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PNS Daily Newscast - January 24, 2020 


The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues; and KY lawmakers press ahead on requiring photo IDs for voters.

2020Talks - January 24, 2020 


Businessman Tom Steyer and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the two billionaires in the Democratic primary, have spent far more than the rest of the Democratic hopefuls combined. But Steyer also uses grassroots tactics. What do other candidates and voters think about the influence of money in elections?

Public News Service - CA: Civic Engagement

Hundreds of grassroots groups have sprung up in the past decade to try and overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. (Royalty Free Images)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Corporations and trade associations have poured almost a billion dollars, by some estimates, into American elections since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United decision - ten years ago next Tuesday. The court decision freed companies to make unlimited politic

The 2020 presidential primary election in California has been moved up and is set for March 3, Super Tuesday. (svanblar/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Record numbers of Californians are now registered to vote – more than 20.3 million people – which is 3 million more than at this point in 2016, according to the latest statistics from Secretary of State Alex Padilla. More than 80% of voters in the Golden Sta

The Skaggs family of Rancho Cucamonga had to get by without paid family leave when their daughter and newborn son became gravely ill. (Rob Skaggs)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A group of "dadvocates" from California and around the country will converge on Washington, D.C., today, meeting with lawmakers to press for federal paid family leave. As things stand, when a child is born or a family member is sick, in most states companies do not have

Public banks in Germany have been credited with fueling that nation's green economy.(RLTheis/Twenty20)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California may have a new type of bank by next year – the result of a bill signed yesterday by Gov. Gavin Newsom that sets up rules for the creation of public banks. The new financial institutions would be owned by and would primarily serve public agencies –

A new court ruling increases the likelihood that the 2020 presidential election could hinge on a single vote in the Electoral College. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

Sacramento, CA - A new court ruling says states cannot penalize a delegate to the Electoral College for voting against the popular vote from that state. Comments from John Koza, chair of National Popular Vote. It just got a bit more likely - that the next election will be decided by a single vote i

Hayfork Creek is part of the area that would be protected under a public-lands bill being heard in Congress on Wednesday. (Paul Higley)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Leaders from California's conservation and outdoor-recreation communities will testify in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in favor of a trio of public-lands bills that would protect more than a million acres in the Golden State. The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act woul

President Donald Trump is calling for a delay of the 2020 U.S. Census after the Supreme Court rejected his administration's call to include a question about citizenship. (U.S. Census Bureau)

LOS ANGELES – Civil-rights groups are praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will probably keep a question about citizenship off the 2020 Census. The high court rejected the Trump administration's explanation that asking people about their citizenship status is necessary to enforce the Vo

The Trump administration contends that fracking is a valuable use for public lands, while environmental groups press for more renewable energy. (Jens Lambert Photography)

FRESNO, Calif. — Time is running out for people to offer their two cents about the Trump administration's plan to allow more fracking on 1 million acres of federal land in central and southern California. The public comment period on the Bureau of Land Management's Environmental Assessment end

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