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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Large donors contributed 14 times as much as small donors to Oregon candidates and ballot measure campaigns in 2016. (Cacophony/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Big money dominated the 2016 elections in Oregon, according to a new report. The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group or "OSPIRG" found about 720 individuals and businesses, contributing $5,000 or more, collectively donated nearly $35 million to candidates and ballot

The Small Donor Elections bill has been introduced for Oregon's legislative session, which begins Feb. 5. (Sean Fornelli/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Lawmakers will introduce a bill next month that aims to empower small donors in Oregon elections. Under House Bill 4076, known as the Small Donor Elections bill, state legislative candidates would agree only to accept donations of $250 or less. In exchange, the donations would b

The Women's March drew about 300 protesters to Port Orford in January. (Tim Palmer)

PORT ORFORD, Ore. -- Oregonians will join protesters across the nation on Saturday in a Tax March, calling on President Trump to release his tax returns. The marches and rallies will also highlight Trump's proposed budget; an outline of how Americans' tax dollars could be spent in 2018. Among the

More than 38,000 people were killed in traffic accidents last year. (DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Republican and Democratic party platforms this year are addressing trade, gun violence, even pornography. But the parties aren't addressing one of the country's biggest killers: traffic accidents. Last year, more than 38,000 people were killed and 4.4 million seriously injured in tr

Contributors to candidates in Tuesday's primary election have no limit on how much they can give. (Chris Phan/flickr user clipdude)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Candidates running for office in Oregon's primary on Tuesday can receive an unlimited amount of campaign contributions from individual donors. Despite voters twice in the last two decades passing initiatives to limit contributions, Oregon's Supreme Court has ruled money caps

PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov

PORTLAND, Ore. - Frustrated folks in at least a half-dozen Oregon cities are part of the "99 Percent" or "Occupy Together" protests that have sprung up across the nation to protest corporate greed and government inaction. Some of the gatherings started last week and are still going on, but those who

COOS BAY, Ore. - A veteran Oregon Congressman says the highest court in the land struck a low blow against democracy, and he thinks the Supreme Court's Chief Justice should be impeached. Democrat Rep. Peter DeFazio is locked in a tight race with what seems like three opponents: his Republican challe

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