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UPDATE: Field Reports From Southern State Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

For the past few weeks, I have been posting some very interesting scholarship presented by professional South-watchers at a recent Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. Now, here are a few field reports about current developments in their states.

Contemporary Themes in Southern Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

I have dealt with the South and southern politics in previous posts; so we are not going to break major new ground here. But I think it is worthwhile to update what some of today's experts are saying about the South and its role in American democracy and history.

How Would Southerners Describe the South to Outsiders?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Residents of the American South are used to seeing their home region depicted in stereotyped derision. But how would most Southerners respond if they had an opportunity, in a reasonable conversation, to describe the South to outsiders?

Exploring Southern States' Opposition to Obamacare

Glen Browder | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

The passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 has elicited heated debate throughout the country. Only 21 states have begun compliance with the ACA, and the muddled controversy defies simple characterization or easy explanation.

Persistence of Race in the Changing South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Is race still the driver of Southern politics? A leading scholar of contemporary politics supplied his answers in a recent conference of Southern specialists.

Louisiana and New Orleans: Goodbye to the Good Old Boys?

Don McNay | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Don McNay

Even if they weren't crooked, Louisiana seemed to pick leaders for reasons other than their executive ability. Jimmy Davis served two terms as governor on the strength of his hit song, "You Are My Sunshine."

A Distraction From the Greater Mission

Cody Lyon | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

In 1962 Rev. Stell had led a group of parents, on behalf of their children, including Ralph, in a federal court suit with the goal of forcing the Savannah-Chatham County to follow federal law and desegregate its public schools.

Massive Resistance Redux, Republicans and Obamacare

Steven Conn | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

It is surely an irony of our political moment that as we marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we are witnessing the return of the strategy of "massive resistance" -- this time not against a black president and his agenda.

To the Silent Southern Moderate

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

I hope that Southern moderates will come to understand, despite any disagreements about how LGBT equality should be codified in law, that when they fail to speak truth to anti-science, false, and irrational statements dripping with unadulterated bigotry, it has real consequences.

GOP Hysteria Spells Doom For Fading Group

Salon | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

In understanding the polarization and paralysis that afflict national politics in the United States, it is a mistake to think in terms of left and rig...

5 Ways The South Is Destroying America

Chuck Thompson | Posted 10.31.2012 | Books
Chuck Thompson

Stripped of the façade of party colors, the game of division, nullification, and obstruction practiced by southern reactionaries today is the same as the fathomlessly fraudulent politics that split the country in 1861 and in significant ways has kept it apart ever since.

The Secret of the Sauce: What Democrats Need to Know About North Carolina's Kick-Ass Populism

Lynn Parramore | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

There's a special ingredient in Tar Heel politics that the state's establishment have repeatedly ignored at their peril. Unique in Dixie, North Carolina has a populist tradition going back to the 1670s.

Dave Jamieson

Outside RNC, Poverty Grows In Tampa's Suburbs

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

THONOTOSASSA, Fla. -- Having spent most of his life in a low-income neighborhood on the outskirts of Tampa, Raymond Smith has long recognized that bei...

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 Strange New Southern Politics: Court-Approved Biracial Accommodation

Glen Browder | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

A new version of race relations seems to have taken hold in Southern political life. Cynics can snicker; but the changed order is better than anything practiced in the past in this part of the country.

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.

The New Race Game of Southern Politics: How Does It Work?

Glen Browder | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

The American South has historically practiced a stubborn, unsavory racial politics in a nation that formally subscribes to the self-evident truth that all people are "created equal" and whose children regularly pledge "liberty and justice for all."

The South's New Race Game: Hard History, Ugly Democracy, and Practical Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

What would I tell Martin Luther King and George Wallace about the South if somehow I could communicate with them today? Sadly, I would have to admit to them that racism extends into the new century. But I also would relate an intriguing story of evolving race relations in this region.

Will 'Southern Democracy' Survive? (Conclusion and Recommendations)

Glen Browder | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Southern Democracy is not dead. But Southern Democrats must devote serious long-term attention and energy to an alternative future -- still different culturally, more moderate politically, and less burdened with traditional baggage -- for Southern Democracy.

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.

"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.

Can 'Southern Democracy' Survive the Legacies of Race and Racism?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Without doubt, the most challenging problem confronting Southern Democracy in these troubled times is its conjoined historical nemeses -- race and racism. Race relations in today's Southern politics present an important and difficult question for Southern Democrats.

Top 10 Books About Today's Southern Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

If our media folks and political pundits will read the books listed here, they'll have something worthwhile to talk about -- other than rednecks and Dixie -- when covering Southern politics.