Categories & Tags: 2012 elections

Tennessee reveals shortfalls in efforts to remove barriers created by voter ID laws   |   March 15, 2013
As Republican lawmakers have pushed through voter ID bills across the South and country, one of the strongest objections has come from voting rights groups that argue many people...

 

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 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

2012 Early Vote: Dems ahead in Southern swing states, but not at 2008 pace   |   November 6, 2012
Heading into Election Day, more than 7.6 million voters in the three Southern swing states -- Florida, North Carolina and Virginia -- had already voted, taking advantage of early...

 

Why long lines are a voting rights issue   |   November 5, 2012
In 2008, when reports surfaced of voters waiting in line for two, three, and, in one remarkable case in Georgia, 12 hours to vote, at Facing South we wrote about why this is a...

 

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...

 

Could Florida's new voting laws really change the election?   |   November 2, 2012
Florida is the purest of swing states: According to poll-watching websites like FiveThirtyEight, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are deadlocked, separated by a...

 

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...

 

Want to be an election watchdog? (updated)   |   October 3, 2012
Calling all bloggers, reporters and other media types: Do you want to write or report on the 2012 elections? Do you want to learn more about key election issues like voting rights...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Will Latino voters fully flex their voting power in 2012?   |   August 10, 2012
This election season, there are two dominant stories about the much-discussed "Latino vote." One, that President Obama enjoys a strong advantage among Hispanic voters....

 

FollowNCMoney.org launches to track flood of outside election money in NC (UPDATED)   |   July 26, 2012
(NOTE: We want to emphasize that FollowNCMoney.org has been released as a beta version only, in part because of gaps and inconsistencies in the data it draws on. Please let us...

 

Locking Up the Vote: 4 million Southerners disenfranchised by voting restrictions   |   July 17, 2012
Over the last year, the spread of voter photo ID laws and other new voting restrictions have earned widsepread attention from election watchdogs and the media. But one important...

 

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...

 

Tennessee program to provide photo IDs missing most voters who need it   |   July 12, 2012
In 2011, as part of a nationwide push for new restrictions on voting, Tennessee enacted one of the most stringent voter photo ID requirements in the country. In response to...

 

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...

 

Advocates draw voting wars to a stalemate in key Southern states   |   July 5, 2012
The war over who gets to vote, and how -- an ever-brewing battle, escalated in recent years -- continues to rage across the South. But after a year of looking like a win for those...

 

Art Pope-backed political group gears up for 2012 elections   |   June 22, 2012
Real Jobs NC, the political group launched in 2010 and backed by donor Art Pope to help win the North Carolina legislature for Republicans, is stirring into action again. Federal...

 

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...

 

How will Obama's immigration decision play in the South?   |   June 19, 2012
President Obama's decision last Friday to halt the deportation of some 800,000 undocumented people who came to the U.S. as children has sent shockwaves not only through...

 

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,...