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  • The McConnell Machine

    The Herald-Leader investigates U.S. Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, whose campaign fundraising has reached impressive levels to the tune of $220 million, largely on behalf of fellow Republican senators. As the 2006 mid-term elections approached, McConnell was seen as a likely contender for Senate Majority leader, should the Republicans retain control (they did not, and he is now Senate Minority Leader). Anticipating this news, the Herald-Leader "examined McConnell's 22-year record of aggressive fundraising, cozy ties with top donors and related actions in the Senate." The newspaper found that McConnell benefited from his "influence over a little-known foreign aid committee; his marriage to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who regulates his corporate donors; and a former McConnell chief of staff turned Washington "gatekeeper lobbyist," whose clients tend to receive appropriations earmarks and helpful legislation from McConnell." McConnell has gained a reputation as an opponent of campaign-finance reform.
  • Battered Justice

    This extensive investigative series examines the methods used to deal with domestic violence cases in Colorado. While domestic violence and assault laws have changed drastically over the past 15 years to help victims of abuse, advocacy groups are still unsure as to whether the laws are helpful or causing more harm to victims. Others don't want to dispute these laws for fear that old beliefs will return about domestic violence not being a crime.
  • U of L Foundation

    A classic case of negotiating over public records, this series of stories chronicles the legal battle between the University of Louisville and the Courier-Journal. Since filing suit in 2001, the newspaper maintained that the public needs to know the donors who contribute to the McConnell Center for Political Leadership, which was founded by Senator Mitch McConnell. The donor list to the McConnell Center includes some of the largest corporate names in Kentucky, names that also rank among the top donors to McConnell's political campaigns. The stories even uncovered legislative attempts, by Sen. McConnell and his allies, to block access to foundation documents. In November 2004 the courts ruled in favor of the newspaper.
  • Scandal in Detroit Police Dept.

    An exhaustive investigation into a series of scandals involving the Detroit Police Dept. Among the topics: Consistently poor procedures that violate the basic rights of those arrested, federal grand jury indictments against 17 officers for criminal activity, and much more.
  • With strings attached

    Governing examines how private foundations are using their grant money to buy public policy. The story reveals that foundations pump billions of dollars into local and state government every year, and points to specific examples when donors have attempted to reshape governmental programs and initiatives. The article looks at how the cash flow from foundations to government has been increasing since 1975. "Foundations are positioned to influence the public sector in a whole new way," but they " rarely have the standing and legitimacy to act as a driving force for reform within government," the magazine reports.
  • Hell on Wheels: A road rage story you'll never forget

    McConnell recounts a hellish incident of road rage which occurred on Aug. 4, 2000 on Interstate 83 between Baltimore and East Petersburg, PA. Michael Eck, a forklift operator, was driving from his home in Baltimore to his job in East Petersburg when his Chevy Impala was struck from behind 12 times by a semi-truck driven by James Trimble. Trimble, who was later convicted of aggravated assault and numerous driving offenses that landed him in prison for two years, started ramming the Impala after Eck passed him on the right.
  • Few and far between

    FCC Chairman William Kennard's effort to increase the number of radio and TV stations owned by minorities is being slowed by hostile courts and lawmakers and indifferent broadcasters.
  • Coups, Wars, and the CIA

    Boston Globe Magazine tracks the career of CIA director William Webster.
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    Houston Chronicle runs series on a Houston developer and landlord who went bankrupt after borrowing money repeatedly on the same properties with doctored title work, June 14-16, 1987.