December 5, 2019 -
The state's Democrats are in turmoil after their U.S. Senate candidate dropped out under murky circumstances immediately after the filing period closed. Some progressives believe it's a sign that the state party's infrastructure needs an overhaul. Meanwhile, an independent candidate is trying to fill the void.
November 15, 2019 -
Hundreds of teachers and thousands of students left the classroom this week to protest the state Board of Education's refusal to return governance of the district from the state to a locally-elected school board. Critics of the state board say it's motivated by money, not students.
October 4, 2019 -
The recent commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the bloody Elaine Massacre sought to correct the historical record and start hard conversations, while the community wrestles with the ongoing legacies of racial trauma and injustice.
September 25, 2019 -
Elections for high courts in five Southern states will take place over the next year, including special elections in Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana. Some of these courts are already facing unprecedented political pressure, and more money in high court races is coming from groups that don't disclose their donors.
September 4, 2019 -
A gathering of conservative anti-death penalty activists in New Orleans this month could help shift the debate over capital punishment in Louisiana and across the South.
August 23, 2019 -
With the critical once-a-decade population count just months away, only three states in the South have allocated any state funding to encourage participation.
August 12, 2019 -
A group of activists is working to amend the Florida constitution to ban rifles and shotguns that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. But it's gathered only a fraction of the signatures required to get the ban on the ballot, and it's facing burdensome new rules for citizen amendments.