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    PNS Daily News - March 27, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; airlines worldwide reported to be considering revamping cockpit rules; Philadelphia police shootings said to be part of a larger pattern; a new report ranks the jobs picture for college grads; and a comeback story for the piping plover.

Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Politics

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: wisconsinwatch.org)

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: educationdive.com

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

GRAPHIC: Several government watchdog groups say they want Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to a newly passed ethics bill, which they describe as "completely inadequate." Image courtesy of Common Cause.

RICHMOND, Va. - Saying it could actually make some ethics dilemmas worse, several watchdog groups are calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to Virginia's just-passed ethics legislation. Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs for Common Cause, said the General Assembly was emba ...Read More

Photo: Durham residents now can look for this logo on websites or at business entrances to find out if the business pays its employees a living wage. Photo credit: Durham Living Wage Project

DURHAM, N.C. - Within a few days, residents in parts of the Triangle will know upon entering a business or visiting its website whether it pays a "living wage." It's part of a citizen's initiative to encourage Durham-area businesses to pay their employees what it takes to live in their community, ve ...Read More

PHOTO: 'Dark money' disclosure provisions were stripped from a campaign finance bill in the West Virginia Legislature late Sunday night. Meanwhile, a secretive conservative group's $100,000 per person breakfast was cancelled after local reporters got ahold of an invitation. Photo courtesy West Virginia Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The clash between "sunlight" disclosure of political donors and so-called "dark money" campaign financing is on full display in Charleston. A $100,000 per plate breakfast benefitting a secretive conservative group was cancelled Sunday night after reporters received a copy of an ...Read More

PHOTO: Campaign money played a bigger role in 2014 than in any mid-term in history. But that's not stopping civic and community groups from trying to keep elections clean.  Image credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr.

DENVER - The corrupting influence of money in politics is getting worse, according to recent reports by Clean Slate Now and the Center for Responsive Politics. They show last year's mid-term election was the most expensive in history. Outside spending on Senate elections has more than doubled since ...Read More

PHOTO: A campaign finance bill has been dramatically rewritten by the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee. One committee member credits a public outcry for the changes. Photo courtesy West Virginia Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It's a public outcry that forced lawmakers to keep a state rule against corporations contributing to West Virginia political campaigns, according to one state senator. As originally written, Senate Bill 541 would have removed many state limits on campaign contributions. ...Read More

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