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Opposition mounts to seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas reserves   |   April 18, 2014
This Sunday, April 20 marks four years since BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster began unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and setting off an 87-day gusher that...

 

Who's driving North Carolina's latest voter fraud hysteria?   |   April 4, 2014
This week, officials at the North Carolina State Board of Elections announced they had discovered possible evidence of widespread voter fraud in the battleground state. By cross-...

 

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'...

 

States shift from voter suppression to voter expansion   |   February 10, 2014
Before the 2012 election, there were numerous efforts in the states to restrict voting. But now the pendulum appears to be swinging in the other direction, giving voting-rights...

 

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...

 

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...

 

NC Election Day drug bust violated policing best practices   |   December 5, 2013
A month after 100 police, sheriff's deputies and special agents swooped in on the small North Carolina town of Mount Gilead the morning of Election Day and made dozens of drug...

 

Young voters face a heavy 'time tax'   |   November 22, 2013
The legacy of former Republican Party precinct chair Don Yelton of North Carolina is that he laid bare the agenda behind laws that restrict voter access through photo ID...

 

Youth help turn back the tea party in Virginia gubernatorial race   |   November 6, 2013
The nation looked to Virginia this week for clues about its political future as voters turned out to elect a new governor in an important presidential swing state undergoing big...

 

Voter purging in Florida and Virginia leads to lawsuits   |   October 10, 2013
We're a little under a month away from Election Day, which for some means time to prepare for early voting. For others, it means time to start purging names from voter rolls...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The strange politics of Southern hunger   |   September 26, 2013
Date on which the Republican-controlled U.S. House, led by majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), voted to make deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more...

 

Private prisons lock in profits with lockup quotas   |   September 20, 2013
As state governments seek to reduce their reliance on costly incarceration to meet criminal justice goals, the private prison companies that contract with them are trying to lock...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Forced fracking for North Carolina?   |   September 5, 2013
Date on which the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission will review regulatory recommendations from a study group that call for allowing what's known as "forced pooling...

 

In oil-producing regions, even minor hurricanes cause major environmental damage   |   August 21, 2013
We're now approaching the peak of hurricane season, with forecasters predicting a higher-than-average number of storms this year. As many as three to five are expected to...

 

Why is the White House aiding and abetting lawbreaking by coal plants?   |   July 25, 2013
A new report documents widespread lawbreaking among the nation's coal-power utilities that endangers public health  -- and it reveals an effort by the White House to let...

 

Virginia unveils plan for restoring voting rights to former felons   |   July 19, 2013
In May, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a historic win for voting rights: the automatic restoration of those rights for former nonviolent felony offenders on an...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Attack on women's reproductive freedom moves to North Carolina   |   July 3, 2013
Date on which the Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate, in a surprise move that took place late in the day, overhauled a bill prohibiting Islamic Sharia law to impose harsh...

 

South remains the epicenter of U.S. child poverty crisis   |   June 24, 2013
Child poverty in the United States remains concentrated in the South -- but one notoriously impoverished Southern state no longer occupies the bottom spot for the overall well-...

 

What happens if the Supreme Court cuts out the heart of the Voting Rights Act?   |   June 12, 2013
Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling in an Alabama case challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Shelby County v. Holder...

 

The 'shadow intelligence agency' behind the NSA surveillance scandal   |   June 10, 2013
The scandal over domestic spying by the National Security Agency has pushed into the spotlight Booz Allen Hamilton, a McLean, Va.-based private contractor that has been described...

 

A historic win for voting rights in Virginia   |   May 31, 2013
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) unveiled a plan this week to automatically restore voting rights to people convicted of nonviolent felonies. The move won praise from civil rights...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Nervous fossil-fuel giants turn to the sun   |   May 31, 2013
Month in which the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade group representing investor-owned U.S. utilities, released a report warning that the growing number of solar panels...

 

Carrying water for an end to mountaintop removal   |   May 10, 2013
Residents of Appalachia brought over 100 gallons of polluted drinking water to the Washington, D.C. offices of the Environmental Protection Agency this week to call attention to...

 

Reversal of fortune: A prosecutor on trial   |   May 2, 2013
By Raymond Bonner, Special to ProPublica For 30 years, Ken Anderson was the face of law enforcement in Williamson County, Texas, first as a bearded district attorney asking the...

 

How renewable energy won in North Carolina   |   April 25, 2013
A bill that would have ended North Carolina's renewable energy program was voted down this week by a state House committee in a bipartisan vote by a surprisingly wide margin...