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Tracking campaign cash in the commonwealth

The Virginia Public Access Project helps political reporters and citizens follow the money

VIRGINIA — If you want to follow political money in Virginia—and there’s plenty of it here, as this is one... More

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Arbitrating the dispute over Romney’s history at Bain

Reporters and editors need a better approach to covering the controversy

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Last Tuesday, the Obama campaign released a new ad here and in eight other swing states that... More

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A sober look at healthcare after the ACA

The Los Angeles Times leads the way

Chad Terhune’s piece, “Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling: The outlook for California,” offered a clear-eyed look at the repercussions of the... More

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In defense of covering position papers and official statements

Most of the time, what politicians say is what they’ll do

In his latest Swing States column, Walter Shapiro grapples with the question of why campaign issue coverage is not only... More

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A state C-SPAN in North Carolina?

UNC report looks at solutions to increase reporting capacity

NORTH CAROLINA — When the North Carolina General Assembly reaches its frenetic final days in session, news organizations traditionally feel... More

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Spinning the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision

The press rides a PR tsunami on Obamacare

In the days before and after the Supreme Court’s decision, spin doctors were hard at work peddling their experts, positions,... More

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Why is ‘issue coverage’ so boring—and often wrong?

Slavish fidelity to campaign position papers and official statements short-changes voters

As we sipped red wine in Washington last week, Republican pollster David Winston suddenly asked me, “Why doesn’t the media... More

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Climbing the Medicaid mountain

The press is starting to master the policy angles. Now for the people

The Affordable Care Act envisions a major expansion of health insurance in America, with some 30 million Americans gaining coverage.... More

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Why are lame ducks still raising campaign funds?

The Detroit Free Press takes a look at the books of 22 state lawmakers

MICHIGAN — Who pays attention to lame-duck politicians during a restive election year? The Detroit Free Press does, and the... More

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(Not) going to the candidates’ debate

Why are federal candidates in Florida ducking debates?

FLORIDA — Former Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry once wrote: “I can win an argument on any topic, against... More

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‘Turning point’ claims ‘in tatters’

After historic health care decision, some commentators set out on fruitless search for campaign narrative

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act has vast implications for health policy in this country... More

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Political money talks. PolitiFact Virginia listens—and then talks back

As campaign ads swamp the Commonwealth, site aims to “explain what the facts are”

VIRGINIA — Need proof that Virginia is a battleground state in the 2012 election? In one recent week, the presidential... More

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The new media narrative: ‘no-policy’ Romney

Three things reporters should remember as they press Romney for policy details

Lately, Mitt Romney is losing his reputation in the media as a politician who constantly flip-flops from one policy position... More

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Another recommended LAT read on campaign finance

The paper offers a timely look at the disclosure fight

Last month, The Swing States Project singled out the good work of the Los Angeles Times’s Matea Gold and Joseph... More

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Explaining how Ohio ‘really works’

Columnist Thomas Suddes works in the political “lab” that is the Buckeye State

During the somewhat less frantic months of the presidential campaign season—between the primaries and the nominating conventions—the Swing States Project... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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