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With New Campaign Finance Rules, You Can't Really Follow The Money

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:39pm

Campaign finance rules allow some groups to not disclose their donors. The New York Times' Nick Confessore says there could be "influence peddling ... because we can't see the money changing hands."

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Wisconsin Democratic Candidate Welcomes Obama When Others Won't

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama is campaigning only where he can help — not hurt — Democratic candidates. That isn't very many places. But it does include some governor's races, like in Wisconsin.

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Big GOP Names Stump For Local Candidates With Eye Toward 2016

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:00am

Many national figures in the Republican Party have been trying to give GOP candidates a boost in competitive races — and potentially help their own future presidential ambitions. Renee Montagne checks in with NPR's Don Gonyea, who's been keeping tabs on who's out on the trail.

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Kansas Gov. Brownback's Radical Tax Cut Has Mixed Results

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:38pm

When Gov. Sam Brownback proposed a radical tax cut for small businesses in Kansas, people cheered. Now four years later, his "real live experiment" may cost him his political career.

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In Wisconsin Election, Gov. Scott Walker Fights To Hold On

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:38pm

Melissa Block checks in with Craig Gilbert, political reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, about the Wisconsin governor's race between Republican incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke, a Madison school board member.

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Runoffs Could Delay Answer Of Senate Control After Election

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:38pm

An updated look at this year's Senate races and why we might not know who has won control of the Senate on Election Day.

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Constituent Services Give Voters Something To Remember

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:38pm

If played just right, members of Congress can see a political payoff from simply doing their jobs and helping out voters who elected them. It's one reason incumbents fare well come Election Day.

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Political Scientists Find A Guinea Pig: Montana

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:02am

To see if it affected voter interest, researchers sent fliers to Montana voters ranking their nonpartisan Supreme Court candidates by ideology. State officials did not appreciate the experiment.

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Money Mixes Up Missouri Circuit-Court Race

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Money is flowing into state elections for trial judges and supreme court justices. One big player is the little-known Washington group Republican State Leadership Committee.

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Bear-Baiting And Big Races Drown Portland, Maine, In Campaign Ads

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

A combination of candidates, a controversial ballot measure and cheap ad rates have made Portland very popular. There are even ads running for a neighboring state's U.S. Senate race.

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Ford Brothers Lose Toronto Mayor Race, Hold On To Council Seat

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:33pm

Unofficial results show John Tory beat Doug Ford 40-34 for mayor, a race Rob Ford abandoned after his cancer diagnosis. The latter Ford did keep the Ward 2 council seat his family has held since 2000.

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Navajo Nation Changes Language Law

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:13am

Chris Deschene's campaign become president of the Navajo Nation could get a boost after a requirement for candidates to be fluent in the Navajo language is altered.

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Navajo Nation Changes Language Law

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:13am

Chris Deschene's campaign to become president of the Navajo Nation could get a boost after a requirement for candidates to be fluent in the Navajo language is altered.

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Georgia Democrats Hope To Get 'Souls To The Polls' After Church

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is making a surprisingly strong run in what's been a Republican state. Should she win in Georgia, it will likely be because a strong turnout of African-American voters. A big part of that turnout push is an effort in black churches to get their congregants to go vote immediately after Sunday services.

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Candidates Make Final Arguments In Battle For Control Of Senate

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

With Election Day just over a week away, NPR politics editor Charlie Mahtesian and NPR congressional reporter Juana Summers join us for a look at the state of play in pivotal races across the country.

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Parties Compete To Build The Best Voter-Turnout Machine

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

A week ahead of Election Day, both parties are still scrambling to identify and turn out every one of their voters. These get-out-the-vote operations are as expensive and high-tech as every other bit of modern campaigning.

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Opposition Researchers, Stirring Up Daily Brushfires

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 9:08am

The midterms are just around the corner. NPR's Rachel Martin continues the series looking behind the scenes at the people who work tirelessly on campaigns. This week: the opposition researchers.

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Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:57pm

State Rep. Mike Bost's rants on the Illinois House floor are the stuff viral dreams are made of. Bost says he has good reason to be upset, and wants voters to share his anger.

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Ballot Questions Draw Voters In 43 States

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

Ballot measures cover a lot of ground this year — from minimum wage to school calendars to one involving doughnuts and bear hunting. NPR's Charlie Mahtesian takes NPR's Scott Simon through the list.

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For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00pm

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.

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