Rob Schofield

Rob Schofield

NC Newsline Editor Rob Schofield oversees day-to-day newsroom operations, authors regular commentaries, and hosts a weekly radio show/podcast.

Blurring the Line Between Reporting and Advocacy

By: - January 31, 2007

  In the modern political world, the lines between politicians and lobbyists and reporters and pundits and even bloggers are often quite blurry. People switch jobs with increasing frequency and many new jobs are, in effect, hybrids that require multi-skilled multi-taskers. My colleague Chris Fitzsimon spent several years as a reporter and as a top […]

EITC Media Event

By: - January 31, 2007

Those interested in learning about the Earned Income Tax Credit and the latest effort to establish a state version should check out the Justice Center's 11:30 press conference today. Click here to go to the G.A. audio site and then click on "Press Conference Room."

Minimum Wage Moving – No Thanks to Richard Burr

By: - January 30, 2007

  The Center for American Progress' blog reports: "After repeated delays by conservatives, the Senate voted 87-10 today to end debate on legislation that will raise the minimum wage for the first time in a decade, from $5.15 to $7.25. The bill will move to a full vote in the next several days. Ten […]

News (and a New Website) for Budget Geeks

By: - January 30, 2007

The General Assembly's Fiscal Research Division folks kicked off the annual dance that is the state budget making process this morning with a "General Overview of Revenue Availability and the Economic Situation." With little to do so early in the session (House and Senate committees have not even been appointed yet) legislators and lobbyists packed the big […]

In Case You Missed It – Part II…

By: - January 29, 2007

Though the General Assembly doesn't really figure to get going in earnest for at least a few weeks, the Honorables did adopt a pair of resolutions ("temporary" in the House and "permanent" in the Senate) last week that lay out the framework for this session's legislative calendar. Among the highlights: All "public bills" (i.e., non-money bills) must be […]

In Case You Missed It…

By: - January 29, 2007

Last week's Independent Weekly had a nice series of pre-legislative session stories by Bob Geary, Lisa Sorg and Fiona Morgan. Among the highlighted figures: my former colleague, Adam Searing of the N.C. Justice Center's Health Access Coalition (at right), who has spent a decade fighting to make Blue Cross/Blue Shield live up to the rhetoric of its omnipresent marketing machine, and […]

NAACP on Witnessing Executions and More

By: - January 26, 2007

"I have decided that we must bear witness to the suffering our State inflicts on another human being, so I can report to the people what is done in their name." One angle on the story surrounding the state's bumbled efforts to carry out its planned three-week, death penalty marathon (kill-a-thon?) in recent days was […]

Executions on Hold

By: - January 25, 2007

   As had seemed likely after yesterday's preliminary ruling that gave Governor Easley and the council of state until 10:00 this morning to come up with a way to execute folks that somehow bridged the gap between what doctors say they can do and what state law appears to require them to do, Judge Don Stephens […]

Mostly Common Sense at Common Sense Event

By: - January 25, 2007

Speakers at this morning's Common Sense Foundation "Legislative Preview Breakfast" in Raleigh dished out some decent helpings of common sense to the 40 or so folks in attendance. Senator Janet Cowell (who had to leave early to attend a mandatory ethics session for all members of the Senate) and Rep. Alice Graham Underhill offered their takes on any number of […]

New Poll Tests Easley v. Dole, Troop Surge

By: - January 24, 2007

Public Policy Polling, an increasingly influential and prolific Raleigh-based polling outfit, has just released a poll that takes the temperature of likely voters on two highly interesting topics: 1) How would Governor Easley fare in a 2008 general election challenge of Senator Dole; and 2) voter attitudes on the war in Iraq. Here are two of the highlights: […]

Justice Center Hires New Director

By: - January 24, 2007

After a long search, the N.C. Justice Center, North Carolina's most important anti-poverty advocacy group, has hired a new director. It was worth the wait. The choice, Melinda Lawrence, is an experienced civil rights lawyer with deep roots in the state's progressive advocacy community. She starts February 5. Read the Center's media release here. 

Pro-Choice Event Honors Young and Old

By: - January 23, 2007

Yesterday's Roe v. Wade commemoration (it was the 34th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision) by Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina had a nice touch. The group presented an award for youth leadership to a young pro-choice organizer named Natalie Fixmer and honored the career of retired state lawmaker Bertha "B" Holt with the unveiling of a new "Legislative Courage […]