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 "National Institute":

"… about $2 million according to Montana-based campaign finance watchdog the National Institute on Money in State Politics. But outside groups spent at least as much (and …"

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 "finance":

"… closure whenever possible,” said Kim Strach, deputy director of campaign finance at the state’s Board of Elections, “as long as it’s accurate.”No l …"

"… to other organizations.The DGA avoided listing specific funders of ads it financed by giving the money to the local PAC.In addition to the DGA contribution, …"

"… en complained about,” said Strach, the state agency’s veteran campaign finance director.The RGA ran afoul of the elections board during its unsuccessful …"

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 "Memphis":

"… they are,” said Madeleine C. Taylor, executive director of the NAACP in Memphis. “They just say, ‘Well, hey, I’m not going to all the trouble. I’m …"

‘Nonpartisan’ youth movement has deep GOP roots

By John Dunbar

'Nonpartisan' grass roots youth group staffed by GOP partisans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic governor":

"… s political connections.USA Today quoted Conway in a story critical of the Democratic governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue. The story described Generation Opportunity …"

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 "Pat McCrory":

"… ns across the country. The victory by former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory came two years after Republicans snatched six governors' offices in the mi …"