July 3, 2013 -
Following recent efforts by Texas and Ohio, North Carolina becomes the latest state to embrace Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers or TRAP laws, which aim to make it difficult for women to obtain legal abortions -- and for clinics to provide them.
May 28, 2013 -
Amid a shortage of drugs used for executions, some states are searching for new suppliers and different drugs. Others -- including Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee -- have amended public records laws to keep the names of suppliers and manufacturers of alternative drugs secret.
May 6, 2013 -
Though the Supreme Court rejected nullification after Southern states tried to use it to avoid desegregating public schools, the concept is now being deployed by gun rights advocates -- and not just in the South.
April 12, 2013 -
The U.S. has one of the most regressive tax systems of the developed nations, and now some states including Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina are considering plans to make their own tax systems even more regressive.
March 15, 2013 -
In 2011, Tennessee lawmakers promised to deliver free photo ID cards to all who would need them under a strict new voter ID bill. Two years later, only a small fraction have received them.
March 4, 2013 -
What was true for the civil rights movement in the 1960s is true for the labor movement today: Any social movement in the South needs religion as part of its DNA if it's going to succeed.
February 28, 2013 -
Taxpayers for Common Sense has given a tongue-in-cheek "Golden Fleece Award" to the U.S. Department of Energy for speculatively spending hundreds of millions of tax dollars on small modular reactors being sought by the Tennessee Valley Authority and Savannah River Site.
February 1, 2013 -
A by-the-numbers look at how claims of "states' rights" -- once used to defend racial segregation -- are being used to justify legislative assaults on the interests of economically struggling citizens in North Carolina, Mississippi and elsewhere across the South.
January 18, 2013 -
Southern states with weak gun laws are a major source of weapons used to commit crimes in other states -- but some of the region's political leaders say they plan to resist new federal initiatives to curb gun violence.