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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

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

GRAPHIC: A complex network of large, out-of-state political organizations founded by oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch are funding a flood of attacks on Congressman Nick Rahall. Their spending is far exceeding the money coming in to support him. Chart by Robert Maguire at the Center for Responsive Politics.

HUNTINGTON, W.V. - Of all the outside money flooding into the U.S. House race in West Virginia's 3rd congressional district, funds for attacks on Congressman Nick Rahall are measuring almost twice those supporting him. With an enormous ad buy last week by Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, out-of-state gr

GRAPHIC: Outside groups have spent or committed to spend about $5.5 million for political ads in West Virginia's 3rd congressional race, where Congressman Nick Rahall is running against state Sen. Evan Jenkins. That's about one-and-a-half times what the candidates and the parties are spending. Screengrab from an ad by Nick Rahall for Congress.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Outside groups are spending about one-and-a-half times what the parties and candidates are spending in West Virginia's 3rd congressional race. Congressman Nick Rahall (W. Va.)and the Democrats have spent or committed $1.8 million for campaign ads. For the Republicans and state

PHOTO: Sen. Joe Manchin, seen here with W.Va. Rep. Nick Rahall, is now co-sponsoring a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending. Manchin said big money is at the root of Washington gridlock. Photo courtesy of Sen. Joe Manchin.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Saying "money is destroying the political process," Sen. Joe Manchin is co-sponsoring a constitutional amendment to limit huge campaign spending. According to Manchin, the Citizens United ruling has contributed to a flood of big money drowning American politics. And that money i

GRAPHIC: The campaign ads already are running in West Virginia's 3rd congressional district, many paid for by a network of groups started by the oil and chemical billionaire Koch brothers. What do the Kochs want? Screengrab from an ad by Nick Rahall for Congress.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The Koch brothers have become an issue in the race between West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall and State Senator Evan Jenkins. But what do the brothers, who made billions in oil and chemicals, want? Michael Beckel, a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, says

GRAPHIC: The Koch Brothers' complex political network is advertising heavily in West Virginia. CREDIT: Robert McGuire/Center for Responsive Politics.

CHARLESTON, W.Va - The billionaire Koch brothers' political organizations, Americans for Prosperity and the American Energy Alliance, are running a flood of campaign ads in West Virginia. Some observers say the oil and chemical billionaires benefit from the deregulation of chemical safety rules, som

Americans for Prosperity, funded oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, is campaigning aggressively in West Virginia, but the group's own positions are less well known. PHOTO courtesy of the Center For Public Integrity.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A shadowy billionaires' political organization is campaigning heavily in West Virginia. But what economic policies would Americans For Prosperity actually put in place? According to Steve Wamhoff, legislative director for Citizens for Tax Justice, billionaire brothers Charles a

PHOTO: Defending an anti-abortion bill passed by the Legislature could cost West Virginia as much of a million dollars. PHOTO of the state Capitol from Wikipedia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Defending the anti-abortion bill now on the governor's desk could cost West Virginia a lot of money. Lawmakers just passed a bill that originated with a national political group connected to Republican operative Karl Rove. It's a bill that critics say would almost certa

Much of the spending is coming from conservative groups like Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, which backed the organization that wrote the abortion bill just passed by the West Virginia legislature. GRAPH from the Center For Responsive Politics.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Why would Karl Rove spend millions getting states such as West Virginia to pass anti-abortion legislation that is unconstitutional and has little chance of going into effect? The state legislature just passed a bill outlawing abortion after 20 weeks. If signed, it is expected to

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