Columnist: Chris Fitzsimon

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

Thousands of seniors anxiously await lawmakers’ budget decisions

When state lawmakers return next week from their unusual spring break, debate over the budget will take center stage as the House puts together its spending plan for the next two years.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 08:54 AM

Three leaders, but how many agendas?

One of the most interesting moments of the 2014 legislative session came in front of the Executive Mansion late last June, when Gov.Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis appeared together with education advocates at a rally to tout a new teacher pay raise proposal that differed sharply from the plan the Senate was pushing.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 08:36 AM

McCrory’s energy push leaves public drilling for truth

The administration of Governor Pat McCrory blatantly misled environmental groups, the media and the public last month about a meeting on offshore drilling that included state and federal officials and oil industry groups.

May. 11, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Takeaways from Tillis’ predictable but unconvincing win

The horse-race watchers in the national media couldn’t be more excited about the results of the North Carolina Republican senate primary Tuesday where state House Speaker Thom Tillis won the nomination by capturing 45 percent of the vote, handily defeating Tea Partier Greg Brannon and Charlotte minister Mark Harris -- both making their first run for public office.

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 04:54 PM

Burr’s shameful stonewalling on court seat

There has never been an African-American judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and for some reason Senator Richard Burr seems intent on keeping it that way.

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

Sifting through the cloud of education rhetoric

It has been quite a few days in the debate about public education in North Carolina.

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

Fitzsimon: N.C. Senate’s snarling, regressive budget

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office issued a press release last Sunday night about the Senate budget, a few hours before the actual budget itself was online for reporters and citizens to read.

May. 18, 2013 @ 01:21 PM

Fitzsimon: A rocky month of May for Gov. Pat McCrory

It hasn’t received much attention with all the shenanigans in General Assembly lately, but May has not been a very good month for Gov. Pat McCrory.

It started promisingly enough with McCrory chosen to give the national Republican weekly radio address, though his remarks were a reworked version of the now stale campaign talking points about customer service and energy policy and leadership

Jan. 06, 2013 @ 05:43 PM

Fitzsimon: Misinformation abounds on Medicaid decision

One of the biggest decisions facing the new General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory this year is whether or not North Carolina will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and provide health coverage for more than 500,000 low-income people in the state.

Dec. 09, 2012 @ 11:06 AM

Fitzsimon: Decision on Dix property a bold, visionary move

The supporters of the proposal approved by the Council of State Tuesday to turn the Dorothea Dix property into a destination park for the city of Raleigh call the plan bold and visionary, a big idea.