Categories & Tags: Southern Politics

How dark money helped Republicans hold the House and hurt voters   |   December 21, 2012
By Olga Pierce, Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of...

 

The racist roots of 'right to work' laws   |   December 13, 2012
This week, Republican lawmakers in Michigan -- birthplace of the United Auto Workers and, more broadly, the U.S. labor movement -- shocked the nation by becoming the 24th state to...

 

Just how extreme is North Carolina's new Lt. Governor?   |   December 7, 2012
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch North Carolina will have a new and very different Lt. Governor come January. Dan Forest is an extremely conservative Republican from Raleigh who...

 

Should Congress name a Southern post office after a segregationist, vote-suppressing senator?   |   December 5, 2012
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill to name the historic Century Post Office in Raleigh, N.C. after one of the capital city's political legends, U.S. Sen....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The deepening partisan divide in U.S. politics   |   November 30, 2012
In the wake of the latest election, number of state legislatures that have two chambers dominated by two different parties: 3 Number of state legislatures that are either under...

 

The changing face of Southern voters   |   November 29, 2012
One of the biggest stories coming out of the 2012 elections was the changing demographics of U.S. voters. The increasing racial diversity of the nation's electorate was key to...

 

What the election means for immigration   |   November 16, 2012
By Chris Liu-Beers, NC Policy Watch Thankfully the election is over and the American people can look forward to their leaders governing for a season before returning to full-scale...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will the Supreme Court gut the Voting Rights Act?   |   November 15, 2012
Number of days after the 2012 election that the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear Shelby County, Ala.'s challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law that aims to...

 

GOP's takeover of Arkansas legislature boosts party's control in the South (updated)   |   November 7, 2012
Among the most hotly contested races in this year's election was the battle for partisan control of the Arkansas legislature -- and Republicans appear to have emerged as the...

 

With election over, the Peoples' First 100 Days begins   |   November 7, 2012
Back in September, over 250 grassroots community leaders from throughout the South came together at the Southern Movement Assembly in Lowndes County, Ala. and launched a campaign...

 

Southern Election Liveblog   |   November 6, 2012
11:50pm - IT'S A WRAP. That's all for our Election Night coverage. We'll be looking at other races across the South, as well as ballot initiatives and other issues...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Superstorm Sandy's climate wake-up call   |   November 2, 2012
Death toll so far from Hurricane Sandy: 165 Number of those deaths in the United States: 96 Width in miles of Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record: 1,100 Width in...

 

Living apart: How the government betrayed a landmark civil rights law   |   October 29, 2012
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica A few months after Congress passed a landmark law directing the federal government to dismantle segregation in the nation's housing,...

 

What's going on in the Southern swing states?   |   October 26, 2012
In 2008, President Barack Obama managed a historic accomplishment: He was not only elected as the first African American in the White House, he got there in part due to becoming...

 

The anti-scientists on the House Science Committee   |   October 9, 2012
Republican Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia has ignited controversy with his recent remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the...

 

Special Report: Mapping influence in North Carolina   |   September 24, 2012
Every day, groups across the political spectrum jostle to get their issues heard and influence lawmakers. Who are the biggest influence groups? How are they connected to each...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The reality behind Romney's tax moocher claims   |   September 19, 2012
Date on which Mother Jones magazine released a video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney telling wealthy donors that "47 percent" of U.S. voters "pay...

 

Art Pope translates dollars into influence at UNC   |   September 18, 2012
In 2011, the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy -- a nonprofit named after the father of Republican benefactor Art Pope, and predominantly funded by Pope's...

 

From Clinton to Castro: Democrats' Southern strategy reaches out to both older and newer South   |   September 6, 2012
Wednesday night, reporter John Frank tweeted that North Carolina delegates to the Democratic National Convention were sharing high-fives after former President Bill Clinton's...

 

Facing South director discusses region's changing demographics, politics on Democracy Now   |   September 6, 2012
Chris Kromm, executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies and publisher of Facing South, appeared on Democracy Now! from the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C....

 

As Goes the South: Your convention guide to Southern politics 101   |   September 4, 2012
"As goes the South, so goes the nation." - W.E.B. DuBois With the nation's eyes on party conventions in Tampa and Charlotte, the media is cramming to get a handle on...

 

We subsidized it   |   August 31, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest We Built It. The Romney campaign and the wider conservative movement believe they have a winner in a slogan designed to refute President Obama...

 

NC legislative leaders breaking records for special-interest fundraising   |   August 27, 2012
The leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly are raising more money from special-interest political action committees than their predecessors, despite promises of ending the...

 

Charlotte municipal workers picket for rights in runup to Democratic convention   |   August 27, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South In Charlotte, N.C., municipal employees say they are having to work 12-hour days six and seven days a week as the city prepares for the Democratic...

 

GOP Convention: Anti-government message a tough sell in Florida   |   August 22, 2012
This week Republicans revealed the theme of their national convention in Tampa, Fla., which kicks off on Aug. 27: "We Built It." A GOP press release says the message...