May 23, 2023 -
We spoke with workers involved in a successful organizing drive at a Starbucks store in Louisiana's biggest city to find out what they previously thought about unions, and how the effort has changed their thinking.
May 12, 2023 -
In a rare procedural move, North Carolina’s Republican-controlled high court reversed a ruling blocking voter identification requirements made just five months earlier by the previous Democratic-controlled court. The law requiring voters to show certain kinds of photo ID at the polls will be implemented as soon as this September’s municipal elections, and elections officials and voting rights advocates are getting ready.
May 12, 2023 -
Some states have taken steps to restore voting rights for people with felony convictions, but Republican officials in places including Florida and North Carolina later reversed the reforms. Proponents of permanent disenfranchisement say it promotes respect for the law, but a growing body of evidence suggests that such policies make their targets more likely to break it again.
May 11, 2023 -
Ben Barber interviewed UNC law professor and anti-poverty scholar Gene Nichol about his new book, “Lessons from North Carolina: Race, Religion, Tribe, and the Future of America,” which offers insights from North Carolina politics aimed at countering the nationwide assault on democratic norms and values.
April 28, 2023 -
Workers at a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant in Van Buren, Arkansas, walked out for several days this month, saying the company is putting their health and safety at risk — and is now shoving them out the door after hailing their loyalty through a deadly pandemic.
April 27, 2023 -
A MAGA attorney from North Carolina recently asked attendees at a Republican donor retreat in Tennessee for help to curb student voting. A look at the role young voters played in recent elections shows why conservatives are worried.
April 26, 2023 -
In the last couple of months, several Southern state legislators have jumped from the Democratic to the Republican Party, in some cases handing veto-proof supermajorities to the GOP. While the switchers may gain more clout in the short term, they often face electoral consequences.