Outside spending makes big difference in state-level races

By Paul Abowd and Chris Young

Attempts to oust justices in Florida and Iowa fail; GOP scores in N.Car., Montana too close to call.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bev Perdue":

"… on suffered from attacks tying him to the unpopular tenure of current Gov. Bev Perdue, who chose not to run for re-election.McCrory, the former mayor of Charlot …"

North Carolina governor's race awash in out-of-state funds

By Paul Abowd and John Dunbar

Two powerful partisan groups are funneling millions of dollars into the North Carolina governor's race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… are being spent.The state is the latest field of battle for the Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association, organizations whose …"

"… ield of battle for the Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association, organizations whose impact has increased thanks to court dec …"

Voting rights battles re-emerge in the South

Photo ID laws and other new voting restrictions in a number of Southern states raise questions about impact on minorities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… ause he didn’t have a photo ID. With Williams’ help, the Sumter, S.C., Walmart store employee, isn’t waiting for courts and legislatures to agree on th …"

‘Nonpartisan’ youth movement has deep GOP roots

By John Dunbar

'Nonpartisan' grass roots youth group staffed by GOP partisans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Heritage Foundation":

"… Conway, a career Republican appointee who once worked for the conservative Heritage Foundation, is a former faculty member at an organization that “trains conservative …"

"… alwart and Education Secretary William Bennett in 1988. He then joined the Heritage Foundation as the deputy director of the “citizenship project.” He joined the Off …"

"… from 2001 to 2005. He became chief of staff for Chao in 2005.According to Heritage Foundation tax records, Conway’s former boss, Chao, is a “distinguished fellow” …"

"… s a member of the foundation’s board of trustees.iWatch News reached the Heritage Foundation and sent an email asking if it funded the organization, but did not receiv …"

Walter Dalton

Republicans try to pick up more governors' offices

By The Associated Press

Republicans win NC governor's race in bid to broaden party's hold on governorships nationwide

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… Illinois University in Carbondale. Kate Hansen, a Democratic Governors Association spokeswoman, said 2012 was a difficult year for Democrats, si …"

"… Republicans have also been aided by a cash advantage, with the Republican Governors Association raising about twice as much as its Democratic counterpart thi …"