Early voting changes hit NC rural voters hardest, analysis shows. But will it matter in 2018?

An investigation from WRAL News in North Carolina found that early voters in the state’s poor and rural counties were disproportionately farther away from their nearest voting location, compared to voters in urban and wealthier counties. From 2014 to this year, the total number of early locations dropped by about 17 percent statewide. Two counties lost…

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Georgia county can’t back up its excuse for plan to disenfranchise black voters

A public records request from HuffPost found no written record to support a Georgia county’s rationale for closing almost all of its polling places in the majority-black county. Officials in Randolph County have claimed they’re closing seven of the nine locations because of accessibility issues — but the county has “no document, report or analysis…

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San Diego County Democratic Party spent 37 times the contribution limit on one candidate. And it’s legal.

An analysis by inewsource has found that the San Diego County Democratic Party used a part of California’s campaign finance law called “member communications” to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on one candidate. The law allows both Republican and Democratic parties to funnel money into San Diego races despite efforts by local governments to…

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Florida special interests take advantage of “bundling” campaign finance loophole

The Treasure Coast Palm recently published a new piece of an ongoing investigation, outlining how special interest groups have been able to pump extra money into Florida local campaigns. “The LLC loophole” allows these groups to give the maximum of $1000 from each of their subsidiaries or affiliated PACs. Since the campaign finance reports don’t…

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Inside Trump’s holdings: A web of potential conflicts

CNBC is tracking President Trump’s potential conflicts of interest and those of his family in an ongoing project.  Its visualizations present a web of over 500 properties spread throughout the world and their connections with the Trump family. The scope and complexity of President Trump’s holdings are unprecedented in the history of the U.S. presidency. Ethics…

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Trump fails to attract major Texan donors, lags behind Clinton in fundraising

An Austin American-Statesman analysis of Federal Election Commission records showed that of the 18 major Texan donors to Right to Rise — a super PAC formed to serve Jeb Bush in the 2016 election — only four of those donors later contributed to the Donald Trump campaign. Their analysis also shows that Trump lags far…

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Nursing homes in Arkansas may have solicited petition signatures from residents unfairly

A petition in Arkansas to limit damages and attorney fees for medical malpractice suits may have made it onto the November ballot in a questionable way.  KARK found that nursing home staffers may have solicited signatures from nursing home residents without properly explaining what they were signing. The measure, if passed in November, would reduce…

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Investigation reveals multiple problems with absentee voting in St. Louis

An ongoing investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found troubling issues with absentee voting in Missouri’s Aug. 2 primary for the 78th District Missouri House seat. Journalists reviewed thousands of pages of documents, and conducted dozens of interviews to find “at least 60 instances where two applications for an absentee ballot were submitted to the St. Louis…

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Former president spoke to groups with issues before State Department

At Hillary Clinton’s hearing for secretary of state, she promised she would take “extraordinary steps…to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Later, more than two dozen companies and groups and one foreign government paid former President Bill Clinton a total of more than $8 million to give speeches around the time they also had…

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Candidates enrich themselves with campaign cash, gifts, travel

South Carolina elected officials and candidates have what amounts to a personal ATM that dispensed nearly $100 million since 2009 for such things as car repairs, football tickets, male-enhancement pills, GoPro cameras, overseas junkets and gasoline. A joint investigation by The Post and Courier and The Center for Public Integrity also found state lawmakers and…

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