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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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LOS ANGELES – Big crowds of protesters are expected to take to the streets in a dozen California cities tomorrow, and in hundreds of sister marches across the nation. They'll demand that President Donald Trump release his income-tax returns, as Americans prepare to file theirs by the deadline

On National Voter Registration Day, Californians await the fate of a bill that would allow them to register to vote when they apply for or renew a driver's license. Credit: Alex Roibu/iStockphoto.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today marks National Voter Registration Day, and a major change to the way California registers its voters sits on the governor's desk awaiting his signature. Assembly Bill 1461 would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to automatically register residents to vote whe

PHOTO: California's independent redistricting commission, created just four years ago as part of a sweeping initiative package, will remain in place following a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a similar redistricting system in Arizona. Photo credit: Kathleen Connally/Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Election reforms that introduced an independent redistricting commission in California will remain in place, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a similar redistricting system in Arizona. California's independent redistricting commission was part of a sweepi

PHOTO: Activists are protesting the private prison industry in California. Photo credit: morguefile/arnoshwithal

LOS ANGELES – Activists are protesting tax breaks for the $3 billion private prison industry - which runs 16 facilities in California. They protested at an industry conference in New York last week about a loophole that lets private prison companies claim to be in the real estate business and

PHOTO: Oakland port facilities offer good-paying jobs, but California labor groups say political ad money from outside the state, including money from the Koch Brothers, is pushing an agenda that exacerbates the nation's economic divide. Photo credit: Johannes Seemann/Morguefile.
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OAKLAND, Calif. - According to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity, political networks funded by the Koch Brothers have already paid for nearly 44,000 television ads for political causes this year. In California, labor groups say they're working to counter campaigns for far-right caus

IMAGE: The Money Out/Voters In Coalition is a sponsor of California Senate Bill 1272, which seeks to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling that found restricting political spending by corporations violated free speech. Image courtesy: MOVI

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Political watchdog groups are heading out on the road to rally for a state initiative that supports limits on political spending by corporations. The Overturn Citizens United Act (SB 1272) would ask California voters to instruct Congress to pass an amendment to counter t

PHOTO: Nick Nyhart is president of Public Campaign, which supports public funding for elections. Photo courtesy Public Campaign.

Two hedge-fund billionaires with opposite political leanings have just organized themselves and their wealthy friends to inject more than $100 million into this year's electoral campaigns. Their efforts continue the pattern made possible by judicial rulings that have opened the floodgates to unlimi

PHOTO: CFT president Joshua Pechthalt greets the delegates to open the 71st annual California Federation of Teachers convention on Friday, March 15.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Teachers across the state are receiving layoff notices despite the passage last fall of Proposition 30, which raised taxes to help fund education. Third-grade teacher Megan Kashing said her layoff notice came as a surprise, especially since her school district's budget has a 3

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