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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2020 

COVID-19 reported to be on the rise in more than 30 states; and will Supreme Court nomination tilt U.S. Senate races?

2020Talks - September 21, 2020 

Biden pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump plans to announce his replacement nominee this week. Plus, early voting in four states.

Public News Service - MD: Civic Engagement

At least 7,000 people in Maryland jails awaiting trial have the right to vote. A coalition wants to make sure they are able to do so. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As Election Day approaches, a coalition of voting-rights groups is urging Maryland's Board of Elections to help eligible citizens vote when they're incarcerated or newly released. The groups have outlined a plan to ensure voting rights for people in the criminal-justice system, in

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., is urging Congress to fight partisanship and bring civility back to Washington. (Adobe stock)<br />

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Addressing fears partisanship is undermining people's trust in democracy, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, D-Md., launched a campaign this week that aims to build a cross-party coalition to defend America's democratic institutions. Three current and former Republican congres

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says he doesn't trust Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's claims that he'll end cost-cutting measures in the U.S. Postal Service. (Wikimedia Commons)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies in a Senate hearing today about controversial cost-cutting measures, Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh says the lawsuit that he and other AGs filed against the U.S. Postal Service this week will continue as planned. Speaking Wedne

Nearly 40% of all poll-worker jobs in Maryland were vacant as of last week, mostly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Facing a shortage of poll workers because of the pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan has given the go-ahead to use "voting centers" in Maryland, in place of 1,600 local polling sites for the Nov. 3 presidential election. The voting centers will be in about 360 locations, including high sch

Protesters are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to change from in-person voting to mail-in ballots for the November presidential election. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With mail-in voting for the presidential election becoming a partisan issue across the nation, a coalition of lawmakers and activist groups in Maryland is protesting in Annapolis Wednesday to demand Gov. Larry Hogan drop his plan for in-person voting in November. Protesters say Ho

Residents of Washington, D.C., have no voting representation in Congress, despite paying the highest federal taxes per capita in the nation. (Adobe Stock)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Spurred on by recent anti-racism protests around the country, today the U.S. House is voting to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. The historic vote is the first on the issue since 1993, and seeks to correct what is seen as a longtime injustice rooted in racism, accor

Some Maryland residents didn't receive their mail-in ballots in time for the state's mail-in primary election last week. (Adobe Stock)

BALTIMORE -- As votes continue to be counted a week after Maryland's mail-in primary election, voting-rights groups are voicing concerns about glitches that disrupted the process. The city of Baltimore has seen major delays in tallying ballots because of what elections administrators call a "proofi

Thousands of Marylanders still haven't received mail-in ballots, just four days away from the state's June 2 presidential primary election. (Adobe Stock)

BALTIMORE - Delays of mail-in ballots from Maryland's Board of Elections are threatening the statewide presidential primary on Tuesday, according to voting-rights activists. Folks in parts of Baltimore and Montgomery County still haven't received their ballots for the June 2 election, which was re

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