PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 

Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 

Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

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

Nearly 330,000 signatures were submitted for a ballot initiative to create a voucher donation system for funding future Washington elections. (Chelsea Talbert/Integrity Washington)

SEATTLE – Backers of an initiative aimed at amplifying small donations to politicians are waiting to hear if they've qualified for the November ballot. Initiative 1464 would give Washingtonians three $50 democracy vouchers to donate to the politicians of their choice for each election. The

Sen. Bernie Sanders won big in Democratic caucuses in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, but still trails Hillary Clinton in the overall delegate count. (Tiffany von Amim/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE - Senator Bernie Sanders captured 72 percent of the vote in Washington's Democratic Caucus on Saturday, earning him a majority of the state's 101 delegates. Before the caucus, Sanders also was able to raise more money from Evergreen State voters than Hillary Clinton. Craig Holman, govern

PHOTO: Watching the steady stream of political attack ads on TV won't give you the information you need to cast your midterm election ballot. In fact, it might have the opposite effect, turning you off to politics altogether. Photo credit: eelnosiva/
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SEATTLE – This week, Washington voters are receiving their ballots in the mail. But for weeks, they've been barraged with political ads and campaign phone calls, and the pace will continue up to Election Day. A New York Times poll says so far in this midterm election, 55 percent of the mon

PHOTO: How much political clout can corporations or millionaires buy? Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that increased campaign spending limits also prompted SJR 19, a proposed constitutional amendment to curtail those limits. It was approved 10-8 by a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday. Photo credit: Lucidology/

SEATTLE - A constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending is moving toward a vote on the U.S. Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Joint Resolution 19 on Thursday in a 10-8 party-line vote. Jonah Minkoff-Zern, campaign co-director

PHOTO: An examination of five years of U.S. tax records for 288 major corporations shows few pay the full corporate tax rate, and 26 paid no federal income tax at all, from 2008 to 2012. Image credit:

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Some of Washington's most prominent corporate citizens are benefiting by the billions in terms of federal tax breaks, according to a new report. Boeing figures prominently on the list of 288 major corporations for not paying any federal corporate income tax from 2008 through 2012 -

PHOTO: To Starbucks shareholders, how the company spends its money is just as important as that morning cup of coffee. By Fotolia
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SEATTLE - A special request is being made of Starbucks - and it isn't for an extra-hot, no-whip latte. To Starbucks shareholders, the way the company spends its money is just as important as that morning cup of coffee, and today in Seattle, advocates for socially-responsible investing are asking t

GRAPHIC: Demos and U.S. PIRG call this

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are being asked to take a stand on campaign finance reform. On Thursday, a coalition called WAMEND presented the Legislature with 10,000 signatures, asking lawmakers to go on record advocating an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reverse the Citizen

PHOTO: Pillars of the community? The new report

SEATTLE - In an effort to rebuild their tarnished reputations, the nation's biggest banks are touting their charitable contributions and community involvement. On closer inspection, however, they are not so charitable after all, according to a new report. The National Committee for Responsive Phil

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