Categories & Tags: southern politics

After anti-Confederate flurry, lasting change for Old South symbols?   |   July 3, 2015
Last week, Southerners and South-watchers looked on in amazement as the Confederate flag and other symbols of the region's embattled past were denounced and, in places like...

 

Charleston massacre draws attention to white supremacist backing of politicians   |   June 24, 2015
This week, The Guardian reported that the leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof's extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings...

 

Why NC's 'religious freedom' bill is worse than Indiana's   |   March 30, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) ignited a national firestorm last week after signing into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics argue provides a "license to...

 

50 years since LBJ's historic voting rights speech   |   March 19, 2015
Two weeks ago, tens of thousands of people came to Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery March. This week, on March 15, marks 50 years...

 

Tar Heel Power Brokers: Special interests spend big to get their way in Raleigh   |   February 11, 2015
By Alex Kotch and Brian Freskos The North Carolina General Assembly is back in Raleigh for the 2015 long session and preparing to tackle a host of issues, including tax rates,...

 

Tar Heel Power Broker Profiles   |   February 10, 2015
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks 102 influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a...

 

Tar Heel Power Brokers   |   February 10, 2015
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks 102 influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a...

 

4 maps that show why Democrats shouldn't dump the South   |   December 18, 2014
The Democratic Party's dismal showing in the 2014 elections caused progressives and the party faithful to look for answers, or at least for someone to blame. A handful of...

 

The Great Southern Gerrymander: 2014 edition   |   November 19, 2014
After the 2014 elections, one could be forgiven for wondering: Are there any Democrats left in Arkansas? In a once-tossup U.S. Senate race, Republican Tom Cotton coasted to...

 

2014 Elections Liveblog   |   November 4, 2014
Welcome! The Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies team will be blogging today about key issues and themes in the 2014 elections across the South. Visit during the day and...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: What do the numbers say about prisons in the South?   |   September 26, 2014
Total number of people in federal and state prisons in the U.S. at the end of 2013: 1.57 million Decline in federal prison population from 2012 to 2013: 1,900 Number of...

 

After tumultuous reign, Art Pope steps down as NC budget chief   |   August 7, 2014
This week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced that his budget director, GOP mega-donor and businessman Art Pope, will resign his position effective Sept. 5. The...

 

Who's watching state lawmakers?   |   July 10, 2014
It's no secret that, with the decline in newspapers and other traditional "legacy" media, the number of statehouse reporters -- those assigned to cover news in...

 

Black voters and the future of Southern politics   |   June 20, 2014
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the massive organizing project that brought more than 1,000 volunteers to Mississippi and drew national attention to the...

 

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba   |   February 28, 2014
He was known as "America's most revolutionary mayor." Chokwe Lumumba, who died this week at the age of 66, was elected to lead the city of Jackson, Miss. in 2013...

 

3 lessons from the VW union defeat in Tennessee   |   February 17, 2014
Forty-four votes. If 44 workers at Volkwagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. -- less than 3 percent of the plant's 1,560 hourly employees -- had voted "yes"...

 

Jumpstarting the vote in North Carolina   |   February 7, 2014
In North Carolina, it's called the "Monster Law" -- the 56-page bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last year that ushered in some...

 

Demographers: The South, and its political clout, will keep rising   |   January 22, 2014
In the 20-year span between 2010 and 2030, Harris County, Texas -- home of Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city -- will add more people to its population than the entire...

 

The end of the Solid South?   |   June 6, 2013
Is it possible for a state to grow both more conservative and more progressive at the same time? That, as I and my colleague Sue Sturgis at the Institute for Southern Studies...

 

Newcomers change face of Southern politics   |   May 23, 2013
It's no secret that the South is both growing and its demographics changing -- two trends that make this an exciting and volatile moment for the region's politics. As many...

 

Can gay marriage win in the South?   |   March 28, 2013
When he was running for the Illinois state senate in 1998, Barack Obama said that he was "undecided" on the issue of gay marriage. But last year, now-President Obama...

 

Will Southern Democrats derail immigration reform?   |   February 21, 2013
Ever since President Obama announced his intention to fight -- again -- for broad-ranging immigration reform in his Feb. 13 State of the Union address, media coverage has been...

 

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....

 

Congress waves green flag for NASCAR tax break   |   January 2, 2013
The fiscal cliff deal has been passed by Congress, and analysts are now digging into the minutiae of the bill's text to see what sweetheart deals may have slipped in....