john bel edwards
May 5, 2017 -
With the feds declining to pursue charges against two white police officers who shot and killed a black man in a Baton Rouge parking lot last year, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced this week that he would review the evidence and consider prosecution. Who is Landry and what's his record on holding police accountable?
January 6, 2017 -
This week North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced he would take action to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, just months after his Louisiana counterpart did the same. But now congressional Republicans are vowing to repeal the law altogether.
July 22, 2016 -
The National Basketball Association's decision to pull its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of HB2 could cost the city up to $100 million and may cause the law's economic damage to become an even bigger issue in North Carolina's closely watched 2016 elections.
July 15, 2016 -
This week North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that blocks public access to footage from body cameras worn by police. The state joins others across the South that have taken similar action.
July 15, 2016 -
A new report from the State Innovative Exchange details progressive achievements in state policy nationwide. Despite Republican control of most legislative chambers and governors' mansions in the South, eight states in the region enacted policies that increase access to voting and health care and improve job prospects for ex-offenders.
July 14, 2016 -
Alton Sterling was shot to death by police outside a Baton Rouge convenience store while selling CDs to get by. With a felony conviction on his record, Sterling faced significant employment barriers — but efforts are underway in Louisiana and elsewhere to dismantle at least some of them through so-called "ban the box" laws.
December 18, 2015 -
The past year saw big steps taken toward building a better, stronger and more just South, from wage gains for workers to aid for refugees to grassroots organizing for a more environmentally sustainable future.