Categories & Tags: southern politics

Despite voting confusion, Democrats see primary turnout bump in N.C.   |   March 18, 2016
In the South's two presidential primaries held on March 15 — Florida and North Carolina — a greater share of Democrats turned out to vote than in any other...

 

South flexes its political muscle in 2016 primaries   |   February 19, 2016
This weekend, Republicans in South Carolina — where front-runner Donald Trump enjoys a double-digit lead in the polls — will host their 2016 presidential primary, the...

 

Nikki Haley's troubled economic record in South Carolina   |   January 12, 2016
The Republican Party's decision to tap South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to offer the rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address this week is a sure sign that...

 

Edwards rides populist message to Louisiana governor's mansion   |   November 23, 2015
There was no single factor that led to Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards' Nov. 21 victory in Louisiana's governors race — called by The New York Times "one...

 

2015 ELECTIONS: Republicans strengthen hand in Southern races   |   November 4, 2015
The Republican surge in state-level races in the South continues. Last year, GOP lawmakers enjoyed a net gain of 65 seats in Southern state legislatures, with the Kentucky House...

 

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...

 

Julian Bond: The meaning of the movement   |   August 20, 2015
Civil rights veteran Julian Bond, who died on Aug. 15, 2015, was one of the founders of the Institute for Southern Studies, and the Institute maintained a close relationship with...

 

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...