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Stamp would honor George Henry White, NC congressman deposed by racist voting laws   |   July 17, 2015
The same day a federal trial began over North Carolina's restrictive and racially discriminatory new voting law, one of the state's congressmen introduced a bill to honor...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will Congress restore the Voting Rights Act?   |   July 16, 2015
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court in its Shelby County v. Holder ruling disabled Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required states with a history of voter...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Redistricting rulings renew hope for voting rights advocates   |   April 23, 2015
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a N.C. Supreme Court ruling upholding Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers, ordering the state...

 

'Profiting From Misery': Private prison corporations driving harsh immigration policies   |   April 17, 2015
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams   Private prison companies are spending millions of dollars to lobby the U.S. government for harsher immigration laws that, in turn...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight to restore the Voting Rights Act   |   March 20, 2015
Date on which the landmark Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress, a little over a week after a national television audience watched state troopers, sheriff's officers...

 

The lone Southern GOP cosponsor (so far) of the Voting Rights Act restoration bill   |   March 20, 2015
Fifty years ago this week, a Democrat and a Republican introduced the landmark Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Senate. The VRA, which offered protections against voting...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: From immigrant deportation relief to enforcement crackdown   |   March 13, 2015
Months that Congressional Republicans tried to repeal President Obama's executive action to provide deportation relief to millions of unauthorized immigrants by tying the...

 

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...