Ballot measure backers spend big, win big

By Liz Essley Whyte

Of the most expensive ballot races, top spenders won over voters in 21 of 25 contests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… Planned Parenthood-backed organizations won on abortion-related issues in North Dakota and Colorado and lost in Tennessee, which passed a measure that declares t …"

Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

By Liz Essley Whyte

Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Morgan":

"… t side is backed by more than $3.8 million from the personal injury lawyer John Morgan and his firm, which hired Crist after he left office. So far, however, the …"

In Kansas, Democratic donors invest in uncertainty

By Michael Beckel

Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman lures left-leaning donors despite uncertainty about whether he'll caucus with Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… "too partisan." And he's suggested that Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota or Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska should be considered as the ne …"

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 Dakota":

"… xtend far beyond Texas. Similar problems exist in the Bakken Shale of North Dakota, the Upper Green River Basin of Wyoming and the Marcellus Shale of Pe …"

Energy influence in North Dakota is expanding — so what?

By Nicholas Kusnetz and Jared Bennett

A Q & A with reporter Nicholas Kusnetz about the oil and gas industries growing influence in North Dakota.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… effective or not. …"

"… e things was the steep rise in the amount of money given to politicians in North Dakota. North Dakota is a small state. Running a political campaign is comparati …"

"… e steep rise in the amount of money given to politicians in North Dakota. North Dakota is a small state. Running a political campaign is comparatively cheaper, a …"

"… s elections and it really seemed to start changing politics in the state. North Dakota has seen similar booms in the past. In the 1970s it was coal mining and in …"

How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Industry has transformed the state, but at what cost?

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… ssfully to have a grand jury examine the case). The other members are the attorney general, currently Stenehjem, and the state’s agriculture commissioner, …"

"… this used as part of the permitting process?” said Wade Enget, state’s attorney for Mountrail County, which includes Ross. “They didn’t really have an …"

'Radical animal rights movement' gets new foe

By Michael Beckel

An Iowa-based organization devoted to fighting 'the radical animal rights movement' has formed a super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… tect the Harvest backed a similar — and successful — ballot measure in North Dakota in 2012. Critics argue “right to farm” laws, which have been supporte …"

Air Force seeks less perfection in its nuclear missile corps

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The Air Force is having difficulties fielding missile officers who are not engaged in drug use, test cheating and deliberate disobedience.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… ors forty to sixty feet below remote fields in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, and Nebraska in rote preparation for improbable nuclear Armageddon. They …"

"… opulations, Col. Robert Vercher, the commander of a missile wing in Minot, North Dakota, told the Air Force's news service in February that “there is no other A …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… donors who hit the self-imposed ceiling of $25,000. Billionaire investor George Soros*, Salesforce.Com CEO Marc Benioff and philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell …"

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sierra Club":

"… rs as an investigator with a predecessor to the TCEQ and now works for the Sierra Club, said any of the chemicals could cause illness but become more pernicious …"

The story behind 'Big Oil, Bad Air'

By Jim Morris, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song

Texas regulators didn't make it easy to determine the environmental impacts of drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… — fracking — in contrast to, say, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale or North Dakota’s Bakken. This oddity, along with the sheer size of the play — 26 cou …"

Cold, damp, underground cheating

By R. Jeffrey Smith, Mattie Quinn and Douglas Birch

The ICBM force is not getting the Air Force’s high flyers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minot Air Force Base":

"… n during an official trip to Moscow. In May last year, 17 ICBM officers at Minot Air Force Base were relieved by their commander for violations of safety rules, mishandli …"

William Koch emerges from shadow of famous siblings

By Michael Beckel

William Koch's steadily increasing political activity has gotten relatively little notice compared to that of brothers Charles and David.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Bennet":

"… House also are also among the PAC’s beneficiaries, as is incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. Overall, in the first six months of 2013, the PAC doled out $40, …"

Obamacare's hidden battle: insurance agents push state regulation of guides to new marketplaces

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Insurance agents talk state legislators into regulating Obamacare's consumer helpers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lincoln":

"… ead the recommendations by testifying and lobbying at state capitals, from Lincoln to Columbus. The agent and broker associations have spent at least $683,0 …"

Senators investigating Apple own company stock

By Dave Levinthal and Reity O'Brien

Heitkamp, Carper report stock together worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Lax state rules provide cover for sponsors of attack ads

By Alan Suderman

In 30 states it’s impossible to total how much money outside groups are spending on campaigns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… iana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dak …"

Gun lobby's money and power still holds sway over Congress

By Alan Berlow and Gordon Witkin

But lawmakers' fear may not be entirely justified.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… ories for gun rights activists, the firearms industry and particularly the National Rifle Association, the nation’s pre-eminent gun lobby. The power of the gun lobby is root …"

'State Integrity Investigation' has blockbuster first year

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Sixteen states take Center's State Integrity Investigation to heart, initiate government reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… nificant legislation has also been introduced in South Carolina, Maine and North Dakota. Where legislators have been slow to act, in some cases the executive bra …"

Conflicts of interest run rampant in state legislatures

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislation may overlap with business interests but part-time lawmakers vote anyway.

Excerpts from this story referencing "state legislature":

"… . While all other states pay legislators at least a small salary, only ten state legislatures approach full-time status. The rest are part-time, and most lawmakers hol …"

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… ndividuals. “A lot of donors are flying totally under the radar,” says president and CEO Whitney Ball. Donor-advised fund Since its founding in 1999, Dono …"

"… o, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute — whose president, Arthur C. Brooks, is on the Donors Trust board. In recent years, it has …"

"… director for AFP’s North Dakota’s chapter, and Franklin’s vice president of strategic initiatives, Erik Telford, who was director of membership and …"

IMPACT: More states seek reform after Center’s ‘State Integrity Investigation’

More states proposing new legislation after receiving poor grades

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… re states have passed new measures. The latest actions come from Maine and North Dakota. In Maine, legislation to make it unlawful for state officials to leave th …"

"… several ethics bills expected to be debated this session. And lawmakers in North Dakota have introduced a package of ethics reform bills that would revamp the sta …"

Package of bills seeks ethics reform in North Dakota

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Poor grades from State Integrity Investigation yield push for changes

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… said the Sunshine Act has bipartisan support.     …"

"… he state’s poor showing in the State Integrity Investigation, which gave North Dakota an overall grade of F, and announced he would introduce several bills once …"

"… dy was an eye-opener," Mock told The Huffington Post in August. In March, North Dakota received an F in eight of 14 categories from the State Integrity Investiga …"

"… Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International, placed North Dakota 43rd out of 50 states. The lack of an ethics commission and lax campaign f …"

Revolving door swings freely in America's statehouses

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Anything goes in some states; lawmakers skirt rules in others

Excerpts from this story referencing "co-chair":

"… rmer speaker and now marketing director of a Missouri engineering firm, as co-chair. Also named to the committee was Thomas Dunne, the outgoing chairman and C …"

Last-minute mega-donations fueled super PAC attacks

By Michael Beckel

Sheldon Adelson, Michael Bloomberg among eleventh-hour donors to unlimited spending groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… election, mostly attacking incumbent Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp.Both Democrats prevailed in their hotly co …"

Rove-affiliated groups spend $175 million, lose 21 of 30 races

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Super PAC American Crossroads goes 3-10, nonprofit Crossroads GPS goes 7-17

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… would have been over a long time ago.”Meanwhile, Jonathan Collegio, the spokesman for the two Crossroads organizations, has maintained that “sub-optimal c …"

"… verwhelmed by outside money at the last minute,” said House Majority PAC spokesman Andy Stone. “We aimed to reduce the disparity in outside GOP money to ou …"

"… mocratic money, and we cut it in half from 2010 to 2012.”Zach Gorin, the spokesman of Majority PAC, stressed that it was important for Democrats to compete i …"

Elizabeth Warren, Bruce Mann

Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

By The Associated Press

Democrats solidify their Senate rule but Republicans will still run House in 2nd Obama term

Excerpts from this story referencing "Majority Leader":

"… me to put politics aside and work together to find solutions," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who may have a slightly bigger working majority — bu …"

Democrats maintain control of Senate

By The Associated Press

Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts; McCaskill survives in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Donnelly":

"… a stronger America for future generations." Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly edged out tea party-backed Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock in a r …"

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 …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Donnelly":

"… Richard Lugar in the primary.Outside groups supportive of Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly got a boost after Mourdock said pregnancies arising after a rape were “s …"

Redistricting: GOP and Dems alike have cloaked the process in secrecy

By Nicholas Kusnetz

GOP, Dems alike have cloaked process in secrecy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maine":

"… , Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, West Virginia, Alaska, New York, Oklahoma, Maine and Utah. Grades of D or D- went to Maryland, Arkansas and Nevada. (Seven …"

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