March 24, 2016 -
North Carolina landed in the national spotlight this week when the legislature convened a special session to overturn a Charlotte LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance and threw in a ban on local minimum-wage rules. The controversial move is part of a broader trend of state pre-emption of progressive local policies.
March 4, 2016 -
Voter turnout for the South's 2016 Democratic primaries so far is 45 percent lower than it was in the party's last competitive presidential primary in 2008 — but turnout for Republicans has jumped dramatically over the same period.
February 26, 2016 -
With millions of Americans disqualified for good-paying jobs because of criminal pasts, a growing number of states and local governments across the South are joining the movement to end the practice of asking about convictions on job applications.
February 19, 2016 -
A new Institute report finds that young Latino voters will be a key factor in the coming years in strengthening the voice of the Latino community in the South.
Elections and Voting
Investigations & Reports
February 9, 2016 -
The Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw will use a $48 million grant won in the National Disaster Resilience Competition to relocate away from the rising Gulf of Mexico — and hopes to serve as a model for others facing catastrophic sea-level rise. Other grant winners include Tennessee, Virginia and New Orleans.
January 14, 2016 -
A new report looks at the demographics of state legislatures across the country and finds that in the South they are disproportionately male and more religious. They are also more racially diverse — at least for now.
December 18, 2015 -
The past year saw big steps taken toward building a better, stronger and more just South, from wage gains for workers to aid for refugees to grassroots organizing for a more environmentally sustainable future.
December 14, 2015 -
A woman is facing an indictment for first-degree attempted murder after she tried to self-abort in Tennessee. The case offers a stark illustration of how restrictions on abortion can impact individuals in the United States.