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    PNS Daily News - January 28, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the LDS Church is supporting laws that protect LGBT Americans; and federal royalties for coal on public land are getting a checkup; and a new report shows that income inequality may be worse than previously reported.

Civic Engagement

PHOTO: A new coalition including the National Organization for Women, American Civil Liberties Union, and League of Women Voters hopes to change the tone of women's issues at the state capitol. Photo credit: Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to the health, safety and economic security of women in Michigan, a new coalition says it's time for a change in direction. The new nonpartisan group is called MI Lead, and is made up of civil rights, health, labor and advocacy organizations from across the state. MI ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon's minimum wage may be higher than most states, but it still isn't enough to support a family. That's the premise of a Saturday 'Living Wage Rally' in Salem. Opponents of raising it say the minimum wage was never intended to support a family. Image credit: mybaitshop/FeaturePics.com.

SALEM, Ore. - Taking a day off isn't something many of Oregon's low-wage workers can afford to do. But some say they can't afford not to weigh in on the living-wage debate in Salem. At noon on Saturday, a diverse group is expected to rally on the Statehouse steps in support of a minimum wage of $15 ...Read More

PHOTO: Five years after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Indiana has made no reforms to its campaign finance and disclosure laws. Photo credit: Daderot/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - It's been five years since the Supreme Court's decision in the "Citizens United" case paved the way for unlimited corporate spending in elections. The court ruled that restricting campaign spending by outside groups is unconstitutional because it hinders their freedom of speech. Many ...Read More

PHOTO: Are some voices being drowned out by big money? The debate over a court decision that opened the floodgates to corporate money in politics continues to rage, five years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It was five years ago today that a ruling from the nation's highest court opened the floodgates to major corporate campaign spending. The Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission case gave special interest groups the right to spend as much as ...Read More

PHOTO: Newburgh Heights is among the six Ohio cities that have passed measures calling on Congress to end "corporate personhood." The communities are having "democracy hearings" to mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling. Photo courtesy City of Newburgh Heights.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Five years ago, the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling gave corporations the same free-speech rights as individuals to contribute money to political campaigns. Momentum has grown since then in Ohio to end what's known as "corporate personhood." Newburgh Heights is among six Ohi ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado activists are encouraging people to upload their own photos and make their own statements about what they think about "big money" in politics on a "Faces of Democracy" page created on tumblr.com. Image credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr.

DENVER - Protest events are planned around the nation today to mark the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling removed limits on the amount of money an independent organization can spend on political campaigns. The result, said Stephen Spaulding, polic ...Read More

PHOTO: Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission case, experts still are examining its effects on elections at all levels. Photo credit: Daderot/Wikimedia Commons.

MIAMI - Five years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court made a milestone decision in the case of Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. The high court reversed a four-decades-old rule prohibiting corporations, associations and labor unions from making unlimited contributions to politic ...Read More

PHOTO: Long Island advocates are urging local immigrants to keep preparing their paper work for temporary legal status despite last weeks vote by the U.S. House to halt deferred action on deportations. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK – Don't get discouraged – that's the message being sent to New York's undocumented immigrants in the aftermath of the House vote to halt deferred action on deportations. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of the advocacy group Long Island Wins, says there are upwards ...Read More

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