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 "Democratic Governors Association":

"… disclosure requirements, benefited from outside spending by the D.C.-based Democratic Governors Association.The DGA-funded JET PAC spent at least $1.7 million on ads, about the same …"

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 "527 groups":

"… le ethics” during his time as mayor of Charlotte.The DGA and the RGA are 527 groups, named for the section in the IRS tax code that regulates them. The groups …"

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 "Bev Perdue":

"… ia. North Carolina’s General Assembly failed to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a photo voter ID bill.  Thirty-seven states have conside …"

‘Nonpartisan’ youth movement has deep GOP roots

By John Dunbar

'Nonpartisan' grass roots youth group staffed by GOP partisans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles Times":

"… ration Opportunity has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the National Journal, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and USA Today, among o …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… terpart this election cycle. …"

"… McCrory defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton to become North Carolina's first GOP chief executive since early 1993. McCrory narrowly lost his gu …"

"… ing a third term. Democratic governors are leaving office in North Carolina, Montana, New Hampshire and Washington — a fact that stirred Republican …"

"… vidual circumstances in a small number of competitive states. Democrats in North Carolina, for example, saw a former governor convicted of a felony in 2010 and the …"