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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; Childcare key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 4, 2020 


Trump threatens Nevada with litigation for passing a bill to send ballots to all registered voters. Plus, primaries today in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

Public News Service - CO: Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Pol

A recent survey found that 79% of Democratic voters and 65% of Republicans want the option of voting remotely during the COVID-19 health emergency. (Paul Sableman Flickr)

DENVER -- A majority of voters across party lines say they want the option to mail in their ballots during the pandemic, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos polL, and many states are giving Colorado's all-mail ballot voting model a harder look. Since 2014, all registered voters in Colorado have re

Corporate tax revenues are near historic lows as a share of GDP, at just 1%. Chevron was one of 91 companies that did not pay federal income taxes on their 2018 U.S. income. (Pixabay)

DENVER - In the first year of the Trump administration's new tax law, 91 Fortune 500 companies didn't pay a dime in federal income tax, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Report co-author Matthew Gardner, senior fellow at the institute, said using legal loop

Overturning the U.S Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling could require a constitutional amendment. (DonkeyHotey/Flickr)

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – As the nation marks the ninth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Coloradans are making strides to limit the influence of money in politics. Last week, the city of Lakewood lowered campaign contribution limits, banned contributions from corpora

A new study shows that local governments are better positioned to connect traditionally underserved communities to broadband internet. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As Congress considers remedies for large-scale privacy breaches by Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, a recent report suggests that local municipalities could play a key role in protecting consumers. The American Civil Liberties Union study says if cities and counties build out their

The Trump administration has recommended changes to the greater sage-grouse land management plan that could open up more of its habitat to oil and gas development. (Jeannie Stafford/US Forest Service)

DENVER – Pressure from special interests is undermining policy decisions about wildlife conservation, according to a report from the Endangered Species Coalition. And the report says that influence is getting stronger as industry officials have taken leadership positions in the Trump adminis

A grassroots campaign is under way to promote a ballot initiative that would blunt the impact of special-interest campaign contributions in municipal elections. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As Coloradans cast their ballots today, a grassroots effort to limit the influence of big money in politics is setting its sights on Denver's 2018 election. The Denver Election Division has cleared the way for an initiative called "Democracy for the People" to be included in next ye

Anonymous campaign contributions have risen dramatically in the wake of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United decision. (Pixabay)

DENVER – On Saturday, people from across Colorado who are concerned about the role of money in politics will meet in Denver for a "Making Democracy Work" conference. The event will focus on the influence of so-called "dark money," anonymous campaign contributions. Lisa Graves, executive dire

In 2015, the U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture completed plans to manage the greater sage-grouse's habitat across 70 million acres in 11 Western states. (U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

DENVER - A document obtained by a watchdog group suggests that the U.S. Department of the Interior could be taking orders from the oil and gas industry. Jayson O'Neill, deputy director of the Western Values Project, said his group has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for correspondence be

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