Arkansas

Election 2014: Does climate change stand a chance against the oil boom?   |   March 10, 2014
By Greg Harman, The Daily Climate SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Work boots towered above Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as he moved down rows of shelving at Justin Boots'...

 

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...

 

Congressman's cocaine bust illuminates race and gender sentencing disparities   |   November 22, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines This week, freshman Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's unintended pregnancy problem drains public funds   |   November 20, 2013
Portion of U.S. births resulting from unintended pregnancies that were paid for by public insurance programs* in 2008: 2/3 Portion of U.S. births resulting from intended...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Forced fracking for North Carolina?   |   September 5, 2013
Date on which the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission will review regulatory recommendations from a study group that call for allowing what's known as "forced pooling...

 

The growing fight against voting restrictions in the South   |   August 23, 2013
This week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell -- a Republican who served under President George W. Bush -- called out North Carolina on its voter ID law while speaking at the...

 

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 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'...

 

Why is the White House aiding and abetting lawbreaking by coal plants?   |   July 25, 2013
A new report documents widespread lawbreaking among the nation's coal-power utilities that endangers public health  -- and it reveals an effort by the White House to let...

 

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...

 

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-...

 

A prolonged stay: The reason behind the slow pace of executions   |   May 28, 2013
By Raymond Bonner, special to ProPublica States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions. In...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Sequestering our mothers   |   May 10, 2013
Rank of low-income mothers, particularly women of color, among those expected to be hit hardest by automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester that took effect in March...

 

Ad campaign puts Arkansas oil spill images before Keystone XL decision makers   |   April 29, 2013
An ad campaign featuring images of Exxon Mobil's Arkansas oil spill disaster is targeting the federal regulators in charge of approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline...

 

The South, still ruled by 'the handful'   |   April 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Fannie Lou Hamer, a folk philosopher of the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta, knew what she was up against in a state and region where an...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Regressing further on taxes?   |   April 12, 2013
Of the world's 34 most developed nations, rank of the U.S. among the least taxed: 3 Percent of the U.S. gross domestic product represented by total tax revenue -- federal,...

 

Arkansas TV stations pull ad criticizing Exxon after legal threats   |   April 11, 2013
A satirical ad criticizing Exxon Mobil that was set to air this week on Arkansas TV stations was pulled at the last minute after the company threatened legal action. The Irving...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South under the gun   |   April 5, 2013
Percent by which the rate of gun violence in states with the weakest gun laws exceeds that of states with the strongest gun laws, according to a new report from the Center for...

 

Exxon Mobil hit with $1.7M pipeline safety fine days before Arkansas oil spill   |   April 1, 2013
Last Friday afternoon, residents of the central Arkansas community of Mayflower looked on in horror as thousands of barrels of crude oil bubbled up in their yards and poured down...

 

What's needed for labor success in the South: Some Holiness fire!   |   March 4, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South TOUGALOO, Miss. -- I'm a Catholic now, but I grew up in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. My grandfather was a Holiness preacher. I know about...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Turning back the clock to predatory payday loans   |   February 22, 2013
Date on which North Carolina Sen. Jerry Tillman (R) introduced a bill to re-open the state to "payday" lenders, companies that offer unsecured cash advances with...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How Southern states' weak gun laws jeopardize the nation   |   January 18, 2013
Number of gun-related murders that take place on the average day in the United States: 30 Of the 10 states with the highest gun death rates, number in the South: 41 Of the 10...

 

The recession takes a heavy toll on children -- and not just in the South   |   December 14, 2012
Before the current recession, Southern states accounted for two-thirds of those with child poverty rates over 20 percent. But today, states in the region account for less than...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The deepening partisan divide in U.S. politics   |   November 30, 2012
In the wake of the latest election, number of state legislatures that have two chambers dominated by two different parties: 3 Number of state legislatures that are either under...