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  • The Grand Tour

    National Journal reports on "one of Washington;s time-honored political rituals: the mating dance between candidates for Congress and the Washington's establishment." The story depicts how candidates try to impress "the power brokers" who consist of lobbyists, PAC directors, and business executives. The reporter points to cases when candidates' stances on various issues have been influenced by PACs and lobbyists.
  • The other election scandal

    Rolling Stone questions the laws of Florida and eleven other states that have prohibited residents convicted of felony from casting votes until the end of their lives. The author looks at this issue as "the worst violation of the democratic process," since 5 million free U.S. citizens are disenfranchised. The analysis points out that more than half of the legally prevented form casting their votes are black or Latino, and finds that since 1865 forbidding ex-felons to vote has been "one device to limit the political power of African Americans." The story sheds light on a class-action lawsuit in Florida, which can make disenfranchisement an issue in the 2002 gubernatorial election.
  • Colored by Numbers

    National Journal focuses on how "government budget forecasters offer various scenarios, both rosy and gloomy, but few ever hit the marks." The report finds that "despite all of the partisan rancor over tax cuts - or perhaps because of it - one thing seems certain: Ten-year budgets and the estimates they're based on are coming in for a good deal of scrutiny." The story looks at the political debate on government spending and projected tax cuts and exposes the fallibility of the forecasts prepared by the Congressional Budget Office. The author draws the conclusion that "budgetary restraint - in short enough supply, even during an epoch of deficits - may be entirely out of stock in an era boasting any surpluses at all."
  • Block Those Regs!

    National Journal looks at the fight of the business community against the "midnight regulations" and executive orders issued at the end of the Clinton Administration." The report describes how "corporate angst over ergonomics sparks an intense lobbying war," as "the ergonomics regulation affects more than 100 million workers who tap on keyboards and perform other routine tasks." The story points to an OSHA estimate that the first-year cost of the new ergonomics regulation would total $4.5 billion. The investigation details the specific demands of different business sectors. It reveals that "top corporate lobbyists aren't shy about voicing hope that the Bush Administration will jettison or modify unwanted regulations," while at the same time the administration is "also weighing concrete steps that could placate business."
  • Campaign Inflation

    Mother Jones investigates how "campaign contributions [during the 1999-2000 election cycle] are divided into 10 broad industries ranging from agribusiness to transportation." The donors' database analysis finds that "industry pumped in a record $646 million to elect George W. Bush and a GOP congress." The report reveals that "every major business sector expect lawyers and communications sided firmly with Bush." The investigation also profiles the top individual contributors within each business sector and sheds light on "what they expect in return." A major finding is that "candidates who raised more money than their opponents captured all but 29 of the 469 seats up for grabs in Congress - and the White House as well." This finding backs the conclusion that "the power of campaign contributions [has never] been more starkly displayed that in the last election."
  • Above the Law

    This WTHR series "is about alleged abuses of power by one of the most powerful politicians in Indiana - Marion County Sheriff Jack Cottey. Considered a kingmaker among Republicans - and backed by one of the state's largest campaign treasure chests as well as an army of deputies-turned precinct-officials - Cottey plays a key role in choosing candidates for council, judge, prosecutor, mayor and even governor.
  • The Money Trail

    ABC News investigates the impact of soft money on American poliitics in this eight-part series.
  • Silicon Valley goes to Washington

    This story dissects campaign contributions from technology companies, and shows how these companies -- longtime Clinton-Gore supporters -- are now shifting their contributions to Republicans. Bailey also reports on Microsoft's, and other Silicon Valley executives', contributions over the years.
  • Texas Corporate Interests Financed Bulk of Bush Races

    A Los Angeles Times investigation examines the fund-raising practices of former Texas governor and presidential candidate George W. Bush during the 1998 and 1994 gubernatorial elections. The extensive computer-assisted analysis revealed that much of the money Bush raised during those campaigns "came from contributors with major stakes in state regulation." Bush's leading donors included "oil and other large industrial companies trying to avert mandatory pollution controls; businesses seeking relief from expensive civil suits, and conservatives advocating state-paid vouchers for students in private schools."
  • National Insecurity State: The Spy Who Wasn't

    The Nation reports about the nuclear espionage scandal at Los Alamos Laboratory, saying that "as the facts have emerged during the relentless four-month media frenzy surrounding (Wen Ho) Lee, he has looked less like a master spy and more like the innocent victim of neo-McCarthyite Republicans who see the Chinese menace everywhere and hope to use the "China threat" as a bludgeon against Democrats in the upcoming presidential election."