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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Politics

PHOTO: Advocates in New Hampshire and the nation say Congress deserves a failing grade on the environment for the first 100 days. They say that is especially true for the GOP-led Senate. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons - Scrumshus

CONCORD, N.H. - Congress marked its first 100 days in session on Wednesday, and environmental groups in New Hampshire and the nation say lawmakers deserve a failing grade on key issues. Republicans in Congress say they are trying to promote economic growth by easing regulations, but according to Ro ...Read More

PHOTO: Former Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is in the Granite State this week, warning about wasteful Pentagon spending and the corrupting influence of big money on the race for the White House. Courtesy: College of William and Mary

DURHAM, N.H. - The ranks of declared presidential candidates keeps growing and today a foreign policy expert is warning Granite Staters about what he calls wasteful military spending. Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired colonel who served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilk ...Read More

Photo: According to the non-partisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, outside interests spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to influence voting in Wisconsin's spring election. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, Wis. - Although outside political money had a big impact on the referendum to change the way the Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice is selected, it did not have much impact on the state Supreme Court race. That's according to Matt Rothschild, executive director of the nonpartisan money-t ...Read More

PHOTO: The Internal Revenue Service (pictured) will not collect up to $600 billion from dozens of U.S. multinationals using tax havens, according to a new report. At the end of 2014, 304 Fortune 500 companies collectively held $2.15 trillion in countries like Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas. Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Congressional hearings in the past few years made headlines exposing how Apple and Microsoft moved money overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. But as a new report shows, these name-brand companies aren't alone. Matt Gardner, executive director with the Institute on Taxation and Pub ...Read More

PHOTO: A security expert speaks Wednesday at UNH Durham on how lawmakers are governing under the influence of Pentagon contractors, and says the F-35 fighter is a good example of excessive spending and misplaced priorities. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force.

CONCORD, N.H. - There's no shortage of lawmakers calling for more military spending, but a security expert says New Hampshire and the nation would be better served by focusing on the real needs of Americans. Bill Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Pol ...Read More

PHOTO: One of the featured speakers at the Seventh Annual Wisconsin Progressive Grassroots Festival in Mazomanie Saturday is state Rep. Sondy Pope, D-Cross Plains, who says the Citizens United decision has allowed wealthy people and corporations to purchase election results. (Photo credit:

MAZOMANIE, Wis. - The Wisconsin Progressive Grassroots Festival is one of the largest gatherings of its sort in the nation, and the festival this Saturday at Wisconsin Heights High School in Mazomanie will be the seventh annual get-together. The event features more than 20 sessions on current politi ...Read More

PHOTO: Nearly $17 million was spent on fall legislative races in Wisconsin, up from $16.5 million in the last round of legislative elections in 2012, according to the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Photo credit:

MADISON, Wis. - The amount of money spent in the 2014 Wisconsin fall legislative elections was $16.8 million, slightly higher than the $16.5 million spent in 2012 but well short of the $19.2 million spent in 2010. Mike Buelow, research director of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to meet with lawmakers and other state officials to come up with a new policy for retaining official email, following controversy over his own practice of purging email messages after 90 days. Photo credit: Diana Robinson/Creative Commons.

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to meet with lawmakers and other state officials to come up with a new policy for retaining official email correspondence, following controversy over his own practice of purging email messages after 90 days. An administration spokesperson said Cuomo wants to come ...Read More

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