Categories & Tags: State Policy

Politicians mislead on NC voucher program   |   August 6, 2013
By Christopher Hill, NC Policy Watch One of the things people rightfully dislike about their government is when they are not told the truth. Sadly, in the ongoing debate about...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's widening war on abortion rights   |   August 2, 2013
Date on which North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that requires the state's abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers,...

 

Southern leaders opt to exclude 2.7M from health care   |   August 1, 2013
By Keith Griffith, Special to Equal Voice News In the Appalachian foothills of Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta, the riverfront city of Rome serves as a regional hub for...

 

Southern elected officials take stands against voter ID   |   July 31, 2013
In Arkansas, Chris Burks, an attorney from Little Rock who was just elected to the Pulaski County Election Commission, has opened his tenure by publicly criticizing the state'...

 

NAACP appealing North Carolina redistricting ruling   |   July 30, 2013
After a three-judge panel in North Carolina upheld a Republican-drawn redistricting plan earlier this month that civil rights groups call an illegal gerrymander, the NAACP has...

 

NC legislature slows fracking rush, renews push for offshore drilling   |   July 29, 2013
North Carolina has a governor and legislative leadership eager to welcome the natural gas industry to the state. But in the legislative session that ended last week, that...

 

DOJ to sue Texas under Voting Rights Act 'bail-in' provision   |   July 26, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act's Section Five, Texas could still face "preclearance...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina tax revamp helps rich, hurts poor   |   July 19, 2013
Under a tax reform plan the North Carolina legislature approved this week, revenue the state will lose each year for public schools, health care, and other vital services: $647...

 

Virginia unveils plan for restoring voting rights to former felons   |   July 19, 2013
In May, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a historic win for voting rights: the automatic restoration of those rights for former nonviolent felony offenders on an...

 

NC Senate outdoes the House with harsh voter ID law   |   July 19, 2013
After North Carolina House Republicans passed one of the harshest photo voter ID bills in the country in April, Senate Republicans have gone even further by scrapping university...

 

Fresh scrutiny of Stand Your Ground laws after acquittal in Trayvon Martin killing   |   July 15, 2013
In the wake of last year's shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, attention turned to the American...

 

NC lawmakers embrace Koch-backed pledge against climate action   |   July 11, 2013
The political clout of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch of the Koch Industries oil and chemical conglomerate is hardly news, but a fresh investigation provides...

 

NC redistricting decision a setback for voting rights   |   July 10, 2013
(Editor's note: Brentin Mock, a New Orleans-based reporter whose work has also appeared in Colorlines and The Nation, will be contributing to Facing South while publisher...

 

Tea party group responds to NC protest movement with 'Marxist Mondays' song   |   July 8, 2013
With participants in North Carolina's Moral Monday protest movement preparing to gather at the state legislature for another weekly demonstration against lawmakers' hard-...

 

Fracking chemical disclosure divides North Carolina officials   |   July 2, 2013
Requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in fracking for oil and natural gas has proven to be a controversial issue in the states -- and in North Carolina the issue has...

 

NC protester database now disclosing public employee salaries   |   June 28, 2013
The conservative group that launched a website last week publicizing details about people who've been arrested during the ongoing Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Texas-sized fight over reproductive freedom   |   June 28, 2013
Number of hours straight that Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) spoke this week as part of a filibuster against Senate Bill 5, which would have dramatically restricted...

 

What does the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling mean for the South?   |   June 27, 2013
In this week's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the U.S. Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to recognize some...

 

South remains the epicenter of U.S. child poverty crisis   |   June 24, 2013
Child poverty in the United States remains concentrated in the South -- but one notoriously impoverished Southern state no longer occupies the bottom spot for the overall well-...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will NC lawmakers push long-term unemployed off a cliff?   |   June 21, 2013
Date on which a North Carolina law takes effect that will end federal extended unemployment benefits for jobless residents: 7/1/2013 As a consequence, number of long-term...

 

North Carolina racks up new clean-energy jobs amid anti-renewables assault   |   June 5, 2013
At the same time some of its politicians are trying to repeal the state's renewable energy standard, North Carolina is emerging as a national leader in creating clean-energy...

 

What is Moral Monday?   |   June 3, 2013
Moral Monday is a series of ongoing, nonviolent protests at the North Carolina General Assembly that has been happening every Monday since April 29 (not including Memorial Day)...

 

Now, you can't ban guns at the public pool   |   June 3, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years...

 

A historic win for voting rights in Virginia   |   May 31, 2013
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) unveiled a plan this week to automatically restore voting rights to people convicted of nonviolent felonies. The move won praise from civil rights...

 

NC renewable energy law survives attack from the right, for now   |   May 28, 2013
Legislation that would have repealed North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy program appears dead for now in the General Assembly -- but its most outspoken proponent...