Categories & Tags: barack obama

Can gay marriage win in the South?   |   March 28, 2013
When he was running for the Illinois state senate in 1998, Barack Obama said that he was "undecided" on the issue of gay marriage. But last year, now-President Obama...

 

Southern states would be hit uniquely hard by sequester's military budget cuts   |   February 26, 2013
In an effort to force a compromise with congressional Republicans over $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts due to kick in this week, the White House has released a...

 

Will Southern Democrats derail immigration reform?   |   February 21, 2013
Ever since President Obama announced his intention to fight -- again -- for broad-ranging immigration reform in his Feb. 13 State of the Union address, media coverage has been...

 

The changing face of Southern voters   |   November 29, 2012
One of the biggest stories coming out of the 2012 elections was the changing demographics of U.S. voters. The increasing racial diversity of the nation's electorate was key to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Jim Crow goes to the polls   |   November 9, 2012
Number of states where Republican lawmakers passed new voting restrictions in the run-up to this year's election that critics said would suppress the youth, African-American...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Keystone XL pipeline blockaders face arrests, lawsuits in Texas   |   October 22, 2012
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf If TransCanada has its way, almost 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil -- the world's dirtiest, most toxic, and most difficult-to-clean-up-...

 

Presidential debate: Top 10 questions that weren't asked   |   October 17, 2012
By New America Media As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in the second presidential debate last night, New America Media editors posed 10 questions that have largely gone...

 

NC isn't a swing state? Somebody tell the Big Money donors   |   September 11, 2012
Lately, North Carolina's status as a battleground state has been called into question. After President Obama's narrow victory in 2008 put it on the swing state map, a...

 

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...

 

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....

 

If voter ID law upheld, S.C. ill-prepared for fall election   |   July 31, 2012
By Corey Hutchins, Free Times South Carolinians are among those in a handful of states where thousands of potential voters might not be able to access the proper identification...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Leading blogger for conservative NC think tank resigns over offensive Obama image   |   March 22, 2012
Thursday morning, the president of the John Locke Foundation, John Hood, apologized on his Facebook page for a picture posted on the group's website that showed President...

 

Lessons from Florida: Big Money and the New Majority   |   February 1, 2012
With Florida now perhaps the most important swing state in the country -- 29 Electoral College votes, 11 percent of the magic 270 needed to win the presidency -- analysts are...

 

Immigration: Rhetoric vs. reality   |   January 10, 2012
Just as immigration is growing as a hot political topic in the South and country, the number of immigrants is in steep decline. A new study from Princeton's Mexican Migration...

 

Rick Perry vs. 'Rick Parry': A study in pushing campaign finance frontiers   |   October 11, 2011
By Marian Wang, ProPublica For months, comedian Stephen Colbert has been taking his satire to the field of campaign finance, highlighting how little-known groups can raise...

 

What have Obama's first 100 days meant for the South?   |   April 29, 2009
Everyone else is chiming in with their grade on President Obama's first 100 days in office, so we thought we'd join in, too. As we and others noted after Obama's election, his...

 

Southern Exposure: A New Day for the South?   |   January 1, 2009
In 2008, fully one-third of Electoral College votes for president coming from Southern states went to Democrat Barack Obama, who went on to become the nation's first African-...

 

New Obama policy chief led push to expand bi-lingual voting   |   December 1, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama has drawn considerable heat from critics on his political left like David Sirota for choices about who will lead his new administration. In contrast...

 

Election 2008: Obama makes big move in Florida   |   October 8, 2008
Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic today notes a crucial development in the presidential campaign: The Obama campaign's top two field generals have decamped to Florida, a sign...

 

While McCain and Obama chase the dream of "clean coal," carbon piles up in the atmosphere at a dangerous rate   |   September 26, 2008
The latest news on the climate front is alarming: According to an annual report released this week by the Australia-based Global Carbon Project, carbon emitted worldwide in 2007...