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Mychal Bell's conviction overturned in Jena 6 case

September 15, 2007 - Yet another update on the Jena 6: Today a state appeals court threw out the aggravated battery conviction of Mychal Bell, one of the half-dozen black teens facing unusually serious charges for the beating of a white schoolmate amid escalating racial tensions in a small Louisiana town.

Friday Factoid: The land of Madison (and William)

August 10, 2007 - Hello, and welcome to a new feature at Facing South: the Friday Factoid. And to show we're about more than just deep political and social commentary here at FS, we'll kick off today's episode by looking at the fascinating issue of baby names in the South.

Joe Biden is apparently not from around here

By R. Neal
July 24, 2007 - During the highly publicized "CNN/YouTube Debate" last night, a couple of guys from Tennessee asked via YouTube video if any of the candidates' feelings were hurt because the media seems more interested in whether Al Gore will run than in them.

Are you getting Facing South?

July 21, 2007 - The latest issue of the Facing South e-newsletter just went out -- were you on the list? If you were, you were treated to a heaping helping of unique Southern news and views delivered to your inbox, like: * What's the REAL Sen. Vitter scandal? * Major election reform in North Carolina * Is another politics possible?

Edwards, money and hypocrisy (Part 2)

July 16, 2007 - Former Sen. John Edwards' controversial comments in favor of limiting the number of participants in the presidential debates came after an NAACP candidates forum in which straight-talking former U.S. Sen.

The not-as-patriotic South?

July 16, 2007 - Missed this item -- which came out just before July 4 -- but Facing South readers may still find it of interest. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center in June, U.S. residents love their country -- fully 90% answer "yes" to the question, "are you very patriotic?"

Biggest. Scandal weeks. Ever.

July 13, 2007 - It's not unusual for Southern politics to go through a few weeks tainted by scandal. But over the last month, a veritable popcorn machine of crooked deals and moral failings have burst across the region's headlines, leaving even the most jaded politicos aghast.

Sen. Lamar Alexander rumor

By R. Neal
July 12, 2007 - Here's an interesting rumor from a local newspaper blog and their man in Nashville regarding Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Vanderbilt University that could have huge implications for the 2008 Senate elections if true.

Congressman turns attention to Siegelman case

July 11, 2007 - Today former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was moved from an Atlanta penitentiary where he's been held since his federal sentencing two weeks ago on corruption charges to a new prison location that's not yet been undisclosed. Meanwhile, his case has gone to Washington.