In the News

April 2016

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"McCrory mum on HB2 questions," The Robesonian, April 29, https://robesonian.com/opinion/87110/mccrory-mum-on-hb2-questions
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"3 WNC legislators among most effective in Raleigh," Asheville Citizen-Times, April 29, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/29/th...
(cites Rick Glazier

"McCrory can't seem to tell the truth about HB2," Hickory Daily Record, April 29, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-mccrory-can-t-seem-to-tell-t...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"'Grade-In' Day to highlight work NC teachers take home with them," Raleigh News & Observer, April 27, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"McCrory, Berger lead NC's last stand against LGBT equality," Richmond County Daily Journal, April 27, http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/30849/mccrory-berger-lead-n-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Some NC families struggle to fill the table, food insecurity persists," The Daily Tar Heel, April 26, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/04/poverty-and-food-insecurity-...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"NC lawmakers debate teacher pay, taxes, HB2," Asheville Citizen-Times, April 24, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/04/24/nc-lawmakers-de...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"It's not about bathrooms; it's about a last stand against LGBT rights," Hickory Daily Record, April 24, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-it-s-not-about-bathrooms-it-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC General Assembly's short session could be long on issues," Wilmington Star-News, April 24, http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20160423/NEWS/160429873
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"NC residents' question: How much is 'bathroom bill' going to cost us?" Christian Science Monitor, April 23, http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2016/0423/N.C.-residents-question-How-much-... (also at Inland News Today: http://www.inlandnewstoday.com/story.php?s=41991)
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Judges try their hand at drawing political district maps," Raleigh News & Observer, April 23, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Bathroom predatory story is a myth," Salisbury Post, April 23, http://www.salisburypost.com/2016/04/23/rob-schofield-bathroom-predator-...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Reinvestment should be top priority for lawmakers during the Short Session," Jefferson Post, April 23, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3505/reinvestment-should-be-top-priorit...
(Tazra Mitchell column)

"Where have all the right-wingers gone?" Fayetteville Observer, April 22, http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/local_columns/gene-smith-where-have-a...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Survey: Goodman leads House Democrats in effectiveness," Laurinburg Exchange, April 22, https://laurinburgexchange.com/top-stories/4893/survey-goodman-leads-hou... (also at Richmond County Daily Journal: https://yourdailyjournal.com/news/local-news-5/30076/survey-rep-ken-good...)
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Federal appeals court rules for transgender Virginia student in bathroom challenge," State of the State KS, April 21, http://stateofthestateks.com/2016/04/21/federal-appeals-court-court-rule...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"As lawmakers square off over teacher raises, an $8 billion problem looms," Education NC, April 21, https://www.ednc.org/2016/04/21/as-lawmakers-square-off-over-teacher-rai...
(Billy Ball column)

"Time to refocus on rebuilding the 'infrastructure of opportunity,'" New Bern Sun Journal, April 21, http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160421/chris-fitzsimon-time-to-refocu... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/04/24/Time-for-rebuilding-the-infras..., Jefferson Post: https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3476/time-to-refocus-on-rebuilding-the...)
(Chris Fitzsimon)

"Survey: Rep. Ken Goodman leads House Democrats in effectiveness," Richmond County Daily Journal, April 21, https://yourdailyjournal.com/news/local-news-5/30076/survey-rep-ken-good...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Letter: Proof that the Carolina Comeback is working," Richmond County Daily Journal, April 21, http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/letters/30054/letter-proof-that-the-...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Report: NC legislature losing experienced members," WRAL, April 21, http://www.wral.com/report-n-carolina-legislature-losing-experienced-mem... (also at Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/04/21/report-nc-legis..., Mecklenburg Times: http://mecktimes.com/news/2016/04/22/report-n-carolina-legislature-losin...)
(cites Rick Glazier)

"A special kind of ignorance," Jefferson Post, April 20, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3458/a-special-kind-of-ignorance
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Legislation by stealth, Republican style," The New York Times, April 20, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/opinion/campaign-stops/legislation-by-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The Legislature's back in session. Be afraid. Be very afraid," Indy Weekly, April 20, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/the-legislatures-back-in-session-be-afr...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Poverty worse than stubborn in Robeson County," The Robesonian, April 20, https://robesonian.com/opinion/86678/poverty-worse-than-stubborn-in-robe...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Federal ruling on Virginia transgender student could affect North Carolina 'bathroom bill,'" Fayetteville Observer, April 20, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/federal-ruling-on-virginia-transge...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"McCrory: Appeals court ruling brings new dynamic to HB2 law," Hue Wire, April 19, http://www.huewire.com/business-2/mccrory-appeals-court-ruling-brings-ne...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Reactions pour in to Va. bathroom ruling," North Carolina News Network, April 19, http://www.ncnn.com/edit-news/9791-reactions-pour-in-to-va-bathroom-ruling
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"NC tax swap fails to promote thriving communities," Greenville Daily Reflector, April 18, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/04/18/N-C-tax-swap-fails-to-promote-... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3438/north-carolinas-big-tax-swap-is-co...)
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"Top 10 HB2 news over the weekend," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, April 18, http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/top-10-hb2-news-over-we...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Rep. John Dobson recognized for Early Education leadership," McDowell News, April 18, http://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/rep-josh-dobson-recognized-for-early-ed...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Unemployed not being helped," Raleigh News & Observer, April 18, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article7249877...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota LTE)

"Polarizing Carolina: House Bill 2 has becomes one of the state's most divisive issues," Fayetteville Observer, April 17, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/polarizing-carolina-house-bill-has...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Where does the lottery money go?" Asheville Citizen-Times, April 17, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/04/17/where-does-lott...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"HB2 is about bathrooms, discrimination and hate," Greenville Daily Reflector, April 17, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/04/17/HB2-is-not-just-about-bathroom...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC legislators advance controversial achievement school district proposal," The Mountaineer, April 16, http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/n-c-legislators-advance-controve...
(Billy Ball column)

"Hospitals to fight bill that would open NC medical market," Raleigh News & Observer, April 16, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article18644001.html
(cites Health Access Coalition)

"Report: Poverty entrenched," The Robesonian, April 15, https://robesonian.com/news/86584/report-poverty-entrenched
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Scotland recovery sluggish," Laurinburg Exchange, April 15, http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/4764/scotland-recovery-sluggish
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"HB2 and the chill at UNC," New Bern Sun Journal, April 15, http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160415/chris-fitzsimon-hb2-and-chill-... (also at Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-hb-and-the-chill-at-unc/arti..., Charlotte Sun-Times: http://charlotte.suntimes.com/clt-politics-government/7/93/243010/the-fo...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Welcome to Oklahoma, where a dry oil well still makes a profit," Esquire, April 14, http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a43964/oklahoma-unpro...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"The hate behind House Bill 2," Richmond County Daily Journal, April 14, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/28918/the-hate-behind-house... (also at the Robesonian: https://robesonian.com/opinion/86355/hate-inspired-anti-lgbt-law, New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20160414/OPINION/160419436)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Land of unequal opportunity," Jefferson Post, April 14, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3373/land-of-unequal-opportunity
(Tazra Mitchell op-ed)

"Seven questions McCrory STILL hasn't answered about his anti-LGBT law," Jefferson Post, April 14, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3383/seven-questions-mccrory-still-hasn... (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/seven-questions-mccrory...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Liberal groups protest GOP tax changes as filing deadline looms," Raleigh News & Observer, April 14, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"Cape Fear Housing Coalition holds public event to discuss fair housing," WECT, April 14, http://www.wect.com/story/31728425/cape-fear-housing-coalition-holds-pub...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Questions remain for governor on HB2," Henderson Daily Dispatch, April 14, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-questions-remain-for-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Reaction mixed, swift to McCrory's HB2 announcement," ABC-11, April 13, http://abc11.com/politics/reaction-swift-mixed-to-mccrorys-hb2-announcem...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Exec. Director of NC Justice Center comments on Gov. McCrory's Executive Order," WBT, April 13, http://wbt.com/executive-director-of-nc-justice-centercomments-on-gov-mc...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Public meeting on fair housing set for Thursday," Port City Daily, April 13, http://portcitydaily.com/2016/04/13/public-meeting-on-fair-housing-set-f...
(cites Jack Holtzman)

"Residents speak out about racially packed House and Senate districts," Greensboro News & Record, April 12, http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/residents-speak-out-about-raci...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"NC Rep. Billy Richardson 'haunted' by vote on HB2, calls for repeal," Fayetteville Observer, April 12, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/nc-rep-billy-richardson-haunted-by...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Logic missing in argument that NC not leading in creating jobs," Robesonian, April 12, https://robesonian.com/opinion/86356/logic-missing-in-argument-that-nc-n...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Mass criminalization conference highlights prisoner treatment in Durham County Jail," Duke Chronicle, April 11, http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2016/04/mass-criminalization-confer...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC House Democrat says he's 'haunted' by his 'wrong' vote to support House Bill 2," Raleigh News & Observer, April 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"NC booksellers coping with new state law," Publishers Weekly, April 11, http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/ar...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Rep. Billy Richardson, Democrat who voted for HB2: 'I made the wrong vote,'" Independent Weekly, April 11, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/04/11/rep-billy-richardson-de...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Is North Carolina trying to repeat what went on in the 1950s?" Legal Reader, April 10, http://www.legalreader.com/north-carolina-did-not-stop-with-their-new-ba...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Springsteen joins pharma, tech protest over North Carolina LGBT law," Forbes, April 9, http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2016/04/09/springsteen-joins-phar...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Recent anti-LGBT laws have broader effect on all workers," Legal Intelligencer, April 9, http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/latest-news/id=1202754543209/Recent...
(cites Allan Freyer)

"NC's jobless fall into a torn safety net," Raleigh News & Observer, April 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/ned-barnett/articl...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Are you better off?" Carteret County News-Times, April 8, http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/opinions/columns/article_7... (also at Jefferson Post: https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3341/are-you-better-off)
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"Yet another study confirms the huge benefits of investing in early childhood education," Jefferson Post, April 8, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3302/yet-another-study-confirms-the-hug...
(Tazra Mitchell op-ed)

"North Carolina's Unemployment Insurance system is a disaster," Independent Weekly, April 8, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/04/08/north-carolinas-unemplo...
(cites Bill Rowe)

"NC voucher plan faces first clear year after start-up battles," Charlotte Observer, April 8, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/article70756902.html
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Why did religious right back HB2?" Winston-Salem Chronicle, April 8, http://www.wschronicle.com/2016/04/religious-right-back-hb-2/
(Rob Schofield column)

"Lifetime Achievement Award given to Rick Glazier for early education advocacy," Fayetteville Observer, April 8, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/lifetime-achievement-award-given-t...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Group pushes for changing NC unemployment system," Raleigh News & Observer, April 7, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article70495882.html
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"McCrory under siege, week 2," New Bern Sun Journal, April 7, http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160407/chris-fitzsimon-mccrory-under-... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3310/mccrory-still-under-siege-two-week..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-mccrory-still-under-siege-tw..., The Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Opinion/2016/04/11/McCrory-could-lift-siege-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Advocates of unemployed urge reverse of jobless benefit cuts," Blue Ridge Now, April 7, http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20160407/APN/304079654 (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article70571522.html, The Robesonian: https://robesonian.com/news/86188/fewer-getting-jobless-benefits, Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region_ap/advocates-of-unemployed-u..., Greensboro News & Record: http://www.greensboro.com/news/north_carolina_ap/advocates-of-unemployed..., Bristol Herald Courier: http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/advocates-of-unemployed-urge-reverse-o..., WRAL: http://www.wral.com/advocates-of-unemployed-urge-reverse-of-jobless-bene..., WNCT: http://wnct.com/2016/04/07/advocates-of-unemployed-urge-reverse-of-joble..., Richmond County Daily Journal: https://yourdailyjournal.com/wire/state-wire/28093/advocates-of-unemploy..., Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article705715...,
(cites Bill Rowe)

"Worker advocates call on lawmakers to restore jobless benefits," WRAL, April 7, http://www.wral.com/worker-advocates-call-on-lawmakers-to-restore-jobles...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"PayPal pulls 400-job project over NC bathroom law," Fayetteville Observer, April 7, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/paypal-pulls--job-project-over-nc-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"McCrory's teacher pay proposal draws skepticism, cautious optimism," Education NC, April 7, https://www.ednc.org/2016/04/07/mccrorys-teacher-pay-proposal-draws-skep...
(Billy Ball column)

"Carolina Comeback falls short," Richmond County Daily Journal, April 7, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/27938/carolina-comeback-fal... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3290/seven-things-you-might-not-know-ab..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/seven-things-you-might-..., Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-what-you-don-t-know-a..., Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Other-Views/2016/04/07/Carolina-Comeback-wou...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"What North Carolina's HB2 bill means for all of us," Curve, April 6, http://www.curvemag.com/News/What-North-Carolinas-HB-2-Bill-Means-For-Al...
(cites Allan Freyer)

"North Carolina's new law targets all workers for discrimination, not just the LGBT ones," Daily Kos, April 5, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/04/05/1510773/-North-Carolina-s-new-l...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"North Carolina's terrible anti-LGBT law is even worse than we thought," Mother Jones, April 5, http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/north-carolina%E2%80%99s-ter... (also at ProPublica: https://www.propublica.org/article/why-north-carolinas-new-anti-lgbt-law..., Rock River Times: http://rockrivertimes.com/2016/04/07/why-north-carolinas-new-anti-lgbt-l..., Mint Press News: https://www.mintpressnews.com/north-carolinas-new-anti-lgbt-law-trojan-h..., Flagler Live: http://flaglerlive.com/92363/lgbt-labor-rights/, Salon: http://www.salon.com/2016/04/13/a_trojan_horse_of_hate_partner/, Pacific Standard: https://psmag.com/north-carolina-s-new-anti-lgbt-law-is-an-attack-agains...)
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"NCSSM expansion causes concern," The Daily Tar Heel, April 5, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/04/ncssm-expansion-causes-concern
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"PayPal scraps plan to invest $3.6M in North Carolina after anti-LGBT law passes," San Antonio Express-News, April 5, http://www.expressnews.com/business/national/article/PayPal-scraps-plan-... (also at the Washington Post: http://washpost.bloomberg.com/Story?docId=1376-O560JS6K50YM01-5M5BU8LSMN..., Boston Globe: https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/04/05/paypal-scraps-charlotte-..., Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/business/paypal-scraps-charlotte-expansion-plan-..., Newsmax: http://www.newsmax.com/Finance/StreetTalk/PayPal-LGBT-law-plans/2016/04/..., Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2016/04/05/paypal-charlotte-no..., Detroit Sun-Times: http://detroit.suntimes.com/det-business/7/77/399028/paypal-scraps-charl..., State of the State KS: http://stateofthestateks.com/2016/04/17/paypal-pulls-400-future-jobs-fro...)
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Disturbing statistics," Wilkes Journal-Patriot, April 4, http://www.journalpatriot.com/opinion/disturbing-statistics/article_1b1e...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"NC legislators consider proposal to eliminate job licensing boards," Raleigh News & Observer, April 4, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti... (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/news/north-carolina/nc-legislators-consider-p...)
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Lawmakers stands behind plan for charter school takeover, despite lackluster results," WUNC, April 3, http://wunc.org/post/lawmaker-stands-behind-plan-charter-school-takeover...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"North Carolina's 'bathroom' law is about more than who's in the next stall," Fayetteville Observer, April 3, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/north-carolina-s-bathroom-law-is-a...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"More than 700 people attend anti-House Bill 2 rally in Greensboro," Fox 8, April 3, http://myfox8.com/2016/04/03/more-than-700-people-attend-anti-house-bill...
(quotes Jason Pikler)

"Inside Politics: Pollster says Trump holds big lead over Cruz," Fayetteville Observer, April 3, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/inside-politics-pollster-says-trum...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Seven questions for Gov. McCrory about his anti-LGBT law," Winston-Salem Journal, April 3, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-seven-quest... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/3233/seven-questions-for-gov-mccrory-ab..., New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20160329/OPINION/160328916, Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/seven-questions-gov-mcc..., The Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Opinion/2016/03/30/7-questions-McCrory-needs...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Eva Hansen set the standard for Partnership for Children," Fayetteville Observer, April 2, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/eva-hansen-set-the-standard-for-pa...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"North Carolina may eliminate licensing for a dozen professions," WSOC, April 2, http://www.wsoctv.com/news/north-carolina/n-carolina-may-eliminate-licen... (also at Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article6981545..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article69601752.html)
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"McCrory backs up, then lashes out," Hickory Daily Record, April 1, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-mccrory-backs-up-then-lashes... (also at New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160401/chris-fitzsimon-mccrory-backs-...,
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Study: Much of Ashe still struggling to make ends meet," Jefferson Post, April 1, http://jeffersonpost.com/news/3227/study-much-of-ashe-still-struggling-t...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"LGBT equality under attack in North Carolina," The Chicago Monitor, April 1, http://chicagomonitor.com/2016/04/lgbt-equality-crumbles-in-north-carolina/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Supporters and opponents speak out on Achievement School Districts," Education NC, April 1, https://www.ednc.org/2016/04/01/23812/
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

Also see clips from March 2016, February 2016, 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.