Categories & Tags: Alabama

Corruption, illegal and legal, seen as a big problem in Southern states   |   December 9, 2014
How do we measure corruption in government -- something that by its very nature involves secrecy? The most common approach involves using data from the U.S. Department of Justice...

 

Southern mayors work to implement new immigration policy as states sue to block it   |   December 8, 2014
Following President Obama's announcement of temporary relief from deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, 25 mayors from across the country -- including two...

 

Review: How the U.S. economy was built on slavery   |   December 2, 2014
By Timothy Sheard, Labor Notes H. Rap Brown, coordinator for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, infuriated many well-meaning but historically uneducated white citizens...

 

Midterm voter turnout drops in the South   |   November 6, 2014
During early voting this year, Southern battleground states like North Carolina and Georgia boasted unprecedented high rates of voter turnout. But preliminary numbers following...

 

Ballot proposals across the South: The good, the bad, and the ugly   |   November 5, 2014
Voters across the South didn't vote just for politicians this week: They also weighed in on state and local ballot propositions dealing with hot-button issues including the...

 

Republicans tighten grip in Southern state legislatures   |   November 5, 2014
While all eyes were on the shellacking of Democratic U.S. Senate candidates -- including 10 who lost in the South -- Republicans strengthened their hand in another key area on...

 

Blocking the youth vote in the South   |   October 29, 2014
(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece incorrectly stated that Elizabeth City State University had its early voting place removed from campus, and it failed to include East...

 

In Supreme Control: What do justices owe voters in exchange for taking their cash?   |   October 9, 2014
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch By all accounts, the 2014 North Carolina Supreme Court race, with four of seven seats up for grabs, is destined for the record books. Already...

 

3 issues to watch in the South on National Voter Registration Day   |   September 23, 2014
With Election Day 2014 seven weeks away, a network of more than 2,000 groups kicked off National Voter Registration Day this week. The national campaign comes with voter...

 

Moral Monday: 'Take it to the states'   |   August 22, 2014
In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. told those participating in the March on Washington that it was "the greatest demonstration...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The government program that's equipping police like an occupying military force   |   August 15, 2014
Year in which Congress initially authorized the Defense Department to give excess arms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies for counter-drug activities, leading to the...

 

Minority union at Volkswagen, for now   |   July 28, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes For Volkswagen workers organizing in Tennessee, it's been a roller coaster of a year. In the latest upbeat twist, the United Auto Workers...

 

In desegregation case, judge blasts school officials and Justice Department   |   July 15, 2014
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica A federal judge in Alabama has taken the rare step of ruling against a local school board in a desegregation case, rejecting the board's...

 

Southern waters imperiled by toxic pollution   |   June 23, 2014
As summer heats up, many people's thoughts turn to jumping in the closest river or stream to cool off -- but industrial pollution in the water could endanger their health....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Unions as a remedy for growing income inequality   |   June 20, 2014
Average CEO compensation in 2013, according to a study released this month: $15.2 million Percent by which CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, increased from 1978 to 2013: 937...

 

The high cost of government corruption to the South   |   June 13, 2014
How much does government corruption cost state taxpayers? That's the question two professors considered in a recent study that compares rates of corruption -- defined as the...

 

VOICES: Why this fast-food worker is going on strike   |   May 15, 2014
By Eddie Foreman My name's Eddie Foreman. I'm 40 years old, and I was born in Lee County, Alabama. I've been living in Opelika, Alabama since I was a child. I'm...

 

VOICES: The South says not one more deportation   |   May 1, 2014
By Mónica Hernández and Dani Moore Last month the Obama administration reached a shameful milestone -- the deportation of 2 million people. The Southeast is...

 

Meet the NC officials who promoted a far-right conspiracy theory to discredit environmental sustainability   |   April 16, 2014
The state of North Carolina has no shortage of serious environmental problems to worry about, from coal ash contaminating rivers, to massive sewage spills, to rising seas caused...

 

Are environmentalists pushing a risky alternative for coal ash disposal?   |   March 26, 2014
The recent failure of a pipe under a coal ash impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina sent millions of gallons of pollution into the Dan River and sparked...

 

Pro-union Nissan worker in Mississippi: The UAW-VW vote in Chattanooga only 'made us stronger'   |   March 3, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Chip Wells, 43, an 11-year veteran at the 5,200-employee Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., says the recent bad news coming out of the Volkswagen plant in...

 

VW workers not first Southern auto workers to face choice on union   |   February 12, 2014
By Lane Windham, special to Facing South All eyes are on Chattanooga, Tenn. as 1,500 Volkswagen workers file into voting booths this week to determine whether they will be...

 

States shift from voter suppression to voter expansion   |   February 10, 2014
Before the 2012 election, there were numerous efforts in the states to restrict voting. But now the pendulum appears to be swinging in the other direction, giving voting-rights...

 

Alabama oil train disaster met with official neglect   |   January 21, 2014
Shortly after midnight on Nov. 8, 2013, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale formation derailed and caught fire in western Alabama, spilling nearly 750,...

 

Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014   |   December 23, 2013
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blogged in The New Yorker recently that voting rights cases will be one of the top seven legal stories of 2014. "After the Supreme Court gutted...