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PNS Daily Newscast - October 1, 2020 


Concern that Trump's Proud Boys comments could encourage "alt-right" groups; report finds key swing states went into manufacturing decline pre-pandemic.


2020Talks - October 1, 2020 


Experts are concerned about white supremacist violence leading up to the election. And, the Presidential Debate Commission says it plans to change rules after Trump's almost constant interruptions.

Public News Service - PA: Civic Engagement

More than half of Biden voters age 50 and older said they plan to cast absentee or mail-in ballots. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Older voters in Pennsylvania from both parties say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who will protect Social Security, strengthen Medicare and lower drug costs. The poll, conducted by AARP, found voters 50 and older in the Keystone State are almost evenly split over

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The COVID pandemic is making this a challenging year for engaging voters, but help is available for the nonprofit groups that often play a critical role in encouraging civic participation. Today at noon, the Keystone Progress Education Fund - a nonpartisan, statewide organizatio

Several other states allow voters to cast mail-in ballots in secure dropboxes. (Steve Cukrov/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- A federal court in Pittsburgh has ruled voting-rights advocacy groups and voters themselves can intervene in a lawsuit challenging a key Pennsylvania election practice. The lawsuit, filed by the Trump presidential campaign against Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, c

A bill before Congress would establish state grants to improve accessibility for registration, absentee voting and voting in person. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a bill has been introduced in Congress to expand voting rights for people with disabilities and older Americans. Some 18 million Americans 65 and older need some assistance with daily living, one of ev

Groups are challenging a lawsuit that seeks to stop voters from using secure drop boxes to cast their ballots. (Claudia Wizner/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - Civil rights groups are calling a Trump campaign lawsuit over mail-in ballots an attempt to suppress voting and they're challenging that lawsuit in court. The Trump campaign lawsuit seeks to make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to vote by mail and to have those votes counted du

The state Senate approved the bill 26-24 with four Republicans joining Democrats to vote no. (pabrady63/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Critics say an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution narrowly approved by the state Senate yesterday would allow the majority party to dominate the courts. Pennsylvania's appellate court judges are chosen in statewide elections. The proposed amendment would divide the state

A PRRI poll showed white evangelical support for President Donald Trump fell by 15% between March and the end of May. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- White, evangelical Christians are a major part of President Donald Trump's political base, but recent polling indicates conflicts between his actions and Christian teachings may be eroding that support. Evangelical backing for Trump is largely grounded in his promises to ban abo

Consolidation of poling places led to long lines in many areas on primary day. (Voice of America/public domain)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Voting-rights advocates say Pennsylvania has to start making changes now to make the voting process go more smoothly for the general election in November. Fewer polling places, long lines and delayed or missing absentee ballots were just a few of the problems that plagued th pri

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