N.C.'s public financing system drowned out by outside spending

By Chris Young

State supreme court elections vulnerable to outside spending by ideological groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… s certified in our [public financing] program don’t have that ability.”MichiganThe Michigan Supreme Court election is the nation’s most expensive judici …"

"… in our [public financing] program don’t have that ability.”MichiganThe Michigan Supreme Court election is the nation’s most expensive judicial race this …"

"… state’s highest court.“This is madness,” said Rich Robinson, of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, who says outside spending has reached a “ridic …"

"… ats on so-called “issue” ads, which are not reported to the state. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network has been monitoring the ads.The watchdog group es …"

State takeover of Michigan cities slowed by courts

By Paul Abowd

Detroit, other Michigan cities fight state takeover law in the courts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Detroit":

"… m next year.Flint, Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Ecorse, and school districts in Detroit and Highland Park have emergency managers.Detroit is in the late stages of …"

"… and school districts in Detroit and Highland Park have emergency managers.Detroit is in the late stages of a financial review that is also under court scrut …"

"… enge has also disrupted the work of the state’s 10-member team reviewing Detroit’s finances. Judge William Collette handed down two rulings in the last m …"

"… at the state’s attorneys have appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court.The Detroit review team decided not to recommend an emergency manager after months of …"

America’s asbestos age

By Jim Morris

A toxic legacy may leave behind a half-million deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asbestos":

"… hat reflects the unceasing burden of Asbestos disease in the United States.Asbestos has decimated the ranks of miners, millers, factory workers, insulators an …"

"… o victims and their lawyers, and $21 billion went toward other legal costs.Asbestos use has largely moved overseas, fueled by an aggressive industry campaign …"

"… ound in a variety of items. Laboratory tests commissioned by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), a victims’ advocacy group, have r …"

"… long ago as 1948, a National Safety Council newsletter cautioned, “Asbestos used in the formulation of brake lining is a potentially harmful compound. …"