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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:

May Day: immigrants show their power

May 2, 2006 - Those who count themselves as friends of immigrant rights, but who doubted the wisdom of today's May Day boycott, predicted two things: 1) that the boycott would be meaninglessly small, and 2) that it would invite widespread reprisals againt wor

May 1: A general strike?

April 15, 2006 - Building on the galloping momentum of immigrant rights protests around the country, advocates have called for May 1 -- celebrated world-wide as International Worker's Day -- for a general strike:

Fair wages campaign kicks off in NC today

April 5, 2006 - This week, a coalition of groups -- including ACORN, AFL-CIO, NAACP, NC Council of Churches, NC Justice Center, and Institute for Southern Studies -- are launching a new coalition: North Carolinians for Fair Wages. The coalition's immediate goal is to pass an 85 cent increase in the state minimum wage in 2006, which has a very good chance of passing.

NC cool to religious right

March 20, 2006 - Rob Christensen, political reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer, had an interesting column yesterday on how North Carolina has largely spurned religious-right politics that have overtaken other states:

Media consolidation...

By R. Neal
March 14, 2006 - It's not just for broadcast media any more. With their acquisition of Knight Ridder, McClatchy will control most of North and South Carolina's major daily newspapers:

The looting of Iraq

February 3, 2006 - One of North Carolina's own, Mr. Robert Stein, is now in federal court where the former U.S. occupation official in Iraq "is expected to plead guilty to bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and other charges ...

NC: Money for roads, not people

January 25, 2006 - Scandals in Washington often overshadow the dozens of smaller scandals that unfold at the state level each year. In North Carolina, Democratic House Speaker Jim Black has been a magnet for dubious dealings, the most recently of which is described here by NC Policy Watch: