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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, the Chicago Teachers Union goes on strike, and retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - FL: Civic Engagement

A coalition of Florida organizations rally in Tallahassee as a federal judge hears arguments for and against Senate Bill 7066, which stipulates all fines must be paid before the restoration of voting rights. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Voting- and civil-rights groups held a rally outside a Tallahassee federal court Monday, calling for a temporary injunction to allow former felons to continue to register to vote. In 2018, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment allowing some 1.4 mill

Union soldier re-enactor poses with children during Florida's Emancipation Day Celebration on May 20, 2015, at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee. (Florida Memory)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – While most of the country celebrates Juneteenth to commemorate the end of chattel slavery, Florida celebrates its own Emancipation Day a month earlier on May 20. In fact, several states celebrate the end of slavery before the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Texas on

A Florida bill sponsored by state Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, would require that a minor get written, notarized permission from a parent or legal guardian to obtain an abortion. (Gulcinglr/Pixabay)<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In the final week of Florida's legislative session, it appears a bill has stalled that would have required minors to get parental consent before having an abortion. Florida law currently requires parents to be notified if their daughter is planning to have an abortion, b

Proposed changes to Florida's ballot initiative process would require the name of the initiative sponsor and the percentage of money raised from in-state sources to be listed by the amendment's campaign organizers. (Twenty20)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Legislature is considering bills that would restrict grassroots citizen engagement. For decades, Floridians have used the citizen initiative process to let voters decide, often when the Legislature fails to act. The process has resulted in constitutional amendme

These photos, used with permission of The Tallahassee Democrat, show Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel in blackface at a 2005 Halloween party. (Tallahassee Democrat)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida's new elections chief was forced to resign on Thursday after just three weeks on the job, when a newspaper published pictures of him appearing in blackface. Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned just hours after testifying before a state legislative committee

Florida overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4 on giving previously disenfranchised persons with felonies the opportunity to vote. (TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay)<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A statewide listening tour is under way after more than 64 percent of Florida voters chose to restore voting rights to individuals with prior felonies. The passage of Amendment 4 returns full citizenship rights to 1.4 million ex-felons who have completed their sentences fo

A press conference outside the Florida Supreme Court during the recount in the 2000 presidential election. (Village Square/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Delays, mistakes, the addition of rejected absentee ballots, and now, technical malfunctions are all fueling a flurry of legal action in the statewide recount in three of Florida's biggest races. Claiming possible fraud against election supervisors in Broward and Palm Bea

Luc Bastien, left, stands with union brothers at 32BJ SEIU after canvassing. (32BJ SEIU)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a final push to support candidates and issues they care about, a group of immigrant, Latino and Haitian union workers - many of whom are ineligible to vote - still went door-to-door on Election Day to encourage those who can to make it to the polls. In the last few months, t

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