After the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law wrapped up this week, voting rights advocates turned their attention to preparing for a Feb. 13 mass march on Raleigh where organizers will mobilize volunteers to help with voter registration, education and protection. Image: This year's Moral March on Raleigh will be more than […]
Organized labor has made surprising gains in a region where unions face some of their toughest obstacles, new federal data shows. But defending workers' advances in the South's hostile political climate will require a long-term organizing commitment. Image: In one of the biggest union campaigns in the South, employees at American Airlines voted to […]
Since environmentalists forced a cleanup of coal ash from a SCE&G power plant along South Carolina's Wateree River, test results show a dramatic decrease in groundwater contamination at the site, pointing to what's possible when utilities take responsibility for their pollution. Is North Carolina paying attention? Image: A SCE&G coal ash d […]
The only super PAC in the billionaire Koch brothers' conservative political network, which is set to spend almost $1 billion on this year's election, Freedom Partners Action Fund just submitted its year-end report to the Federal Elections Commission. It shows a small number of conservative mega-donors are bankrolling the group's efforts, inclu […]
Although the South has added millions of jobs in recent years, the region's low-road approach to economic development has meant many of them are low-paying jobs that leave families fighting to get by. Image: South Carolina workers at a Raise Up/Fight for $15 rally in the state call for better paying jobs. (Photo by Kerry Taylor.) Appreciate this post? […]
By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan Less than one month after the attacks of Sept. 11, a senior FBI official, Ronald Dick, told the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, “Due to the vital importance of water to all life forms ... the FBI considers all threats to attack the water supply as serious threats.” In 2003, a UPI article reported that a […]
By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan PARK CITY , Utah — This week, a Houston grand jury returned a surprise indictment. It was tasked with investigating videos that purported to expose Planned Parenthood for selling the body parts of aborted fetuses. The grand jury found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood, but instead charged the video producers David Daleid […]
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. The House Majority Leader has said that his expenses on a 2000 trip were paid by a nonprofit organization, and that the financial arrangements for it were proper.
Five months after President Bush launched his drive to overhaul Social Security, the difficult, if not impossible, task of drafting legislation begins Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds the first hearing on options to secure Social Security's future.
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution -- but the project never got up and running.