Southern Politics

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...

 

Southern Workers Assembly coming to Charlotte on Labor Day   |   August 20, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A call to action has gone out to make this Labor Day, Sept. 3, also the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., truly a...

 

Will third parties make a difference in November?   |   July 24, 2012
The Green Party of the United States chose its presidential candidate this month, nominating Dr. Jill Stein, a Harvard-educated physician and environmental activist from Lexington...

 

First Havana-Miami cargo service marks sea change for Cuba past and future   |   July 20, 2012
By Louis Nevaer, New America Media When the Bolivian merchant ship, the Ana Cecelia, docked in Havana from Miami last Friday -- ambitiously labeled "Peace Boat" on its...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will Southern governors sacrifice their economies by seceding from the Medicaid expansion?   |   July 13, 2012
Of 29 studies that looked at the economic impact of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for low-income Americans, percent that found Medicaid spending has a...

 

Will the Duke Energy scandal hurt the Democrats in November?   |   July 12, 2012
The scandal surrounding Duke Energy in the wake of the abrupt departure of incoming CEO Bill Johnson shows no signs of going away any time soon -- and that could spell trouble for...

 

Southern states show biggest job gains   |   July 10, 2012
If there's one consensus view about the 2012 presidential race, it's that President Obama's re-election chances will hinge greatly on whether the state of the economy...

 

The fallout of the Supreme Court's health care ruling in the South   |   June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court's closely-watched 5-4 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration's signature health care reform initiative, has sent shock...

 

Federal court rejects Virginia attorney general's effort to block climate action   |   June 27, 2012
A federal court has rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that unregulated greenhouse gas...

 

NC lawmakers further gut election spending as November looms   |   June 21, 2012
Five months away from Election Day with marquee races for president, governor and dozens of other offices, North Carolina legislators have again voted to slash the battleground...

 

Firings at Alabama Public Television highlight state attacks on public media   |   June 14, 2012
This week, the board of the Alabama Educational Television Commission came out of an executive session and made a surprise announcement: Alabama Public Television veteran...

 

Pat McCrory dons tinfoil hat in bid for NC governor   |   June 12, 2012
As the mayor of Charlotte, N.C. for over a decade, Republican Pat McCrory sought to position himself as a forward-looking leader when it came to the city's environment,...

 

VOICES: GOP steps up bogus war on voter fraud   |   June 5, 2012
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media A defiant Florida GOP governor Rick Scott essentially told the Justice Department where it could go when it demanded that Florida stop...

 

NC voter suppression, past and present (video)   |   May 23, 2012
Following the 2008 election that saw record turnout of minorities and youth, North Carolina and other states witnessed an onslaught of Republican-sponsored laws aimed at...

 

VOICES: Reflections on the passage of NC's cynical Amendment One   |   May 9, 2012
By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President, North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP For 103 years the NAACP has fought for equal rights for all people. We have always...

 

What happened in North Carolina? Lessons from the amendment battle   |   May 9, 2012
Another version of this story also appears at The Huffington Post. As expected, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment yesterday stating “Marriage between...

 

Honoring more boots on the ground: All of Us NC organizes against Amendment One   |   May 7, 2012
By Pam Spaulding, Pam's House Blend I think it's important to remember that there are many, many grassroots organizations and group efforts working hard here on the...

 

NC House leader says anti-gay hate group 'overruled' him on same-sex marriage amendment   |   May 7, 2012
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Normally in this space on Monday we tell a story about North Carolina in facts and figures with a Monday Numbers column. But this is not a...