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    PNS Daily News - April 29, 20160 


    Running down today’s news, the presidential frontrunners turn their attention – and their political barbs – against each other, the C-D-C announces that teen pregnancy rates have dropped by almost half, and health care officials and others are taking steps to deal with the epidemic of opiate addiction.

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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

Protesters marched 140 miles from the Liberty Bell to Washington, D.C., to demand that Congress restore voting rights and get big money out of elections. (Democracy Spring)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Protesters are in the nation's capital after a march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the Freedom Bell in Washington. They're calling on Congress to protect elections from special-interest groups and to give every American an equal voice. Peter Callahan, communications coo ...Read More

Immigrants' advocates in the Commonwealth say Donald Trump's popularity doesn't surprise them, given  Massachusetts' conservative attitudes about immigrants' issues. (Michael Vadon)

BOSTON – Advocates for the immigrant community in the Commonwealth took to the State House steps on Wednesday to voice their displeasure with the way the issue of immigration is being treated this election season. Patricia Montes, executive director of the immigrants' rights group Centro Pres ...Read More

A ballot initiative that would establish the nation's first public, universal health care system in Colorado is facing an uphill struggle. (gpointstudio/iStockphoto)

DENVER - An initiative on the November ballot to make Colorado the first state to establish public, universal health coverage is facing well-financed opposition from business and conservative groups. As former head of corporate communications at the health insurance giant Cigna, Wendell Potter say ...Read More

Sen. Bernie Sanders won big in Democratic caucuses in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, but still trails Hillary Clinton in the overall delegate count. (Tiffany von Amim/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE - Senator Bernie Sanders captured 72 percent of the vote in Washington's Democratic Caucus on Saturday, earning him a majority of the state's 101 delegates. Before the caucus, Sanders also was able to raise more money from Evergreen State voters than Hillary Clinton. Craig Holman, govern ...Read More

Public financing may be becoming the norm for candidates seeking seats on the West Virginia Supreme Court. (Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A ruling that two state judicial candidates can use public financing for their campaigns may be a sign that public money is the "new normal" for those races. On Wednesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court cleared the way for Brent Benjamin and Bill Wooten to get $500,000 each to ...Read More

Illinois' Public Access Bureau worked through about 4,770 requests over the state's Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act laws. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's Sunshine Week, when civic groups focus on the need for open government and celebrate the Freedom of Information laws, including those in Illinois. According to a report released this week by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, her office in 2015 helped resolve a majority o ...Read More

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