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NC backslides on voting rights by disqualifying 'right church, wrong pew' ballots   |   December 20, 2013
Among the many controversial elements of North Carolina’s new Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), which requires a photo ID to vote, is the disqualification of...

 

The overlooked fight against voter ID in Tennessee   |   November 1, 2013
Often overlooked in discussions around state voter ID law battles is Tennessee. North Carolina and Texas currently warrant attention given the lawsuits that have been filed there...

 

Don Yelton not so out of step with GOP on NC voter ID law   |   October 25, 2013
By now you probably have heard about the reckless, racially insensitive comments Republican Party precinct chair Don Yelton of Buncombe County, N.C. made this week on The Daily...

 

What the feds' voting rights lawsuit could mean for North Carolina   |   October 1, 2013
Yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder formally announced his plans to sue the the state of North Carolina for passing what many civil rights advocates have called the worst...

 

DOJ reportedly will sue NC over voter ID law   |   September 30, 2013
It sounds like U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will answer Sen. Kay Hagan's call to protect voting rights in North Carolina. Late last night word leaked to the Associated...

 

Private prisons lock in profits with lockup quotas   |   September 20, 2013
As state governments seek to reduce their reliance on costly incarceration to meet criminal justice goals, the private prison companies that contract with them are trying to lock...

 

The growing fight against voting restrictions in the South   |   August 23, 2013
This week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell -- a Republican who served under President George W. Bush -- called out North Carolina on its voter ID law while speaking at the...

 

Five reasons for optimism on the Voting Rights Act's 48th anniversary   |   August 6, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines Today marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, after months of civil rights...

 

NAACP appealing North Carolina redistricting ruling   |   July 30, 2013
After a three-judge panel in North Carolina upheld a Republican-drawn redistricting plan earlier this month that civil rights groups call an illegal gerrymander, the NAACP has...

 

DOJ to sue Texas under Voting Rights Act 'bail-in' provision   |   July 26, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act's Section Five, Texas could still face "preclearance...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina turns back the clock on voting rights   |   July 26, 2013
Date on which North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature gave final approval to House Bill 589, a broad package of election changes that critics called a "full-...

 

Restrictive NC voting bill sparks sit-in, talk of legal action by Justice Department   |   July 25, 2013
Conservatives in North Carolina said back in March that they would “slow-walk” a carefully considered voter ID bill through the legislative process to make sure it...

 

How Zimmerman's colorblind trial helps the Justice Dept.'s case   |   July 18, 2013
(This story originally appeared at Colorlines.) Veteran civil rights attorneys and advocates are convinced that enough evidence of wrongdoing remains from the George Zimmerman...

 

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...

 

Nullification: How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws   |   May 6, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica In mid-April, Kansas passed a law asserting that federal gun regulations do not apply to guns made and owned in Kansas. Under the law, Kansans could...

 

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...

 

Transocean settlement deal a boost for Gulf restoration efforts   |   January 4, 2013
The Swiss corporation that owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that BP was leasing when its Macondo well blew up off the Louisiana coast in April 2010 has pleaded guilty to...

 

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...

 

Everything you've ever wanted to know about voter ID laws   |   July 24, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica Voter IDs laws have become a political flashpoint in what's gearing up to be another close election year. Supporters say the laws -- which 30 states...

 

Feds file first criminal charges related to BP Gulf spill   |   April 25, 2012
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica Two years after oil from a BP well began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges alleging that...

 

Audit finds BP disaster fund underpaid $64M for losses   |   April 20, 2012
Following BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the company set up a $20 billion fund to compensate Gulf Coast residents and businesses for their losses -- but local leaders...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Feds block South Carolina's attack on voting rights   |   January 20, 2012
Date on which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a South Carolina rally protesting the state's law requiring residents to show a driver's license, passport or...

 

Top 5 of 2011 - #5: The New War on Voting   |   December 21, 2011
It was one of the biggest disconnects in politics this year: After campaigning for months on the need for jobs and boosting the economy, lawmakers across the South and country...

 

DOJ steps up voting rights scrutiny amidst activist groundswell   |   December 13, 2011
The war over voting, already roiling in state legislatures and Washington, is about to escalate. This week, the Obama administration is stepping up opposition to new voting laws...