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    PNS Daily News - August 4, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; reaction to the Obama administration’s clean energy plan; a church pastor in New Mexico pledges Sunday’s bombings won’t stop his church’s mission; and a controversy brewing over guns in parks in Tennessee.

Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Politics

PHOTO: 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. Photo 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

Photo: There is a Republican-led push to dismantle Wisconsin's official government watchdog and ethics agency, the Government Accountability Board. Good-government advocate Mike McCabe of Blue Jean Nation says the agency is a good umpire, because it's independent and impartial, and that the agency should remain that way.

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

PHOTO: 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. Clean government groups say the decision to end the probe renders campaign contribution laws in Wisconsin meaningless. Photo 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

PHOTO: According to the nonpartisan group Maplight, California, New York, Florida and Texas top the list of states where 2016 presidential hopefuls received campaign contributions in the first half of this year. Photo 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

PHOTO: The State Supreme Court will decide if Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) are individuals in terms of their campaign contribution limits. Photo courtesy of Brennan Center for Justice.

NEW YORK - Liberals and conservatives have joined in a lawsuit to close what both groups see as a gaping loophole in New York's state campaign finance rules. It's called the "LLC loophole," created in 1996 when the state Board of Elections decided that Limited Liability Companies should be treated ...Read More

PHOTO: California's independent redistricting commission, created just four years ago as part of a sweeping initiative package, will remain in place following a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a similar redistricting system in Arizona. Photo credit: Kathleen Connally/Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Election reforms that introduced an independent redistricting commission in California will remain in place, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a similar redistricting system in Arizona. California's independent redistricting commission was part of a sweepi ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of more than 60 organizations sent a letter calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to remove provisions in its budget bill they claim would block the FCC from implementing net neutrality rules. Photo credit: Beau Giles/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – More than 60 civil rights and public-interest groups sent a letter urging Congress to protect the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to keep the Internet open. The coalition is protesting a rider, attached to a must-pass government funding package, that would take awa ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 60 organizations sent a letter calling on Congress to remove a rider in its budget bill they claim would block the FCC from implementing net neutrality rules. Photo credit: Sean MacEntee/Flickr Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – More than 60 civil rights and public-interest groups sent a letter urging Congress to protect the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to keep the Internet open. The coalition is protesting a rider, attached to a must-pass government funding package, that would t ...Read More

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