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.
November 23, 2015 -
He's being called a "Blue Dog Democrat," but John Bel Edwards' successful campaign for Louisiana governor focused on populist themes like Medicaid expansion, tax fairness, increasing the minimum wage and defending public schools.