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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Pol

Peabody Energy has provided funds to a network of groups that espouse climate change denial. (Peabody Energy)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Peabody Energy has financial ties to a network of individuals, nonprofits and political organizations that deny the existence of climate change, according to new documents made public in the company's bankruptcy filings. Jamie Corey, a researcher with the Center for Media and Demo ...Read More

Clean-elections advocates meet in Missoula on Thursday to promote an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to nullify the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.(cohdra/morguefile)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Advocates for clean elections are gathering in Missoula Thursday night to strategize on how to get big money out of politics as part of a campaign promoting a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would declare that corporations are not people and therefore thei ...Read More

So far, 24 ballot initiatives have been approved by the Colorado Supreme Court. (Russell Du parcq/iStockphoto)

DENVER - Warmer days have arrived in Colorado, and that means signature-gatherers are working the sidewalks and parking lots, trying to get proposals on liquor sales, fracking, the minimum wage and more onto the November ballot. Gerry Cummins, director of voter services for the League of Women Vot ...Read More

Oil and gas groups have raised more than $6 million to defeat ballot initiatives that would limit fracking. (Pixabay)

DENVER - The oil and gas industry is gearing up to defeat several initiatives headed toward the November ballot that would allow restrictions on fracking. A coalition of industry, business groups and elected officials called Protecting Colorado's Environment, Economy and Energy Independence has for ...Read More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bills cap LLC contributions at $5,000. (Gov. Andrew Cuomo/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a package of bills to close a major loophole in New York state's campaign finance laws. The "LLC Loophole" allows individuals to form multiple limited liability companies, and use each one to give a candidate more than $60,000 in each election cycl ...Read More

Contributors to candidates in Tuesday's primary election have no limit on how much they can give. (Chris Phan/flickr user clipdude)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Candidates running for office in Oregon's primary on Tuesday can receive an unlimited amount of campaign contributions from individual donors. Despite voters twice in the last two decades passing initiatives to limit contributions, Oregon's Supreme Court has ruled money caps ...Read More

A local peace activist says police in Washington, D.C., should expect to cope with even more mass arrests next week as the Democracy Spring effort combines with Democracy Awakening to put the focus on voter suppression. (NH Rebellion)

BOSTON - Police in Washington, D.C., should be prepared for an even bigger round of mass arrests on Monday, local advocates say, as Democracy Spring activists from Massachusetts and the nation call attention to voter suppression. Dylan Lazerow, a national field organizer for Massachusetts Peace Act ...Read More

At least 2,000 people participated in the Democracy Spring sit-in in Washington, D.C., this week. (Democracy Spring/Facebook)

CONCORD, N.H. - A retired New Hampshire professor and a local Vietnam War veteran are among More than Granite Staters who were arrested in Washington during a week of protest over what they say is the corrupting influence of money in politics. More than 400 people in all were arrested during the pro ...Read More

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