Categories & Tags: Southern Politics

Could Trump help Democrats gain ground in Southern state politics?   |   May 4, 2016
With Donald Trump now the presumptive Republican nominee for president in the race against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, attention is now turning to the impact the...

 

Why the HB2 boycott of North Carolina is working   |   April 29, 2016
It's been over a month since North Carolina lawmakers rushed to pass House Bill 2, sweeping legislation that, while targeting a Charlotte city ordinance for gender-neutral...

 

VOICES: Legalizing hatred in Mississippi   |   April 12, 2016
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that aims to legalize hatred, once again assuring that his legacy will be one built on hate and discrimination against others. The innocuous-...

 

Growing Southern cities are increasingly targets of state pre-emption   |   April 1, 2016
On March 23, North Carolina lawmakers approved a controversial new law rolling back local LGBT protections and sparking outrage across the state and country. HB2, which passed a...

 

Conservatives jockey to tighten grip on state supreme courts across the South   |   March 4, 2016
As the nation focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death, the future of many state supreme courts is in flux as conservatives try a...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Senate GOP's judicial obstruction goes far beyond Supreme Court seat   |   March 2, 2016
Date on which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) once again said Senate Republicans would refuse to consider any Supreme Court nominee from President Obama to...

 

South flexes its political muscle in 2016 primaries   |   February 19, 2016
This weekend, Republicans in South Carolina — where front-runner Donald Trump enjoys a double-digit lead in the polls — will host their 2016 presidential primary, the...

 

Winning the fight against gerrymandering in the South   |   January 29, 2016
After the wave of Tea Party victories across the nation turned more state legislatures red in 2010, Republican lawmakers redistricted their states to the party's benefit. In...

 

Southern state legislatures: More male, more religious, more racially diverse   |   January 14, 2016
The National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report last month that analyzed the diversity of state legislatures across...

 

Nikki Haley's troubled economic record in South Carolina   |   January 12, 2016
The Republican Party's decision to tap South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to offer the rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address this week is a sure sign that...

 

7 big wins for Southern progress in 2015   |   December 18, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, we look back and celebrate progress made toward building a better South. The past year was a momentous one on many fronts, with a historic victory on gay...

 

Edwards rides populist message to Louisiana governor's mansion   |   November 23, 2015
There was no single factor that led to Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards' Nov. 21 victory in Louisiana's governors race — called by The New York Times "one...

 

URBAN OASIS: Democrats lead South's major cities   |   November 13, 2015
It's no secret that Republicans have dominated state politics in the South in recent years. In 2014, Republicans strengthened their position in Southern state legislatures,...

 

2015 ELECTIONS: Republicans strengthen hand in Southern races   |   November 4, 2015
The Republican surge in state-level races in the South continues. Last year, GOP lawmakers enjoyed a net gain of 65 seats in Southern state legislatures, with the Kentucky House...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: U.S. Senate politics and the deepening judicial crisis   |   October 21, 2015
Since the U.S. Senate came under Republican control earlier this year, number of federal judges it has confirmed as it carries out a strategy of delaying judicial appointments for...

 

In Bible Belt, Sanders seeks common ground on morality and justice   |   September 15, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams Avowed democratic socialist and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday gave a rousing lesson in morality to thousands of students at the...

 

After anti-Confederate flurry, lasting change for Old South symbols?   |   July 3, 2015
Last week, Southerners and South-watchers looked on in amazement as the Confederate flag and other symbols of the region's embattled past were denounced and, in places like...

 

VOICES: Under Republican 'grass-eater rule' in Mississippi   |   May 18, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – Three-time Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, a betting man who loved the horses, knew his maneuverings to get a fourth term in 1960 were a...

 

'Religious freedom' and the decline of Southern white evangelicals   |   April 10, 2015
Last month, Indiana sparked a national debate over so-called "religious freedom" bills, a controversy that soon flared up in other states across the South and country. A...

 

The lone Southern GOP cosponsor (so far) of the Voting Rights Act restoration bill   |   March 20, 2015
Fifty years ago this week, a Democrat and a Republican introduced the landmark Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Senate. The VRA, which offered protections against voting...

 

North Carolina's Moral Movement readies for mass march with week of protest actions   |   February 6, 2015
The grassroots movement that's led to the arrest of about 1,000 people since 2013 for engaging in nonviolent protests against the policies of North Carolina's Republican-...

 

What would Jesus the Migrant say to Mississippi politicians this year?   |   January 15, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South In her new book Jesus Was A Migrant, writer Deirdre Cornell says migration is central to "biblical spirituality" and the chosen people...

 

4 maps that show why Democrats shouldn't dump the South   |   December 18, 2014
The Democratic Party's dismal showing in the 2014 elections caused progressives and the party faithful to look for answers, or at least for someone to blame. A handful of...

 

Corruption, illegal and legal, seen as a big problem in Southern states   |   December 9, 2014
How do we measure corruption in government -- something that by its very nature involves secrecy? The most common approach involves using data from the U.S. Department of Justice...

 

The Great Southern Gerrymander: 2014 edition   |   November 19, 2014
After the 2014 elections, one could be forgiven for wondering: Are there any Democrats left in Arkansas? In a once-tossup U.S. Senate race, Republican Tom Cotton coasted to...