November 18, 2020 -
Black voters turned out in record numbers this election cycle but had to overcome barriers to the ballot box that undermine the fairness of the electoral process. Advocates continue to call for restoring the Voting Rights Act to ensure that African American voters are protected from voter suppression.
January 19, 2018 -
Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which covers nearly 3 million children in the South, isn't guaranteed for every state past Jan. 19. If Congress fails to find a fix, the results would be disastrous in a region consistently ranked low for children's health outcomes.
September 8, 2017 -
Following President Trump's decision to phase out the Obama-era DACA program that spared from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, there's a renewed urgency to pass the federal Dream Act, which would offer them a path to citizenship — and Southern lawmakers may provide the key votes needed.
September 21, 2015 -
So far this year 67 individuals and companies have given $1 million or more to super PACs supporting presidential candidates. Southern donors, including many Texas oil billionaires, account for over 50 percent of the contributions and have given exclusively to GOP candidates.
March 27, 2013 -
Should the Supreme Court strike down bans on same-sex marriage, it would bring big changes across the South, where all states limit marriage rights to heterosexual couples -- and it wouldn't be the first time it took a high court ruling to change the region's marriage laws.
March 8, 2013 -
In the wake of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) filibuster this week raising concerns about the Obama administration's policy on the domestic use of drones against U.S. civilians, we take a by-the-numbers look at U.S. drone use and drone makers' political clout.
December 21, 2012 -
Dec. 22 marks four years since a coal ash impoundment collapsed at a TVA power plant in Tennessee, inundating a community and two rivers. As EPA drags its feet over issuing federal coal ash rules, politicians backed by industry interests are maneuvering to block the agency's ability to protect people and the environment -- even though their states have been adversely affected by poor regulation.
August 15, 2012 -
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), House Aerospace Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are among those citing an inflated figure for military budget cuts slated to take effect next year.
May 21, 2012 -
The bipartisan decision to extend the life of the Export-Import Bank of the United States -- which some conservatives have derisively dubbed "Boeing's Bank" -- shows that corporatists retain the upper hand in mainstream U.S. politics.