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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 

    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Politics

A watchdog group says natural gas that leaks or burns off is costing New Mexico taxpayers millions of dollars in lost revenue. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Venting and flaring at oil and natural gas wells on public lands in the Four Corners area costs the public millions in lost royalty revenue, and much more to corporations doing the extraction - not to mention releasing a major climate change contributor into the environment. Tax ...Read More

Clean-government advocates are protesting a bill circulating at the state Capitol. Credit: Anita Burgemeister, Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, Wis. - Late last week, a state Assembly committee advanced a bill that would prevent prosecutors from investigating politicians using a John Doe probe. The legislation could be taken up by the full Legislature this fall. Opponents of the bill, including Jay Heck, executive director of Comm ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina is still without a passed budget for the fiscal year. Photo credit: cohdra/

GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina lawmakers have missed the deadline to pass a budget by eight weeks. According to published reports, it costs the state an extra $42,000 for every day the Legislature meets and there is still no firm budget in place for the next fiscal year. Logan Smith, communicat ...Read More

PHOTO: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will share their views this week with attendees at the Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy U.S. State Department.

LAS VEGAS – As the leading Democratic White House hopefuls, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont are both expected to speak at the Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas this week. Danny Thompson with the AFL-CI ...Read More

The comment period is under way for the draft language for Question 1. Supporters who gathered in Concord last week say the goal is to hold lawmakers accountable to the people. Credit: Jeff Kirlin

AUGUSTA, Maine – The wheels are in motion for Maine voters to take a stand this fall on whether they want to change state law in favor of greater political campaign finance disclosure and more. Andrew Bossie, executive director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, says Question 1 on the No ...Read More

There is a Republican-led push to dismantle Wisconsin's official government watchdog and ethics agency, the Government Accountability Board. Clean government advocates say the Board is an impartial umpire.

MADISON, Wis. – There is a move from Wisconsin's Republican Party leadership to dismantle the state's independent government watchdog and ethics agency, the Government Accountability Board (GAB). At the same time, there is pushback. The bill to create the agency was approved with only two ...Read More

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has put an end to the ongoing John Doe probe exploring connections between Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign and outside special-interest groups. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

MADISON, Wis. – The 4-to-3 ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to end the 2012 John Doe probe into Governor Scott Walker's recall election campaign financing will open the doors to secret outside money in Wisconsin elections, says Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin. H ...Read More

Florida and Texas top the list for 2016 presidential race fundraising. Credit: Susan Sterner/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is number four in the nation for states where residents have contributed just over $7 million to 2016's crop of presidential candidates, according to a new report by Maplight, a nonpartisan group that follows money in politics. California tops the list, contributing clos ...Read More

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