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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

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Under the current system, Oregon politicians can often shape voting districts to increase their power. (iQoncept/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon stands out on the West Coast for the way its voting districts are drawn. Unlike neighbors California, Idaho and Washington, redistricting in Oregon is a political process decided by the party in power. The threat of gerrymandering is high. Executive Director of Common Cause

Oregon has the most expensive elections in the country, according to one campaign finance expert. (Helistockter/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon is among a handful of states with no limits on campaign contributions in elections. The 2020 session offers lawmakers another chance to change that. Senate Bill 1524 would cap donations from individuals to candidates for state office at $750, and $15,000 from committees, inclu

Oregon is one of five states with no limits on political campaign contributions. (James Steidl/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon voters will have a chance to weigh in on the role of money in politics next year. Among the flurry of legislation passed at the end of this year's session is a resolution to put a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot allowing the state to cap campaign contributions. Oreg

A movement to award the presidency to the candidate who wins the popular vote would go into effect once states with 270 electoral votes have joined. (SeL/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon could become part of a compact to ensure that the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote is elected. This week, lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 870, which would ensure that the state's seven electoral votes are awarded to the winner of the popular vote. The co

Large donors contributed 14 times as much as small donors to Oregon candidates and ballot measure campaigns in 2016. (Cacophony/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Big money dominated the 2016 elections in Oregon, according to a new report. The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group or "OSPIRG" found about 720 individuals and businesses, contributing $5,000 or more, collectively donated nearly $35 million to candidates and ballot

The Small Donor Elections bill has been introduced for Oregon's legislative session, which begins Feb. 5. (Sean Fornelli/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Lawmakers will introduce a bill next month that aims to empower small donors in Oregon elections. Under House Bill 4076, known as the Small Donor Elections bill, state legislative candidates would agree only to accept donations of $250 or less. In exchange, the donations would b

The Women's March drew about 300 protesters to Port Orford in January. (Tim Palmer)

PORT ORFORD, Ore. -- Oregonians will join protesters across the nation on Saturday in a Tax March, calling on President Trump to release his tax returns. The marches and rallies will also highlight Trump's proposed budget; an outline of how Americans' tax dollars could be spent in 2018. Among the

More than 38,000 people were killed in traffic accidents last year. (DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Republican and Democratic party platforms this year are addressing trade, gun violence, even pornography. But the parties aren't addressing one of the country's biggest killers: traffic accidents. Last year, more than 38,000 people were killed and 4.4 million seriously injured in tr

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