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NC local elections find students fired up to fight rights rollbacks   |   October 10, 2013
If the local elections that took place across North Carolina this week are any indication, the Republican effort to roll back voting rights in the state and enact other regressive...

 

Meet the 92-year-old plaintiff challenging restrictive NC voting law   |   August 14, 2013
After North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) quietly signed into law one of the most restrictive voting bills in the nation, civil rights groups filed lawsuits challenging its...

 

Fresh scrutiny of Stand Your Ground laws after acquittal in Trayvon Martin killing   |   July 15, 2013
In the wake of last year's shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, attention turned to the American...

 

Meet the ALEC-connected lawmakers behind bill to kill NC renewable energy law   |   March 14, 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a controversial and powerful group that brings together state legislators and corporate representatives to promote conservative...

 

Stronger state protections needed to prevent voter intimidation   |   September 12, 2012
With Tea Party-affiliated groups planning a massive effort to challenge voters in targeted communities on and before Election Day, a new report from voting-rights watchdogs...

 

ALEC staggers but will it fall?   |   June 1, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Wal-Mart's decision to drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council is a milestone in the remarkable effort to drive...

 

Companies flee from backing right-wing advocacy group   |   April 12, 2012
At least five major companies and one foundation have severed support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC -- part of a growing national campaign that has linked...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Follow the fracking money   |   November 11, 2011
Amount natural gas interests have spent in the past decade to fight federal regulation of hydraulic "fracking," a method of tapping underground gas reserves by injecting...