Categories & Tags: Southern Politics

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...

 

Top Democrat pushes for Senate vote to approve Keystone XL pipeline   |   November 14, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who is currently embattled in a runoff race to retain her seat from a Republican challenger, announced...

 

Ballot proposals across the South: The good, the bad, and the ugly   |   November 5, 2014
Voters across the South didn't vote just for politicians this week: They also weighed in on state and local ballot propositions dealing with hot-button issues including the...

 

Republicans tighten grip in Southern state legislatures   |   November 5, 2014
While all eyes were on the shellacking of Democratic U.S. Senate candidates -- including 10 who lost in the South -- Republicans strengthened their hand in another key area on...

 

2014 Elections Liveblog   |   November 4, 2014
Welcome! The Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies team will be blogging today about key issues and themes in the 2014 elections across the South. Visit during the day and...

 

New voters, people of color will be critical in close Georgia races   |   October 30, 2014
In the last couple weeks, polls on Georgia's races for U.S. Senate and governor have become closer and closer -- so close, in fact, that a court decision on Oct. 28 over...

 

Moral Monday: 'Take it to the states'   |   August 22, 2014
In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. told those participating in the March on Washington that it was "the greatest demonstration...

 

A bridge in Georgia   |   July 29, 2014
By Bob Moser, The American Prospect On a Thursday evening in late April, more than 1,000 Georgia Democrats paid $250 a plate to gather in a vast, ugly Atlanta ballroom and toast...

 

Populists and Bourbons are fighting again, 21st century style, in Mississippi   |   July 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- More than a century ago the "forgotten man" of Mississippi and across the South -- the farmer, the common worker...

 

Who's watching state lawmakers?   |   July 10, 2014
It's no secret that, with the decline in newspapers and other traditional "legacy" media, the number of statehouse reporters -- those assigned to cover news in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Looking back on the 'law that created modern America'   |   July 2, 2014
Date on which President Lyndon Johnson, facing growing national unrest over racial segregation, signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which has been called "the law...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Mississippi freedom struggle at 50   |   June 27, 2014
Number of people who gathered this week at Mississippi's Tougaloo College for a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a watershed moment in the U.S. civil...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Unions as a remedy for growing income inequality   |   June 20, 2014
Average CEO compensation in 2013, according to a study released this month: $15.2 million Percent by which CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, increased from 1978 to 2013: 937...

 

Black voters and the future of Southern politics   |   June 20, 2014
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the massive organizing project that brought more than 1,000 volunteers to Mississippi and drew national attention to the...

 

What does the Virginia Tea Party upset tell us about Big Money in politics?   |   June 11, 2014
Yesterday, in a primary election that startled pundits and the Washington establishment, Tea Party upstart David Brat -- an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in...

 

Lessons from the South's unique history of immigration   |   May 23, 2014
The growth of new immigrant -- especially Asian and Latino -- communities, and their impact on our demographic landscape, is a big national story. But when it comes to immigration...

 

A year in, Moral Monday movement plans new protests, more organizing   |   April 29, 2014
Today marks one year since 17 North Carolinians were arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience at the General Assembly while protesting Republican plans to restrict voting rights...