In the News: January 2017

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"Lost in Transition: Consumers’ Concerns About Navigating North Carolina’s New Medicaid System," NC Medical Journal, January, http://www.ncmedicaljournal.com/content/78/1/38.full.pdf+html
(Ciara Zachary article)

"Labrador reacts to Trump's immigration executive order," Village Sun-Times, January 30, http://thevillagessuntimes.com/2017/01/30/labrador-reacts-to-trumps-immi...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"ACA open enrollment ends Jan. 31; assistance available," Mountain Xpress, January 30, https://mountainx.com/blogwire/aca-open-enrollment-ends-jan-31-assistanc...
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"The real choice during School Choice Week," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, January 29, http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20170129/real-choice-during-schoo... (also at Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/column-the-real-choice-during-school-c...,
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC Study Calls 'Employee Ownership' Model For Economic Future," WCHL, January 29, http://chapelboro.com/news/development/nc-study-employee-ownership-model...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"The week in Raleigh, Jan. 22-28: romance with revulsion?," Wilkes Journal Patriot, January 29, http://www.journalpatriot.com/news/the-week-in-raleigh-jan---romance-wit...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Forum to tackle government," Burlington Times-News, January 28, http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20170128/forum-to-tackle-government
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Refugees in NC worry about their future after Trump order," Raleigh News & Observer, January 28, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article129336874.html
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Federal judge approves 60-day stay on attempt to expand N.C. Medicaid," Winston-Salem Journal, January 27, http://www.journalnow.com/news/elections/local/federal-judge-approves--d...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Immigration advocates reeling after Trump signs off on border wall, policy changes," Daily Tar Heel, January 27, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/trump-border-wall-reaction-0127
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Where The Jobs Are…," Greater Wilmington Business Journal, January 27, http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/more_news/2017/01/27/where_the_jobs_are%E2%...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Raise The Age: Could juvenile justice reform save North Carolina millions?," Politifact NC, January 27, http://www.politifact.com/north-carolina/statements/2017/jan/27/duane-ha...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Obama left Trump a strong economy," New Bern Sun-Journal, January 27, http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20170127/chris-fitzsimon-obama-left-tru...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Letter: ​Trump’s border policy will hurt immigrants," The Daily Tar Heel, January 26, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/letter-trumps-border-policy-...
(NC Justice Center release)

"North Carolina’s wage gap continues to hurt working families," Jefferson Post, January 26, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6562/north-carolinas-wage-gap-continues...
(Marion Johnson column)

"Se unen para proponer un proyecto de licencias," QuePasa, January 25, https://raleigh.quepasanoticias.com/noticias/ciudad/local/se-unen-para-p...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Sen. Thom Tillis calls for bipartisan cooperation in U.S. Congress," Daily Tar Heel, January 25, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/tillis-bipartisan-cooperation
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"GOP leaders enlist Art Pope in fight against Medicaid expansion," Winston-Salem Journal, January 25, http://www.journalnow.com/news/gop-leaders-enlist-art-pope-in-fight-agai...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Chapel Hill-Carrboro churches to talk gun violence this weekend," Raleigh News & Observer, January 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/chn-op...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"State jobless rate inches above full-employment level of 5 percent," Winston-Salem Journal, January 25, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/state-jobless-rat...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Need to Know for Wednesday, Jan. 25," Fayetteville Observer, January 25, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/need-to-know-for-wednesday-jan/art...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"McCrory shaming incident inspires new bill to protect former governors," Daily Tar Heel, January 25, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/petition-to-protect-pat
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Many NC families are barely getting by," Tyron Daily Bulletin, January 24, http://www.tryondailybulletin.com/2017/01/24/many-nc-families-are-barely...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Educators weigh-in on DeVos nomination," The Mountaineer, January 24, http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/educators-weigh-in-on-devos-nomi...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC lawmaker to women marchers: ‘If brains were lard, you couldn’t grease a small skillet’," Raw Story, January 24, https://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/nc-lawmaker-to-women-marchers-if-brains...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"The bar is set for Trump on the economy," Hickory Daily Record, January 24, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/column-the-bar-is-set-for-trump-on-the... (also at Daily Record: http://www.mydailyrecord.com/eedition/editorial/2017/01/24/bar-is-set-fo..., Winston-Salem Chronicle: http://www.wschronicle.com/2017/01/commentary-bar-set-trump-economy/, Richmond County Daily Journal: https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/61516/bar-is-set-for-trump-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NAIC Announces 35 Consumer Representatives for 2017," Insurance Journal, January 23, http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2017/01/23/439765.htm
(cites Brendan Riley)

"Trump addresses conflict of interest concerns before inauguration," Daily Tar Heel, January 23, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/trump-conflict-of-interest-b...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Beyond Gun Violence: NC churches join community for preach-in event," Public News Service, January 23, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-01-24/criminal-justice/beyond-gun-... (also at Charlotte Post: http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2017/01/24/local-state/beyond-gun-v...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Report: Orange County wage gap wider than state average, especially for women of color," The Daily Tar Heel, January 23, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/orange-county-wage-gap-lags-...
(quotes Marion Johnson)

"Taking away their food, for thought," NC State Technician, January 23, http://www.technicianonline.com/opinion/columns/article_c84c8e90-e1d4-11...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Looking to find a way toward bipartisan consensus in North Carolina politics," Duke Today, January 23, https://today.duke.edu/2017/01/looking-find-way-toward-bipartisan-consen...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Schools, HB2, roads, spending issues for NC lawmakers in '17," WCNC, January 23, http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/schools-hb2-roads-spending-issues-for-nc-...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"UNC mental health coalition petitions Congress for health care protection," The Daily Tar Heel, January 23, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/unc-mental-health-coalition-...
(quotes Ciara Zachary)

"WNC Teacher of the Year: Why DeVos is the wrong choice," Asheville Citizen-Times, January 21, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/2017/01/21/wnc-teacher-year-d...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Is purple possible?" Charlotte Observer, January 20, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/taylor-batten...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Hearings for Trump cabinet picks draw national controversy," Daily Tar Heel, January 19, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/hearings-for-trump-cabinet-p...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Why the racist history of school vouchers matters today," Weekly Challenger, January 19, http://theweeklychallenger.com/why-the-racist-history-of-school-vouchers...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Pisgah Legal Services leads local movement to protect Obamacare," Mountain Xpress, January 19, https://mountainx.com/news/pisgah-legal-services-leads-local-movement-to...
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"Real lives at stake in chaos in Washington," Davidson Dispatch, January 19, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-real-lives-at-stake-i... (also at Richmond County Daily Journal: http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/60693/lives-at-stake-in-wash..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20170123/real-lives-at-stake-in-c..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6534/real-lives-at-stake-in-the-chaos-i..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-real-lives-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"10 ways ACA repeal could affect those who get health insurance through employers," Charlotte Observer, January 19, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/article127415379.html (also at The State: http://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/national/article127651149.html, Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://www.courier-tribune.com/news/20170119/10-ways-aca-repeal-could-af..., Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article127651149.html, Merced Sun-Star: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/nation-world/national/article127651149...)
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"In North Carolina, Women’s Work Is Worth Pennies on the Dollar," Indy Week, January 18, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/in-north-carolina-womens-work-is-worth-...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Increases in minimum wage for government contractors restricted by HB2," Daily Tar Heel, January 18, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/hb2-restricts-minimum-wage
(quotes Carol Brooke)

"Belief Briefs: Christian Unity service features choir at First Presbyterian Church," Durham Herald Sun, January 18, http://www.heraldsun.com/lifestyles/belief-briefs-christian-unity-servic...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Why the sudden spark of optimism among HB2 opponents?" Charlotte Business Journal, January 18, http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2017/01/18/why-the-sudden-spar...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Obamacare supporters in Asheville come together in support of ACA," WLOS, January 17, http://wlos.com/news/local/obamacare-supporters-in-asheville-come-togeth...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"ACA Repeal Could Leave Thousands Without Coverage In Buncombe County," WCQS, January 17, http://wcqs.org/post/aca-repeal-could-leave-thousands-without-coverage-b...
(covers Justice Center press event)

"Asheville ACA advocates stress ‘coverage matters'," Asheville Citizen-Times, January 17, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2017/01/17/asheville-advoc...
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"Federal judge agrees to address legal motions on expanding state Medicaid program," Statesville Record & Landmark, January 17, http://www.statesville.com/news/federal-judge-agrees-to-address-legal-mo... (also at Mooresville Tribune: http://www.mooresvilletribune.com/news/federal-judge-agrees-to-address-l...)
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"North Carolina Daybook," Richmond County Daily Journal, January 17, https://yourdailyjournal.com/wire/state-wire/60375/north-carolina-dayboo...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Slowing tax refunds aimed at cutting fraud," WRAL, January 16, http://www.wral.com/slowing-tax-refunds-aimed-at-cutting-fraud/16439782/
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Supporters rally to 'save our health care'," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, January 16, http://www.courier-tribune.com/news/20170116/supporters-rally-to-8216sav...
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"Column: More misinformation about GOP power grab," Hickory Daily Record, January 16, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/column-more-misinformation-about-gop-p...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Cooper's correcting huge Medicaid blunder," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, January 16, http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20170116/cooper8217s-correcting-h... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-cooper-corr..., Jefferson Post: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/politics/elections/2017/01/14/co..., Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/20170114/column-gov-cooper-is-right-..., Davidson Dispatch: http://www.the-dispatch.com/opinion/20170114/column-gov-cooper-is-right-..., Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Other-Views/2017/01/14/Cooper-correcting-col...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Good grief! Year for reform?" Durham Herald-Sun, January 15, http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/good-grief-year-for-reform/article_673e...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Midlands residents rally to protest repeal of the ACA," WBTV, January 15, http://www.wbtv.com/story/34264248/rallies-to-protest-repeal-of-the-aca-...
(covers NC Justice Center rally appearances)

"Charlotte supporters of Affordable Care Act rally to ‘save our health care,'" Charlotte Observer, January 15, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/article126758554.html
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"Inside Politics: Council seeks law to help local bidders win city contracts," Fayetteville Observer, January 15, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/inside-politics-council-seeks-law-...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Charlotte joins national rally to fight Affordable Care Act repeal," Fox 46, January 15,  http://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/local-news/229333407-story
(covers NC Justice Center rally appearance)

"Education issues bubble up during Justice Center forum," Salisbury Post, January 15, http://www.salisburypost.com/2017/01/15/education-issues-bubble-justice-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Cooper and Medicaid: Colossal blunder or correcting one?" Asheville Citizen-Times, January 14, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/politics/elections/2017/01/14/co...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"This week at progressive state blogs: Obama's amazing grace; Okla. extremism; NM legal pot?," Daily Kos, January 14, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/14/1620356/-This-week-at-progressi...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"GOP seeks court action to stop Medicaid expansion," Winston-Salem Journal, January 13, http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/gop-seeks-court-action-to-st...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"GOP embraces post-fact world," Wilmington Star-News, January 13, http://www.starnewsonline.com/opinion/20170113/opinion-gop-embraces-post...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Is new N.C. governor Roy Cooper making an old mistake with media?" Charlotte Observer, January 13, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article126473684.html
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Fayetteville NOW hosting forum Jan. 25," Fayetteville Observer, January 13, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/now-plans-public-forum-at-library/...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Event Series Helps Launch 'Purple Project: Bridging Red and Blue America'," Duke Sanford School, January 13, http://sanford.duke.edu/articles/event-series-helps-launch-purple-projec...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Statement from NC Justice Center Executive Director Rick Glazier: Lawsuit against Medicaid expansion proposal should be dismissed," American Towns, January 13, http://www.americantowns.com/nc/raleigh/news/statement-from-nc-justice-c...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Cooper aims to expand Medicaid despite Republican opposition," The Daily Tar Heel, January 13, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/cooper-medicaid-expansion-co...
(quotes Ciara Zachary)

"Graham also knows God sent Trump to save us," Daily Advance, January 12, http://www.dailyadvance.com/Letters/2017/01/12/011117lacylet.html
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"What I discovered about the Charlotte that struggles," Charlotte Observer, January 12, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article126199279.html
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Conservative newspaper says it was banned from Roy Cooper press conference," Raleigh News & Observer, January 12, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Advocates push - again - for redistricting reform," WRAL, January 11, http://www.wral.com/advocates-push-again-for-redistricting-reform-/16424...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Another call for independent redistricting," Raleigh News & Observer, January 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Redistricting coalition faces tough odds in General Assembly," Carolina Journal, January 11, https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/redistricting-coalition-fac...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Graham: Donald Trump was sent by God," Daily Advance, January 11, http://www.dailyadvance.com/frontpage/2017/01/11/Graham-Donald-Trump-was...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Pennies on the Dollar: A tour of the North Carolina's gender-wage gap," Indy Week, January 11, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2017/01/11/pennies-on-the-dollar-a...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Legislators meet; coalition calls for redistricting," ABC-11, January 11, http://abc11.com/politics/nc-legislators-meet-to-organize-pick-leaders/1...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Part of NC House Bill 17 still on hold," The Daily Tar Heel, January 11, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/part-of-nc-house-bill-17-sti...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Editorial: Cognitive dissonance in North Carolina," Triad City Beat, January 11, https://triad-city-beat.com/2017/01/editorial-cognitive-dissonance-in-no...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"With Republican majorities, Cooper enters tense political landscape," The Daily Tar Heel, January 11, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/01/with-republican-majorities-c...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Why the racist history of school vouchers matters today," Think Progress, January 10, https://thinkprogress.org/why-the-racist-history-of-school-vouchers-matt...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Sexton: When draining the swamp, mind the pond, too," Winston-Salem Journal, January 9, http://www.journalnow.com/news/columnists/scott_sexton/sexton-when-drain...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"N.C. Justice Center Hosts Community Roundtable at Watauga Library Thursday, Jan. 12," High Country Press, January 9, http://www.hcpress.com/front-page/n-c-justice-center-hosts-community-rou...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Inside Politics: Fayetteville council not interested in police merger," Fayetteville Observer, January 9, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/inside-politics-fayetteville-counc...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Consumers worry about what will happen after ACA repeal," Charlotte Observer, January 9, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/karen-garloch/arti... (also at QCityMetro: http://qcitymetro.com/2017/01/10/consumers-worry-will-happen-aca-repeal/)
(quotes Brendan Riley)

"In Depth: Billy Ball," Time Warner Cable News, January 9, http://www.twcnews.com/nc/charlotte/in-depth-interview/2017/01/9/in-dept...
(Billy Ball interview)

"NCGA could use a bipartisan priority; teacher pay is it," Asheville Citizen-Times, January 9, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/2017/01/09/ncga-use-bipartisa...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Letter: HB2," New Bern Sun Journal, January 7, http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20170107/letter-hb2
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC’s new governor provides a welcome and long overdue initiative to close the Medicaid coverage gap," Jefferson Post, January 7, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6386/ncs-new-governor-provides-a-welcom...
(Ciara Zachary op-ed)

"Finally, there's a grownup in Raleigh," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, January 7, http://www.courier-tribune.com/opinion/20170109/finally-there8217s-grown... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-there-s-fin..., New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20170106/chris-fitzsimon-theres-finally..., Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2017/01/08/There-s-finally-a-grownup-in-R..., Richmond County Daily Journal: http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/59268/finally-a-grownup-in-r..., Daily Record: http://www.mydailyrecord.com/eedition/editorial/2017/01/09/roy-cooper-a-..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/column-there-s-finally-a-grownup-in-ra..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6364/theres-finally-a-grownup-in-raleigh, Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Other-Views/2017/01/06/In-Cooper-NC-finally-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC corporate taxes done falling," Raleigh News & Observer, January 6, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"Finally, strong leadership in governor's office," Henderson Daily Dispatch, January 5, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-finally-strong-leader...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Gov. Roy Cooper wants to take immediate executive action to expand Medicaid in North Carolina!" Daily Kos, January 4, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/4/1617111/-Gov-Roy-Cooper-wants-to-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Cooper to pursue Medicaid expansion by nearly 500,000 people despite stiff GOP opposition," Winston-Salem Journal, January 4, http://www.journalnow.com/news/elections/local/cooper-to-pursue-medicaid...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Gov. Roy Cooper wants to expand Medicaid," Raleigh News & Observer, January 4, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article124491039.html
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Working poor not considered," Tideland News, January 4, www.carolinacoastonline.com/tideland_news/opinions/article_1cff39d4-d298...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Five things we want to see from new Governor Roy Cooper," Indy Week, January 4, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/five-things-we-want-to-see-from-new-gov...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"North Carolina to reinstate work-for-welfare rules," Opposing Views, January 4, http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/work-welfare-law-set-take-effect...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Monday numbers," Hickory Daily Record, January 3, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/column-fitzsimon-file-highlights-monda...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"SNAP provided relief to more than 488,000 North Carolinians," Jefferson Post, January 3, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/6333/snap-provided-relief-to-more-than-...
(Brian Kennedy op-ed)

"Economists project another year of mixed growth for Triad, N.C.," Winston-Salem Journal, January 1, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/economists-projec...
(quotes Rob Schofield)