Categories & Tags: virginia

NC town called 'ground zero' in offshore drilling fight shows political cost of backing Big Oil over local jobs   |   January 21, 2016
Two years ago this month, more than 300 residents of Kure Beach, North Carolina (pop. 2,000), packed town hall to voice their anger with then-Mayor Dean Lambeth's decision to...

 

Southern state legislatures: More male, more religious, more racially diverse   |   January 14, 2016
The National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report last month that analyzed the diversity of state legislatures across...

 

Economic downsides of Atlantic oil and gas drilling detailed in new report   |   December 15, 2015
Proponents of oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic Coast often point to the economic claims in a 2013 report prepared by Quest Offshore Resources, a Texas-based firm whose...

 

Charles Koch gave $90 million to influence higher ed in the South   |   December 3, 2015
Last month, the provost of Western Carolina University in North Carolina asked the public school's chancellor to approve an academic center funded by the Charles Koch...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A historic victory for voting rights and racial justice in Kentucky   |   November 25, 2015
Date on which Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), in one of his last acts in office, signed an executive order to automatically restore voting rights to certain felons who've...

 

NC, VA governors press feds to move on Atlantic oil and gas exploration permits   |   November 10, 2015
The governors of North Carolina and Virginia want federal regulators to hurry up and approve seismic testing for oil and gas reserves along the Atlantic Coast — even though...

 

Big Oil's exaggerated claims in new pro-Atlantic drilling ads   |   November 5, 2015
The oil and gas industry has run into a roadblock in its drive to drill the Atlantic from Virginia to Georgia: staunch opposition in coastal communities that would be most...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Bringing the South's voter registration systems into the 21st century   |   September 25, 2015
Century in which many states' voter registration systems remained mired: 19th As a consequence of inefficiencies in systems reliant on paper forms and postal mail, portion of...

 

In Bible Belt, Sanders seeks common ground on morality and justice   |   September 15, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams Avowed democratic socialist and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday gave a rousing lesson in morality to thousands of students at the...

 

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...

 

300+ East Coast businesses send letter to Obama opposing Atlantic drilling   |   September 10, 2015
More than 300 businesses along the East Coast sent a letter to President Obama this week urging his administration to drop the Atlantic from the proposed plan for offshore oil and...

 

More than a flag: South Carolina dockers push racial justice forward   |   August 31, 2015
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes After nine African American churchgoers were shot to death in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, longshoreman Leonard Riley Jr. was buoyed by the...

 

The Katrina oil spill disaster: A harbinger for the Atlantic Coast?   |   August 28, 2015
When Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast 10 years ago, it set off a disaster of many parts — and one of those parts was an oil spill catastrophe. In fact, Katrina...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Atlantic drilling push meets opposition in coastal communities   |   August 14, 2015
Date of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout off the Louisiana coast, which killed 11 men, injured 17 others, released at least 160 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: The growing resistance to Atlantic oil and gas drilling   |   August 14, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The third in a three-part series. To read the first, "Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic drilling," click here. To read the...

 

Journey for Justice: Marching 860 miles for civil rights   |   August 7, 2015
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act, the NAACP has launched an 860-mile march to demand that the promise of the law be fulfilled....

 

Asia catching up to Latin America as top source of new Southern immigrants   |   July 24, 2015
In 2013, the U.S. experienced a big shift in immigration: For the first time in decades, China and India beat out Mexico as the top senders of immigrants to the U.S. That...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The torture of solitary confinement under growing scrutiny   |   June 17, 2015
Date on which a federal judge overturned Albert Woodfox's second murder conviction in the 1972 stabbing death of a prison guard during a riot and ordered the release of the 68...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Organizing against anti-transgender violence in the South   |   June 11, 2015
Portion of transgender people who are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives: 1 in 2 Percent of transgender youth who report being sexually assaulted in K-12...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Gov. McCrory goes to bat for Big Energy   |   May 28, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The second in a three-part series. To read the first, "Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic drilling," click here.) When Pat...

 

Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Embracing the benefits of online voter registration   |   May 20, 2015
Date on which Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill creating a statewide online voter registration system: 5/15/2015 Year by which the system is supposed be in place: 2017...

 

Why 'Ban the Box' matters   |   May 7, 2015
By Dan DiMaggio, Labor Notes Gadgets like Apple's just-released watch symbolize the future — but the company doesn't want to let workers move on from their pasts....

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...