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DRIVE TO DRILL: Gov. McCrory goes to bat for Big Energy   |   May 28, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The second in a three-part series. To read the first, "Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic drilling," click here.) When Pat...

 

Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

Mapping the risk of judicial corruption   |   May 21, 2015
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, upholding a Florida law that bans judges and judicial candidates from personally...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Embracing the benefits of online voter registration   |   May 20, 2015
Date on which Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill creating a statewide online voter registration system: 5/15/2015 Year by which the system is supposed be in place: 2017...

 

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...

 

Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with 'cynical' anti-solar campaign   |   April 7, 2015
A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Indicting the Medicaid expansion rejectionists   |   March 26, 2015
Date on which a "People's Grand Jury" in North Carolina handed down a symbolic indictment of Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders for rejecting additional...

 

Students declare nationwide boycott of Wendy's over farmworker concerns   |   March 23, 2015
This past weekend students from across the U.S. declared a nationwide boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain over its refusal to join the Fair Food Program created to help...

 

Concerns grow over voting rights for the South's language minorities   |   March 20, 2015
Amid concerns over the rollback of the Voting Rights Act and introduction of voter ID laws, election watchdogs worry about another critical voting rights issue: language barriers...

 

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...

 

When will Southern states become majority-minority?   |   March 6, 2015
Texas was the first state in the South with a majority-minority population, and for a decade now it has been the only one. But in 2025, another Southern state is expected to hit...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: High stakes for Southerners in Obamacare subsidy challenge   |   March 4, 2015
Number of Americans who could lose their health insurance if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of...

 

Meet the Southern tycoons helping fund the Koch brothers' political war chest   |   February 25, 2015
Conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch have created one of the most powerful political forces in the United States. The two brothers made their combined $86 billion at...

 

War between the states brewing over Atlantic drilling   |   February 20, 2015
Hundreds of people showed up this week at a hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina for a public hearing on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. Despite a winter storm that left much of...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States of inequality   |   January 30, 2015
Percent of U.S. states that have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades: 100 Of the 50 states, number where the wealthiest 1 percent captured at least half of...

 

Amid gas drilling boom, investigators warn of systemic pipeline safety hazards   |   January 30, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams A day after a pipeline exploded in West Virginia sending flames "hundreds of feet into the air," a new report by federal...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States are taxing the way to greater inequality   |   January 23, 2015
Adding together all state and local taxes that Americans pay, the nationwide average effective percentage rate for the poorest fifth of non-elderly individuals: 10.9 For the...

 

Offshore wind beats drilling for jobs and energy in the Southeast   |   January 21, 2015
Developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast would create twice as many jobs and produce twice as much energy as opening the area to oil and gas drilling -- and it would avoid...

 

Duke Energy's donations pay off in Florida governor's race   |   January 7, 2015
Duke Energy, the nation's largest utility company, has been a major funder of a national group that bought thousands of ads to help elect Republican governors in South...

 

Corruption, illegal and legal, seen as a big problem in Southern states   |   December 9, 2014
How do we measure corruption in government -- something that by its very nature involves secrecy? The most common approach involves using data from the U.S. Department of Justice...

 

Walmart workers plan biggest-ever Black Friday mobilization   |   November 26, 2014
Walmart workers and their supporters are preparing for their third and biggest-ever Black Friday mobilization, with strikes and protests planned at stores in cities nationwide and...

 

Southern immigrant rights advocates gear up to make the president's plan a reality   |   November 25, 2014
President Obama's executive order on immigration announced last Thursday will grant temporary relief from deportation to nearly 4.3 million undocumented immigrants in the...

 

Review: How wildcat strikes made public worker unions grow and thrive   |   November 13, 2014
By Robert Ovetz, Labor Notes Joe Burns' latest book examines the little-known wave of wildcat strikes that swept the U.S. (and the world) during the 1960s and '70s,...