Iowa, Michigan bombarded with political ads

By Michael Beckel

Open-seat Senate battles in Iowa and Michigan have attracted a flurry of TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… attracted more ads from Tuesday, Sept. 9, through Monday, Sept. 15:  North Carolina, where viewers saw about 4,800 ads, according to estimates by Kantar Media …"

"… attleground states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina and New Hampshire. Since the beginning of 2013, Republicans and conservati …"

Mitch McConnell revs ad machine

By Michael Beckel

Kentucky’s embattled senior senator has aired roughly one campaign ad every five minutes since Labor Day.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ir allies aired significantly more TV ads in Alaska, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina, according to estimates from Kantar Media/CMAG. In Arkansas, Colorado, Io …"

GOP’s Senate hopes energized by Koch network ad blitz

By Michael Beckel

How many TV ads have groups connected to the billionaire brothers aired in your state?

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… nials, has argued Democratic Sens. Mark Udall of Colorado and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, are “forcing” young adults to “buy health insurance.” And Democr …"

"… ugh the end of August, this spending spree has included about 8,600 ads in North Carolina, 6,900 ads in Louisiana, 5,800 ads in Iowa, 4,900 ads in Michigan, 4,700 a …"

"… ed about $30 million. The most prolific of these fundraisers was Hagan of North Carolina, who, as of the end of June, had raised nearly $17 million — about three …"

Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ting our elections.” The Senate races raging in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina are of particular interest to Patriot Majority USA, which has run more tha …"

"… kansas Senate race, one of every eight in Louisiana and one of every 13 in North Carolina. That approaches — though does not yet match — the number of ads aire …"

"… said Charles Prysby, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Unlike candidates, parties and political action committees, …"

"… was active in redistricting fights. Casey Mann, executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, understands that her party faces a dilemma over dark mon …"

Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… a dozen states, with the battlefield stretching from Alaska to Colorado to North Carolina. Democratic candidates and their allies have aired more TV ads to date th …"

"… to date than their GOP rivals in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and North Carolina, according to data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG. Republican candidates a …"

"… nwhile, Democratic incumbents in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and North Carolina are bracing themselves against strong Republican challengers. And hotly c …"

"… chamber of Congress during the final two years of Obama’s presidency. 1) North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is running for re-election against Republican s …"

How big telecom smothers city-run broadband

By Allan Holmes

Municipal broadband boosts business, but often stops at city limits thanks to lobbying muscle of telecom giants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… on, D.C., is considering requests from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina, to pre-empt state laws that block municipalities from building or expandi …"

"… uthern cities. Tullahoma, which has a broadband network, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, which doesn’t. City-provided broadband widespread More than 130 citie …"

"… on cycle was more than $370,000, almost five times what it was in 2000. In North Carolina, AT&T’s total campaign giving in the 2012 election cycle, including …"

"… ayetteville In Fayetteville, the story is different. Like Tullahoma, the North Carolina city is adjacent to a military base: Fort Bragg. But Fayetteville’s econ …"

Activists say gun debate overlooks gun-related deaths of children

By Kate Murphy and Jordan Rubio

An investigation found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns in America over 10 years

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ember. He was hunting with his dad, uncle and step brother in Wake Forest, North Carolina, when a shotgun blast took his life. Sincere Tymere Smith was 2 when he f …"

Stronger self-defense laws spread, despite limited measure of impacts

By Jon LaFlamme

Stand your ground laws expand American's right to self defense, but their impact varies from state to state

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… they are found innocent of criminal charges. In many of the states, like North Carolina and Mississippi, a person in a public place does not have to retreat from …"

‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Chattanooga asks FCC for help in spreading broadband

By Allan Holmes

Industry-backed law prohibits expansion of cities' Internet service

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ffering Internet service beyond the area where it provides electric power. North Carolina has similar restrictions. These restrictions frustrate the intent of Cong …"

"… to broadband, the Chattanooga petition said. Wilson officials argued that North Carolina’s law creates an “impermissible barrier to broadband deployment and co …"

EPA: No comment on fracking air pollution

By Jim Morris and Lisa Song

No one at the Environmental Protection Agency has been willing to talk on the record about air pollution associated with fracking in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… fairs advisor in the EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in North Carolina. The two officials answered a few of our questions and provided some …"

Lawmakers issue dueling Dodd-Frank reports

By Jared Bennett

Republicans say the financial reform law creates a bailout fund. Democrats says the 4-year-old law makes banks safer.

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

By Wendell Potter

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… pending on anti-Obamacare ads so far are Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, where hotly contested Senate races are underway. Senate Majority Leader M …"

"… ocrats Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina are facing serious re-election threats. The balance of power in the Senate …"

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates are worried possible legal changes could cut off migrant kids' access to social workers, asylum lawyers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… imes were later discovered after police broke up a sex-trafficking ring in North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey in 2007. Some of the girls were caught at th …"

Conservative super PAC scores cash from entity tied to Arizona Cardinals

By Michael Beckel

GOP powerhouse American Crossroads got $50,000 from a limited liability company that shares its address with the Arizona Cardinals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… year, has actively supported Republican candidates such as Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Dan Sullivan of Alaska. What is Cholla West LLC, and who's behind it? …"

Comcast-Time Warner deal may hinge on anemic low-cost Internet plan

By Allan Holmes

Comcast Corp. will use heavily criticized broadband program for the poor to persuade regulators to OK Time Warner buyout.

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

By Michael Beckel

A dozen anonymous donors accounted for most of the $12.7 million America Votes raised during its last fiscal year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ty USA has emerged as a major player in the U.S. Senate races in Arkansas, North Carolina and Kentucky. America Votes was created ahead of the 2004 election by a g …"

Tobacco money fuels gay Republicans, business organizations

By Michael Beckel

Reynolds American gave thousands of dollars to politically active nonprofits such as the Log Cabin Republicans, Americans for Prosperity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… eased by the company and reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. The North Carolina-based company donated $4,000 to the Koch-supported Americans for Prosperit …"

"… contributed at least $550,000 last year to trade associations, such as the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Tobacco Outlets and the Bodeg …"

"… hich has backed Republicans in state-level elections; $50,000 to the Renew North Carolina Foundation, an organization formed by allies of the state’s Republican g …"

"… conservative group has continued to assail vulnerable Democrats, including North Carolina’s incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, who is seeking re-election to a second term …"

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative nonprofits and super PACs have spent $10 million bashing Republicans to the delight of Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ong-shot primary bid to unseat House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and win North Carolina’s U.S. Senate primary. But they still sought to find a silver lining. …"

"… ttorney Woody White, who lost Tuesday to former state Sen. David Rouzer in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District GOP primary. It’s also spend another $3. …"

"… ng those such as McConnell, Simpson and U.S. Sen. candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina who faced, or are facing, competitive primaries. Chamber officials didn …"

"… tor, R-Va., spent $50,000 on phone calls and mailers opposing White in the North Carolina. Super PAC American Crossroads, founded in part by GOP strategist Karl Ro …"

FEC sends senators erroneous warnings

By Dave Levinthal

Politicians received notices they violated election laws due to a communications mix-up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… y, R-Ga.; Republican Karen Handel of Georgia and Republican Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Several volunteered tracking codes and confirmation receipts as proof th …"

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

The EPA's "Next Generation Compliance" plan would lead to fewer inspections of, and enforcement actions against, polluters.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… tes. “I think it’s a really dangerous situation.” Suttles, based in North Carolina, points to recent environmental incidents in the state including the Duke …"

"… state including the Duke Energy coal ash spill into the Dan River. In North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory worked for Duke Energy for 29 years before taking office …"

"… told the EPA that each of the six states his group represents — Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia and Tennessee — ranks high in terms o …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… philosophy, politics and economics” at Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And philosophize about the “moral imperatives of free mark …"

"… erent grants from private foundations. A $100,000 grant the University of North Carolina’s Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program received from the …"

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

By Susan Ferriss

A judge freed a foster girl from adult jail after a school police arrest, but N.C. social services fail to come get her.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… tting. Part of the problem is that Garcia is both an adult and a minor in North Carolina. Once they’re 16, youths in the state are put automatically into the adu …"

"… in Wake County, according to Jennifer Story, an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocates for Children’s Services. “You cannot use jail as a boar …"

"… Garcia arrested for an incident on a school bus. In January, Legal Aid of North Carolina and other groups filed a civil rights complaint against the Wake County Sc …"

"… her state, according to Story. The girl was placed with a family member in North Carolina. She said Garcia wants to disclose what has happened to her; fellow studen …"

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… lished guidelines for effective school discipline and school policing. In North Carolina, students and parents have alleged cases of excessive police force at scho …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… bruary 2010. Burns lost. Representatives of II, including North Carolina state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr., who was listed as the group’s secretar …"

Dems introduce plan for public financing of campaigns

By Michael Beckel

Bill would provide matching funds to candidates who limit size of contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ns. It currently has just one Republican co-sponsor, Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. The House GOP leadership is not expected to embrace it. …"

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ssissippi and South Carolina — and a host of other states from Alaska to North Carolina. Last April, McConnell’s allies launched a super PAC called Kentuckians …"

"… etting in on the action. Allies of embattled Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina recently launched a group called Wolfheel PAC, and Sen. Mark Begich of Ala …"

EPA to regulate coal ash amid court settlement

By Kristen Lombardi

Facing a legal challenge from Earthjustice and others, the EPA agrees to set a plan by year's end to regulate coal ash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… another spill is fouling an American river. In this case it's the Dan, in North Carolina, where Duke Energy discharged up to 82,000 tons of the toxic sludge o …"

San Francisco takes lead in defining role of school police, sets limits on interrogations, arrests

By Susan Ferriss

City by the Bay pulls back on interrogations and arrests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… youth dropping out and getting into serious legal trouble. Last week, in North Carolina, civil rights groups filed a 74-page complaint calling for the U.S. Depart …"

North Carolina complaint alleges excessive force by police in schools

By Susan Ferriss

North Carolina complaint complaint alleges heavy-handed tactics inside schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ack off harsh school discipline, a federal civil rights complaint filed in North Carolina this week alleges that school police have “violently tackled” students …"

"… r the Advancement of Colored People, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation and several university law clinics in the state. The com …"

"… rt from school — which can result in permanent records for students. In North Carolina, minors 16 and 17 are automatically referred to adult court, which jeopard …"

"… ose for mock mug shots and asked for information that was put into files. North Carolina has already fallen under scrutiny because of complaints that black student …"