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PNS Daily Newscast _ March 31, 2020 


Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - OR: Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Pol

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

Contributors to candidates in Tuesday's primary election have no limit on how much they can give. (Chris Phan/flickr user clipdude)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Candidates running for office in Oregon's primary on Tuesday can receive an unlimited amount of campaign contributions from individual donors. Despite voters twice in the last two decades passing initiatives to limit contributions, Oregon's Supreme Court has ruled money caps

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