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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2020 


A new report sizes up swing states like Michigan; voters with disabilities face new obstacles in Election 2020.


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Democrats weigh boycotting the committee vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee; and concerns over mail slowdowns in 10 battleground states.

Public News Service - WA: Civic Engagement

The Washington State Investment Board says investing long-term care funds in private equity could bring in a 7% to 8% return. (indysystem/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Washington voters soon will decide on a measure that could stretch funds for long-term care. Senate Joint Resolution 8212 would allow a portion of funds from the Long-Term Care Trust Act to be invested in stocks and bonds for higher returns. The resolution to put the measure to voters go

Two dozen jurisdictions across the country have adopted ranked-choice voting. (magele-picture/Adobe Stock)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Voting-rights groups want Yakima County residents to rank candidates in elections. How would that benefit the county? Latino community members and other groups have sued the Board of Yakima County Commissioners under the Washington Voting Rights Act, alleging the current election

The documentary

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- In 2015, the documentary "White People" aired on MTV, exploring race and whiteness. Five years later, it's gaining renewed appeal in light of the Movement for Black Lives and protests against police brutality. On Wednesday afternoon, the organization Define American is holding

COVID-19 cases have surged in Yakima County among farmworkers. (trongnguyen/Adobe Stock)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A group of Latino Washingtonians are suing Yakima County over its election structure. They say the county's reaction to the pandemic exposes why the system needs to be reformed. Countywide voting gives the slight-white majority in the area control, with only one Latino ever servin

The Supreme Court decision on

SEATTLE -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters in Washington state. The unanimous decision upholds the Evergreen State's law to fine or remove "faithless electors" who refuse to cast their ballots for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in

With states looking at budget shortfalls because of COVID-19, public workers could be the first to suffer from cuts. (peuceta/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Union workers say it's time for Congress to support public-sector workers and pass the HEROES Act. The $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus legislation passed in the House in May would provide $875 billion to state and local governments, which have been hit hard by COVID-19. Carissa Hahn is

The Seattle demonstrations against the World Trade Organization in 1999 are seen as turning point in how police handle protests. (Steve Kaiser/Flickr)

SEATTLE - In the past week of demonstrations over George Floyd's death, videos on social media have shown police across the nation using force to subdue protesters. In some cases, the extra force has been a response to property damage. The scenes are similar to the 1960s. In response Pat Gillham,

Four Yakima residents say they will sue if the county commission doesn't change the way its members are elected. (Christopher Boswell/Adobe Stock)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Latinos in a Washington state community are fighting for fairness in elections. In Yakima County, members of the county commission have remained white even as the Latino population has soared. Robin Engle, communications and development director for the immigrant rights group OneAm

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