Categories & Tags: texas

INSTITUTE INDEX: The high public cost of low-wage manufacturing jobs   |   May 19, 2016
Though U.S. manufacturing jobs once paid significantly more than the national average, percent less than the median wage the average manufacturing production worker made by 2013:...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How drilling tax breaks worsened Louisiana's budget crisis   |   April 29, 2016
Rank of oil-producing U.S. states among those under the greatest fiscal pressure because of plummeting oil prices, according to a new report from Standard & Poor's: 1...

 

Southern states blocking deportation relief are home to a million potential beneficiaries   |   April 21, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case challenging President Obama's efforts to provide deportation relief to undocumented immigrants.  Texas is the...

 

Supreme Court affirms 'one person, one vote' in Texas case but leaves opening for states to change that   |   April 6, 2016
This week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Texas in a voting rights case with major implications for legislative representation and the balance of political power in Southern...

 

Growing Southern cities are increasingly targets of state pre-emption   |   April 1, 2016
On March 23, North Carolina lawmakers approved a controversial new law rolling back local LGBT protections and sparking outrage across the state and country. HB2, which passed a...

 

Moral Monday leader launches 15-state tour calling for more love in politics   |   March 31, 2016
In an election year that has seen violence at presidential rallies and targeting of vulnerable minority groups by state officials running for re-election, faith and civil rights...

 

Offshore drilling fight shifts from the Atlantic to the Gulf   |   March 25, 2016
Hundreds of protesters stormed inside the Superdome in New Orleans this week to disrupt a federal auction for Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. They waved signs, carried banners...

 

2016 Elections: GOP turnout soars, Democratic turnout plummets in Southern primaries   |   March 4, 2016
As expected, the South has provided a major boost to Democrat Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. Clinton has swept all seven of the Southern states that have held...

 

Young Latino voters a growing force in Southern 'Super Tuesday' states   |   March 1, 2016
As Southerners go to the polls this week to cast their ballots for this year's presidential nominees, an important voter demographic is emerging in these "Super Tuesday...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Expanding access to good jobs after jail   |   February 26, 2016
Number of U.S. adults who have a serious misdemeanor or felony arrest or conviction record: 70 million Number of people released from state and federal prisons each year: 630,000...

 

Honoring voting rights heroes, blocking voting rights restoration   |   February 25, 2016
Republican congressional leaders joined with their Democratic colleagues this week in a rare show of bipartisan unity to present the Congressional Gold Medal — the nation...

 

ISS REPORT: Young Latino voters rising in the South   |   February 19, 2016
As Southern states prepare for a string of 2016 presidential primaries, a new Institute for Southern Studies report finds that young Latino voters are a growing demographic in the...

 

The Future of Young Latino Voters in the South   |   February 12, 2016
In a new report called "The Future of Young Latino Voters in the South," the Institute for Southern Studies finds that Southern states are on track to see signficant...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Gulf South communities on climate change front lines represented at Paris talks   |   December 4, 2015
More than 150 world leaders gathered this week near the French capital to negotiate a legally binding agreement to curb pollution associated with climate change, with the goal 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...

 

Supreme Court to hear 'most important abortion rights case in 25 years'   |   November 17, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams Setting the stage for what a leading women's health advocate said will be "the most important abortion rights case in almost 25 years,...

 

Efforts to build trust between immigrants, police under political attack in the South   |   October 29, 2015
Anti-immigrant sentiment has flared nationally as presidential campaigns have put immigration issues front and center. The latest focus of this backlash has been against policies...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: U.S. Senate politics and the deepening judicial crisis   |   October 21, 2015
Since the U.S. Senate came under Republican control earlier this year, number of federal judges it has confirmed as it carries out a strategy of delaying judicial appointments for...

 

How the South could 'un-choose' mass incarceration   |   October 9, 2015
Mass incarceration, an issue that has long plagued the U.S., has been in the news recently, with President Obama and Republican and Democratic presidential candidates alike...

 

Race, local politics and a teenage clockmaker's arrest in Texas   |   September 25, 2015
Last week, Irving, Texas high school freshman Ahmed Mohamed brought a clock he had made to school to show his engineering teacher. School administrators raised concerns that it...

 

South's presidential mega-donors, many with oil ties, give exclusively to GOP candidates   |   September 21, 2015
This year has seen an onslaught of donations to super PACs, outside political organizations that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions but...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Who's behind the latest assault on the Southeast's lone renewable energy standard?   |   September 11, 2015
Date on which the American Energy Alliance (AEA) sponsored a roundtable discussion at the North Carolina legislature to push for a freeze of the state's renewable energy...