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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2020 


A new report sizes up swing states like Michigan; voters with disabilities face new obstacles in Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 21, 2020 


Democrats weigh boycotting the committee vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee; and concerns over mail slowdowns in 10 battleground states.

Public News Service - FL: Civic Engagement

Union groups are holding caravans and

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - This Labor Day, Florida labor groups are holding events across the state to celebrate working people while also calling for change. From the Treasure Coast-Palm Beach region, to Miami and Northwest Florida, groups have organized car-caravans and other events to protest unfair and

With the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville canceled, a dramatically scaled-down number of GOP delegates will attend a meeting in Charlotte, N.C., to nominate Donald Trump. (Pixabay)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some say President Donald Trump's decision to cancel the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville is a sign he's starting to come to terms withb the seriousness of the pandemic. Holding the convention in Jacksonville would require Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to lift his e

Activists are calling for greater accountability for elected officials during the pandemic as Florida records another 12,478 COVID-19 cases and 89 new deaths as of Sunday. (Pixabay/OrnaW)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The protester at a news conference who shouted and called for the resignation of Gov. Ron DeSantis over his handling of the pandemic says he would do it again. Thomas Kennedy, a longtime Miami-Dade advocate for undocumented immigrants, admitted he's no fan of DeSantis, but spe

Pope Francis's environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, was published in June 2015. The document,  aimed at spurring global citizens to adopt more sustainable practices, is still a subject of discussion today. (reenablack/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. - Despite all the losses, challenges and restrictions brought on by the coronavirus, some faith leaders are leaning in to help find solutions to common problems. In honor of Pope Francis' historic papal document about the environment, Catholic and evangelical clergy have gathered online

Florida voters in 2018 overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment to end the state's lifetime ban on voting for most people with felony convictions. (justgrimes/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge has signaled he'll find part of a Florida law restricting the voting rights of people with felony records unconstitutional. At the end of the trial Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle made it clear he intends to rule that Florida cannot force a person

A federal appeals court's decision is seen as a setback for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a series of legal challenges from a Republican-led effort to make ex-felons pay court-ordered fines and fees before they can vote. (FRRC)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In the quest to restore voting rights to the nearly 1.4 million Floridians with prior felony convictions, there is new hope that a class action designation will make that possible. Last week, a federal appeals court rejected a request by Gov. Ron DeSantis to review a prior dec

Amendments to the Florida Constitution may be made by a joint resolution of the Florida Legislature, a citizens' initiative, or a proposal from either the Constitution Revision Commission or the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. (Florida Memory)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The process for citizens to change the Florida Constitution when they feel lawmakers are overlooking the will of the people could become more difficult under proposed legislation. House Bill 7037, sponsored by state Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, is being pitched as a cost-saver fo

Florida is a closed-primary state, where only people registered as Republicans can vote in Republican primaries, and only those registered as Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries. (Ken Jones/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With Florida's online voter registration deadline quickly approaching, voting rights groups want state officials to ensure they'll be transparent about their plans to troubleshoot any potential problems. The groups - which include the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida a

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