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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - CA: Civic Engagement

Anti-poverty advocates are holding car rallies in five cities across California this week to protest cuts to social programs. (Commit to Equity Campaign)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Groups that fight for racial and economic justice are rallying across California this week, asking for higher taxes on the wealthy instead of budget cuts that disproportionately affect lower-income families. Without a major infusion of state or federal dollars, the state budge

California is the first state to send mail-in ballots to all voters, while at the same time preserving robust in-person voting options. (Flickr)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Over the weekend, President Donald Trump said California's plan to open up an additional voting site and mail ballots to every voter is a "scam" and an attempt to steal the November election, and insisted the votes must not count. On Friday, California mandated that all vote

A new bill in the U.S. Senate would allocate $5 billion to help states make voting easier and more convenient. (Dodgerton Skillhause)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Voting rights groups are praising the 'VoteSafe Act of 2020,' introduced in Congress yesterday by California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris. The bill would set aside $5 billion to expand voting by mail and early voting ahead of the November presidential election. Matt Barreto,

Health advocates say the new coronavirus makes the goal of universal health care even more pressing. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento lawmakers are pressing for health care reforms that they say will help combat COVID-19. The Health 4 All Coalition announced their legislative priorities for 2020 on Monday - designed to get more people covered and cut costs for patients. State Sen. Richard Pan, who

Recent large protests in Los Angeles and San Francisco drew attention to the citizenship policies of the Indian Government. (Angela Ng)

LOS ANGELES -- Protests against citizenship laws in India are popping up across California and the U.S., including several large rallies recently in L.A. and San Francisco. Protesters condemn India's Citizenship Amendment Act, which makes it easier for certain non-Muslim refugees to become citizen

California's election rules mean campaigns must educate independent voters on how to take part in the Democratic primary, if they wish to do so. (AFGE)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Today is the deadline for independent voters to request a new ballot if they want to vote by mail in the California Democratic primary. This is a big problem for candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has a lot of support from independents. That's because vote-by-mail

The 2020 census begins April 1. (Census 2020)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Anyone can talk to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Thursday by calling into a "tele-town hall" meeting on two topics: the upcoming census and the Voter's Choice Act and its effects on the primary election. AARP California is hosting the call-in event, which start

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

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