Voting Rights Act extension stalls

By R. Neal
May 16, 2006 - The Voting Rights Act extension sailed through the U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee 33-1 last week and was on its way to the floor for a vote.

The Latino South

May 10, 2006 - In what is being called the first state-by-state breakdown of Latino birth rates in the country, the National Center for Health Statistics has new statistics showing how dramatically the South is being changed by new immigrants. Here's how a story from the Associated Press begins:

How Big Energy did Georgia

October 31, 2005 - As consumers ponder reports that Big Energy may be "forced" to drive up heating costs this winter, here's a story of what one utility did with the money another time they jacked up prices. From yesterday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Good news from Georgia

October 19, 2005 - Georgia's new voter-identification bill -- which had required citizens to pay $20 or more for a special ID card to vote if they didn't have a driver's licensce -- hit a little snag in court yesterday. In a damning 123-page decision, U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy struck down the bill that had been pushed through by Republican lawmakers earlier this year, noting its uncanny similarity to Jim Crow laws. Here's an excerpt from his decision:

Is it "Malaise" Time Yet?

October 4, 2005 - Georgia cancelled school for two days last week, ostensibly to "save energy," and Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (and one of my favorite columnists) doesn't think it's a very good idea: