July 19, 2022 -
For weeks, reproductive rights advocates pressured President Biden not to go through with his plan to nominate an anti-abortion lawyer to a Kentucky judgeship. Biden backed down last week, citing a GOP senator's objection and a Senate tradition with Jim Crow roots.
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.
July 12, 2017 -
A perennial bill to create a national single-payer public health insurance program has record support in this Congress. Though none of the cosponsors are Republicans, they include a growing number of conservative Southern Democrats, signaling a shift in health care politics.
February 17, 2017 -
President Trump has called for the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which bars churches and other nonprofits from partisan political activity. While some conservative evangelicals claim the policy limits their free speech rights, repealing it would lead to more secret money flooding into elections.
July 3, 2015 -
Politics and economics helped spark the removal of Confederate flags across the South in the wake of the Charleston church shootings. But does that signal broader changes in the region's culture?
April 10, 2015 -
The current field of declared and soon-to-be declared presidential candidates includes politicians who've gone to bat for tax avoiders -- and have sought to avoid taxes themselves.
July 2, 2014 -
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended Jim Crow segregation and led to a profound political realignment of the South that continues to shape the nation today.