November 4, 2020 -
Though the South trended red in this year's general election, voters in Southern states approved progressive ballot measures that raise the minimum wage, reject Jim Crow-era election laws and flag symbolism, and relax drug laws. They also turned down measures that would have impeded this kind of direct democracy.
May 24, 2019 -
Watch the new documentary by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren of Field Studio that takes viewers inside the 2018 Woke Vote effort led by young African American organizers in Southern states to transform voter turnout and elect political progressives.
October 11, 2018 -
The same secret-money group that pushed the U.S Senate to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh is dominating spending in judicial elections in Arkansas and elsewhere in the South. In some states, justices are looking to be re-elected with the help of campaign cash from corporations and law firms that have business before the courts.
June 6, 2018 -
At the same time President Trump is appointing federal judges with a history of opposing equal rights for LGBTQ people, national conservative groups are spending big to elect LGBTQ-hostile judges to state supreme courts.
October 5, 2017 -
Recent efforts to limit voting in Alabama could play a critical role in what's shaping up to be a closer-than-expected race between far-right Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
July 10, 2015 -
Wealthy special interests are increasingly spending money to influence state judicial races, threatening the independence of judges and damaging public confidence in the integrity of the courts.
July 3, 2015 -
After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout the nation last week, some Southern political leaders pledged to resist the ruling. Their statements recall Southern politicians' attempts to resist the Supreme Court's decision to end segregation in the 1950s and '60s.