In the News: December 2013

Also see clips from November 2013, October 2013, September 2013, August 2013, July 2013, June 2013, May 2013, April 2013, March 2013, February 2013, January 2013 and March 2009-December 2012.

"Local student becomes face of immigration campaign," Winston Salem Chronicle, December 31, http://wschronicle.com/2013/12/local-student-becomes-face-of-immigration...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Year of bad public policy," Laurinburg Exchange, December 31, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/3268026/Y...
(Rob Schofield column)

"North Carolina editorial roundup," Charlotte Observer, December 31, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/31/4578673/north-carolina-edito...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Unions, liberal activists sue over North Carolina vouchers," Heartlander Magazine, December 31, http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/12/31/unions-liberal-ac...
(quotes Christine Bischoff)

"Sales tax changes effective Jan. 1 include movie tickets, mobile homes," Port City Daily, December 30, http://portcitydaily.com/2013/12/30/sales-tax-changes-among-new-laws-eff...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Let's resolve to do better in 2014," Women AdvaNCe, December 30, http://womenadvancenc.org/lets-resolve-to-do-better-in-2014/
(Sabine Schoenbach column)

"New NC tax laws are taxing, say experts, businesses," Public News Service, December 30, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-12-30/livable-wages-working-famili...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"State tax overhaul takes effect Wednesday," The Daily Southerner, December 30, http://www.dailysoutherner.com/x1956144340/State-tax-overhaul-takes-effe...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Many to pay more under new NC tax laws," Asheville Citizen-Times, December 29, http://www.citizen-times.com/viewart/20131230/NEWS/312300027/Many-pay-mo... (also at Jacksonville Daily News: http://www.jdnews.com/in-other-news/many-pay-more-under-new-n-c-tax-laws..., Kansas City Star: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/29/4718595/ap-factcheck-many-pay-more-..., Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/29/3842340/ap-factcheck-many-pay-more..., ABC-11: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9375149, Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/29/4574228/ap-factcheck-many-pa..., Mecklenburg Times: http://mecktimes.com/news/2013/12/30/ap-factcheck-many-pay-more-under-ne..., Carolina Mercury: http://www.carolinamercury.com/2013/12/ap-fact-check-tax-reform-will-inc...)
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Barnett: NC tax changes unlikely to spark boom," Raleigh News & Observer, December 28, http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/28/3490137/nc-tax-changes-unlikely-t...
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"McCrory's mediocre 2013," Winston-Salem Journal, December 28, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/article_a01ef586-6f2a-11e3-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC tax overhaul kicks in Jan. 1," Asheville Citizen-Times, December 28, http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20131229/NEWS/312290036/NC-tax-over...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"N.C. tax overhaul takes effect in 2014," Virginian-Pilot, December 28, http://hamptonroads.com/2013/12/nc-tax-overhaul-takes-effect-2014
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"North Carolina tax overhaul taxes effect in 2014," ABC-11, December 28, http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9374642
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"School vouchers, unaccountability movement," Greenville Daily-Reflector, December 27, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-school-vouchers-una...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Liberal lawsuit challenges life-enhancing scholarship," Carolina Journal, December 26, http://www.carolinajournal.com/daily_journal/display.html?id=10719
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Lower jobless rate called misleading," Wilkes Journal-Patriot, December 23, http://www.journalpatriot.com/news/article_ff68ffbc-6c02-11e3-8460-0019b...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Decline in jobless rate not necessarily helpful to jobless," Winston-Salem Journal, December 23, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_6219a538-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"North Carolina scholars protest move against activist professor," Washington Post, December 22, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/12/22/north-car...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Enrollment surge expected in Triangle for health insurance," Raleigh News & Observer, December 22, http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/22/3479927/triangle-residents-comple...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Focus on 'schools' eligible for vouchers," The Robesonian, December 23, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_6219a538-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC unemployment rate drops to 7.4%," WFAE 90.7, December 23, http://wfae.org/post/nc-unemployment-rate-drops-74
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Seizing an opportunity," Burlington Times News, December 21, http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/seizing-an-opportunity-1.252870
(quotes Carlene McNulty)

"NC unemployment rate falls to 7.4 in November," Fox 8, December 20, http://myfox8.com/2013/12/20/nc-unemployment-rate-falls-to-7-4-percent-i... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/article_2e68d116-699c-11e3-9...)
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"The unaccountability movement in education," Winston-Salem Journal, December 20, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/article_f30a043a-69a2-11e3-... (also at Laurinburg Exchange: http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/3161121/U...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Employees see first signs of changes to tax code," WUNC, December 20, http://wunc.org/post/employees-see-first-signs-changes-tax-code
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"North Carolina law may give taxpayer money to home schools," Ring of Fire, December 19, http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2013/12/north-carolina-law-may-give-taxpa...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Gov. McCrory, opponents look back on his first year," WNCN, December 18, http://www.wncn.com/story/24257867/gov-mccrory-opponents-look-back-on-hi...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Docs, Dems call for Medicaid expansion," WRAL, December 18, http://www.wral.com/docs-dems-call-for-medicaid-expansion/13230495/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"North Carolina suit private school vouchers unconstitutional," The Daily Caller, December 17, http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/18/leftist-lawsuit-says-helping-poor-kids...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"County school board backs voucher opposition," Mount Airy News, December 17, http://www.mtairynews.com/news/news/2874680/County-school-board-backs-vo...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Republic rhetoric overused," Laurinburg Exchange, December 17, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/3150015/R...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Academics' call for secrecy would undermine democracy in in North Carolina," Chatham Journal, December 17, http://www.chathamjournal.com/weekly/opinion/myopinion/academics-call-fo...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"On extended jobless benefits, N.C. has been there, done that," High Point Enterprise, December 17, http://www.hpe.com/news/x1401023992/On-extended-jobless-benefits-N-C-bee...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Administration resorts to demagoguery in bridge controversy," Durham Herald-Sun, December 17, http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/x1388439740/Administration-resorts-to-d...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Year in Review: McCrory signs expansive tax reform package," Triangle Business Journal, December 17, http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2013/12/17/year-in-review-mccro...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"North Carolina home schools to get public school money," Mother Jones, December 17, http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/12/north-carolina-home-schools-publ...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"2 Forsyth teachers among plaintiffs in lawsuit over career status," Winston-Salem Journal, December 17, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_600103a2-6739-11e3-8114-001...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"School vouchers and the state constitution," Burlington Times-News, December 16, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/school-vouchers-and-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"My Turn by Seth Morris: Little cheer for those facing tough times," Salisbury Post, December 16, http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20131216/SP05/131219772/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Common Core standards," Capital Tonight (News 14), December 16, http://capitaltonight.news14.com/2013/12/17/capital-tonight-dec-16-commo...
(Matt Ellinwood interview)

"Teachers, parents call North Carolina vouchers program unconstitutional in new lawsuit," The Huffington Post, December 16, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/16/north-carolina-vouchers-lawsuit...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Groups sue over NC school voucher law," Watauga Democrat, December 16, http://www2.wataugademocrat.com/News/story/Groups-sue-over-NC-school-vou...
(quotes Melinda Lawrence)

"North Carolina: Home schools may qualify for vouchers," Diane Ravitch's blog, December 16, http://dianeravitch.net/2013/12/16/north-carolina-home-schools-may-quali...
(cites Lindsay Wagner)

"McCrory's economic development scheme," Winston-Salem Journal, December 14, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/article_8b835c50-6414-11e3-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Tax 'reform' comes up short," Laurinburg Exchange, December 14, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/editorials-opinion/3124621/Tax-refo...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"North Carolina teachers group to file second lawsuit over tenure," Winston-Salem Journal, December 13, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_489d27c4-6412-11e3-a1b0-001...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Political briefing focuses on low-income North Carolinians," WECT-NBC, December 13, http://www.wect.com/story/24215585/political-briefing-focuses-on-low-inc...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Lawsuit claims North Carolina vouchers violate state constitution," Education Justice, December 13, no link available
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Gaston education leaders against school vouchers," Gaston Gazette, December 12, http://www.gastongazette.com/news/local/gaston-education-leaders-against...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC groups sue state over 'unconstitutional' private school vouchers," WUNC, December 12, http://wunc.org/post/nc-groups-sue-state-over-unconstitutional-private-s...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Educators sue state over private-school scholarship program," High Point Enterprise, December 12, http://www.hpe.com/news/x1388438563/Educators-sue-state-over-private-sch...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Local schools fighting for bigger share of shrinking funds," Greensboro News & Record, December 12, http://www.news-record.com/blogs/the_chalkboard/article_364966b8-62ce-11...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Lawsuit challenges opportunity scholarship program," Carolina Journal, December 12, http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=10694
(cites NC Justice Center)

"North Carolina teachers sue the state over school vouchers," WFDD (NPR Wake Forest), December 12, http://wfdd.org/post/north-carolina-teachers-sue-state-over-school-vouchers
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Teachers group plans new steps against changes," Winston-Salem Journal, December 11, http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/article_033b37bc-62e0-11e3-9... (also at Jamaica Gleaner: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131212/int/int3.html, NBC-26: http://www.nbc26.tv/story/24189448/nc-teachers-group-plans-new-steps-aga..., Virginian-Pilot: http://hamptonroads.com/2013/12/nc-teachers-group-plans-new-steps-agains..., WLOS: http://www.wlos.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.nc/3bfd5792-www.w..., CBS Charlotte: http://charlotte.cbslocal.com/2013/12/11/nc-teachers-group-plans-new-ste...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"It's About Time: The National Paid Leave Act would help the U.S. catch up with most of the world," Women AdvaNCe, December 11, http://womenadvancenc.org/its-about-time-the-national-paid-leave-act-wou...
(Sabine Schoenbach column)

"Teacher groups file lawsuit over private school vouchers," WSOC-TV, December 11, http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/teacher-groups-file-lawsuit-over-p...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Teachers sue N.C. over vouchers," Charlotte Post, December 11, http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2013/12/11/local/teachers-sue-n.c.-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"New lawsuit challenges constitutionality of NC voucher program," Education Week, December 11, http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/charterschoice/2013/12/new_lawsuit_challe...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC teachers group files lawsuit against voucher program," News 14, December 11, http://coastal.news14.com/content/news/702526/nc-teachers-group-files-la...
(quotes Melinda Lawrence)

"Teachers' org files lawsuit against state over voucher program," Carolina Mercury, December 11, http://www.carolinamercury.com/2013/12/teachers-org-files-lawsuit-agains...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC teachers group sues over private school grants," Raleigh News & Observer, December 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/11/3451612/nc-teachers-group-plans-n... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/article_8acaa106-6270-11e3-9..., Kansas City Star: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/11/4685718/nc-teachers-group-sues-over..., The Republic: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/22042ec6c01749868fd832f5a5eebdf6/N..., Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/11/4537030/nc-teachers-group-pl..., Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/11/3811950/nc-teachers-group-sues-ove..., WLOS: http://www.wlos.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.nc/33fd61e8-www.w..., ABC-11: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9356621, Fayetteville Observer: http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/12/11/1302071?sac=fo.home, Rock Hill Herald: http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/12/11/5492919/nc-teachers-group-plans-n..., WBTV: http://www.wbtv.com/story/24189423/nc-teachers-group-plans-new-steps-aga...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"N.C. sees new flurry of charter-school applications," Lake Wylie Pilot, December 11, http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2013/12/11/2207232/31-apply-to-open-charlo...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"5 in Greensboro join N.C. teachers group in vouchers lawsuit," Greensboro News & Record, December 11, http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/article_a5bf4bcc-6281-11e3-92...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Suit against vouchers is crucial for NC public schools," Raleigh News & Observer, December 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/11/3453057/suit-against-vouchers-is-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Lawsuit challenges vouchers for NC private schools," Charlotte Observer, December 11, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/11/4537622/lawsuit-challenges-v... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/11/3452215/lawsuit-challenges-vouche...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NCAE and NC Justice sue claiming voucher program unconstitutional," Camel City Dispatch, December 11, http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/ncae-and-nc-justice-sue-claiming-vouche...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"State teachers' group files lawsuit challenging voucher program," WRAL, December 11, http://www.wral.com/state-teachers-group-files-lawsuit-challenging-vouch...
(quotes Melinda Lawrence)

"Voucher legislation sparks suit," Greenville Daily Reflector, December 11, http://www.reflector.com/news/voucher-legislation-sparks-suit-2241717
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy," Bill Moyers, December 11, http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/11/shining-a-light-on-alecs-power-to-shape...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"McCrory's dangerous, dumb biz development plan," The Daily Advance, December 10, http://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/other-views/chris-fitzsimon-mccrory8...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Tally up those NC tax 'savings' to find winners, losers," Raleigh News & Observer, December 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/09/3447708/tally-up-those-nc-tax-sav...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Only hope for NC Democrats is redistricting reform," Raleigh News & Observer, December 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/09/3448029/only-hope-for-nc-democrat...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Lawsuit being filed this week over NC school legislation," Raleigh News & Observer, December 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/09/3446904/lawsuit-filed-this-week-o...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Fickle tax reform," Greensboro News & Record, December 8, http://www.news-record.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/article_15b04f62-5...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Paycheck change - tax reform becomes real next month," High Point Enterprise, December 8, http://www.hpe.com/news/x339033822/Paycheck-change-Tax-reform-becomes-re...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Work to improve Medicaid," Greenville Daily Reflector, December 8, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-work-improve-medica...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Employees in NC receive new tax-withholding forms," Winston-Salem Journal, December 7, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_3458eadc-5f94-11e3-a285-001...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Round one in the battle over voting rights in North Carolina," Durham Herald-Sun, December 7, http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x339033551/Round-one-in-the-battle-over-vo...
(Sharon McCloskey column)

"Coalition wants changes to district-drawing," Raleigh News & Observer, December 7, http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/07/3442589/coalition-wants-changes-t...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"McCrory's list of regrets and resolutions," Winston-Salem Journal, December 6, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/article_19131c9a-5ddf-11e3-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch offer only liberal viewpoints," Laurinburg Exchange, December 6, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/3062024/Fitzsimon...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Triad unemployment at lowest level in five years," Winston-Salem Journal, December 5, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_f7b7451c-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"North Carolina newspapers largely ignore conservative funding of sham think tanks," Media Matters for America, December 3, http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/12/03/north-carolina-newspapers-la...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Pope, Barber exchange words over money, politics," WRAL, December 2, http://www.wral.com/pope-barber-exchange-words-over-money-politics/13172...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Agricultural workers search for enhanced legal protection," The Daily Tar Heel, December 2, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2013/11/agriculture-workers-search-f...
(quotes Clermont Ripley)

"N.C. NAACP petitions McCrory to expand Medicaid," The Duke Chronicle, December 2, http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2013/12/02/nc-naacp-petitions-mccr...
(quotes Adam Searing)

"Until recently, local incentives rarely used to lure businesses," Wilimington Star-News, December 1, http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20131201/ARTICLES/131209992
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Agencies helping poor see demand increase from food-stamp cuts," High Point Enterprise, December 1, http://www.hpe.com/news/x201537191/Agencies-helping-poor-see-demand-incr...
(cites NC Justice Center)

Also see clips from November 2013, October 2013, September 2013, August 2013, July 2013, June 2013, May 2013, April 2013, March 2013, February 2013, January 2013 and March 2009-December 2012.