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    PNS Daily News - July 3, 20150 


    We’re covering issues from around the nation including: a multi-billion dollar settlement announced in the Deepwater Horizon spill; hunger impacting our veterans this Fourth of July; and a dangerous weekend predicted on America’s roadways.

Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Politics

PHOTO: California's independent redistricting commission, created just four years ago as part of a sweeping initiative package, will remain in place following a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a similar redistricting system in Arizona. Photo credit: Kathleen Connally/Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Election reforms that introduced an independent redistricting commission in California will remain in place, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a similar redistricting system in Arizona. California's independent redistricting commission was part of a sweepi ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of more than 60 organizations sent a letter calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to remove provisions in its budget bill they claim would block the FCC from implementing net neutrality rules. Photo credit: Beau Giles/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – More than 60 civil rights and public-interest groups sent a letter urging Congress to protect the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to keep the Internet open. The coalition is protesting a rider, attached to a must-pass government funding package, that would take awa ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 60 organizations sent a letter calling on Congress to remove a rider in its budget bill they claim would block the FCC from implementing net neutrality rules. Photo credit: Sean MacEntee/Flickr Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – More than 60 civil rights and public-interest groups sent a letter urging Congress to protect the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to keep the Internet open. The coalition is protesting a rider, attached to a must-pass government funding package, that would t ...Read More

PHOTO: Activists are protesting the private prison industry in California. Photo credit: morguefile/arnoshwithal

LOS ANGELES – Activists are protesting tax breaks for the $3 billion private prison industry - which runs 16 facilities in California. They protested at an industry conference in New York last week about a loophole that lets private prison companies claim to be in the real estate business and ...Read More

PHOTO: Activists are protesting the private prison industry in Florida. Photo credit: morguefile/kconnors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Activists are protesting tax breaks for the $3 billion private prison industry, which runs seven facilities in Florida. They protested at a real estate conference in New York last week about a loophole that lets private prison companies claim to be in the real estate business, wh ...Read More

Photo: Disgraced former Republican State Assembly Leader Scott Jensen has been named "Influence Peddler of the Month," a new feature from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. WDC Executive Director Matt Rothschild says most people think Jensen disappeared from politics after his long legal fight against ethics charges, but Rothschild says Jensen still is one of the major power-brokers under the Capitol dome as a highly paid lobbyist. Photo credit: Wisconsin Blue Book

MADISON, Wis. - Saying the citizens have a right to know who's pulling the levers of power in the state Legislature, the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has launched a new feature called "Influence Peddler of the Month." The feature will be part of the group's website, wisdc.org, according ...Read More

PHOTO: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, right, with Will and Zeke Stewart at a recent Brunch with Bernie event in Manchester. Sanders is refusing super PAC money in his bid for the White House. Photo credit: W. Stewart

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Senator Bernie Sanders intends to win the White House by knocking on doors and supporters in the Granite State say don't underestimate the power of grassroots campaigns. Elizabeth Ropp hosted a "Brunch for Bernie" in Manchester. She says Sanders' average campaign contribution is ...Read More

PHOTO: A proposal to reform the nation's toxic chemical laws does not go far enough to protect the public, and could roll back some important protections currently in place, according to safety and environmental advocates. Photo credit: Andy Beecroft/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The chemical industry is backing new legislation in the U.S. Senate to reform the way chemicals are regulated. Its proponents say it's time to loosen some of the current restrictions on chemicals, many of which show up in such everyday products as plastics and vinyl flooring. However, cons ...Read More

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