FEC hunts political ghosts on Halloween

By Carrie Levine

On Halloween, the elections agency sent disclosure demands to hundreds of candidates — including those no longer alive.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… months in prison. The campaign committee of the late Rep. Bill Janklow, a South Dakota Republican, received a letter, as did that of former Rep. Bill Jefferson ( …"

Election 2014 by the numbers

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights key facts about the most expensive midterm in history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… Cook Political Report, Federal Election Commission, Center for Responsive Politics and Sunlight Foundation. Rachel Baye, Carrie Levine, Dave Levinthal, Reit …"

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 "Politics":

"… nsored tweets. David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which favors increased deregulation in elections, sees this as a positive …"

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 "Texas":

"… peka, Kansas, and Constitutional Veterans for Freedom Super PAC of Wilmer, Texas. Futhermore, a South Dakota-based super PAC calling itself Many True Cons …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… S. Senate-focused attack ads splashed across Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. The National Republican Senatorial Committee produced …"

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 "Michigan":

"… ir allies, meanwhile, have bankrolled more ads in Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Montana. Thanks to retirements of Democratic lawmakers in Montana, We …"

"… engers. And hotly contested open seat races are also underway in Iowa and Michigan, where long-serving Democratic senators have also announced plans to retir …"

"… ugh late August on TV ads from all sources per eligible voter is $3.64. 6) Michigan The open seat Senate race in Michigan pits Democratic Rep. Gary Peters ag …"

"… ces per eligible voter is $3.64. 6) Michigan The open seat Senate race in Michigan pits Democratic Rep. Gary Peters against former Secretary of State Terri L …"

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 "federal government":

"… d Missouri state Sen. Brian Nieves, who has fought for bills to weaken the federal government’s authority over firearms in his state. In Idaho, the Legislature unani …"

"… itage and politics of states whose histories were shaped by guns. “(The federal government) is diving off into areas unchecked that they’re not supposed to be invo …"

"… de. The other approach says gun regulation falls outside the scope of the federal government’s power, making it state territory. Such bills, often known as the Secon …"

"… rreach is the problem. “The founders never envisioned … that a modern federal government would construe the commerce clause so broadly as to enable the federal gov …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Tester":

"… l, D-Mo.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; John Walsh, D-Mont; Sheldon Whitehous …"

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 "Europe":

"… y, when a handful of companies based in loosely regulated jurisdictions in Europe and the Caribbean began offering online gambling games worldwide, includin …"

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 "Maryland":

"… latively substantial Asian populations, Asian kids did best in New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois. White kids scored highest in Massachusetts and New Jersey. A …"

"… red best, among states with significant Hispanic populations, in Virginia, Maryland and Florida. Black kids did best in Massachusetts and Maryland, among stat …"

"… n Virginia, Maryland and Florida. Black kids did best in Massachusetts and Maryland, among states that have a sizable African-American demographic. Research …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… cember, she had given $400 to the nascent organization that wants Democrat Hillary Clinton to again occupy White House — this time as commander in chief. “Hilla …"

"… inton to again occupy White House — this time as commander in chief. “Hillary Clinton deserves to be the first woman president,” Bremer Muggli told the Center …"

"… rt candidates financially.” A self-identified “long-time supporter of Hillary Clinton,” Sweet-Cushman gave $450 to Ready for Hillary last year in installments …"

"… ss. “We knew there was tremendous grassroots enthusiasm for a potential Hillary Clinton candidacy and that people were looking for a vehicle to express that suppo …"

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 "Al Franken":

"… .; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Angus King, I-Maine; Patrick Leahy, …"

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 "state legislature":

"… is one of about 70 districts that have begun arming staff. This year, the state legislature paved the way for more to join them, passing a bill that created a state-r …"

"… pared to at least five times as much for a resource officer. In 2011, the state legislature cut the education budget by more than $5 billion. While lawmakers restored …"

"… en done here has been repeated all across the Nutmeg State. In April, the state legislature in Hartford passed some of the tightest gun controls in the country — re …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… result of the toxic chemical, Agent Orange. In addition, more than 830,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans returning home had filed claims as of March 2 …"

"… ave creative ways to get the work done,” Bump said. Jonathan Bivens, an Iraq veteran living in California, Md., is one of the 3 percent of veterans who …"

"… office. Sean Meade was a National Guardsman who deployed with the Army to Iraq for a tour during 2006 and 2007. Claims processors denied his disability c …"

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 "Colorado":

"… Testifying before Congress following the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified that “i …"

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 "Laura Speer":

"… juvenile justice systems have locked up fewer delinquent youth.”  Laura Speer, associate director of policy reform and data at Casey, said in an intervi …"

'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 "Mary Landrieu":

"… launched a $240,000 radio ad campaign urging Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Tim Johnson of South Dakota …"

South Dakota campaign funds move sideways

By Denise Ross

Campaign funds move sideways, effectively skirting individual giving limits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… d he didn't, that probably would have made the difference," said Nesselhuf.Governor’s ClubSouth Dakota's longest standing and least public campaign funding …"

"… ota's longest standing and least public campaign funding mechanism — the Governor's Club — has finally run its course, but its history remains a source of …"

"… ld each year while he was Governor, Rounds said. Rounds said he viewed the Governor's Club gatherings more as get-togethers of the party faithful  rather …"

"… Daugaard's election, the South Dakota Republican Party has overhauled the Governor's Club to do away with the private meetings with the Governor, Post said. …"

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 "Kris Kobach":

"… ef election official.The most aggressive of this new group are Republicans Kris Kobach, 46, of Kansas and Scott Gessler, 47, of Colorado.They have been leaders i …"

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 "Ethics":

"… ” McDonald said. “They want it to go away.”   …"

"… — but it has initiated just 18 investigations through 2010.The Tennessee Ethics Commission, also established in 2006, has yet to find anyone guilty of an …"

"… e complaints in five years — and thrown all of them out.The Pennsylvania Ethics Commission takes in between 400 and 600 complaints each year. But severe b …"

"… vestigators to handle the workload.And last year, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission had its full-time support staff reduced from two people to one. …"

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 "Scott Tucker":

"… ts about the business, the FTC says.Among the defendants in the lawsuit is Scott Tucker, a professional race-car driver from Kansas City, Kan. Tucker became a mil …"

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 "South Dakota":

"… s — Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and South Dakota — had already followed Florida’s lead.“This train keeps a rollin’ …"

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 "broadband":

"… ticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.Access to broadband has become critical for anyone to keep up in American society. Finding and …"

"… mail. Basic government services are routinely offered online.The lack of a broadband connection puts people at a profound disadvantage.People without access, w …"

"… or.The Workshop used Federal Communications Commission data collected from broadband carriers through the end of 2010, the most recent data available. We added …"

"… l economic stimulus plan, which dedicated $7.2 billion in grants to assist broadband proliferation, defines broadband as 768 Kbps download and 200 Kbps upload. …"

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 "South Dakota":

"… 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 "Supreme Court":

"… rts took what some believe to be a huge step backwards. In 2010, the state Supreme Court ruled that judges need not recuse themselves from cases involving their ow …"

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 "South Dakota":

"… ying and other construction areas. Construction of the segment in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska would have created an additional 9,000 construction jobs. Als …"

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 "South Dakota":

"… able, proponents say.  A company preparing to build a new refinery in South Dakota recently said it was planning to use an HF alternative based on solid acid …"