In the News

December 2014

Also see clips from November 2014, October 2014, September 2014, August 2014, July 2014, June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014, January 2014, December 2013, 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.

"Job statistics don't tell the whole story for local economy," Mountain Xpress, December 31, https://mountainx.com/news/job-statistics-dont-tell-the-whole-story-for-...
(cites Patrick McHugh)

"Health plan exchange draws 110,000 new NC customers," Charlotte Observer, December 30, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/30/5414790/obamacare-exchange-d...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Scammed out of the American dream," MSNBC, December 30, http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/scammed-out-the-american-dream
(quotes Kate Woomer-Deters)

"State moving forward with online charter schools," The Daily Dispatch, December 29, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/news/x1351407064/State-moving-forward-w...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Serious questions on virtual charters for NC," Raleigh News & Observer, December 27, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/27/4427854/serious-questions-on-virt... (also at Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151078426/Virtual-charter-scho...)
(Matt Ellinwood column)

"The obvious newsmaker of the year for North Carolina," Greenville Daily Reflector, December 27, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-obvious-newsmaker-y... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-on-north-ca..., Henderson Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x1476888363/Fitzsimon-Obvious-N..., QNotes: http://goqnotes.com/33366/the-obvious-newsmaker-of-2014-for-north-carolina/, Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150943628/The-obvious-newsmake...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"2014: A recap of the year's top health stories," WNCT, December 23, http://www.wnct.com/story/27694494/2014-a-recap-of-the-years-top-health-...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"School choice goes to court: The year's most important lawsuits," Watchdog, December 23, http://watchdog.org/189775/school-lawsuits-2014/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Some UNC centers more about politics than academics," Raleigh News & Observer, December 20, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/20/4416731_some-unc-centers-more-abo...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Diverse group lobbying for local control of school calendars," WRAL, December 19, http://www.wral.com/diverse-group-lobbying-for-local-control-of-school-c...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"GOP cuts squeeze our state," Richmond Daily Journal, December 18, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150932578/G...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Devastating legacy of McCrory's empty promises," The Daily Dispatch, December 18, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x761899255/Fitzsimon-Devastatin... (also at Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150904909/The-devastating-lega...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Lawmakers consider easing requirements for NC mortgage lenders," Charlotte Observer, December 18, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/18/5393835/lawmakers-consider-e... (also at WBTV: http://www.wbtv.com/story/27667022/lawmakers-consider-easing-requirement...)
(quotes Al Ripley)

"McCrory's broken promise hurting the state," The Robesonian, December 16, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50873977/McCrorys-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC Policy Watch: Tough rules, engaged public needed to clean up coal ash," Mountain Xpress, December 16, https://mountainx.com/opinion/nc-policy-watch-tough-rules-engaged-public...
(NC Policy Watch column)

"Groups to hold forum on Wake Country school discipline on children of 'color,'" Raleigh News & Observer, December 15, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/15/4405608_groups-to-hold-forum-on-w...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"No solution possible without knowing the problem," Burlington Times-News, December 15, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/no-solution-possible...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"The American dream fades for too many," Raleigh News & Observer, December 13, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/13/4400831/the-american-dream-fades-...
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"What Medicaid expansion will do for North Carolina," Kinston.com, December 13, http://m.kinston.com/Section/283/Article/1|413312
(cites NC Justice Center)

"First month of ACA enrollment calmer this year," WRAL, December 13, http://www.wral.com/first-month-of-aca-enrollment-calmer-this-year/14276... (also at The Republic: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/0024311d3dfd4aaeb0a75787edc56595/N..., WNCN: http://www.wncn.com/story/27622133/first-month-of-aca-enrollment-calmer-..., Turn to 10: http://www.turnto10.com/story/27622133/first-month-of-aca-enrollment-cal..., Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/13/first-month-of-aca-enrol..., WJBF: http://www.wjbf.com/story/27622133/first-month-of-aca-enrollment-calmer-..., Carolinas CW: http://www.carolinascw.com/story/27622133/first-month-of-aca-enrollment-..., WLOX: http://www.wlox.com/story/27622133/first-month-of-aca-enrollment-calmer-..., KPLC: http://www.kplctv.com/story/27622133/first-month-of-aca-enrollment-calme..., Fort Mill Times: http://www.fortmilltimes.com/2014/12/13/3921103_first-month-of-aca-enrol..., Go Erie: http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20141213/APN/312139811, Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/first-month-of-aca-enrollment-calmer-t...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Seven questions for Gov. McCrory," Laurinburg Exchange, December 12, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150853392...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"People can't breathe," Jefferson Post, December 12, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150854811/People-cant-breathe
(Rob Schofield column)

"First Obamacare deadline nears," High Point Enterprise, December 12, http://www.hpe.com/news/business/x1736887826/First-Obamacare-deadline-nears (Insurance News Net: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/12/12/first-obamacare-deadline...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Vigil speaker: 'All of us bleed when bullets dance,'" Durham Herald-Sun, December 11, http://www.heraldsun.com/news/showcase/x1736888237/Vigil-speaker-All-of-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"United Way sounds alarm ahead of legislative session," Hickory Daily Record, December 11, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/united-way-sounds-alarm-ahead-of-legis...
(quotes Amber Moodie-Dyer)

"State Rundown 12/10: The best laid plans," Tax Justice Blog, December 11, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2014/12/state_rundown_1210_the_bes...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC group to hold vigil against gun violence," WAVY, December 11, http://wavy.com/2014/12/11/nc-group-to-hold-vigil-against-gun-violence/ (also at WNCN: http://www.wncn.com/story/27602185/nc-group-to-hold-vigil-against-gun-vi...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Job picture brighter, but still not at previous levels," Burlington Times-News, December 10, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/our-opinion/job-picture-brighter-but...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"NC fails in Sandy Hook response," The Robesonian, December 10, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50838754/NC-fails-... (also at Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/the-post-newtown-fai..., Richmond Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion/150850913/Sandy-Hooks-lesso..., Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x1736888210/Fitzsimon-N-C-s-bad..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150854771/NCs-bad-decisions-tw..., Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-after-sandy-hook-27..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-north-carol..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/12/4398391/two-years-after-newtown-m..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-north-caroli...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Official jobless rate in the Triad falls to lowest level in six years," Winston Salem-Journal, December 9, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/official-jobless-...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Capital Tonight: U.S. History curriculum," Capital Tonight, December 8,
http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/politics/full_episodes/714722/capit...
(Matt Ellinwood interview)

"Medicaid logjam, skeptics remain in NC legislature," Raleigh News & Observer, December 7, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/07/4384090/medicaid-logjam-skeptics-... (also at Bellingham Herald: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/12/07/4014881/medicaid-logjam-skept..., Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/07/5368048/medicaid-logjam-skep..., Greensboro News & Record: http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/medicaid-logjam-skepti..., McDowell News: http://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/state/ap/medicaid-logjam-skeptics-remai..., Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/7/medicaid-logjam-skeptics-...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"McCrory's energy push leaves public drilling for truth," Durham Herald-Sun, December 6, http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/x761895990/McCrory-s-energy-push-leaves... (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x761896462/Fitzsimon-McCrory-s-..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150764711/McCrorys-push-for-en...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Jobless-benefit proposals back on deck," Greensboro News & Record, December 5, http://www.news-record.com/news/jobless-benefit-proposals-back-on-deck/a...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Why the 2015 state budget undermines North Carolina's competitiveness," Jefferson Post, December 5, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150768346/Why-the-2015-state-b...
(Tazra Mitchell column)

"Medicaid expansion is possible," The Robesonian, December 5, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50811143/Medicaid-... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-medicaid-expansion-..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150805223/Medicaid-expansion-n..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-medicaid-exp..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-medicaid-ex...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"From the archives: Charles Koch could be teaching history to your kids," Indy Week, December 4, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2014/12/04/from-the-archives-charl...
(quotes Chris Hill)

"McCrory can't tell truth about closed meeting," Laurinburg Exchange, December 4, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150751944...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Some simple truths about North Carolina's economy," Jefferson Post, December 4, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150738155/Some-simple-truths-a...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Virtual schools could be coming," The Robesonian, December 24, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50921911/Virtual-s...
(Sarah Ovaska column)

"The annual ritual of cynically suspending the blame," Jefferson Post, December 3, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150716979/The-annual-ritual-of...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Affordable Care Act forum to be held in Kinston," WNCN, December 3, http://www.wncn.com/story/27534704/affordable-care-act-forum-to-be-held-... (also at Ohio Votes: http://www.ohio-votes.com/story/27534704/affordable-care-act-forum-to-be..., WJFB: http://www.wjbf.com/story/27534704/affordable-care-act-forum-to-be-held-..., Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce: http://directories.kinstonchamber.com/Events/details/aca-year-2-183464, World Now: http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/27534704/affordable-care-act-forum..., Crazy Wayno: http://www.crazywayno.com/crazycalendareventdetail11894.html, WNCT: http://www.wnct.com/story/27534704/affordable-care-act-forum-to-be-held-...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

“DENR leader to face challenges as he replaces NC Commerce Department secretary,” Raleigh News & Observer, December 2, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/02/4370174/john-skvarla-moves-to-nc-...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

Also see clips from November 2014, October 2014, September 2014, August 2014, July 2014, June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014, January 2014, December 2013, 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.