Southern Politics

Unions divided over holding Democratic convention in right-to-work North Carolina

August 17, 2011 - Thirteen labor unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO are refusing to participate in the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. because of the state's harsh anti-union laws. But that decision isn't sitting well with labor leaders in North Carolina, who helped lobby for Charlotte to be the convention site. North Carolina is the least-unionized state in the nation, with only 3.2 percent of its workers belonging to a union.

What can we do about disasters?

August 11, 2011 - Hurricanes in the Gulf Coast. Devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Japan. The news is filled with vivid stories of disasters, both sudden and -- as with the case of incremental global climate change -- slow-moving.

A wingnut and a prayer

August 4, 2011 - With each passing day, Rick Perry's Christian prayer-and-repentance rally, The Response, seems like more of a mistake, a classic act of hubris by a politician still learning his way around the national stage. First, the backlash has been fierce, not just from the "usual suspects" like the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, but also a wide swath of American faith leaders as well as gay rights activists. Just yesterday the Houston Chronicle reported that: