Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight

By Michael Beckel

Battle for control determined in large part by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "TD Ameritrade":

"… me Republican donor Joe Ricketts, the former head of online brokerage firm TD Ameritrade whose family owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Nonprofits — which ar …"

Super PACs exploit disclosure loophole

By Dave Levinthal

Several political committees that materialized in recent days aren't required to reveal donors until after Election Day.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… n. Cory Booker, D-N.J. — and Daniel J. McCarthy, a Cranford, New Jersey, lawyer with ties to Democratic politicians. The PACs share an official address …"

Ads in U.S. Senate contests turn nasty

By Dave Levinthal

More than seven in 10 U.S. Senate-focused television ads last week attacked or criticized a political candidate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kansas":

"… s, Colorado, Iowa or North Carolina. But Senate election ugliness smacked Kansas harder than any other state last week, where just 4 percent of TV ads in t …"

"… shed one of the candidates. Overall, about 3,100 TV ads aired last week in Kansas —an 80 percent increase when compared to the week before, according to t …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… e auspices of the Senate Majority PAC, as well as labor unions such as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Service Employees International Union. A super PAC supporting Land — …"

State lawmakers take aim at federal gun control

By Justine McDaniel, Robby Korth and Jessica Boehm

A growing collection of state legislatures seeks to disqualify federal gun control laws

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… ral regulation doesn’t apply to guns manufactured in the state. Wyoming, South Dakota and Arizona have had laws protecting “firearms freedom” from the U.S. …"

Senate power players quarrel over fate of e-filing

By Michael Beckel

A growing number of senators voluntarily e-file their campaign finance reports. But will the practice ever be mandated?

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Adelson":

"… in exotic locales like Costa Rica and Gibraltar. One casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, a prominent backer of conservative political causes, has pledged to spend …"

"… llion to the Republican Governors Association, with $1 million coming from Adelson, the casino mogul. The RGA, in turn, spent $1.7 million last year helping …"

"… man of the organization, anointing him the chief fundraiser for the group. Adelson and his wife Miriam also gave $7,600 directly to Christie’s campaign las …"

"… ough Christie had already signed the law legalizing online gambling, which Adelson opposes. Adelson does not have operations in New Jersey. Jon Thompson, a …"

New report ranks best, worst states for kids of all ethnicities

By Susan Ferriss

Ethnic minority children will be majority of U.S. kids in four years, but face barriers to success in some places.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… isconsin and Michigan. Native American kids face the biggest challenges in South Dakota. Latino children are faring especially poorly in Alabama, Rhode Island and …"

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 "South Dakota":

"… nly in seven states — Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming — did fewer than 100 people donate to Ready for Hillary last …"

Do senators fear the Internet?

By Rachel Baye

Nearly one-fifth of upper chamber members say they support e-filing campaign finance reports — but won't be this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… offices of Democratic Sens. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Ron Wyden of Oregon told the Center for Public Integrity that the camp …"

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

By Nicholas Kusnetz

A year after Newtown, communities searching for answers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… er requiring that schools update emergency plans annually. In March, South Dakota became the first state to pass a law explicitly allowing schools to author …"

Claims processors received bonuses while backlog more than doubled

By Mary Shinn, Daniel Moore and Steven Rich

Veterans Affairs processors shared millions in awards while claims piled high, News21 investigation finds.

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 "Ann Marie Buerkle":

"… for a House seat; and it helped unseat A-rated and NRA-endorsed Republican Ann Marie Buerkle in New York. In Orlando, Fla., Bloomberg’s super PAC spent $2 million in …"

GOP senators call for overhaul of electronic health records program

By Fred Schulte

Report says $35 billion Obama administration stimulus program not working

Report reveals dramatic decline in youth incarceration

By Susan Ferriss

U.S. still tops, but rates have declined

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… states still show relatively higher propensities for locking up youths – South Dakota is one – and across the country, black youth are nearly five times more …"

'Fiscal cliff' ads target candidates in 2014

By Rachael Marcus

Rove-affiliated nonprofit runs 'fiscal cliff' ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… sroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, a former aid to Republican President George W. Bush, is one of the heavy-hitting advocacy organizations speaking out …"

South Dakota campaign funds move sideways

By Denise Ross

Campaign funds move sideways, effectively skirting individual giving limits

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… ard toward transparency in campaign financing," the Journal wrote. …"

"… inances from the State Integrity Investigation, released earlier this year.South Dakota is one of 19 states with a system of campaign finance regulation that allo …"

"… r, executive director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics.South Dakota and 12 other states place no limits on what state parties or political act …"

"… ributions.Bender believes that this regulatory structure essentially makes South Dakota's $4,000 limit on individual contributions to campaigns irrelevant — by …"

Secretaries of state lead charge for strict voter requirements

By Joe Henke and Emily Nohr

Activist state election officers are changing the role of a traditionally non-partisan job.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… in, a Democrat, hasn’t endorsed a candidate since he took office in 1995.South Dakota’s two previous secretaries of state, Chris Nelson and Joyce Hazeltine, s …"

"… e Galvin, they personally choose to never endorse a candidate.But in June, South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant, a Republican, endorsed then-Republican pres …"

"… ublican, endorsed then-Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and South Dakota Republican state senate candidate Val Rausch.“The operation of elections …"

Policing the politicians; state ethics commissions lack muscle

By Caitlin Ginley

Underfunded, politically crippled commissions frequently do little more than slap wrists

Excerpts from this story referencing "lieutenant governor":

"… onsists of eight board members: four appointed by the governor, two by the lieutenant governor and two by the House speaker. In order for the agency to pursue an investi …"

IMPACT: Tribal payday lender sued by Federal Trade Commission

By David Heath

Auto racer Scott Tucker accused of deceptive lending practices.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… -protection agency has also filed lawsuits against Payday Financial LLC of South Dakota for trying to garnish wages of its borrowers and threatening to sue them i …"

NRA pushed 'stand your ground' laws across the nation

By Susan Ferriss

Gun-rights group used endorsements, campaign cash and political pressure to spread laws nationwide.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… on its website, noting that legislators in eight more states — Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and South Dakota — had a …"

Poverty stretches the digital divide

Those without a broadband connection likely to be lower on economic ladder, and are falling farther behind.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ey “mostly go online” using their phones.What's the solution?President Barack Obama made Internet access a part of his platform when he was elected in 2008.He …"

IMPACT: A call for ethics reform in South Carolina

By Caitlin Ginley

Palmetto State legislators react to failing grade from State Integrity Investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maine":

"… grity Investigation along with seven other states: North Dakota, Michigan, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota and Georgia. …"

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

By Caitlin Ginley

Our State Integrity Investigation reveals corruption risks in all 50 states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… ed. Violators of the law suffer little more than a slap on the wrist. Arizona legislators admitted to violating the state’s financial disclosure polic …"

FACT CHECK: Final fight for GOP in Iowa

By FactCheck.Org

With the Iowa Caucus just around the corner, Gingrich, Bachmann make factual errors in Sioux City debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "CNN":

"… me in seeking to unify the party in opposition to the litmus test, as CNN reported at the time. Gingrich said “our focus should be on why is …"

Gingrich earned twice as much as previously disclosed from ethanol lobbying group

By John Aloysius Farrell

Gingrich brings in double the cash from what was disclosed from ethanol lobbying group

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… rgy was founded in late 2008 by the world’s top ethanol producer — the South Dakota based POET group — and other fuel companies to promote the use of the al …"

In trouble from an online payday loan? You might not have to repay it

By David Heath

Regulators urge people not to repay illegal online payday loans

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… ion order against Western Sky Financial and other tribal payday lenders in South Dakota that were sending letters to employers insisting that they had the right t …"

Fourth fire this year strikes refinery that relies on toxic acid

By Chris Hamby

Company reports no chemical releases, but event underscores risks to nation's aging fuel factories

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ificant amounts of the chemical have to file worst-case scenarios with the Environmental Protection Agency, and an iWatch News review of these documents showed that at least 16 mill …"

ANALYSIS: Doctors treating sick in Africa now aid U.S. uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Nonprofit's free clinics in Chicago and other U.S. cities illustrate health system failures - and need for reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… to another U.S. community in need, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. After spending four days there, the RAM crew will head to Kentucky, …"

Dueling op-eds capture Democratic, GOP views of year-old financial reform law

By Shirley Gao

Dueling op-eds by senators about financial reform law

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lauren Saunders":

"… bstruct, impair, or condition” a national bank’s powers are preempted. Lauren Saunders of  the National Consumer Law Center, said the comptroller continues …"

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