Chris Kromm

Chris Kromm is Executive Director of Facing South and Publisher of Southern Exposure at the Institute for Southern Studies.

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Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) speaks in favor of the For the People Act, a sweeping, pro-democracy bill passed by the House in 2019 that combines measures to protect voting rights, curb Big Money influence, and strengthen ethics rules. (Photo: Getty Images.) Views
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Citizens United at 10: Why Fighting Corruption Is a Racial Justice Issue
Ten years ago, on a narrow 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision that has reshaped our country's democracy. Citizens United v. FEC opened a new era in Big Money influence in politics, fueling a dramatic rise in election spending by super PACs and other shadowy outside...
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Activists with New Virginia Majority are among those working in states across the South for wide-reaching pro-democracy reforms. (Photo courtesy of New Virginia Majority.) Views
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Southern States Take Up Fight For Bold Democracy Reforms
On Jan. 3 of this year, the first day of the 116th U.S. Congress, the new Democratic majority in the House introduced as its first bill a sweeping reform of the country's elections. H.R. 1 , the For the People Act, a bold package of measures aimed at improving voting access, tackling Big Money's...
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President Donald Trump delivering remarks from the White House on Nov. 1, 2018 in which he described a caravan of asylum-seekers as akin to "an invasion." Views
Saturday, November 03, 2018
Immigrant Bashing Emerges as GOP's Closing Argument in 2018 Midterms
With control of Congress hanging in the balance, and fears of a blue wave giving Democrats an edge in hard-fought races from the U.S. Senate to local offices, Republicans appear to have settled on a theme to turn out GOP voters in the closing days of the 2018 elections: bashing immigrants...
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Stacey Abrams of Georgia, Andrew Gillum of Florida, and Beto O'Rourke of Texas aim to capitalize on a "blue wave" in 2018 to make Democratic inroads and shake up politics in the South. Views
Saturday, October 13, 2018
How the 2018 'Blue Wave' Could Shake Up Southern Politics
Many pollsters and pundits agree: A "blue wave" of Democratic gains are coming in the 2018 elections. The question is just how big the wave will be. While the divisive nomination hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh have fired up Republican voters , Democrats are still expected to...
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Saturday, September 03, 2016
Why North Carolina Is the Biggest Battleground of 2016
The volatile 2016 presidential race has shaken up the national political map in many ways, putting new states in play and causing Democrats and Republicans alike to scramble to adjust for Donald Trump's potential impact on hundreds of down-ticket races. In the wake of this year's electoral chaos,...
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Saturday, August 06, 2016
Big Money vs. Black Lives: Movement Connects Money in Politics to Racial Justice
This week, a coalition of more than 50 organizations connected to the Black Lives Matter movement released a highly-anticipated policy agenda document, " A Vision for Black Lives ." Rooted in the cause launched in 2013 to protest the killings of African Americans by police, the document began to...
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Friday, June 17, 2016
From Charleston to Orlando, Sanctuary and Struggle in the South
A historic church in Charleston, a vibrant nightclub in Orlando. On the surface, the two places may seem entirely different. But for the faithful who have come to "Mother Emanuel" A.M.E. , one of the largest and oldest black congregations in the South, and Pulse, an LGBT bar founded in 2004 to...
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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Why the HB2 Boycott of North Carolina Is Working
It's been over a month since North Carolina lawmakers rushed to pass House Bill 2 , sweeping legislation that, while targeting a Charlotte city ordinance for gender-neutral public bathrooms, also nullified local anti-discrimination and wage laws. Since HB2 passed, headlines have been filled with...
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Saturday, March 12, 2016
Trade Deals Have Hit North Carolina Harder Than Michigan
This week, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a surprise victory in Michigan over Hillary Clinton, the party front-runner who before the state's primary was favored in polls by 25 points. Key to Sanders' victory was the Vermont senator's criticism of Clinton's support for "...
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Lincoln Memorial Views
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Fables of the Reconstruction: Why Clinton's Comments About Southern History Matter
At a CNN town hall for the Democratic presidential hopefuls this week, Hillary Clinton was asked a seemingly softball question: Who is your favorite president of all time? Clinton's answer: Abraham Lincoln, a safe bet given Lincoln's consistent ranking among scholars as the country's best leader...
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