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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 


    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Politics

As New Hampshire voters make their final choices for the primary, two of the state's former members of Congress are speaking out about the influence of money in politics. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

CONCORD, N.H. - With the nation now focused on the final days of the Granite State primary battle, some former politicians are speaking out about the need to curb the influence of money in politics. Former Republican Rep. Charles Bass said polls show 85 percent of voters from both parties think mon ...Read More

Planned Express Toll Lanes on I-77 in Charlotte could end up costing taxpayers additional funds if enough travelers don't opt to take the travel option. (CharlieCowins/Flickr.com)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Plans for the controversial I-77 Express Lanes Project in Charlotte are moving ahead now that the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization has voted in favor of the project. This while a report from the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group called it one of ...Read More

The road to the White House runs through Iowa, with celebrities turning out to support their favorite candidates. (whitehousemuseum.org)

AMES, Iowa - We've seen pop singers, movie stars, athletes, and well-known politicians join the presidential candidates on stage the last few weeks, but how much impact do they have? Iowa State University political scientist David Andersen says those celebrity endorsements don't have much sway on vo ...Read More

Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential precinct caucuses have led to an increase in voter registration in the state. (Iowa Secretary of State)

DES MOINES, Iowa - In order to participate in Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential precinct caucuses tonight, you not only have to be registered to vote, but you have to declare a party affiliation. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is the state's commissioner of elections, and has new numbers ...Read More

The Iowa caucuses could be a prelude to a pivotal election.  (morguefile/jppi)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Our neighbors to the north in Iowa will attend partisan precinct caucuses today, the first real step in the presidential nominating process. It's a race that includes two candidates with Arkansas roots, Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee, but beyond the personalities, it could be ...Read More

A debate over a universal health care ballot initiative took place in the heart of ski country on Tuesday. (Jean-Marie Guyon/iStockphoto)

DENVER - The debate on whether or not Colorado should opt out of the Affordable Care Act made its way to Frisco yesterday. State Senators Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) and Jeanne Nicholson (D-Georgetown) attended a community forum on ColoradoCare, a ballot initiative proponents say would give all reside ...Read More

North Carolina voters will have the chance to weigh in on the Connect NC bond referendum on the March 15 primary ballot. (kconnors/morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – In less than two months at the March 15th primary, North Carolina voters will have their say on a bond referendum that supporters say would offer much-needed funding for the university and community college systems, National Guard, state parks and water and sewer systems. The ...Read More

The spring race for a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is being called more of an auction than an election by a government watchdog group. (wicourts.gov)

MADISON, Wis. – This spring, Wisconsin voters will decide whom they want to fill a seat on the state Supreme Court for the next 10 years. The three announced candidates will meet in a February primary, and the winner will be chosen in the spring election in April. Matt Rothschild, executiv ...Read More

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