispatch.com/opinion/20170419/support-arts-education
(cites EdLaw report)

"North Carolina daybook," Richmond County Daily Journal, April 18, http://yourdailyjournal.com/wire/state-wire/70813/north-carolina-daybook...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"New NC class-size rules could cost schools $388 million more a year, report says," Raleigh News & Observer, April 17, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(cites EdLaw report)

"Class size mandates are a major legislative issue," The Mountaineer, April 17, http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/class-size-mandates-are-a-major-...
(cites Education & Law Project)

"Proposed state bill calls assault on police officers a hate crime," The Daily Tar Heel, April 16, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/04/proposed-state-bill-calls-as...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Low taxes give people more reason to work," Charlotte Observer, April 15, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article144726104.html
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Most of NC senate’s “middle class” tax cut would actually flow to the wealthy," Jefferson Post, April 14, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/7356/most-of-nc-senates-middle-class-ta...
(Cedric Johnson op-ed)

"Too young for jail: The drive to raise the age of adult prosecution," The Charlotte Post, April 13, http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2017/04/13/local-state/too-young-fo...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Quick takes from the 2017 State Energy Conference of North Carolina," Duke Energy Initiative, April 13, https://energy.duke.edu/news/quick-takes-2017-state-energy-conference-no...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"A ray of hope in needed child welfare reform," Winston-Salem Chronicle, April 13, http://www.wschronicle.com/2017/04/commentary-ray-hope-needed-child-welf...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"This Week In NC Politics: High-Profile, Long-Shot Proposals," WUNC, April 13, http://wunc.org/post/week-nc-politics-high-profile-long-shot-proposals
(Rob Schofield interview)

"Fayetteville region’s illegal immigrants ‘back in the shadows’ under Trump policies," Fayetteville Observer, April 12, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170412/fayetteville-regions-illegal-im...
(quotes Raul Pinto)

"Nation is once again mocking NC over new attempt to ban same-sex marriage," Charlotte Observer, April 12, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article144116699.html
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Policy advocate: School reforms an opportunity," The Daily Advance, April 12, http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2017/04/12/Policy-advocate-School-refor...
(quotes Sarah Montgomery)

"Almost Absolute Power Is Corrupting In Raleigh," Daily Record, April 12, http://www.mydailyrecord.com/eedition/editorial/2017/04/17/almost-absolu... (also at Salisbury Post: http://www.salisburypost.com/2017/04/12/chris-fitzsimon-absolute-power-c..., Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-almost-absolute-power..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/7407/almost-absolute-power-is-corruptin..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20170417/gop8217s-arrogance-on-di...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Capital Tonight April 11: Medicaid Expansion Proposal," Time Warner Cable News, April 11, http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/politics/2017/04/11/capital...
(Ciara Zachary interview)

"North Carolina LGBT: still protected by Supreme Court, despite HB 780," Blasting News, April 10, http://us.blastingnews.com/news/2017/04/north-carolina-lgbt-still-protec...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"N.C. remains woefully behind on protections," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, April 10, http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20170410/nc-remains-woefully-behi... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/7319/nc-remains-woefully-behind-on-anti..., Greensboro News & Record: http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/columns/chris-fitzsimon-after-partial-..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-state-still..., Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-state-woefully-behind...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Tax changes benefit banker more than teller," Greenville Daily Reflector, April 9, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2017/04/09/NC-may-lock-in-regressive-chan...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Learning to save gives lower-income workers peace of mind," Mountain Xpress, April 8, https://mountainx.com/news/learning-to-save-gives-lower-income-workers-p...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"More illusions on NC tax cuts," Raleigh News & Observer, April 8, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/ned-barnett/articl...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Elementary school book stirs legislative controversy in Charlotte," The Daily Tar Heel, April 7, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/04/elementary-school-book-stirs...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"This Week In NC Politics: Tax Cuts, Environmental Regulations And School Calendars," WUNC, April 7, http://wunc.org/post/week-nc-politics-tax-cuts-environmental-regulations...
(Rob Schofield interview)

"Federal court rules against sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace," The Daily Tar Heel, April 6, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/04/federal-court-rules-against-...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Advocates for Medicaid Expansion Continue Their Uphill Climb," North Carolina Health News, April 5, http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2017/04/05/advocates-medicaid-exp...
(coverage of HAP event)

"County Commissioners request 'lottery education' funds to be restored," RCCatalyst, April 5, https://rccatalyst.com/2017/04/05/county-commissioners-request-lottery-e...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Report: Inequality persist in North Carolina communities," Charlotte Post, April 5, http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2017/04/05/local-state/report-inequ...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"NC bill would raise minimum unemployment benefit weeks from 12 to 16," Winston-Salem Journal, April 4, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/nc-bill-would-rai...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Divisions remain over HB2 compromise, even after NCAA decision," Winston-Salem Journal, April 4, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/divisions-remain-over-hb-compromise...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Still walking the path to zero," Jefferson Post, April 4, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/7252/still-walking-the-path-to-zero
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"NC Senate Republicans' $1B tax cut plan ready for vote," WSOC, April 4, http://www.wsoctv.com/news/n-carolina-senate-republican-1b-tax-cut-plan-...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"NAACP to host meeting on school turnaround," Daily Advance, April 4, http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2017/04/04/NAACP-to-host-community-meet...
(quotes Sarah Montgomery)

"Local attorneys pitch in to help Greensboro undocumented immigrants (Video)," Greensboro News & Record, April 1, http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/local-attorneys-pitch-in-to-he...
(cites NC Justice Center)

Also see clips from March 2017, February 2017, January 2017, December 2016, November 2016, October 2016, September 2016, August 2016, July 2016, June 2016, May 2016, April 2016, March 2016, February 2016, January 2016, and March 2009-December 2015.