Categories & Tags: chris kromm

Charleston massacre draws attention to white supremacist backing of politicians   |   June 24, 2015
This week, The Guardian reported that the leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof's extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings...

 

DENYING A DREAM: Charlotte voters snared in N.C. crackdown on alleged non-citizens   |   May 15, 2015
Jerome Roberts and his daughter Diana battled nearly unbelievable odds to become U.S. citizens. And one of the first things they wanted to do after becoming naturalized was to...

 

'Religious freedom' and the decline of Southern white evangelicals   |   April 10, 2015
Last month, Indiana sparked a national debate over so-called "religious freedom" bills, a controversy that soon flared up in other states across the South and country. A...

 

Why NC's 'religious freedom' bill is worse than Indiana's   |   March 30, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) ignited a national firestorm last week after signing into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics argue provides a "license to...

 

Dixie Justice: The roots and legacy of the South's incarceration boom   |   March 27, 2015
It's not news that the United States is the incarceration capital of the world: The 2.4 million people behind bars in the U.S. today is, as Matt Ford at The Atlantic noted,...

 

50 years since LBJ's historic voting rights speech   |   March 19, 2015
Two weeks ago, tens of thousands of people came to Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery March. This week, on March 15, marks 50 years...

 

Selma, behind the scenes   |   March 9, 2015
SELMA, Ala. -- TV cameras and celebrities descended on Selma over the past week for the 50th anniversary of the famous series of civil rights marches here. Most of the attention...

 

Selma and voting rights: Commemoration or legislation?   |   March 6, 2015
SELMA, Ala. -- This weekend, tens of thousands of people -- including nearly one-fifth of the U.S. Congress and President Obama -- are descending on Alabama to commemorate the...

 

What does Walmart's wage hike mean for workers?   |   February 20, 2015
With great fanfare, this week retail giant Walmart announced it would be boosting starting wages for its employees to $9 an hour beginning in April and again to $10 in February...

 

Can Republicans show they're against Big Money, too?   |   February 19, 2015
In 2014, Democrats made a big issue about Big Money in politics. With the billionaire Koch brothers bankrolling more than 40,000 ads -- mostly benefiting Republican candidates for...

 

Mixed picture for Southern unions   |   February 5, 2015
Last year, nearly 2.2 million workers in Southern states belonged to unions, and, despite a difficult climate for union organizing, five states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida,...

 

Less money, more problems: Tax codes handcuff states facing budget crises   |   January 23, 2015
In his feisty State of the Union address this week, President Obama unveiled a populist tax plan targeting the wealthy, including increased rates on capital gains, closing a...

 

From Selma to Citizens United: The contested struggle for one person, one vote   |   January 16, 2015
On Jan. 19, our country celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., half a century after his work -- chronicled in the recent Oscar-nominated movie "Selma" --...

 

4 maps that show why Democrats shouldn't dump the South   |   December 18, 2014
The Democratic Party's dismal showing in the 2014 elections caused progressives and the party faithful to look for answers, or at least for someone to blame. A handful of...

 

What will the new global trade deals mean for the South?   |   December 4, 2014
This week, President Obama renewed his push for two global economic accords, the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Asian countries and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

 

The Great Southern Gerrymander: 2014 edition   |   November 19, 2014
After the 2014 elections, one could be forgiven for wondering: Are there any Democrats left in Arkansas? In a once-tossup U.S. Senate race, Republican Tom Cotton coasted to...

 

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...

 

Outside spending reaches $7 million in N.C. state races   |   November 3, 2014
Nationally, super PACs and other outside political groups have grabbed national headlines for unleashing more than $780 million worth on TV ads and other spending for U.S. Senate...

 

Cost of N.C. Supreme Court races tops $5 million   |   October 31, 2014
Candidates running for the North Carolina Supreme Court have raised nearly $3.8 million for their campaigns this year, the first elections in more than a decade without the state...

 

'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...