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PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 


Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - WI: Civic Engagement

Political boundaries in Wisconsin may have to be redrawn to stop partisan gerrymandering. (stevenoviciger/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – In November, a federal three-judge panel ruled that Wisconsin's political boundaries are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to give an unfair advantage to incumbent politicians. Reform legislation will be introduced in the current legislative session to take the job of drawing

Wisconsin voters should be confident that their elections are fair and accurate, according to a grassroots advocacy group. (Kras1/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. -- As the Electoral College meets today to cast the votes that will officially elect the next president, Wisconsin Elections Commission Chairman Mark Thomsen says voters can be assured that there is no evidence of tampering or hacking in last month's election. Thomsen made that state

The ballot recount in Wisconsin could expose problems in the system. (razihusin/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin has unique rules about ballot recounts, and in the Badger State there will be separate recounts in each of the 72 counties. Each county clerk will conduct the official recount, which must be completed by the federal deadline of Dec. 13. Of nearly three million votes cast i

A driver's license is valid photo ID for voting in Wisconsin today. (Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation)

MADISON, Wis. – The most important thing Wisconsin voters should know about today's election is that photo ID will be required to vote. There are a few very special exceptions to this new law, but the Wisconsin Elections Commission reminds voters to bring photo ID with them to the polls. In mo

AARP is hoping the candidates will give specifics at tonight's debate about their plans regarding Social Security. (Mark Scheerer)

MADISON, Wis. - So far, the presidential debates have provided jabs and accusations but haven't held a lot of substance on many issues important to average Americans. Lisa Lamkins, fideral issues director for AARP Wisconsin, says Social Security is of critical importance, and Americans are waiting t

Politics in Wisconsin is like the Wild West, according to a clean-government advocate. (CrackerClips/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. - Because of Wisconsin's status as a battleground state, political money is pouring into the coffers of both parties, much of it untraceable - or so-called "dark" - money. Much of it is used to buy issue ads, which do not ask people to vote for a certain candidate but advocate a certa

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says postcards with incorrect voter registration information are being sent to some Wisconsin voters. (BrianAJackson/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Another wave of voter registration and absentee ballot mailings has shown up in the mailboxes of Wisconsin residents, and the state says some contain misleading or incorrect information. The National Rifle Association and other organizations are sending mailers directing peop

One of the speakers at the grassroots progressive Fighting Bob Fest in Wisconsin next weekend will be U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Official U.S. Senate photo)

MADISON, Wis. – Over the years, the annual Fighting Bob Fest has grown to become one of the largest grassroots progressive gatherings in the nation. This year the event will be held Saturday at Breese Stevens Field in Madison. It will feature a number of nationally known progressives such as

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