Categories & Tags: congress

More questions in NC redistricting case   |   May 9, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch After two full days of hearings in February, and a request in early April for additional argument from counsel regarding evidence, the three-...

 

UN human rights group calls for investigation of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia   |   May 2, 2013
After visiting West Virginia communities affected by mountaintop removal coal mining, the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights is calling for an investigation...

 

What went wrong in West, Texas - and where were the regulators?   |   April 26, 2013
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica A week after a blast at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 15 people and hurt more than 200, authorities still don't know exactly why the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Three years into the BP disaster   |   April 19, 2013
In the three years since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and spilled 200 million gallons of oil, number of bills enacted by...

 

VOICES: Competing federal budget plans offer a stark choice   |   March 22, 2013
By Allan Freyer, NC Policy Watch In the latest development in our nation's interminable federal budget wars, the U.S. House and Senate are advancing very different plans for...

 

Postal unions agitate to keep delivering the mail on time and on Saturday   |   March 13, 2013
By Jamie Partridge, Labor Notes The National Association of Letter Carriers is calling for a national day of action March 24 to save six-day delivery. Hundreds of actions, in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Follow the drone money   |   March 8, 2013
Date on which U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched a talking filibuster protesting John Brennan's appointment as CIA director, and raising concerns about the Obama...

 

Big corporations put up seed funding for Republican dark money group   |   February 18, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Some of the nation's biggest corporations donated more than a million dollars to launch a Republican nonprofit that went on to play a key role in...

 

The South and "the Great Gerrymander of 2012"   |   February 8, 2013
In a recent New York Times analysis, Sam Wang looked at an issue which has been grabbing headlines -- at least on political blogs -- since the 2012 elections: how Democrats,...

 

Congressman introduces bill to prod administration on fair housing enforcement   |   January 18, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica As the nation prepares to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Monday, Congressman Al Green, a Texas Democrat, has...

 

Map Mischief: How gerrymandering has undercut Southern Democrats in Congress   |   January 17, 2013
In North Carolina, more than half (51 percent) of the state voted in 2012 for a Democrat to represent them in Congress. But this month, less than a third (31 percent) of the U.S....

 

VOICES: TVA board nominees confirmed, but what about the sustainable energy expert?   |   January 10, 2013
By Jimmy Green, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy On the morning of January 1, 2013, the Senate passed the controversial fiscal cliff bill and sent it to the House of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: For the 1 percent, a fiscal gift from Congress   |   January 4, 2013
Amount by which the annual tax bill of the richest 1 percent of Americans would have increased under President Obama's original proposal to resolve the so-called "fiscal...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The big money behind Big Gun   |   December 21, 2012
Amount the National Rifle Association, the leading U.S. gun-rights lobbying group, spent on the 2012 election: $18.6 million Factor by which that exceeded spending by the leading...

 

Four years after Tennessee tragedy, politicians are blocking federal oversight of coal ash   |   December 21, 2012
This Saturday, Dec. 22 marks four years since a massive coal ash impoundment collapsed at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, sending...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Is the South's energy future blowing in the offshore wind?   |   December 14, 2012
Date on which the U.S. Interior Department announced it would open areas off the North Carolina coast for building commercial wind farms: 12/12/12 Number of square miles the...

 

The other crucial civil rights case the Supreme Court will be ruling on   |   December 11, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear two cases challenging state and federal laws which prevent the legal union between same-sex couples...

 

What the election means for immigration   |   November 16, 2012
By Chris Liu-Beers, NC Policy Watch Thankfully the election is over and the American people can look forward to their leaders governing for a season before returning to full-scale...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will the Supreme Court gut the Voting Rights Act?   |   November 15, 2012
Number of days after the 2012 election that the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear Shelby County, Ala.'s challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law that aims to...

 

Living apart: How the government betrayed a landmark civil rights law   |   October 29, 2012
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica A few months after Congress passed a landmark law directing the federal government to dismantle segregation in the nation's housing,...

 

North Carolina sticks out on national stage -- for suspicions of gerrymandering   |   October 25, 2012
By Sarah Ovaska, NC Policy Watch This post, up over at Governing magazine, takes a look at a recent study by a geospatial software firm that found that North Carolina has some of...

 

Lawmakers demand answers from BP over ongoing Gulf oil sheen   |   October 17, 2012
The two leading congressional investigators into the 2010 BP oil disaster are pressing the company to turn over all information related to the ongoing oil sheen in the Gulf of...

 

Scientists find high levels of coal ash contamination in North Carolina rivers and lakes   |   October 15, 2012
Just days after environmental groups filed a complaint with North Carolina regulators to force electric utilities to clean up coal ash contamination of groundwater found across...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina's racially-charged redistricting plans come under fire   |   October 12, 2012
Date on which plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging legislative and congressional redistricting in North Carolina filed a motion asking the court to rule that district maps created...

 

VOICES: New constitutional amendment needed to protect the right to vote?   |   October 11, 2012
By Khalil Abdullah, New America Media The struggle over state-sponsored legislation limiting or redefining how and when citizens can vote has generated contentious debate. Judith...