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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

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The Citizens' Elections Program was launched more than a decade ago in Connecticut, following multiple corruption scandals in the state. (HappyLenses/Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut is setting the standard for publicly funded elections fueled by small donors, according to a new report from Common Cause. The state's voluntary Citizens' Election Program bars participating candidates from accepting donations from PACs and other big-money groups, an

The Connecticut GOPís proposed state budget would eliminate the Citizens Election Program. (jglazer75/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Good government groups are saying 'no' to GOP plans to scrap Connecticut's campaign-funding system. The Citizens Election Program, or CEP, was passed in 2005 in the wake of a corruption scandal that put former governor John Rowland in prison. Saying they need to close the state'

Seventy-four percent of 2014 political candidates participated in Connecticut's Clean Elections law. Credit: Jim Bowen/flickr.com

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Leaders of Connecticut's Democratic Party have proposed suspending the state's Clean Election law as a way to help close the budget deficit. More than 70 percent of state legislators elected in 2014 used the campaign finance law that favors small donors over large, corporat

Photo: Oral arguments could come next week in a challenge to recent changes in Connecticut's campaign finance law. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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HARTFORD, Conn. – You might call it Connecticut's version of Citizen's United – and the case could be headed for oral arguments next week. The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) wants an injunction to prevent the state from enforcing campaign finance law, because the governors say

Photo: In the year since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School the state has passed historic legislation reforming gun laws. Photo credit: courtesy wikimedia commons

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Much has changed since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School almost a year ago, starting with historic reforms to Connecticut's gun laws. Last week's release of the 911 emergency calls brought back the horror of the shootings. This week, as the anniversary approach

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Governor Dannel Malloy is being urged to veto a campaign finance measure passed this session that local advocates warn would open the door to more special interest and political "dark money." According to League of Women Voters of Connecticut President Cheryl Dunson, her organiza

Governor Malloy joins President Barack Obama at the University of Hartford, where the President will continue asking the American people to join him in calling on Congress to pass common-sense measures to reduce gun violence. Courtesy of the Governors office.

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HARTFORD, Conn. - It was only days ago that Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed tough new gun-control measures into law, and today President Obama will be in Hartford to push for stricter measures nationwide. According to League of Women Voters gun-law specialist Sue McCalley, firearms-buyer

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Expanded background checks on firearms buyers and putting limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines are two of more than a dozen ways Connecticut lawmakers are proposing to update state gun laws in response to the Newtown tragedy. National Rifle Association leaders oppose back

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