November 3, 2014 -
Hedge fund investor Tom Steyer's entrance into politics this election cycle may have revived the environment movement as a political force. But Steyer and Co. are still playing small ball in a big money game -- a story that got lost in the blitz of media coverage.
November 3, 2014 -
Almost six million Americans are disenfranchised due to convictions for felony offenses, and their votes could sway races in at least nine states with neck-and-neck races for U.S. Senate or governor.
October 27, 2014 -
Predatory lenders continue to target members of the U.S. military -- and they're getting help from some state politicians like North Carolina House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.
October 24, 2014 -
The U.S. Senate race in North Carolina has been getting a lot of attention for the onslaught of spending -- but voters in other Southern states may be feeling even more battered by the big money barrage.
October 10, 2014 -
The nation's largest electric utility has skewed its political contributions to give anti-regulatory Republicans a better shot at capturing control of the Senate, as has the industry at large. But Duke and other utilities are hedging their bets by backing key incumbent Democrats, including Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
June 23, 2014 -
A new report looks at industrial pollution releases into the nation's rivers and finds that waterways across the South face especially toxic contamination -- and would benefit from efforts to strengthen the Clean Water Act.
June 13, 2014 -
A recent study looked at the costs associated with corrupt government, showing that corruption is taking a heavy toll on taxpayers in Southern states -- an average of $1,308 annually per capita in the most corrupt states, which are concentrated in the region.
April 9, 2014 -
American Rivers has released its annual list of the 10 most endangered U.S. rivers, and three are in the South -- the Haw in North Carolina, the South Fork Edisto in South Carolina, and the Middle Mississippi in Kentucky.
April 4, 2014 -
This week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down limits on the total amount an individual can contribute in an election cycle. The decision spurred nationwide protests against what critics blasted as a further move toward government by and for the super-rich.