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The New Election Laws and the Suits Challenging Them

Courts are scrambling to rule on state laws in time for the November elections. We’re keeping track of their decisions.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE


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We Must Stop Voter Suppression (Video)

By Robert Reich

We need to move to the next stage of voting rights—a new Voting Rights Act—that renews the law that was effectively repealed by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Selma March Leaders Awarded Congressional Gold Medal Lament Voting Rights Losses

Civil rights leaders from the 1960s were awarded one of the highest civilian honors Wednesday by some of the same congressional leaders who failed to pass a renewed Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down crucial provisions in the 1965 legislation.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE



Could a President Hillary Clinton Be Impeached Over Her Emails?

In a word: yes. The pundit who claimed she would be shielded from the consequences of pre-inaugural actions was wrong. The big question is whether her email operations amounted to “high crimes and misdemeanors” ... whatever those words might mean at a given political moment.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Donald Trump the New George Wallace?

As political commentators point out similarities in rhetoric between the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1968, Wallace’s daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, who has compared the two campaigns, says her father actually may have been less extreme.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jan 11, 2016 ENLARGE



Donald Trump’s Call for Spying on U.S. Muslims Recalls FBI Bugging of MLK and Black Churches

As Trump supporters beat a “Black Lives Matter” protester at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., Trump himself reminded us of the days when J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI monitored the Rev. Martin Luther King and Southern Christian Leadership Conference churches.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



Do You Live in One of the Most—or Least—Happy Places in America?

A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Is Donald Trump Really a ‘Fascist’?

Genuine conservatives aren’t wrong to fret, but they seem unwilling or unable to grasp the clearest evidence that Trump is channeling toxic currents from the past—namely, his appeals to racial bigotry, his truculent attitude toward other nations and his extremist “solution” to illegal immigration.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



The Fall of the Confederacy?

A native South Carolinian says finishing off the Confederate state of mind will require more than just getting rid of an offensive flag.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE



In Selma, Memories of Bloody Sunday Spur Action Today

Fifty years have passed since Bloody Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., demanding the right to vote.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



After Selma—Again

We might honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and the marchers in Selma by making voting in federal elections an obligation of citizenship.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE


President Obama Marks the Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma

“The idea of a just America and a fair America, an inclusive America, and a generous America—that idea ultimately triumphed,” President Obama said in Selma, Ala., on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march for equal voting rights for minorities.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Rep. John Lewis Remembers Police Attack on Selma Bridge 50 Years Ago

Lewis was one of hundreds of peaceful voting-rights activists who were beaten 50 years ago on Bloody Sunday as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led them on a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. He recalls the event on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Authorizing War Against ISIS, Muslims Murdered

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the prospect of congressional authorization to attack ISIS, the three Muslim young adults slain in a possible hate crime in North Carolina and a federal judge’s rejection of Alabama’s ban on gay marriage.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Feb 14, 2015 ENLARGE


Alabama Survives the Homopocalypse

You may have heard that gay marriage is legal, for now, deep in the heart of Dixie. Redneck News’ own Jeremy Todd Addaway reports that, outside of the squirrel population, Alabama is pretty much the same.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Flame of Intolerance Still Flickers in Alabama

This week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order that no same-sex marriage licenses be granted in the state.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 10, 2015 ENLARGE



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Alabama’s 10 Commandments Judge Defies Supreme Court on Gay Marriage

The rebels in Alabama are at it again, defying an order from the highest court in America to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



This Public Alabama Hospital Sues the Poorest of the Poor

More than a century ago, Alabama enshrined a basic protection in the state’s constitution shielding its poorest citizens from being forced to pay debts they couldn’t afford. But a public hospital in the mostly rural southeast corner of the state has found a way around the law.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Meet the Alabama Judge Who Figured Out How to Unravel Roe v. Wade

ProPublica profiles Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, whose “rulings over the last nine years have fueled the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



Searching for ‘Famous Men’ in Alabama: Mike Davis on His Favorite Banned Book

When I first witnessed a blood-red Alabama sunset, I thought of the Gudger and Ricketts families, their backs bent under the heavy bags of cotton, looking at this biblical ending to their long day of toil. The urge to re-read Agee was overwhelming.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department

A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Left Should Look to Jackson, Mississippi

A new political and economic model is emerging, and it is not appearing where we might suspect it would.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE


The Constitution—for Christians Only

The following video shows Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore saying, among other things, “Buddha didn’t create us. Mohammed didn’t create us. It’s the god of the Holy Scriptures.”

Posted on May 5, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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GOP’s Corporate Soul Trying to Wrest Control From the Tea Party

In a couple of special elections for congressional seats, traditional big business backers of the Republican Party are investing heavily in primary campaigns to try to grab the steering wheel from the tea party. How successful they are could have broad repercussions for how Washington works, and for the nation.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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A Bomb Blast That Still Echoes, a Half-Century Later

The bombing deaths of four Birmingham girls on this day 50 years ago changed the nation’s outlook on civil rights. But did it lead to real change?

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Civil Rights Group Sues Alabama Over School Choice Law

In a case with potentially national repercussions, the Southern Poverty Law Center is challenging a school choice law in Alabama that uses tax credits to help families leave failing schools. That, the SPLC says, unconstitutionally creates two classes of schoolchildren.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Letter From Birmingham Jail

May 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Martin Luther King Jr.’s plea for white Americans to recognize the rights and humanity of their black fellow citizens. We reprint his letter in full.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Lawmaker Pushing Anti-Abortion Bill Claims Babies Are Organs

The GOP isn’t known for being the party of science—far from it, in fact—so when one of its own reaches a new low in scientific stupidity, it’s worth noting.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Don’t Secede, Just Move

There is a growing and idiotic movement by people dissatisfied with American democracy in the form of President Obama’s re-election to secede from the union. I have a better idea: Just move.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Racist Election Tweets Mapped Out

According to geography research group Floating Sheep, pinpointing the spike in Twitter hate speech is a “useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall

Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 storm, bringing with it wind gusts that reached speeds of up to 106 miles per hour off the state’s southeast coast. It then headed back out into the Gulf and is now barreling toward New Orleans on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Weather Takes a Bad Turn for Mitt

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention are being buffeted by a force outside their control: the weather. Tropical Storm Isaac already has caused the GOP to cancel Monday’s opening events in Tampa, Fla., and it’s not finished yet.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The Voter ID Trap

Voter ID laws adopted in 10 states representing nearly half of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of poor and minority Americans to vote and could decide the outcome of the 2012 election.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Outrage Over Whites-Only Christian Conference in Alabama

The Rev. William C. Collier cordially invites you to his three-day Christian conference in Alabama—but only if you’re white. Fliers advertising the event titled “Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited,” were reportedly put up during the middle of the night in the western Alabama town of Winfield on Monday.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Big Whoop: Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi

Not to rain on Rick Santorum’s parade, but Mitt Romney’s campaign was unusually on the level when it dismissed Santorum’s victories in the Deep South on Tuesday night.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Scandal Leaves Alabama Poor High and Dry

Residents of Jefferson County in Alabama are victims of a scandal involving banks and county officials that has rocketed sewage costs and forced the poorest among them to purchase outdoor toilets in the absence of running water.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Alabama County Goes Really, Really Bankrupt

Hey, anyone want to bail Alabama out? More specifically, Jefferson County in the Heart of Dixie, which includes the fair city of Birmingham and is also a gobsmacking $3 billion in the hole from a botched sewer deal.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE


Colbert to Alabama: I Told You So

What happens when migrant workers in Alabama decide that the state’s labor laws make it too risky to keep doing the grueling work nobody else is willing to do? Answer: They leave.  (more)

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Alabama Bishops Condemn Immigration Law

A broad and controversial immigration enforcement law in Alabama has even religious leaders in the state uneasy because many of them believe the law stands in their way of being good Christians.

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Alabama Goes Arizona One Better

The state-sponsored assault on illegal immigrants continues, this time in Alabama, where Republican legislators have pushed through a sweeping bill that makes last year’s discriminatory Arizona law look unambitious and feeble. (more)

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


In the Wake of the Southern Tornadoes

The death toll from Wednesday’s outbreak of devastating tornadoes in several Southern states has risen past the number reported Thursday afternoon in this Associated Press clip, but the twisters’ scope and strength are evident from the visuals recorded ...

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Alabama’s Governor Joins the 21st Century

Only Alabama’s newly installed Gov. Robert Bentley knows for sure whether he was sincere Wednesday when he apologized for saying, just last weekend, that non-Christians weren’t his brothers and sisters, but it was evident that he had learned ...

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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What It Was Like to Be John F. Kennedy

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States. He gave a stirring inaugural address and then took over a job for which he was unprepared. No one is ever prepared.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

Alabama to Sue BP

The great state of Alabama has announced it will sue BP, Transocean and Halliburton for the “catastrophic harm” that followed from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE


Unhinged on the Right

To hijack the horrors of the Holocaust and slavery in the service of a political campaign demeans the candidate and, worse, dishonors the victims. Decency demands that some comparisons be off-limits.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Surprise News Bulletin: Oil Spill Cleanup Will Take Years

The oily eco-nightmare that the BP spill has become in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t going to go away for a long while. According to Coast Guard chief Thad Allen, it probably will take “years” to restore affected regions to some semblance of their pre-spill existence.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


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