Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis is the Director and regular contributor to the Institute for Southern Study's online magazine, Facing South, with a focus on energy and environmental issues. Sue is the author or co-author of five Institute reports, including Faith in the Gulf (Aug/Sept 2008), Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (January 2008) and Blueprint for Gulf Renewal (Aug/Sept 2007). Sue holds a Masters in Journalism from New York University.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 1:45pm
Tallying Up Returns on Corporations' Political Investments
Amount that the 200 most politically active corporations in the U.S. spent on federal lobbying and campaign contributions between 2007 and 2012, according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation titled "Fixed Fortunes" : $5.8 billion In return, amount they got in federal business and support...
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Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:45pm
Big Energy's Outside Spending in North Carolina: Who Benefits?
A growing force in politics today, outside spending groups -- also known as independent spending groups because they're not allowed to coordinate with parties or campaigns -- have taken in more than $4.7 million in North Carolina so far this election cycle to support or oppose state legislative and...
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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:00am
Debunking the Wild Claims Used to Justify Voter ID Laws
In a comprehensive study of voter fraud allegations nationwide from 2000 to 2014, number of incidents that involved someone pretending to be someone else at the polls -- the kind of fraud that voter ID laws prevent: 31 Number of ballots cast during that same 14-year period: more than 1 billion Of...
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With a return to business as usual for Big Oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the industry is now pressing to open up the southeastern Atlantic Coast to exploration. (File) Views
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 9:15am
Drill, Spill, Repeat?
This Sunday, April 20 marks four years since BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster began unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and setting off an 87-day gusher that dumped an estimated 200 million gallons of oil into the coastal ecosystem. Though fishermen say catches are still down due to...
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Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 1:03pm
Moral Monday Movement Spreads Through the South
After drawing thousands of protesters to the state legislature and inspiring the arrests of more than 900 people for nonviolent civil disobedience, North Carolina's Moral Monday movement challenging the extreme conservative agenda of the state's Republican-controlled legislature and administration is gearing up for more actions in 2014.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 1:22pm
Moral Monday Marches on with Dr. King in Mind
While North Carolina lawmakers have adjourned for the year, the Moral Monday movement marches on, with plans underway to hold rallies across the state this month protesting the legislature's far-right turn.
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Monday, August 5, 2013 - 12:35pm
The South's Widening War on Abortion Rights
Date on which North Carolina Gov.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 9:48am
Fracking's Democracy Disconnect
Though North Carolina lawmakers have acted aggressively to promote fracking, it turns out the majority of the state's residents oppose the controversial method of gas drilling.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 2:11pm
In North Carolina, Nation: School Resegregation by Charter?
North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new research from Duke University suggests the charter school boom will result in greater racial imbalance in the state's public education system -- and that can have negative educational consequences for students.
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Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 9:01am
The Real Obscenity of Mountaintop Removal
Number of minutes award-winning mountaintop removal mining activist Maria Gunnoe of Boone County, W.Va. was questioned by U.S.
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