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    PNS Daily News - March 6, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; New York schools lifting some barriers to immigrant enrollment; Connecticut lawmakers take up a Better Jobs Act; and citizens in West Virginia force lawmakers to shed some light on dark money.

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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

PHOTO: An aerial view of Terminal Five at the Port of Seattle shows the location at the heart of a lawsuit filed on Monday to stop oil drilling ships from being docked and repaired in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle.

SEATTLE - It's turning out to be a big week for oil transport issues in Washington. On Monday, four conservation groups filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, challenging the Port of Seattle's decision to allow oil drilling ships to be housed and repaired at the port's Terminal Five. Becky ...Read More

PHOTO: As New Hampshire lawmakers get back to work, one bill pending (HB650) would require background checks for all commercial advertised gun sales. Credit: Wiki Commons

CONCORD, N.H. – Lawmakers get back to work today in Concord, and among the bills pending is one that would require criminal background checks for all commercially advertised firearm sales. Rep. Katherine Rogers (D-Merrimack) says Granite Staters already go through background checks at gun st ...Read More

Photo: It still takes a pardon from the governor for nearly a quarter of a million former felons, including Mike Hiser (at podium), to get their right to vote back. Hiser is participating in a rally at the state Capitol on Thursday in support of a bill calling for a public vote on the automatic restoration of voting rights. Photo courtesy of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Convicted of multiple nonviolent felonies, Mike Hiser spent four years in prison. Released in 2007, he says he's paid restitution and is off parole. Hiser says it's "un-American" that Kentucky does not automatically restore the voting rights of former felons like him. "For us to s ...Read More

PHOTO: After $3.77 billion was spent on political ads in the last midterm elections, legislation that passed the Colorado Senate to shield small donors from scrutiny, and a recently approved super-PAC, are coming under fire from watchdog groups. Photo credit: Jericho/Wikimedia Commons

DENVER - Following the money in politics might become harder in Colorado. On Tuesday, the state Senate approved a bill critics claim would make political donations less transparent. Its backers say smaller groups shouldn't be subject to the same filing requirements as larger advocacy groups, but Co ...Read More

PHOTO: Business, faith and community groups say legislation scheduled this week in a Colorado House committee would pave the way for businesses and individuals to discriminate against others who don't share their religious views. Photo credit: Hustvedt/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – A coalition of Colorado business owners, faith leaders and community groups is urging lawmakers to oppose legislation the coalition says will legalize discrimination in the state. House Bills 1161 and 1171 would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to follow any law that goes ...Read More

PHOTO: It's crunch time for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's ID card program for undocumented immigrants and others who lack proper identification. The administration is rushing to issue the first 10,000 IDNYC cards by early next week, after receiving a surge in applicants when the program launched in January. Photo credit: IDNYC.

NEW YORK – It's crunch time for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's ID card program for undocumented immigrants and others who lack proper identification. The administration says it is opening two new IDNYC enrollment centers today, after receiving a surge in applicants when the program launched ...Read More

PHOTO: Lakeview is the county seat of Lake County, one of Oregon's least populated areas. Internet service is provided here by small broadband businesses, as the media giants haven't seen it as profitable. Photo courtesy Lake Co. Chamber of Commerce.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to classify the Internet as a public utility, allowing it to be more closely regulated to ensure fairness, or what is known as "net neutrality." But smaller Internet service providers are asking to ...Read More

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