Southern governor watch

April 14, 2006 - How popular is your governor? Survey USA released its periodic ranking of "net job approval" for all 50 governors on April 12. Here's how the Southerners stacked up:

NC tax advice: support fair courts!

April 14, 2006 - If you live in North Carolina and put off doing your taxes, here's a last-minute tip: check the box to have $3 of your taxes go to the Public Campaign Fund. It doesn't affect your tax bill, and it goes towards a great cause: getting private-interest money out of judicial elections in N.C., and replacing it with public financing.

He "invented the study of campaign money"

April 4, 2006 - The Wilmington Star has a nice overview of Bob Hall, a long-time staffer at the Institute for Southern Studies, and his pioneering work on campaign finance reform -- which may well depose N.C.'s Democratic House Speaker Jim Black: