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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Politics

PHOTO: The Florida Public Service Commission is expected to make an announcement Tuesday on the request by state utilities to reduce incentives for energy-efficiency programs. Photo credit:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A decision expected Tuesday from Florida's Public Service Commission (PSC) could impact how much the state's consumers pay for energy usage for years to come. The PSC has been deliberating on requests from utilities, including Duke Energy, to cut benefits offered by money-saving ...Read More

PHOTO: Though Michigan's lame duck legislative session lasts just nine days, Governor Rick Snyder says getting a road funding bill to his desk before January 1 is a priority. Photo credit: M. Shand

LANSING, Mich. - With the election results now in, Michigan's outgoing legislators only have a handful of session days left before the end of the year, but they're still expected to tackle a very big issue: finding a funding solution for the state's deteriorating roads. Marissa Luna, new media spec ...Read More

PHOTO: Voters in two Ohio communities overwhelmingly supported ordinances on Tuesday calling on Congress to enact a constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood. Photo credit: Pippalou/Morguefile.

CLEVELAND - Momentum is building in the Buckeye State to stop the influence of Big Money in elections. Voters in the Cleveland-area communities of Mentor and Chagrin Falls passed resolutions on Tuesday calling on Congress to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring corporate entities ...Read More

PHOTO: As political pundits analyze the impact of the midterm election, political insiders are gearing up for the 2016 elections. Photo courtesy of

DENVER - After enduring months of campaign ads, Coloradans are waking up today and learning how the candidates and issues they favored in this midterm faired. But today barely marks a break in the action for political insiders, as they now ramp up for the 2016 Presidential election, explains Jill H ...Read More

PHOTO: There will be little rest for the weary in Florida politics, with candidates gearing up for the 2016 Presidential election. Photo courtesy of Center for American Progress

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Floridians are waking up today to discover the outcome of their state and local races. While there may also seem to be a reprieve from the barrage of campaign ads, candidates and their staffs are hard at work preparing for the 2016 presidential election. With Senator Marco Rub ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina's U.S. Senate race encouraged turnout among voters across the state, and set a record when it comes to campaign spending. Photo credit: S. Carson

RALEIGH, N.C. - After enduring months of campaign ads, North Carolinians are waking up today and learning how the candidates and issues they favored in this midterm fared. But today barely marks a break in the action for political insiders. Jill Hanauer, president and CEO of Project New America, say ...Read More

PHOTO: A recent analysis examines the impact of last minute campaign spending by special interest groups on judicial elections. Photo credit:M. Connors/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – According to a recent analysis, Illinois is among a handful of states that's seen a surge of last minute outside spending in state Supreme Court races by special interest groups. Bert Brandenburg, executive director of the judicial watchdog group Justice at Stake, says th ...Read More

PHOTO: North Dakota is the only state with a law on local pharmacy ownership. Voters will decide whether to repeal or keep it with Measure 7 on next week's ballot. Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - When voters in North Dakota head to the polls next week, they'll decide whether or not to keep a 50-year-old law on the books concerning the local ownership of pharmacies. If passed, Measure 7 would open the door for major retail chains by removing the requirement that majority owne ...Read More

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