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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Missouri state lawmakers have proposed weakening the role of a nonpartisan demographer central to the Clean Missouri measure approved by voters last fall. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Grassroots activists are in Jefferson City today to tell state lawmakers to keep the anti-gerrymandering "Clean Missouri" measure the way it is. Amendment 1 passed with 62 percent of the vote last fall. But since the start of this year's session, state lawmakers have be

A sweeping bill in the U.S. House would expand access to the polls and limit the influence of money in politics. (Gutzemberg/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today on the "For the People Act," the first bill introduced by Democrats since they took control of the House of Representatives. House Resolution 1 would make it a lot easier to vote by removing a number of state-leve

According to ProPublica, the 2018 Missouri Senate race took in more than $73 million from Political Action Committees. (Dodgerton Skillhause)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Today is the ninth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Critics say the case has led to an explosion of so-called dark money in politics. The justices ruled that corporations have many of the same rights as people, so their political donatio

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Corporations that have violated the Clean Air Act are vastly outspending environmental groups in political contributions in Missouri, raising questions about their outsized influence on the legislature. The Missouri chapter of the Sierra Club analyzed three companies wi

An investigation led to the resignation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, but watchdog groups want it to continue. (Michigan Works! Association/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Although Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigned last month amid a campaign fundraising controversy, the fallout continues and has gained national attention. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is calling for further investigation

The Rev. Cassandra Gould with the Clean Missouri initiative addresses the media Thursday, presenting the Secretary of State's office with more than 344,000 signature petitions. (Clean Missouri Initiative)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Volunteers in the Clean Missouri Initiative recently submitted nearly 347,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office - more than double the amount needed to get their issues on a statewide ballot in November. The initiative's goal is to rid the state of corruptio

A grassroots effort to reform big money donors to Missouri political campaigns has been launched. (mo.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Groups concerned about the role of money in politics have launched what they're calling an "Anti-Corruption Tour" of Missouri. Members of Take Back Our Republic, Represent.Us, Clean Missouri, Patriotic Millionaires and MAYDAY America are traveling the state through Satu

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