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Groups tally outside spending in North Carolina

Two public-interest organizations have analyzed outside election spending in North Carolina and 20 other states, and on Thursday released a report on their findings. The report is meant to draw attention to what it sees as a big problem: too much money is being spent by outside and secretive interests on federal campaigns.

Morning roundup: Dix deal, McIntyre-Rouzer identity crisis

This story from earlier this morning sets up the Council of State vote on the Dorothea Dix Hospital grounds deal.

Columnist Barry Saunders misses Jesse Helms, because you always knew where he stood. Not so with Congressman Mike McIntyre.

Rouzer, McIntyre recount will be two or three weeks away

After a campaign that in recent weeks soared to about $9 million in outside money – one of the most expensive House races in the country -- the outcome of the Rep. Mike McIntyre/Sen. David Rouzer race on Election Day was too close to call. It is headed for a recount that will not result in an official winner for another two or three weeks.

Rouzer campaign demands TV stations yank ad

Sen. David Rouzer’s congressional campaign is demanding that 10 TV stations in the Raleigh and Wilmington areas stop airing a political ad that accuses him of “running on a platform of outsourcing.”

The campaign’s attorney, Phillip Strach of Raleigh, sent the letter Tuesday. The 3 ½ page correspondence goes into great detail to refute the attack ad, which was paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“The DCCC has every right to support the candidate of its choosing, but has no right to fabricate lies in order to do so,” Strach writes. “Because broadcast licensees have a legal responsibility to review and to eliminate any false, misleading or deceptive materials contained in advertising, we urge you to stand up for the truth and put a stop to these false attacks on your station.”

Rep. McIntyre finds glimmer of hope

Congressman Mike McIntyre, in a tough race to retain his seat against the well-funded challenge by Republican state Sen. David Rouzer, can take some encouragement from the latest Sabato’s Crystal Ball projections.

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