Categories & Tags: State Policy

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...

 

One woman's fight for the right to vote (video)   |   November 6, 2012
Tayna Fogle is a former University of Kentucky basketball team captain whose crack cocaine addiction led to a 10-year prison sentence. After serving her time, Fogle was shocked...

 

Recounting in the battleground states   |   November 5, 2012
With the latest polls showing the presidential race to be in a virtual deadlock nationally, recount procedures could play an important role in determining the final outcome. To...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina's racially-charged redistricting plans come under fire   |   October 12, 2012
Date on which plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging legislative and congressional redistricting in North Carolina filed a motion asking the court to rule that district maps created...

 

VOICES: New constitutional amendment needed to protect the right to vote?   |   October 11, 2012
By Khalil Abdullah, New America Media The struggle over state-sponsored legislation limiting or redefining how and when citizens can vote has generated contentious debate. Judith...

 

Complaint seeks cleanup of coal ash groundwater contamination across North Carolina   |   October 11, 2012
Conservation groups have filed a complaint asking the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) to require cleanup of groundwater contamination seeping from unlined...

 

Southern leaders fiddle while coasts threatened with drowning   |   August 7, 2012
Sea levels around the world are rising because of expanding oceans and melting of land-based ice caused by global warming, and scientists have warned that rising seas coupled with...

 

How NC House leaders tried to manipulate the fracking vote   |   July 25, 2012
New information has come to light about the political gamesmanship behind the controversial late-night vote to allow fracking for natural gas in North Carolina, and it reveals 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...

 

VOICES: The labor law reform we need   |   July 13, 2012
By Rand Wilson, Labor Notes When the next opportunity for labor law reform arrives, union membership will be smaller and our political clout even more diminished. If we are to...

 

The big money behind the assault against sea level rise science in North Carolina   |   July 11, 2012
A bill that would block North Carolina agencies from considering the latest science of sea level rise in making planning decisions has gotten a lot of attention nationally -- from...

 

Southern states lack adequate disclosure of fracking's chemical hazards   |   July 9, 2012
Most of the states where fracking is taking place that do not require any public disclosure of the chemicals used in in the controversial drilling process are in the South, and...

 

Southern states lack adequate disclosure of fracking's chemical hazards   |   July 9, 2012
Most of the states that do not require any public disclosure of toxic chemicals used in fracking are in the South, and Southern states are also among those with weak disclosure...

 

Southern states get failing grades for school funding fairness   |   June 28, 2012
Many states are failing to provide public schools with the resources they need to serve all students equitably, and Florida and North Carolina doing a particularly poor job in...

 

NC governor inundated with pleas to veto fracking bill   |   June 22, 2012
This week the Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate voted to legalize fracking for natural gas in the state, following the lead of the Republican House, which approved the...

 

The Pope machine's wacky attack on the science of sea level rise   |   June 21, 2012
Art Pope's powerful conservative political network has long played a lead role in challenging mainstream climate science in North Carolina. Now it's also raging against...

 

Will NC lawmakers let fracking industry fund its own regulators?   |   June 20, 2012
One of the concerns fracking opponents have raised during the debate over legalizing the controversial method of natural gas drilling in North Carolina is how the state -- which...

 

Hopes for halting rush to NC fracking rest with governor   |   June 15, 2012
The Republican-controlled North Carolina House passed a controversial bill yesterday legalizing fracking in the state -- but opponents were buoyed by fracking supporters'...

 

Five 'Stand Your Ground' cases you should know about   |   June 11, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica The Stand Your Ground law is most widely associated with the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old killed in Florida by...

 

Billionaire privatization activists pushing 'neovouchers' for North Carolina   |   June 6, 2012
North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to establish an indirect voucher system that would help low-income children attend private or religious schools with public...

 

ALEC staggers but will it fall?   |   June 1, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Wal-Mart's decision to drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council is a milestone in the remarkable effort to drive...

 

Toxics lobby pours money into North Carolina politics   |   May 31, 2012
As North Carolina lawmakers consider killing a state program designed to protect the public from toxic air pollution, major emitters of such pollution are pouring money into state...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting nuclear power's money grab   |   May 31, 2012
Date on which the Southern Co. filed a notice with federal securities regulators reporting that its project to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Ga. was...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The money behind North Carolina's marriage discrimination amendment   |   May 11, 2012
Date on which North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment declaring that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be...

 

WE DO Campaign takes next step in fight for N.C. marriage equality   |   May 10, 2012
Following North Carolina's vote this week for Amendment One declaring that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or...