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 …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… forcement. And what is the message you are sending to the communities?" …"

"… increase compliance with environmental laws.” Environmental worries in New Mexico, New York The EPA’s Giles, in her write-up in the environmental publica …"

"… es say some of the neediest communities could be left out. One example: In New Mexico, where Native-American communities confront pollution concerns. “Electr …"

"… o the Internet,” said Douglas Meiklejohn, executive director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. “There are large areas of Native American rese …"

'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 "Karl Rove":

"… ormer chairman of the Republican National Committee and close associate of Karl Rove. Gillespie and Rove, former political strategists for President George W. …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… nd has run the U.S.A. national basketball program. In 2006, President George W. Bush named him to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… Koch is co-owner of the second-largest privately held company in America, Koch Industries, an energy conglomerate.Seven of the RGA’s top 10 donors are corporate e …"

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 "Pat McCrory":

"… tside spending was nullified after the 2010 high court decision.Republican Pat McCrory’s race with Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton was never close. Dalton suff …"

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 "White House":

"… athered in New York's Times Square, at Faneuil Hall in Boston and near the White House in Washington, drivers joyfully honking as they passed by. W …"

"… 06 margin in the competition for the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, the count that mattered most. Remarkably, given the sour economy, he lost …"

"… y's, rather than a simple referendum on the economy during his time in the White House. Unemployment stood at 7.9 percent on Election Day, higher t …"

"… other's religion were never major factors in this year's campaign for the White House, a race dominated from the outset by the economy. Over and o …"

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 "527 groups":

"… le ethics” during his time as mayor of Charlotte.The DGA and the RGA are 527 groups, named for the section in the IRS tax code that regulates them. The groups …"

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 "Pat McCrory":

"… s photo voter ID bill. North Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory  has campaigned on photo voter ID. He pledged to enact the failed leg …"