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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

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

Consumer groups are warning West Virginians about a Wall Street effort to undermine consumer financial protection. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Citizen and consumer groups are warning of Wall Street-backed efforts in Congress to hobble a financial regulator that protects ordinary people. Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in response to public outrage after the last financial meltdo

Outside groups have spent nearly as much as all West Virginia candidates combined on this election. (WV Citizens For Clean Elections)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Outside, often shadowy political groups have spent $15 million in West Virginia this year, according to a new report. That's nearly as much as all of the candidates combined. Julie Archer, a co-coordinator of West Virginia Citizens For Clean Elections who worked on the s

Public financing may be becoming the norm for candidates seeking seats on the West Virginia Supreme Court. (Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A ruling that two state judicial candidates can use public financing for their campaigns may be a sign that public money is the "new normal" for those races. On Wednesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court cleared the way for Brent Benjamin and Bill Wooten to get $500,000 each to

Watchdogs say controversial West Virginia legislation is tied to Kansas oil billionaires Charles and David Koch. (CMD)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The right-to-work bill and prevailing-wage repeal just passed by the Legislature have ties to Kansas oil billionaires Charles and David Koch and their shadowy network, watchdogs say. According to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), the bills were based on model legislati

PHOTO: 'Dark money' disclosure provisions were stripped from a campaign finance bill in the West Virginia Legislature late Sunday night. Meanwhile, a secretive conservative group's $100,000 per person breakfast was cancelled after local reporters got ahold of an invitation. Photo courtesy West Virginia Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The clash between "sunlight" disclosure of political donors and so-called "dark money" campaign financing is on full display in Charleston. A $100,000 per plate breakfast benefitting a secretive conservative group was cancelled Sunday night after reporters received a copy of an

PHOTO: A campaign finance bill has been dramatically rewritten by the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee. One committee member credits a public outcry for the changes. Photo courtesy West Virginia Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It's a public outcry that forced lawmakers to keep a state rule against corporations contributing to West Virginia political campaigns, according to one state senator. As originally written, Senate Bill 541 would have removed many state limits on campaign contributions.

PHOTO: Since the Citizens United decision five years ago, West Virginia has been among the states swimming against the big-money political tide. Photo by DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile.com

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In the five years since the Citizens United decision, West Virginia lawmakers have attempted to slow the influence of big anonymous political donations. But good government groups say the state has hardly been immune. According to the Center for Public Integrity, as much as a

PHOTO: Veterans, Democrats and union members such as Tim Millne protested against state Sen. Evan Jenkins skipping his third veterans affairs committee meeting in a row to attend a high-dollar fundraiser with Karl Rove at a Huntington country club. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Sen. Evan Jenkins is being harshly criticized for skipping a veterans' affairs committee meeting to attend a high-dollar fundraiser at a Huntington country club. Vets and union members protested outside the West Virginia state capitol Tuesday as the legislative inte

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