chris kromm

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-...

 

Smoking Gun: Tobacco giant reveals funding of NC dark money group backing McCrory   |   March 27, 2014
As a so-called "dark money" group, the Renew North Carolina Foundation -- a political nonprofit launched in 2012 to support the agenda of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory --...

 

Move to slash early voting defeated in Georgia   |   March 21, 2014
It's been a major conflict in the voting wars: Across the South and country, Republican-led states have moved to shrink the early voting period before Election Day. But this...

 

Rays of light shine on political dark money   |   March 13, 2014
In recent years, the amount of election money flowing through "dark money" groups -- those that don't have to disclose their donors -- has skyrocketed, helped by the...

 

Power and Justice: Duke Energy extends influence to NC courts   |   March 7, 2014
In the wake of Duke Energy's massive coal ash spill in early February, which caused 40,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of ash-contaminated water to flood into the...

 

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba   |   February 28, 2014
He was known as "America's most revolutionary mayor." Chokwe Lumumba, who died this week at the age of 66, was elected to lead the city of Jackson, Miss. in 2013...

 

How can labor organize the South?   |   February 21, 2014
The recent union vote at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee wasn't just a defeat -- albeit a very close one  -- for the United Auto Workers in their bid to organize the...

 

3 lessons from the VW union defeat in Tennessee   |   February 17, 2014
Forty-four votes. If 44 workers at Volkwagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. -- less than 3 percent of the plant's 1,560 hourly employees -- had voted "yes"...

 

Pope jumps into spending arms race for NC judges   |   February 14, 2014
First Art Pope helped change the rules about money's influence in electing judges to North Carolina courts. Now, the GOP mega-donor is mobilizing special-interest donors --...

 

Jumpstarting the vote in North Carolina   |   February 7, 2014
In North Carolina, it's called the "Monster Law" -- the 56-page bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last year that ushered in some...

 

The power of Southern song: How the South shaped Pete Seeger   |   January 31, 2014
Before he became a folk music legend, Pete Seeger wanted to be a journalist. It was this perspective as a reporter and storyteller that defined Seeger's approach to singing...

 

Demographers: The South, and its political clout, will keep rising   |   January 22, 2014
In the 20-year span between 2010 and 2030, Harris County, Texas -- home of Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city -- will add more people to its population than the entire...