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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

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A call for ethics reform was issued outside the court where state officials are being tried for corruption. Credit: @commoncauseny

NEW YORK - With two former leaders of the state Legislature on trial for corruption, civic groups are calling for immediate action to implement ethics reforms in Albany. More than 30 state legislators have left office because of criminal charges or ethical issues in the past 15 years. This week, th

One billionaire used the LLC loophole to pour $4.3 million into campaigns in the last political cycle. Credit: Seemann/morguefile.com

ALBANY, N.Y. - The settlement of a lawsuit may start to close a loophole in New York's campaign finance law. The suit was brought by the state Board of Elections' independent enforcement counsel. It challenges campaign contributions made under a 1996 Board of Elections ruling that allows limited-li

PHOTO: The State Supreme Court will decide if Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) are individuals in terms of their campaign contribution limits. Photo courtesy of Brennan Center for Justice.

NEW YORK - Liberals and conservatives have joined in a lawsuit to close what both groups see as a gaping loophole in New York's state campaign finance rules. It's called the "LLC loophole," created in 1996 when the state Board of Elections decided that Limited Liability Companies should be treated

PHOTO: Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to meet with lawmakers and other state officials to come up with a new policy for retaining official email, following controversy over his own practice of purging email messages after 90 days. Photo credit: Diana Robinson/Creative Commons.

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to meet with lawmakers and other state officials to come up with a new policy for retaining official email correspondence, following controversy over his own practice of purging email messages after 90 days. An administration spokesperson said Cuomo wants to come

PHOTO: Graham Nash, of Crosby Stills and Nash, fears America has been divided into a nation of

NEW YORK - "It's time for a revolution," says Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, who fears for an America that's become divided into "haves and have-nothings." The outspoken musician and activist was in New York talking about some of the views expressed in an autobiography that time-travels

Advocates argue that getting the EPA back into the business of protecting small rivers and streams is crucial to all living creatures in New York state. Image by Suandsoe/Wikimedia

NEW YORK CITY - It's decision time this week for the federal budget. But there's concern among some that opponents of restoring tougher clean water regulations will try to knock out Environmental Protection Agency funding that impacts drinking water in New York state. Judy Einach is executive direc

Photo: Some say a backlash could follow if the election of a new House Majority Leader to replace Rep. Eric Cantor moves the GOP farther to the right. CREDIT: U.S. House of Representatives.

NEW YORK CITY - Thursday's election of a new House Majority Leader to replace Rep. Eric Cantor is currently a two-way race. But some say a backlash could follow if the election moves the GOP farther to the right. Michael D'Innocenzo, Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Soci

ALBANY, N.Y. - Supporters of public financing of elections are running a million-dollar ad campaign, hoping to convince legislators to adopt a point in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal that would create a voluntary program for political candidates to get public funding for their races. The propos

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