Categories & Tags: congress

Koch Industries tops list of water polluters spending big on politics   |   March 2, 2015
With corporate interests mobilizing to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore Clean Water Act safeguards to thousands of waterways across the nation, an...

 

South's unique immigration trends shape region's response to deportation relief   |   February 6, 2015
Debate over President Obama's executive action on immigration, which could bring up to 5.2 million immigrants out of the shadows, raged on this week in the courts and the...

 

Governors' Big Oil-assisted lobbying pays off in Obama's Atlantic drilling plan   |   January 28, 2015
The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf this week -- and for the first time it includes waters off...

 

Nationwide rallies planned as fight over Keystone XL reaches pinnacle   |   January 13, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams In response to key developments related to the Keystone XL pipeline in recent days, climate activists across the U.S. have scheduled local rallies...

 

New IRS rules on dark money likely won't be ready before 2016 election   |   January 6, 2015
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica The Internal Revenue Service says it won't come out with new proposed rules for so-called dark money groups until late spring at the earliest,...

 

EPA gives weak protections to communities threatened by toxic coal ash   |   December 22, 2014
This week marks six years since the dam of a coal ash holding pond collapsed at TVA's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, dumping a billion gallons of toxic waste into...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The complex political calculus of immigration reform by executive order   |   November 14, 2014
Number of undocumented immigrants who would be protected from the threat of deportation under an immigration overhaul President Obama reportedly plans to issue by executive order...

 

Republicans make big advances thanks to Citizens United   |   September 5, 2014
It's been more than four years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling that expanded the ability of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The government program that's equipping police like an occupying military force   |   August 15, 2014
Year in which Congress initially authorized the Defense Department to give excess arms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies for counter-drug activities, leading to the...

 

Handouts for corporate tax deserters   |   August 4, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest President Obama says "I don't care if it's legal -- it's wrong." Even Fortune magazine calls it "positively un-...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The refugee crisis unfolding on the U.S. border   |   July 18, 2014
Number of unaccompanied children who came to the United States in 2012: fewer than 20,000 Number in fiscal year 2014: about 60,000 Estimated number in fiscal year 2015: 80,000...

 

Coal ash polluting NC river was once Appalachian mountaintops   |   March 11, 2014
It's likely that some of the coal ash polluting North Carolina's Dan River following last month's spill from a waste pit at Duke Energy's power plant near Eden, N....

 

Voting rights advocates try to put oversight back on the map   |   March 5, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law....

 

Showdowns loom at Southern auto plants   |   February 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A group of workers, preachers and activists traveled from Mississippi to Detroit recently to proclaim what should be a core issue of 2014. "Labor...

 

Protests across North America aim to block 'NAFTA on steroids'   |   January 29, 2014
By Benjamin Gerritz, Labor Notes Workers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will unite in an Inter-Continental Day of Action Friday to stop a massive new trade agreement, the...

 

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...

 

NC NAACP threatens legal action to speed special congressional election   |   January 14, 2014
At a time Congress is expected to consider the fate of the Voting Rights Act following a Supreme Court decision gutting it, the residents of a heavily minority North Carolina...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The War on Poverty at 50   |   January 8, 2014
Date on which President Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty in the United States: 1/8/1964 Percent of Americans who were living in poverty at that time: 19 Percent living...

 

On North Carolina's high court, corruption worse than West Virginia?   |   October 18, 2013
It was a judicial corruption case shocking in its brazenness -- even for West Virginia, a state renowned for its history of corruption. In 2002, a West Virginia jury awarded $50...

 

What happened after Congress passed a climate change law? Very little   |   October 16, 2013
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising -- i.e., that climate change is happening....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: More pain for the poor in government shutdown   |   October 11, 2013
Date on which the U.S. federal government shut down because Congress did not enact regular appropriations or a continuing resolution for the 2014 fiscal year due to Republican...

 

Government shutdown delays Texas voter ID challenge   |   October 4, 2013
A legal challenge to Texas's voter ID law was placed on pause this afternoon at the Justice Department's request, meaning the fight to protect hundreds of thousands of...

 

Federal court orders EPA to get moving on coal ash rules   |   October 3, 2013
A federal judge has sided with environmental and public health advocacy groups and ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency needs to put regulations in place for the safe...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The strange politics of Southern hunger   |   September 26, 2013
Date on which the Republican-controlled U.S. House, led by majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), voted to make deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will dark money lift Gov. McCrory's sinking popularity?   |   September 20, 2013
Year in which allies of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) formed a private political nonprofit called the Foundation for North Carolina to promote his agenda: 2012 As a so-...