In the News: December 2012

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"Chris Fitzsimon watches as 'the Pope administration' officially begins," Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 30, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/article_bce40f86-5210-11e2-...
(Chris Ftizsimon column)

"New law offers convicts a shot at clean record," Lincoln Times-News, Dec. 30, http://www.lincolntimesnews.com/?p=57938
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Business incentives, OK, but smarter ones for North Carolina," Raleigh News & Observer, Dec. 29, http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/29/2569965/business-incentives-ok-bu...
(Allan Freyer co-op-ed)

"Business income tax deduction won't help small business," Mountain Xpress, Dec. 29, http://www.mountainx.com/article/47585/NC-Justice-Center-Business-income...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Bev Perdue's tenure of firsts comes to an end," Charlotte Observer, Dec. 28, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/28/3752253/bev-perdue-tenure-of...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Seeking help for hurt N.C. workers," Charlotte Observer, Dec. 27, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/27/3748031/seeking-help-for-hur...
(quotes Harry Payne)

"Beware the great tax swap in North Carolina," Raleigh News & Observer, Dec. 26, http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/26/2566749/beware-the-great-tax-swap...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"Pope is in charge," Greenville Daily Reflector, Dec. 26, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-pope-charge-1594027
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Gov.-elect Pat McCrory has someone to answer to: Art Pope," Independent Weekly, Dec. 26, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/gov-elect-pat-mccrory-has-someone-to-an...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"Farmers tell immigration advocates to vegetable off," Elkin Tribune, Dec. 26, http://www.elkintribune.com/view/full_story/21244456/article-Farmers-tel...
(quotes Carol Brooke)

"Chris Fitzsimon on the state transition: the good, the bad and the absurd," Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 22, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/article_6c546254-4bc2-11e2-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Art Pope, Koch Brothers Ally, Picked to Run North Carolina Budget," Huffington Post, Dec. 21, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/21/art-pope-koch-brothers_n_234293...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Art Pope's path to power," Facing South (Institute for Southern Studies blog), Dec. 21, http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/12/art-popes-path-to-power.html
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"North Carolina workers want voice in compensation study," Claims Journal, Dec. 21, http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southeast/2012/12/21/219702.htm  (also at Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/region-state/n-c-workers-want-voice-in-...)
(quotes Harry Payne)

"Workers compensation study draws attention from NC employees," Live Insurance News, Dec. 20, http://www.liveinsurancenews.com/workers-compensation-study-draws-attent...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Art Pope 'ready to go to work for McCrory administration," NBC-17, Dec. 20 http://www2.nbc17.com/news/2012/dec/20/mccrory-names-6-cabinet-ar-2875239/
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Pope, Shanahan find place in McCrory cabinet," WRAL, Dec. 20, http://www.wral.com/pope-shanahan-find-place-in-mccrory-cabinet/11902422/
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Tillis reaches into sophomore class for key committee chairs," Raleigh News & Observer, Dec. 19, http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/19/2555436/tillis-reaches-into-sopho...
(quotes Harry Payne)

"GOP, N.C. Chamber hatch plan to reduce unemployment benefits, pay state debt," Independent Weekly, Dec. 19, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/gop-nc-chamber-hatch-plan-to-reduce-une...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"What does the future hold for public unions in North Carolina?" Raleigh News & Observer, Dec. 19, http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/what_does_the_future_hol...
(quotes Harry Payne)

"NC workers want voice in compensation study," Rock Hill Herald, Dec. 19, http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/12/19/4494902/nc-workers-want-voice-in-... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/19/2555070/nc-workers-want-voice-in-..., The Republic: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/9be4b8a9d24d473686b74bf7ba117e7b/N...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Wealth gap widens here, nationwide," High Point Enterprise, Dec. 18, http://www.hpe.com/news/x1692777982/Wealth-gap-widens-here-nationwide
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"Report: Unemployment bill would cut state taxes for some businesses," Raleigh News & Observer, Dec. 17, http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/17/2551332/report-unemployment-bill-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Transition offers the good, bad and the absurd," The Daily Advance, Dec. 17, http://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/other-views/chris-fitzsimon-transiti...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC utility rates weigh heavier on consumers," Public News Service, Dec. 17, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/29853-2
(quotes Al Ripley)

"It's time for an overdue pardon," Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 16, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/article_41c1a3f6-463d-11e2-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Potential loss of extended benefits worries many in N.C.," Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 16, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_d873f6ee-...
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"NC transit study: need to ensure low-income riders have access," Mountain Xpress, Dec. 14, http://www.mountainx.com/article/47347/NC-transit-study-need-to-ensure-l...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"GOP has majority to update state's tax structure," WRAL, Dec. 14, http://www.wral.com/lawmakers-prepare-to-tackle-tax-reform/11822399/
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Yes, voter suppression is controversial," Facing South, Dec. 14, http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/12/voices-yes-voter-suppression-is-c...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"North Carolina passes expungement law," Macon County News, Dec. 13, http://www.maconnews.com/news/state--region/4054-north-carolina-passes-e...
(quotes Daniel Bowes)

"Time for Perdue to pardon Wilmington 10," Raleigh News & Observer, Dec. 13, http://projects.newsobserver.com/node/26556
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"800 in Henderson and Transylvania counties to lose all unemployment benefits the end of this month," WHKP 1450 AM, Dec. 13, http://www.whkp.com/news/6953-800-in-henderson-a-transylvania-counties-t...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"North Carolina immigrants under temporary protected status qualify for in-state tuition," Hispanically Speaking News, Dec. 12, http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/hispanic-education/details/north...
(qotes Jack Holtzman)

"Dispatches from local community forum on N.C. budget and economy," Mountain Xpress, Dec. 11, http://www.mountainx.com/article/47310/Dispatches-from-local-community-f...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"TPS holders to pay in-state tuition in North Carolina," Latin American Herald Tribune, Dec. 11, http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=655883&CategoryId=12395
(quotes Jack Holtzman)

"Writer makes case for pardoning Wilmington 10," Wilmington Star-News, Dec. 11, http://watchdogs.blogs.starnewsonline.com/22145/writer-makes-case-for-pa...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"NC now facing its own cliff for unemployment benefits," Raleigh News & Observer, Dec. 10, http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/10/2537428/nc-now-facing-its-own-job... (also at Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/11/3719082/nc-now-facing-its-ow...)
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"NC groups hold vigil to oppose budget cuts," WRAL, Dec. 10, http://www.wral.com/nc-groups-hold-vigil-to-oppose-budget-cuts/11861340/
(cites NC Justice Center)

Jeff Shaw interview on federal budget, WRAL, Dec. 10, http://www.wral.com/nc-groups-hold-vigil-to-oppose-budget-cuts/11861340/
(no specific link available)

"Chris Fitzsimon points to a bold and visionary decision, especially in these times," Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 8, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/article_3b43ec4a-40c6-11e2-...
(Chris Fitzismon column)

"Just how extreme is North Carolina's new Lt. Governor?" Facing South (Institute for Southern Studies blog), Dec. 7, http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/12/just-how-extreme-is-north-carolin...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Medicaid costs would rise, but could be offset," Triangle Business Journal, Dec. 7, http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/print-edition/2012/12/07/medicaid-co...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Truth in hiring," Raleigh News & observer, Dec. 7, http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/07/2531369/carol-brooke-truth-in-hir...
(Carol Brooke LTE)

"Wrong target," Raleigh News & Observer, Dec. 6, http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/06/2529502/wrong-target.html
(Unemployment column from NC Justice statement)

"N.C. GOP tries to cut unemployment benefits," Creative Loafing, Dec. 6, http://clclt.com/theclog/archives/2012/12/06/nc-gop-tries-to-cut-unemplo...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Study showing N.C. will have fewest drugs for health insurance exchange was wrong," Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 6, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_19fac406-... (also at Insurance News: http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=366249#.UMXxQXdCOSo)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"New law can clear criminal records," Jefferson Post, Dec. 6, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/view/full_story/21044902/article-New-law-ca...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"New unemployment insurance proposal will harm NC families," Mountain Xpress, Dec. 6, http://www.mountainx.com/article/47199/NC-Justice-Center-New-unemploymen...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Lawmakers propose fewer jobless benefits to repay insurance debt," WRAL, Dec. 5, http://www.wral.com/nc-unemployment-insurance-plan-getting-rolled-out/11...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"N.C. bill proposes cutting unemployment benefits," WSOC, Dec. 5, http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/nc-bill-proposes-cutting-unemploym...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Hagan warns fiscal cliff could cost N.C. 34,000 defense jobs," Charlotte Observer, Dec. 5, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/05/3707774/hagan-warns-of-cliff...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"State Board of Education, legislators divided over virtual charter schools," Mountain Xpress, Dec. 5, http://www.mountainx.com/article/47149/State-Board-of-Education-legislat...
(Sarah Ovaska column)

"NC unemployment insurance plan gets rolled out," WSOC, Dec. 5, http://www.wsoctv.com/ap/ap/north-carolina/nc-unemployment-insurance-pla... (also at WRAL: http://www.wral.com/nc-unemployment-plan-hits-business-beneficiaries/118..., San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/NC-unemployment-insurance-plan-gets-r..., NECN: http://www.necn.com/12/05/12/NC-unemployment-insurance-plan-gets-roll/la..., The Sun News: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/12/05/3205345/nc-unemployment-insu..., Albany Times Union: http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/NC-unemployment-insurance-plan-ge..., Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/05/3707206/nc-unemployment-insu..., Fort Mill Times: http://www.fortmilltimes.com/2012/12/05/2366269/nc-unemployment-insuranc...,
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"N.C. bill calls for reduced benefits for laid-off workers," Charlotte Observer, Dec. 5, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/05/3708032/bill-calls-for-reduc...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Legislature looking at plan that would cut unemployment benefits," Triangle Business Journal, Dec. 5, http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2012/12/05/legislature-looking-...
(quotes Jeff Shaw)

"Debt-cutting measure could mean fewer unemployment benefits," WRAL, Dec. 5, http://www.wral.com/future-unemployment-recipients-could-receive-fewer-b...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Council's decision to sell Dix land bold, visionary," The Daily Advance, Dec. 5, http://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/other-views/chris-fitzsimon-council8...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Around the water cooler," Yes! Weekly, Dec. 5, http://www.yesweekly.com/triad/article-15217-around-the-water-coo.html
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Report says N.C. health-insurance exchange includes low level of covered drugs," Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 4, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_116675ce-3e6d-11e2-b9c3-001... (also at Insurance News: http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=366104&type=newswires#.UL-ft...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"NCGA's stand on child labor on farms is appalling," Wilmington Star-News, Dec. 4, http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20121204/ARTICLES/121209906?Title=...
(Harry Payne op-ed)

"Lawmakers to discuss plan that would cut unemployment benefits," WSOC, Dec. 4, http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/state-lawmakers-consider-changes-u...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Chris Fitzsimon on the Dix decision: bold and visionary," Blue NC, Dec. 4, http://www.bluenc.com/chris-fitzsimon-dix-decision-bold-and-visionary
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Nonviolent offenders helped by new law," Charlotte Observer, Dec. 3, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/03/3699488/nonviolent-offenders...
(quotes Daniel Bowes)

"New laws take effect in North Carolina on December 1," WECT, Dec. 2, http://www.wect.com/story/20240915/new-laws-take-effect-in-north-carolin...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"House Democrats will choose leader this week," Raleigh News & Observer, Dec. 2, http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/05/2526969/house-democrats-will-choo...
(cites Budget and Tax Center)

"Chris Fitzsimon looks for the adults in the room in Raleigh," Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 2, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/article_721c4e88-3b3f-11e2-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Raleigh business owners want tax cuts to end for wealthy," NBC-17, Dec. 1, http://www2.nbc17.com/news/2012/dec/01/raleigh-business-owners-want-tax-...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"New law allows for expunctions," Greenville Daily Reflector, Dec. 1, http://www.reflector.com/crimerescue/new-law-allows-expunctions-1459419
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The more things change, the more they stay the same," Beaufort Observer, Dec. 1, http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Articles-NEWS-and-COMMENTARY-c-2012-12-0...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

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