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 "United States":

"… National Association of Tobacco Outlets and the Bodega Association of the United States. Of that sum, about $200,000 was used by the trade groups on lobbying act …"

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 …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… njoyed several victories, however. They gained almost complete control of North Carolina’s state government — where spending by outside groups backed by busine …"

"… st source of outside spending in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Washington, and North Carolina. It was also likely the biggest spender in Montana, but the state’s lax …"

"… at. Besides Walker’s victory, the RGA was also able to claim victory in North Carolina. GOP control In the Tar Heel State, Republican Pat McCrory easily defeat …"

"… ate and union funds for outside spending groups went away. McCrory became North Carolina’s first Republican governor elected since 1988 and was the only member o …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… nsidered the proposition only to study it and abandon the idea. North Carolina is currently in the process of transferring at least some of its economic …"

GOP gov's group raises $100 million in mostly losing effort

By Paul Abowd and Andrea Fuller

Many of the same super-rich Republican donors that financed super PACs were active at the state level.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… this year's 11 contests, but the GOP still managed to pick up one seat in North Carolina, long held by Democrats.The top donors to the so-called “527” organiza …"

"… ielded the identities of the donors who paid for ads in the state races.In North Carolina, the RGA spent millions of dollars, directly from corporate treasuries to …"

"… iliated PACs, to fund ad campaigns in battleground states like Montana and North Carolina. It was the primary funder of a PAC called North Carolina Citizens for Pro …"

"… like Montana and North Carolina. It was the primary funder of a PAC called North Carolina Citizens for Progress, which purchased ads attacking McCrory.While America …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… t Lamontagne, according to the state’s election division.GOP wins big in North CarolinaThe RGA’s major pickup on Election Day was in North Carolina. The state …"

"… wins big in North CarolinaThe RGA’s major pickup on Election Day was in North Carolina. The state’s ban on corporate and union outside spending was nullified a …"

"… rom a 2-to-1 edge from outside spending on his behalf — according to the North Carolina-based Institute for Southern Studies.The RGA used corporate treasury money …"

"… record. Since May, it raised $5 million, compared to the DGA-funded group North Carolina Citizens for Progress’ $2.6 million.In states with unlimited contributio …"

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

By The Associated Press

The nation decides: Voters choose between Romney, Obama as the man who'll best fix the economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Elizabeth Warren":

"… group of television networks. In the battle for the Senate, Elizabeth Warren turned Republican Scott Brown out of office in Massachusetts, and Rep. Joe …"

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 …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… ndependent expenditures of any kind, the roadblocks are no longer there.” …"

"… imits on campaign spending.The two groups have spent roughly $3 million in North Carolina — nearly as much as candidates Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton co …"

"… r seen before” according to the Raleigh-based Free Enterprise Foundation.North Carolina law caps donations to the candidates at $4,000 and prohibits donations fro …"

"… e their money was being spent that way and denied having any stance on the North Carolina race.The DGA, meanwhile, is funneling large sums through a state political …"

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 "Sonny Perdue":

"… t want people voting two or three times to take away the votes.” Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the bill into law in January 2006. Georgia, which falls under Secti …"