chris kromm

Companies flee from backing right-wing advocacy group

April 12, 2012 - At least five major companies and one charitable foundation have pulled support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-backed advocacy group in state legislatures, after a growing campaign links the group to voter ID and "Stand Your Ground" gun laws.

The New Vigilantes: Trayvon Martin and the 'shoot first' lobby

March 21, 2012 - Across the South and country, the gun lobby has pushed laws like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" measure, which local police say is the reason they haven't brought charges in the shooting death of 17-year old Travyon Martin. The result: A disturbing rise in "justifiable homicides," including cases eerily similar to the Martin killing.

Will BP go on trial?

February 29, 2012 - After the expected court date for BP's trial for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was delayed this week, rumors have grown about a settlement that could close the case. But will Gulf Coast communities still reeling from the disaster see justice?