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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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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Obama donors refrain from giving so far in 2016 race

As of Oct. 1, almost four-fifths of people who gave the 2012 maximum of $5,000 to Barack Obama’s re-election committee hadn’t donated to a 2016 presidential candidate, according to The Wall Street Journal, which analyzed federal campaign finance records. During the 2016 election cycle, donors are able to give up to $5,400, though Obama’s biggets…

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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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Investigation finds 13 new voters in Columbia district

Previously, University of Missouri student Jen Henderson was reported as being the sole registered voter in the Business Loop Community Improvement District in Columbia, Missouri. Henderson would’ve been the only voter in a decision that would increase the sales tax for the district, according to the Columbia Tribune. However, an investigation conducted by KBIA, an…

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Election problems pile high in Ohio

A joint investigation by Politico and The Center for Public Integrity explored the legal and technical problems that could complicate the 2016 election. Ohio is a state crucial to both parties’ electoral math, but it also exemplifies the worst trends in American elections. All but four of Ohio’s 88 counties use voting machines purchased in 2006…

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INN members find top election ‘Power Players’

NJ Spotlight They are heirs and heiresses, self-made millionaires and philanthropists. They are health care CEOs, financial analysts, venture capitalists, general contractors, scientists, authors and lawyers. They are some of this nation’s biggest “Power Players.” The Investigative News Network and some of its member newsrooms have taken a unique look at the largest campaign finance donors from…

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Middle Class Squeeze: As incomes slide, voters check out

As middle- and working-class people have fallen behind over the last decades, many who struggle for the daily bread have become less motivated to vote, petition, speak out, organize or otherwise exercise the American birthright. A growing sense of cynicism, felt by many citizens on the right, left and center, threatens to erode basic tenets…

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Extra Extra Monday: The billion-dollar trophy deer industry, election spending, missing radon tests

Trophy deer industry linked to disease, costs taxpayers millions | Indianapolis Star In less than 40 years, a relatively small group of farmers has created something the world has never seen before — a billion-dollar industry primarily devoted to breeding deer that are trucked to fenced hunting preserves to be shot by patrons willing to…

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