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Mapping the risk of judicial corruption   |   May 21, 2015
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, upholding a Florida law that bans judges and judicial candidates from personally...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Redistricting rulings renew hope for voting rights advocates   |   April 23, 2015
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a N.C. Supreme Court ruling upholding Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers, ordering the state...

 

Rapid rise in super PACs dominated by single donors   |   April 20, 2015
By Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Jonathan Stray, special to ProPublica (This story was co-published with the Daily Beast.) The wealthiest Americans can fly on their own jets,...

 

The power of the ballot box   |   April 7, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight to restore the Voting Rights Act   |   March 20, 2015
Date on which the landmark Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress, a little over a week after a national television audience watched state troopers, sheriff's officers...

 

The lone Southern GOP cosponsor (so far) of the Voting Rights Act restoration bill   |   March 20, 2015
Fifty years ago this week, a Democrat and a Republican introduced the landmark Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Senate. The VRA, which offered protections against voting...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: High stakes for Southerners in Obamacare subsidy challenge   |   March 4, 2015
Number of Americans who could lose their health insurance if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of...

 

Supreme Court's latest race case: housing discrimination   |   January 22, 2015
By Nicole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica This week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up one of the most important civil rights cases of the last decade. If you've never heard of Texas...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The dark-money monster unleashed by Citizens United   |   January 16, 2015
Factor by which election spending by outside groups -- those officially unaffiliated with candidates' campaigns or parties -- has increased since the U.S. Supreme Court's...

 

Blocking the youth vote in the South   |   October 29, 2014
(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece incorrectly stated that Elizabeth City State University had its early voting place removed from campus, and it failed to include East...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Texas voter ID law heads to the Supreme Court   |   October 17, 2014
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act last year that Texas began enforcing one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws: 2...

 

After Supreme Court setback, NC advocates press on to protect voting rights   |   October 9, 2014
With voting in North Carolina set to begin on Oct. 23, the U.S. Supreme Court this week decided to reverse a federal appeals court ruling and implement the state's restrictive...

 

Voting rights advocates win key battle in ongoing war over North Carolina election restrictions   |   October 3, 2014
Voting rights advocates are celebrating a partial victory in North Carolina this week after a federal appeals court issued a preliminary injunction blocking two provisions of the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: After Senate setback, movement to limit money in politics marches on   |   September 12, 2014
Date on which the U.S. Senate took a procedural vote on the Democracy for All constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and limit...

 

Republicans make big advances thanks to Citizens United   |   September 5, 2014
It's been more than four years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling that expanded the ability of...

 

How can we curb Big Money's corrupting influence?   |   September 4, 2014
Election Day 2014 is more than eight weeks away, but one winner can already be declared: Big Money. According to the election spending watchdog website OpenSecrets.org, U.S. House...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: As diversity in schools increases, so does segregation   |   August 29, 2014
Year that public schools in the United States are projected to become majority minority: 2014 Year that public schools in the South* became majority minority: 2008 Percent...

 

South still least segregated for black students, but progress stuck in 1967   |   May 16, 2014
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing school segregation. To mark the occasion, a civil rights...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Supreme Court win for the plutocrats sparks protests   |   April 4, 2014
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down campaign contribution limits capping the amount an individual can give to federal candidates and parties in a two-year election...

 

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....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Four years after Citizens United, the movement for reform is growing   |   January 24, 2014
Number of years ago this week the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Citizens United ruling allowing corporations, associations and unions to spend unlimited amounts in elections as...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Courts weigh polluter challenges to cleaner air   |   December 13, 2013
Number of cases U.S. courts heard this week challenging Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting health-damaging air pollution from power plants: 2 Number of the nation...

 

Everything that's happened since Supreme Court ruled on Voting Rights Act   |   November 5, 2013
By Kara Brandeisky and Mike Tiga, ProPublica Last year, we wrote extensively about photo ID laws and the Supreme Court's decision to strike a key section of the Voting Rights...

 

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...