Categories & Tags: congress

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-...

 

In effort to end prison rape, questions about a monitor's independence   |   August 30, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits...

 

Zombie voter fraud attack proved false, again   |   July 12, 2013
According to some state lawmakers, there is an alternate universe where zombies run amok, looking not to physically attack us but vote us out of existence through fraudulent...

 

NC redistricting decision a setback for voting rights   |   July 10, 2013
(Editor's note: Brentin Mock, a New Orleans-based reporter whose work has also appeared in Colorlines and The Nation, will be contributing to Facing South while publisher...

 

Dark money group spent on House race, then told IRS it didn't   |   July 1, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Shortly before Election Day last year, mailers went out to Texas voters featuring pictures of a Democratic congressional candidate and a rare...

 

Southern coal plants top list of worst carbon polluters targeted by Obama climate plan   |   June 26, 2013
Pointing out that "Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction," President Obama bypassed Congress and outlined a plan this week to use his...

 

Carrying water for an end to mountaintop removal   |   May 10, 2013
Residents of Appalachia brought over 100 gallons of polluted drinking water to the Washington, D.C. offices of the Environmental Protection Agency this week to call attention to...

 

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...