In the News: February 2016

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"NC sales tax expands Tuesday, covers many services," Asheville Citizen-Times, February 29, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/02/29/nc-sales-tax-ex...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Tax center backs bonds, says more spending will be needed for full impact," Raleigh News & Observer, February 29, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Most important court case wasn't about redistricting," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, February 29, http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/most-important-court-ca... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: https://www.www.reflector.com%2Fopinion%2Ffitzsimon%2Ffitzsimon-nothing-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Report: Bond would spur job growth," WRAL, February 29, http://www.wral.com/report-bond-would-spur-job-growth/15448492/
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Medicaid reform plan to be unveiled Tuesday," Winston-Salem Journal, February 28, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/medicaid-reform-plan-to-be-unveiled...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"The disturbing demagoguery on LGBT rights," Winston-Salem Journal, February 28, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-disturb... (also at the Robesonian: https://robesonian.com/opinion/84798/demagoguery-on-lgbt-rights)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC Democratic Senate Leader: 'Crippling' sales tax go into effect on Tuesday," High Country Press, February 26, http://www.hcpress.com/news/nc-democratic-senate-leader-crippling-sales-...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Blue Cross ekes out profit in 2015 despite ACA losses," Raleigh News & Observer, February 26, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article62668492.html
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Revenue forecast, election year politics likely to dictate size of teacher raises," Education NC, February 25, https://www.ednc.org/2016/02/25/revenue-forecast-election-year-politics-...
(Billy Ball column)

"Cumberland suspension rates 4 times higher for black males than whites," Fayetteville Observer, February 25, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/cumberland-suspension-rates-times-...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Yet another absurd Burr blockade regarding the courts," Winston-Salem Chronicle, February 25, http://www.wschronicle.com/2016/02/commentary-yet-another-absurd-burr-bl...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Justice Bob Edmunds may face true test for N.C. Supreme Court," Richmond County Daily Journal, February 25, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/22172/justice-bob-edmunds-m...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Middle-class living standards are stalled in North Carolina," Jefferson Post, February 25, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2817/middle-class-living-standards-are...
(Tazra Mitchell op-ed)

"Cullie Tarleton elected to Board of NC Justice Center," The Blowing Rocket, February 25, http://www.wataugademocrat.com/blowingrocket/cullie-tarleton-elected-to-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The farce beyond the redistricting drama," Jefferson Post, February 24, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2799/the-farce-beyond-the-redistrictin... (also at Southern Pines Pilot: http://www.thepilot.com/opinion/the-farce-behind-our-state-s-redistricti...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Policymakers must focus on wages if North Carolina is to adapt to 'future of work,'" Durham Herald-Sun, February 23, http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/focus-on-wages-if-n-c-is-to-adapt-to/ar... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2787/policymakers-must-focus-on-wages-i...)
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"Another court case for voters to watch," Henderson Daily Dispatch, February 23, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-another-court-case-fo...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"In US Senate race, three Republicans and four Democrats say they're better than Burr," Greensboro News & Record, February 21, http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/elections/in-us-senate-race-th...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Canary in the coal mine," Greenville Daily Reflector, February 20, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-canary-coal-mine-31... (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/canary-school-privatiza..., The Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Opinion/2016/02/17/Haywood-school-canary-in-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Policymakers must focus on wages if North Carolina is to adapt to the 'future of work,'" Education NC, February 19, https://www.ednc.org/2016/02/19/policymakers-must-focus-on-wages-if-nort...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota column)

"Judge adds protections for NC workers in employee suit against bakery," Charlotte Observer, February 19, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article61344777.html
(quotes Carol Brooke)

"State Rundown 2/17: Cuts and crises," Tax Justice Blog, February 17, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2016/02/state_rundown_217_cuts_and...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Privatization shutters public school despite its success," Richmond County Daily Journal, February 17, http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/21974/privatization-shutters...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Sonye Randolph joins Appalachian's Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance," App State News, February 16, http://www.news.appstate.edu/2016/02/16/sonye-randolph/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Effort to stigmatize A-F grading system is a fraud," Southern Pines Pilot, February 16, http://www.thepilot.com/opinion/effort-to-stigmatize-a-f-grading-system-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"US state blog roundup for 6-12 February," LSE US American Politics and Policy, February 14, http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2016/02/13/dark-money-influencing-arkan...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Trump is a symptom," Greenville Daily Reflector, February 13, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-trump-symptom-3136871 (also at the Robesonian: https://robesonian.com/opinion/84328/trump-just-a-symptom-in-nc)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Facts you will not hear about Obamacare in campaigns," The Daily Advance, February 13, http://www.dailyadvance.com/Opinion/2016/02/13/Facts-you-will-not-hear-a...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Some food stamp recipients might lose benefits," WFMY, February 12, http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/2016/02/11/some-food-stamp-recipient...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"Was a General Assembly fiscal analyst forced out over tension with Republican leaders?" Independent Weekly, February 12, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/02/12/was-a-general-assembly-...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"National charter school advocates blast virtual charters," Hickory Daily Record, February 12, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-national-charter-school-advo...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The future of work in North Carolina," North Carolina News Network, February 11, http://www.ncnn.com/edit-news/9723-annette-newell
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Affordable Care Act helps millions - and jobs are up," Richmond County Daily Journal, February 11, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/21783/affordable-care-act-h... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2707/the-missing-facts-about-the-afford..., The Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/opinion/84295/what-isnt-said-about-the-aca)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Survey measures lobbyists' presence in NC," Raleigh News & Observer, February 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Vote against bond issue," Davidson Dispatch, February 10, http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20160211/OPINION/160219983/0/Author?...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Job scarcity and low wages keeping millions in or near poverty," Jefferson Post, February 10, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2674/job-scarcity-and-low-wages-keepin...
(Patrick McHugh op-ed)

"Latest proposal is the wrong tax cut for NC," Raleigh News & Observer, February 10, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article59643291.html
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Board mulls limiting out-of-state leadership of charters," The Daily Advance, February 10, https://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/other-views/billy-ball-board-mulls-...
(Billy Ball column)

"North Carolina editorial roundup," WRAL, February 10, http://www.wral.com/north-carolina-editorial-roundup/15348445/
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Legislators look to cut NC income taxes by raising standard deduction," Raleigh News & Observer, February 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"McCrory makes political decision to listen to local government - for a change," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, February 8, http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/mccrory-makes-political...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"SNAP food stamps require 20 hour work week," Public Radio East, February 8, http://publicradioeast.org/post/snap-food-stamps-require-20-hour-work-week
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"The follies of the A-F grading system," Hickory Daily Record, February 5, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-the-follies-of-the-a-f-gradi...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Bloated rhetoric from Berger," The Robesonian, February 5, http://robesonian.com/opinion/84073/bloated-rhetoric-from-berger
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The Morning Roundup: Obamacare, more Iowa, and UNC raises," Independent Weekly, February 4, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/02/04/the-morning-roundup-oba...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Study shows underrepresentation of minorities," The Daily Tar Heel, February 4, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/02/study-shows-underrepresentat...
(quotes Dani Moore)

"Low-income students need support," Richmond County Daily Journal, February 4, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/21543/low-income-students-n... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2649/low-income-students-need-more-supp..., Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-achievement-school-di..., The Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Other-Views/2016/02/08/Chris-Fitzsimon-Achie...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Change concerns SNAP backers," Winston-Salem Chronicle, February 4, https://www.wschronicle.com/2016/02/change-concerns-snap-backers/
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"North Carolina now unprepared for next recession," Jefferson Post, February 4, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/2624/north-carolina-now-unprepared-for-...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"North Carolina tax cuts hit middle class, public education," Marietta Daily Journal, February 4, http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/27074167/article-North-Carolina-tax...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Could raising the state's dropout age save more 'at-risk' students?" Education NC, February 4, https://www.ednc.org/2016/02/04/could-raising-the-states-dropout-age-sav...
(Billy Ball column)

"NC insurance commissioner blames ACA for industry woes," Charlotte Observer, February 3, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article5819131...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Triad job market finishes 2015 hovering at full employment," Winston-Salem Journal, February 3, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/triad-job-market-...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Arthur Laffer gets his supply-side revenge in North Carolina," Independent Weekly, February 3, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/arthur-laffer-gets-his-supply-side-reve...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Speaker Moore rules out teacher pay raise costing less than last year's tax cut," New Bern Sun Journal, February 2, http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160202/chris-fitzsimon-speaker-moore-...

"NC legislature looking at teacher pay," Asheville Citizen-Times, February 1, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/01/31/nc-legislature-...
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

Also see clips from January 2016, December 2015, November 2015, October 2015, September 2015, August 2015, July 2015, 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.