Categories & Tags: virginia

As anti-immigrant rhetoric rises, Asian Americans turn to the Democratic Party   |   May 26, 2016
Asian-American voters, who represent the fastest-growing part of the Southern electorate, have been unique in their lack of allegiance to either political party. Although they...

 

The legislative backlash against LGBT equality across the South   |   May 13, 2016
In announcing this week that the U.S. Department of Justice would sue North Carolina over its controversial new law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The backlash against expanded voting rights in Virginia   |   May 6, 2016
Date on which Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order to restore voting rights to people who've completed their felony prison, probation and parole sentences:...

 

The ongoing fight over seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas deposits   |   April 27, 2016
Though the Obama administration dropped the Atlantic Ocean from the upcoming five-year plan for offshore drilling earlier this year, plans for seismic testing to map undersea oil...

 

After years of rollbacks, democracy movement making gains in the states   |   April 22, 2016
More than 1,400 people were arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., over the past week as part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, a grassroots movement calling for...

 

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...

 

N.C.'s coal ash-poisoned wells: a harbinger for problems ahead in other states?   |   April 1, 2016
Hundreds of well owners who live near Duke Energy's coal ash dumps across North Carolina have been left confused and worried by the McCrory administration's waffling over...

 

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...

 

Florida activists show how to fight anti-immigrant legislation and win   |   March 17, 2016
Sharp divides have emerged recently between Southern state legislatures and cities over so-called "sanctuary" policies, which limit local police involvement in federal...

 

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...

 

Florida farmworkers call for Wendy's boycott over fair-food fight   |   March 4, 2016
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group that represents farmworkers in Florida and other Southern states, declared a national boycott of Wendy's this week over the...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: GOP racial gerrymandering throws NC's moved-up primary into chaos   |   February 12, 2016
Date on which a panel of federal judges threw out the congressional district maps North Carolina's Republican-led legislature approved in 2011, finding the 1st and 12th were...

 

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...

 

Losing its land to the Gulf, Louisiana tribe will resettle with disaster resilience competition award money   |   February 9, 2016
With its South Louisiana homeland sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has announced plans to resettle the...

 

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...