Southern Politics

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...

 

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...