redistricting

Young voters face a heavy 'time tax'   |   November 22, 2013
The legacy of former Republican Party precinct chair Don Yelton of North Carolina is that he laid bare the agenda behind laws that restrict voter access through photo ID...

 

On North Carolina's high court, corruption worse than West Virginia?   |   October 18, 2013
It was a judicial corruption case shocking in its brazenness -- even for West Virginia, a state renowned for its history of corruption. In 2002, a West Virginia jury awarded $50...

 

NC lawmakers earn record low grades on the environment   |   October 14, 2013
The North Carolina General Assembly drew national attention this year for its aggressive efforts to reverse progress on civil rights, tax fairness, and social safety net programs...

 

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: How Art Pope helped turn back the clock on voting rights in North Carolina   |   August 29, 2013
By Sue Sturgis, with research by Marion T. Johnson When Montravias King, a senior at North Carolina's historically black Elizabeth City State University, showed up at a...

 

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...

 

In denial about its racism, Texas fights preclearance under the Voting Rights Act   |   August 9, 2013
The now-neutralized "preclearance" provision of the Voting Rights Act that allowed the federal government to review proposed election changes in jurisdictions with...

 

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...

 

NC lawmakers embrace Koch-backed pledge against climate action   |   July 11, 2013
The political clout of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch of the Koch Industries oil and chemical conglomerate is hardly news, but a fresh investigation provides...

 

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...

 

The Voting Rights Act and the future of Southern politics   |   June 27, 2013
The Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key piece of the Voting Rights Act this week was met with frustration and outrage by civil rights and voting advocates across the...

 

Art Pope-funded group launches database targeting Moral Monday arrestees   |   June 19, 2013
The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh, N.C., has launched a database targeting people who've been arrested as part of the Moral Monday...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Justice at risk from big money politics   |   June 14, 2013
In the last 15 years, factor by which fundraising for state judicial races has increased nationwide: more than 2 Amount spent on state judicial campaigns from 1990 to 1999: $83.3...

 

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-...

 

VOICES: Reign of Error -- a sonnet concerning North Carolina   |   May 7, 2013
By Scott Huler The sea will rise -- how much we dare not guess; For guesses must with heaven not compete. On earth we move the boundaries, thus complete The transformation...

 

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,...

 

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....

 

How dark money helped Republicans hold the House and hurt voters   |   December 21, 2012
By Olga Pierce, Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The deepening partisan divide in U.S. politics   |   November 30, 2012
In the wake of the latest election, number of state legislatures that have two chambers dominated by two different parties: 3 Number of state legislatures that are either under...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Facing South director discusses region's changing demographics, politics on Democracy Now   |   September 6, 2012
Chris Kromm, executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies and publisher of Facing South, appeared on Democracy Now! from the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C....

 

Five ways courts say Texas discriminated against black and Latino voters   |   September 5, 2012
By Lois Beckett and Suevon Lee, ProPublica How does Texas discriminate against minority voters? Federal judges counted the ways. Last Tuesday, a panel of federal court judges...

 

VOICES: In North Carolina, exodus of women lawmakers is more than a coincidence   |   February 9, 2012
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch High turnover in the General Assembly is not unusual in a year after legislative districts are redrawn. Many lawmakers who realize they are...