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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental groups fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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Every 20 years, New Yorkers can vote for or against holding a state constitutional convention. (Ron Cogswell/Flickr)

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, voters in New York will have the once-in-a-generation opportunity to vote for or against holding a state constitutional convention. The question goes to the voters every 20 years, and in 1977 and 1997, New Yorkers said 'no.' A 'yes' vote would begin the process of elec

Watchdogs want hearings into allegations of the rigging of more than $1 billion in state contracts. (wadester16/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Watchdog groups are in Albany today calling on legislative leaders to hold hearings on allegations of corruption in state contracts, and to enact reforms. The recent indictment of former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on federal charges has dragged corruption in Albany back into t

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bills cap LLC contributions at $5,000. (Gov. Andrew Cuomo/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a package of bills to close a major loophole in New York state's campaign finance laws. The "LLC Loophole" allows individuals to form multiple limited liability companies, and use each one to give a candidate more than $60,000 in each election cycl

Changes to New York's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) are being debated in Albany. (Nitant23/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Advocates of greater government transparency in New York are opposing two proposed changes to the state's Freedom of Information Law, or FOIL, in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget bills. When people or organizations are forced to sue for access to public records, said John Kaehny, executive

Ethics violations have forced 16 New York state legislators from office in the past five years. (Ron Cogswell/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Government-reform advocates want the state to hold public meetings on ethics reform. The former Senate majority leader and the former speaker of the Assembly both are scheduled to be sentenced next month for corruption convictions, and in his State of the State address in January, Go

More federal investigations of New York state lawmakers are in progress. Credit: Kurtman518/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - With the conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, good-government advocates think Albany finally may take reform seriously. Silver, D-Manhattan, is the latest in a long line of legislators found guilty of corruption, and the trial of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Roc

A call for ethics reform was issued outside the court where state officials are being tried for corruption. Credit: @commoncauseny

NEW YORK - With two former leaders of the state Legislature on trial for corruption, civic groups are calling for immediate action to implement ethics reforms in Albany. More than 30 state legislators have left office because of criminal charges or ethical issues in the past 15 years. This week, th

One billionaire used the LLC loophole to pour $4.3 million into campaigns in the last political cycle. Credit: Seemann/morguefile.com

ALBANY, N.Y. - The settlement of a lawsuit may start to close a loophole in New York's campaign finance law. The suit was brought by the state Board of Elections' independent enforcement counsel. It challenges campaign contributions made under a 1996 Board of Elections ruling that allows limited-li

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