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Oh, to Live in a Battleground State

Andy Brack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Andy Brack

Every four years about this time in the presidential election cycle, I yearn to live in a battleground state, a place where I would be spoiled with superpowers.

Winner Take All and the Great Southern Partisan Reversal, 1990-2010

Rob Richie | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

African Americans have always been heavily concentrated in Southern states. Given their general preference for the Democratic Party, that makes the South's dramatic change in its partisan representation since 1990 all the more noteworthy.

The Race Game of American Democracy

Glen Browder | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Race relations in this part of the country are still problematic; but the regional situation now is simply a more obvious and intense case of the American racial problem. Perhaps the time has come for the South and America to talk as a nation about our common situation.

Continuity and Change in the Southern Race Game

Glen Browder | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

The Southern race game endures. Politics inside the belly of the Southern beast still relates in troubling ways to matters of black and white.

The Top States For Female Entrepreneurs

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman and Drew Guarini | Posted 07.18.2012 | Small Business

It's raining women -- entrepreneurs, that is. Across America, the number of women-owned businesses is multiplying at a faster rate than the number ...

Strategy, Operation and Outcomes in the South's New Racial Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

It is clear that race still plays into political operations, but not as fractiously as before. Many Southern officials and citizens -- both white and black -- now function in working alliances and normal operations along ostensible lines of conventional issues.

Biracial Accommodation: The South's New Political Order

Glen Browder | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Interestingly and importantly, white Southern politicos have been joined by many blacks, liberal interests and governmental agencies in adopting an accommodational approach to public life.

Summer's Sizzling Southern Fiction

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

There is something succulent about the halcyon days of the season that has me craving good Southern fiction. Here are some stellar Southern reads that have plenty of buzz and bite.

Is It Time for Southern Democrats to 'Walk Out on the Porch, Pee, Pull the Light Chain, and Go to Bed'?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Southern Democracy -- defined as entrenched regional rule -- is no more. Republicans now reign throughout most of the South. The best that Southern Democrats can hope for is restoring their party to competitive parity in a two-party system.

Clean Energy Investments Continue to Soar: Time to "Triple Down" on Renewable Electricity

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.13.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Renewable energy is real, cost competitive in many situations, and a growing source of business opportunity. And given that other sources of electricity contribute to global warming and local air pollution, now is the time to double-down on more renewable energy.

"Southern Democracy": Can Yellow Dogs and Blue Dogs Rekindle Their Romance?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

I firmly believe that it takes both Yellow Dogs and Blue Dogs for Democrats to win in most Southern elections. The hitch is that there are few Blue Dogs left out there to be wooed.

Is "Southern Democracy" Dead?

Glen Browder | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

As the current, unfolding election season demonstrates, the excitement and energy of partisan politics lies mainly in Republican campaigns in the South, while the historically-dominant Democrats mainly sit and stew in envy.

"Toothless Rednecks" (Part Two): Hard History and Flawed Democracy in the South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

It's a continuing game of racial politics -- now played by both blacks and whites in more sophisticated manner without traditional perversities -- in a regional system still struggling with historic black-white disparities and tensions.

Southern Surrealism

Posted 03.14.2012 | Arts

Pablo Picasso reportedly once said, "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." With this in mind, we are ...

Romney Heads To 'Away Game'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

With the Mississippi and Alabama Republican primaries approaching, Mitt Romney admitted the Deep South is "a bit of an away game" for him. The GOP ...

The Faithful Shopper: Gifts for Guys

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 04.30.2012 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's Leap Day! The date when by tradition, women can propose marriage to the men in their lives. Of course, women have been disregarding this for years, but today is a perfect excuse to buy a gift for your favorite guy.

The Hurtful Legacy of Herman Cain's "Suspended," "Brother From Another Mother" Presidential Campaign

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Ronald B. Robinson

For a sustained period, Cain was the GOP candidate who most successfully stimulated the nostalgia for the good ole days of the "great communicator," Ronald Reagan, among "the base."

No Joke, No Hyperbole: 2012 May Be America's Final Election

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If anyone believed 2011 was the year of the direct assault on proponents of the middle class, clean air and water, public education, and respect for first responders, and democracy itself, just wait until 2013.

Sales Of Existing Homes Drops, Partly Due To Tornadoes

Posted 07.27.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - Pending sales of existing U.S. homes dropped far more than expected in April to touch a seven-month low, a trade group said on Friday, de...

Hilary Duff Goes Indie: A Conversation About Her New Film, Bloodworth

Terry Keefe | Posted 07.18.2011 | Entertainment
Terry Keefe

Hilary Duff likes a good challenge. The number of former child and teen stars who manage to sustain success into their twenties, as Duff undeniably has, are few, but even rarer are those who then develop into serious adult actors.

Chuck Leavell: This Rolling Stone Gathers Trees

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Chuck Leavell has been a melodic force behind some of rock 'n' roll's biggest acts. But he is also a committed conservationist and tree farmer.

A Politically-Polarized Sesquicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.

PHOTOS: The Best LA Sports Bars For Game Day

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

With NFL and college football seasons in full swing, we've compiled a list of Los Angeles' best sports bars for your viewing pleasure. The list includ...

Buddy Guy, the Montreux Jazz Festival & Protecting Our Musical Heritage

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

We have such a rich musical heritage in the US, yet many children do not know where this strong musical history comes from, nor how the South plays such a strong role in keeping this music alive.

Broadway Stars Chad Kimball and Montego Glover Talk Memphis

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

I caught up with the two leads of Memphis, Chad Kimball and Montego Glover -- and asked them what it's been like to be a part of the latest Broadway smash.