Categories & Tags: Southern Politics

The South, still ruled by 'the handful'   |   April 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Fannie Lou Hamer, a folk philosopher of the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta, knew what she was up against in a state and region where an...

 

The strange politics of TVA privatization   |   April 16, 2013
In his latest budget plan released last week, President Obama pitched the idea of selling off the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the federally owned and self-financing...

 

VOICES: The danger of McCrory's Bobby Jindal imitation   |   April 10, 2013
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Governor Pat McCrory appears to be on a privatization spree that could have serious implications for jobs and health care in North Carolina....

 

Will hog farmers save renewable energy in North Carolina?   |   April 4, 2013
The North Carolina legislature is considering a controversial bill to kill the state's renewable energy law, and a big crowd turned out yesterday for its first hearing in a...

 

Southernomics as a model?   |   April 1, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   A recent cover story for the Austin, Texas-based Progressive Populist, headlined "Southern Poverty Pimps," describes in detail...

 

Can gay marriage win in the South?   |   March 28, 2013
When he was running for the Illinois state senate in 1998, Barack Obama said that he was "undecided" on the issue of gay marriage. But last year, now-President Obama...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's long resistance to marriage equality (updated)   |   March 27, 2013
(Editor's note: Shortly after this index was published, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) announced that she had changed her position and no longer opposed civil marriage for same-sex...

 

Will North Carolina strike illegal voter literacy test from its constitution?   |   March 26, 2013
With the rise of white-supremacist power in the late 19th century South came efforts by the region's legislatures to block the African-American vote, and one of the most...

 

Will Southern Democrats derail immigration reform?   |   February 21, 2013
Ever since President Obama announced his intention to fight -- again -- for broad-ranging immigration reform in his Feb. 13 State of the Union address, media coverage has been...

 

The Southern exception   |   February 15, 2013
By Jordan Green, YES! Weekly The cover of Southern Exposure magazine in the fall of 1996 depicted Bill Clinton grasping a Confederate battle flag beside a bayonet-wielding Newt...

 

Is the 4th Circuit veering back to the center?   |   February 14, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch It's been nearly a decade since the New York Times profiled the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond -- the court of last resort...

 

The South and "the Great Gerrymander of 2012"   |   February 8, 2013
In a recent New York Times analysis, Sam Wang looked at an issue which has been grabbing headlines -- at least on political blogs -- since the 2012 elections: how Democrats,...

 

NC DHHS appointee behind discredited pro-abstinence, anti-gay website (UPDATE)   |   February 7, 2013
Only two days after her appointment, the woman picked to lead North Carolina's early education programs has found herself caught up in a storm of controvery. First came the...

 

Bulk of Pope Foundation money channeled into conservative advocacy   |   January 30, 2013
In December 2012, the John William Pope Foundation -- the family foundation chaired and run by North Carolina Republican mega-donor Art Pope, now the state budget director --...

 

In North Carolina, full speed in reverse   |   January 30, 2013
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch The 2013 session of the North Carolina General Assembly gets underway in earnest today and if the statements and signals from Governor McCrory,...

 

VOICES: As Obama lays out progressive agenda, white South slips into political irrelevancy   |   January 24, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South On the Bibles of two men once reviled in the South, President Obama took the oath of office for his second term Monday, a day that also honored one of...

 

From the Southern Exposure Archives: With the People   |   January 18, 2013
Interview with James Orange by Bob Hall This year marks the 40th anniversary of Southern Exposure, the print magazine published by the Institute for Southern Studies, the...

 

Map Mischief: How gerrymandering has undercut Southern Democrats in Congress   |   January 17, 2013
In North Carolina, more than half (51 percent) of the state voted in 2012 for a Democrat to represent them in Congress. But this month, less than a third (31 percent) of the U.S....

 

An action-packed 2013 in store for Southern labor   |   January 11, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The year 2013 promises to be an action-packed one for labor in the South as well as across the country. Republicans lost major ground in the national...

 

Cabinet of Controversy: N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s 5 most dubious appointments   |   January 11, 2013
Pat McCrory was sworn in as North Carolina's new governor in a private ceremony on Jan. 5, becoming the first Republican in 20 years to hold the state's top office. He...

 

NC judge tosses law that represented GOP revenge against public school employees   |   January 7, 2013
A law passed by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature to punish the state teachers' association for fighting education budget cuts has been thrown out as...

 

VOICES: Medicaid misinformation multiplies   |   January 3, 2013
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch One of the biggest decisions facing the new General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory this year is whether or not North Carolina will expand...

 

Congress waves green flag for NASCAR tax break   |   January 2, 2013
The fiscal cliff deal has been passed by Congress, and analysts are now digging into the minutiae of the bill's text to see what sweetheart deals may have slipped in....

 

Art Pope's path to power   |   December 21, 2012
Three years ago, Art Pope was one of North Carolina's biggest political donors and orchestrated a well-funded conservative network. But despite his undeniable influence, he...

 

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...