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INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's execution lust puts it in rare and brutal company   |   March 28, 2014
Of the 206 countries around the world, number in which executions were known to have taken place in 2013: 22 Number of executions that took place worldwide last year: 778...

 

Election 2014: Does climate change stand a chance against the oil boom?   |   March 10, 2014
By Greg Harman, The Daily Climate SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Work boots towered above Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as he moved down rows of shelving at Justin Boots'...

 

Voting rights advocates try to put oversight back on the map   |   March 5, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law....

 

Fossil fuel co. CEO: Fracking now, fracking tomorrow...   |   February 25, 2014
By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams Despite reports of a "shale bubble" as well as climate, public health and water consumption concerns associated with fracking, Ryan...

 

Communities resist as tar sands flow through KXL South   |   January 23, 2014
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams Tar sands oil began flowing through the the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday as operations commenced delivering the "the...

 

More evidence undermines industry claims of fracking safety   |   January 6, 2014
The frequently asked questions page of the oil and gas industry's website promoting fracking poses the query, "Is the groundwater safe?" This is the industry's...

 

Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014   |   December 23, 2013
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blogged in The New Yorker recently that voting rights cases will be one of the top seven legal stories of 2014. "After the Supreme Court gutted...

 

True the Vote denied entry into Texas voter ID trial   |   December 18, 2013
Months before the conservative vote-monitoring group Judicial Watch filed to intervene in the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against North Carolina's restrictive new...

 

Southern states stand to lose out on billions of dollars by blocking Medicaid expansion   |   December 10, 2013
The 20 states refusing to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will forgo billions of dollars in federal funds -- but their...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will Trayvon Martin killing bankrupt ALEC?   |   December 6, 2013
Number of companies that quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after the 2011 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, whose assailant defended himself under...

 

Congressman's cocaine bust illuminates race and gender sentencing disparities   |   November 22, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines This week, freshman Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's unintended pregnancy problem drains public funds   |   November 20, 2013
Portion of U.S. births resulting from unintended pregnancies that were paid for by public insurance programs* in 2008: 2/3 Portion of U.S. births resulting from intended...

 

The war on women voting in North Carolina   |   November 8, 2013
It is well-documented that the heaviest burdens under strict photo voter ID laws fall on African Americans, Latino Americans and those of low income. Large numbers of people in...

 

The overlooked fight against voter ID in Tennessee   |   November 1, 2013
Often overlooked in discussions around state voter ID law battles is Tennessee. North Carolina and Texas currently warrant attention given the lawsuits that have been filed there...

 

The Affordable Care Act's most important date: not what you think   |   October 30, 2013
By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Many people have asked when we’ll know if the Affordable Care Act is a success or failure. Was it Oct. 1, the date of the federal health...

 

Government shutdown delays Texas voter ID challenge   |   October 4, 2013
A legal challenge to Texas's voter ID law was placed on pause this afternoon at the Justice Department's request, meaning the fight to protect hundreds of thousands of...

 

Employee or independent contractor? Employer fraud costs workers   |   October 2, 2013
By Chris Wagner, Labor Notes Misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a serious problem in the Texas construction industry -- so serious that my local decided...

 

Corporate sponsorship of Rick Perry's partisan job piracy   |   September 20, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest "If you want to live free -- free from overtaxation, free from overlitigation, free from overregulation … move to Texas."...

 

Lawsuits pile up over Texas voter ID law   |   September 19, 2013
This week the NAACP Texas State Conference and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of Texas state lawmakers filed a legal challenge to the state's photo voter ID law....

 

Homicides soar in states with 'Stand Your Ground' laws   |   September 16, 2013
Many of the 22 states that have enacted "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws -- like the one at the center of the controversy over last year's shooting death of...

 

To dodge law, high-cost lender offers cash for free   |   September 5, 2013
By Paul Kiel, ProPublica Alarmed by the explosion of high-cost lending in the state, cities across Texas have passed ordinances to prevent the cycle of debt that short-term, high-...

 

Under siege by tar sands, Gulf Coast 'draws the line'   |   September 4, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf The first time I saw a picture pertaining to tar sands extraction was on Marty Cobenais' computer. We were both attending an event in...

 

In effort to end prison rape, questions about a monitor's independence   |   August 30, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits...

 

Defending the voting rights of black students in Texas and North Carolina   |   August 28, 2013
With events underway to commemorate a historic march for voting rights, legal battles are unfolding in Texas and North Carolina to defend students' right to vote and run for...

 

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...