Categories & Tags: north carolina

N.C. voting rights fight moves from the courtroom to the streets   |   February 5, 2016
As the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law wrapped up this week in Winston-Salem, the N.C. NAACP — the lead plaintiff suing the state over its...

 

Union membership creeps upward in the South   |   February 5, 2016
Over the last year, the share of U.S. workers belonging to unions held steady at 11.1 percent, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the new...

 

S.C. cleanup results show there's hope after coal ash contamination   |   February 4, 2016
An environmental cleanup project underway in South Carolina shows that moving coal ash from leaky, unlined pits located along waterways leads to immediate, dramatic improvements...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy challenged on secrecy surrounding controversial NC gas plant   |   January 29, 2016
Date on which Duke Energy filed documents with the North Carolina Utilities Commission seeking approval for a natural gas-fired plant to replace its coal plant near Asheville: 1/...

 

Miami leads the South in resisting a controversial immigrant detention program   |   January 26, 2016
As debate rages over local police involvement in federal immigration enforcement, new data reveals that Miami-Dade County in Florida leads the South in refusing to cooperate with...

 

NC town called 'ground zero' in offshore drilling fight shows political cost of backing Big Oil over local jobs   |   January 21, 2016
Two years ago this month, more than 300 residents of Kure Beach, North Carolina (pop. 2,000), packed town hall to voice their anger with then-Mayor Dean Lambeth's decision to...

 

VOICES: I quit the NC State Bar for serving power instead of the people   |   January 20, 2016
In January 2014, Lewis Pitts retired from Legal Aid of North Carolina and the practice of law after 40 years as a public-interest attorney. Pitts helped start the Christic...

 

NC elections board called out for confusing the public on voter ID   |   January 15, 2016
"You can vote with or without a North Carolina driver's license or other photo ID." That was the refrain that Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North...

 

Southern state legislatures: More male, more religious, more racially diverse   |   January 14, 2016
The National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report last month that analyzed the diversity of state legislatures across...

 

NC coal ash victims blast state for downgrading Duke Energy dumpsite risks   |   January 8, 2016
After tens of thousands of tons of coal ash and millions of gallons of contaminated water spilled into the Dan River from a waste impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North...

 

Immigrant advocates take action following deportation raids in the South   |   January 7, 2016
The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear.  News of the Department of Homeland Security...

 

VOICES: Why contingent faculty are organizing at Duke University   |   December 18, 2015
By MJ Sharp I've had the pleasure of teaching Duke undergraduates for just a few years now, but that has been long enough to see the disconnect between how the academy...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina sued over voter registration failings   |   December 16, 2015
Date on which an alliance of voting rights advocacy groups and individual voters sued North Carolina state government officials for noncompliance with federal voter registration...

 

Economic downsides of Atlantic oil and gas drilling detailed in new report   |   December 15, 2015
Proponents of oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic Coast often point to the economic claims in a 2013 report prepared by Quest Offshore Resources, a Texas-based firm whose...

 

How a Supreme Court case could disempower communities of color in the South   |   December 9, 2015
This week the Supreme Court heard arguments in a Texas redistricting case that has the potential to the change the balance of political representation in congressional and...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Mobilizing against voter suppression in North Carolina   |   December 4, 2015
Date on which the North Carolina NAACP, Democracy North Carolina and faith leaders held a press conference to announce the launch of a mass voter engagement campaign in advance of...

 

Ari Berman: The long assault on voting rights and fear of a changing South   |   November 30, 2015
In 2016, the U.S. will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 — and thousands of voters in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The big money behind the latest attacks on renewable energy   |   November 20, 2015
Date on which North Carolina state Rep. Mike Hager (R-Rutherford) told the audience at an event in Wilmington sponsored by Americans for Prosperity — a front group for the...

 

7 ways Southerners are fighting hate and fear after Paris terror attacks   |   November 20, 2015
Since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, many state and federal officials have called on the U.S. to close the doors to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. Governors of over 30...

 

ALEC's fingerprints on harsh new NC immigration law   |   November 10, 2015
A few years ago, as anti-immigrant sentiment roiled the country, Arizona enacted a draconian law, SB 1070, that expanded the role of local police in enforcing federal immigration...

 

NC, VA governors press feds to move on Atlantic oil and gas exploration permits   |   November 10, 2015
The governors of North Carolina and Virginia want federal regulators to hurry up and approve seismic testing for oil and gas reserves along the Atlantic Coast — even though...

 

Big Oil's exaggerated claims in new pro-Atlantic drilling ads   |   November 5, 2015
The oil and gas industry has run into a roadblock in its drive to drill the Atlantic from Virginia to Georgia: staunch opposition in coastal communities that would be most...

 

Duke Energy seeks $120K fine against nonprofit challenging its solar monopoly   |   November 2, 2015
Duke Energy, which last year reported a profit of almost $2 billion, is seeking a $120,000 fine against a nonprofit for trying to undermine the company's solar power sales...

 

Big money in judicial elections intensifies racial imbalance on the courts   |   October 30, 2015
Big money is flowing into state supreme court elections at unprecedented levels, and it's hurting the racial diversity of the bench. Two reports released this week —...

 

Tefere Gebre: How labor can win the South   |   October 30, 2015
Tefere Gebre is an evangelist for labor organizing in the South. When he was 14, Gebre fled war-torn Ethiopia, walking for weeks to a Sudanese refugee camp before arriving in Los...