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State of the South

By R. Neal
January 24, 2007 - President Bush, saddled with the lowest presidential job approval rating since Nixon, will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress and the American people tonight.

New Year brings new laws around the South

By R. Neal
January 2, 2007 - Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a nice holiday and that you and yours have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. Along with the New Year come lots of new state laws. Here are some from around the South...

Florida voting debacle: blame the ballots

December 12, 2006 - Debate continues to rage as to what caused 18,000 votes for Florida House district 13 to not register in the 2006 mid-term elections -- one out of seven ballots cast, likely tipping the result of a race decided by fewer than 400 votes.

Jefferson re-elected ... with the help of the bumbling feds

December 12, 2006 - The 16 percent of eligible voters who bothered to cast ballots in yesterday's congressional runoff election in the New Orleans area sent Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) back to Washington for a ninth term, handing the ethically challenged politician a decisive 57 percent of the vote in his race against attorney and state Rep.

Payday lending = financial quicksand

December 7, 2006 - Of the many ways that people are fleeced by financial institutions, one of the most egregious is "payday lending," which gives cash-strapped consumers an advance -- with exorbitant interest rates -- on their paychecks.