PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 

President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 

Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - WI: Civic Engagement

One of Wisconsin's Native American tribes has contributed more to candidates in the last seven months than in the past six years. (Kagenmi/

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is home to 11 sovereign American Indian tribes, and rarely do any of the tribes spend much money supporting political committees or candidates. But the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group that carefully tracks political spending, has just reported tha

Returning veterans often have unique legal needs, and the UW's Veterans Law Center can help. (KatarzynaBialasiewicz/

MADISON, Wis. - Veterans coming home from overseas wars face challenges in adapting to life as a civilian, and many of those challenges involve legal questions. That's why the UW Law School opened the Veterans Law Center in 2012. Today, at the Appleton Public Library, the Center has a mobile unit st

A federal judge's ruling has thrown out many parts of Wisconsin's Voter ID and related laws, which will impact the fall presidential election. (CreativaImages/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. - Once again, another federal judge has ruled that many parts of Wisconsin's new election law are unconstitutional, and voters will have to familiarize themselves with still another set of rules about voting. The decision on Friday by U.S. District Judge James Peterson said many parts

A grassroots organizer says the problem with Wisconsin politics is that there's no longer any middle ground for politicians. (aquir/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – As the Republican National Convention gets underway today, the divide between many citizens and the political parties remains huge. Mike McCabe, founder of the grassroots group Blue Jean Nation, maintains people are fed up with not being heard – in Washington, and in Ma

A driver's license is one form of acceptable voter photo ID in Wisconsin, but other documents also will suffice. Money has been requested by a state agency to educate voters about acceptable ID. (Wisconsin DOT)

MADISON, Wis. - Long lines and lengthy wait times were evident in Wisconsin's presidential primary election in early April, and now the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB), which oversees elections in the state, is requesting a $250 million from the Legislature for a statewide ad campaig

Some small Wisconsin communities are split into different political districts, but that may change because of a lawsuit over alleged gerrymandering. (HHLtDave5/

MADISON, Wis. - A suit brought by 12 Wisconsin Democrats saying the state's legislative district map drawn by Republicans in 2011 is unfair is going to trial this month. A three-judge federal panel unanimously ruled the case should proceed. New maps are drawn every 10 years following the census, an

What factors may have influenced Wisconsin's primary election? A political scientist has some thoughts. (CharlieAJA/

OSHKOSH, Wis. - Wisconsin's primary election brought well over 2 million voters to the polls, representing a turnout of more than 47 percent, exceeding the predictions by a large margin. It was the highest Wisconsin primary turnout since 1972. Millions and millions of dollars were spent on ads to

National, state and local races are expected to draw 40 percent of eligible voters to tomorrow's Wisconsin primary election. That would be the highest turnout since the 1980 Wisconsin primary election. (lisafx/

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The largest turnout in decades is expected for tomorrow's Wisconsin primary election, according to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, or GAB. There are the Democratic and Republican presidential primary elections, which will draw national attention. There's a hotly co

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