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'Banjo ad' player is back, hawking a different NC court candidate   |   October 29, 2014
In 2012, Judge Paul Newby got a big boost in his re-election campaign for the North Carolina Supreme Court thanks to the "banjo ad" -- a widely-aired TV spot featuring a...

 

Which Southern state is feeling the brunt of Big Money spending?   |   October 24, 2014
Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's bid to defend her seat against Republican challenger Thom Tillis is shaping up to be one of the most expensive U.S. Senate races in history: a...

 

What will it take to rein in Big Money?   |   October 17, 2014
On Oct. 16, 2014, Ellen Weintraub -- a member of the Federal Election Commission, an agency launched in 1975 after the Watergate scandal to watchdog campaign spending -- visited...

 

New book examines race and violence in America through the lens of Trayvon Martin's killing   |   October 1, 2014
With the nation still reeling from the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the ongoing protests the incident has sparked,...

 

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...

 

Waiting at the polls: Long lines and the right to vote   |   September 17, 2014
Every big election year, horror stories surface around the South and the rest of the country of voters having to wait for hours to cast their ballots. In 2008, reports came out of...

 

How can we curb Big Money's corrupting influence?   |   September 4, 2014
Election Day 2014 is more than eight weeks away, but one winner can already be declared: Big Money. According to the election spending watchdog website OpenSecrets.org, U.S. House...

 

Students step up efforts to protect youth vote   |   August 29, 2014
Across the South and country, young voters -- including students -- are a key voting bloc: In 2012, voters under the age of 30 cast 20 million votes [pdf], according to the U.S....

 

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...

 

After tumultuous reign, Art Pope steps down as NC budget chief   |   August 7, 2014
This week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced that his budget director, GOP mega-donor and businessman Art Pope, will resign his position effective Sept. 5. The...

 

Despite budget squeeze, NC lawmakers poised to step up anti-voter fraud spending   |   August 1, 2014
This week, North Carolina state lawmakers put forward a budget plan that calls for tens of millions of dollars in program cuts -- sacrifices that Republican leaders say are...

 

Outside groups pumped $2.6 million into North Carolina's primaries   |   July 17, 2014
Super PACs and other outside groups injected more than $2.6 million worth of TV ads and other spending targeting state races before North Carolina's May 6 primaries, according...

 

Who's watching state lawmakers?   |   July 10, 2014
It's no secret that, with the decline in newspapers and other traditional "legacy" media, the number of statehouse reporters -- those assigned to cover news in...

 

'It was the most important thing I ever did'   |   June 27, 2014
In a stuffy gym at Tougaloo College in northern Jackson, Mississippi, they lined up behind two microphones, hundreds of people waiting to tell a small piece of their life story....

 

Black voters and the future of Southern politics   |   June 20, 2014
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the massive organizing project that brought more than 1,000 volunteers to Mississippi and drew national attention to the...

 

What Southerners want from immigration reform   |   June 12, 2014
Immigration reform, already an uphill climb in Congress, likely suffered a setback with the defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor in Virginia's primary...

 

What does the Virginia Tea Party upset tell us about Big Money in politics?   |   June 11, 2014
Yesterday, in a primary election that startled pundits and the Washington establishment, Tea Party upstart David Brat -- an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in...

 

Art Pope, NC featured in national debate on campaign finance reform   |   June 6, 2014
This week in Washington, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary committee led a hearing about the corrupting influence of money in politics, including debate over a proposed...

 

Lessons from the South's unique history of immigration   |   May 23, 2014
The growth of new immigrant -- especially Asian and Latino -- communities, and their impact on our demographic landscape, is a big national story. But when it comes to immigration...

 

NC primary takeaway: 'You're going to see all records shattered' on spending this year   |   May 7, 2014
Institute for Southern Studies/Facing South Executive Director Chris Kromm appeared on the Democracy Now news show today to talk about yesterday's closely watched North...

 

Institute research on money in NC court race makes national headlines   |   May 6, 2014
A North Carolina Supreme Court race that has attracted more than $1 million worth of attack ads and other election spending -- all before the state's May 6 primary election...

 

5 players behind the Big Money attacks in NC Supreme Court elections   |   May 2, 2014
If you wanted to visit Justice for All NC, a conservative super PAC that has ignited controversy over a slew of controversial attack ads it's unleashed in one of North...

 

Following the money behind the anti-science madness in North Carolina's US Senate race   |   April 24, 2014
Institute for Southern Studies Executive Director Chris Kromm appeared on the MSNBC news show "All in With Chris Hayes" on Wednesday to discuss what Hayes described as...

 

NC joined controversial voter cross-check program as other states were leaving   |   April 14, 2014
On April 2, 2014, leaders of North Carolina's state election board announced they had participated in a national program to verify voters run by Kansas' controversial...

 

After initial hysteria, back-pedaling over NC voter fraud claims   |   April 11, 2014
Last week, top staff of the N.C. State Board of Elections made a presentation to legislators about the state of voter registration in North Carolina. Out of the board's 58-...