Southern Politics

Following the money behind the anti-science madness in North Carolina's US Senate race   |   April 24, 2014
Institute for Southern Studies Executive Director Chris Kromm appeared on the MSNBC news show "All in With Chris Hayes" on Wednesday to discuss what Hayes described as...

 

Republicans say no to CDC gun violence research   |   April 22, 2014
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider...

 

Move to slash early voting defeated in Georgia   |   March 21, 2014
It's been a major conflict in the voting wars: Across the South and country, Republican-led states have moved to shrink the early voting period before Election Day. But this...

 

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba   |   February 28, 2014
He was known as "America's most revolutionary mayor." Chokwe Lumumba, who died this week at the age of 66, was elected to lead the city of Jackson, Miss. in 2013...

 

How can labor organize the South?   |   February 21, 2014
The recent union vote at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee wasn't just a defeat -- albeit a very close one  -- for the United Auto Workers in their bid to organize the...

 

3 lessons from the VW union defeat in Tennessee   |   February 17, 2014
Forty-four votes. If 44 workers at Volkwagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. -- less than 3 percent of the plant's 1,560 hourly employees -- had voted "yes"...

 

Tens of thousands in North Carolina vow 'not now, not ever'   |   February 11, 2014
By Ajamu Dillahunt, Labor Notes Tens of thousands of marchers took to the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday to show their opposition to the extreme right-wing agenda...

 

Jumpstarting the vote in North Carolina   |   February 7, 2014
In North Carolina, it's called the "Monster Law" -- the 56-page bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last year that ushered in some...

 

Demographers: The South, and its political clout, will keep rising   |   January 22, 2014
In the 20-year span between 2010 and 2030, Harris County, Texas -- home of Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city -- will add more people to its population than the entire...

 

Hagan, Southern lawmakers targeted in Obamacare attack ads   |   January 15, 2014
Between June 1, 2013 and Jan. 12 of this year, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity ran 3,535 TV ads attacking Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina for her...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight for North Carolina's future continues   |   January 3, 2014
Amount multimillionaire conservative donor Art Pope, his immediate family, and his company, Variety Wholesalers, contributed to North Carolina state politics in the 2010 election...

 

Bill Moyers examines NC's 'State of Conflict'   |   January 2, 2014
2013 proved to be a tumultuous year in North Carolina politics, and a leading journalist's TV show will examine the battles underway in a documentary that will begin airing...

 

NC scholars denounce conservative think tank's demand for professor's email   |   December 16, 2013
A delegation of scholars from North Carolina colleges and universities delivered an open letter to Gov. Pat McCrory and state Budget Director Art Pope today, calling on them to...

 

Remembering the late Mississippi populist Gov. Bill Allain preaching social justice to 3,000 Pentecostals   |   December 9, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   More than 3,000 Pentecostals had gathered under their giant tabernacle in Raymond, Miss., that July night back in 1985. It was what one...

 

From Selma to Soweto: Nelson Mandela and the Southern freedom struggle   |   December 6, 2013
In 1994, at a speech celebrating his inauguration as the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela glanced over to Coretta Scott King and echoed the words of her slain...

 

Conservative group demands emails, phone records of UNC anti-poverty crusader after critical newspaper column   |   November 21, 2013
A think tank founded and almost wholly funded by conservative mega-donor and North Carolina budget director Art Pope recently filed a broad Freedom of Information Act request...

 

Modern-day Southern 'nullifiers' continue a long tradition   |   November 15, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Way back in 1988, I sat across from Strom Thurmond in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C., and listened as he explained his...

 

Youth help turn back the tea party in Virginia gubernatorial race   |   November 6, 2013
The nation looked to Virginia this week for clues about its political future as voters turned out to elect a new governor in an important presidential swing state undergoing big...

 

Don Yelton not so out of step with GOP on NC voter ID law   |   October 25, 2013
By now you probably have heard about the reckless, racially insensitive comments Republican Party precinct chair Don Yelton of Buncombe County, N.C. made this week on The Daily...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: NC tries to patch frayed social safety net with turnip greens   |   October 25, 2013
Pounds of turnip greens North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) this week announced were being harvested at the state prison farm and delivered to food banks around the state to ease...

 

Southern right-wingers wage war against labor   |   October 21, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   The Southern Right-Wing's assault on labor remains under the radar of most mainstream media even as it becomes increasingly war-like...

 

Health care law's future at stake in special congressional election for Louisiana   |   October 18, 2013
Tomorrow is the special congressional election for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district, a seat vacated when Rep. Rodney Alexander (R) left the House to become Gov. Bobby...

 

Voter purging in Florida and Virginia leads to lawsuits   |   October 10, 2013
We're a little under a month away from Election Day, which for some means time to prepare for early voting. For others, it means time to start purging names from voter rolls...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The strange politics of Southern hunger   |   September 26, 2013
Date on which the Republican-controlled U.S. House, led by majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), voted to make deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more...

 

How slavery continues to shape Southern politics   |   September 23, 2013
Whites who live in areas of the South once dominated by the plantation economy and slavery are much more likely than other Southerners to express colder feelings toward African...