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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Wisconsin voters may get a chance to try to alter the flow of money into politics. (DenisField/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case declared that corporations are people and that money is speech. The decision opened the floodgates for special-interest cash to flow into American election campaigns. Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, and Sen. Dave Hansen, D-G

Politics in Wisconsin is like the Wild West, according to a clean-government advocate. (CrackerClips/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. - Because of Wisconsin's status as a battleground state, political money is pouring into the coffers of both parties, much of it untraceable - or so-called "dark" - money. Much of it is used to buy issue ads, which do not ask people to vote for a certain candidate but advocate a certa

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

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

Which candidate will win a ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court? A UW-Madison political scientist says this could be the hottest statewide race on the April ballot. (WI Court System)

MADISON, Wis. – Just two percentage points separated incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley and Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg in the Feb. 17 primary race for a state Supreme Court seat, and that contest could be the hottest statewide race on the ballot again in April. A conservative group call

The grassroots group Blue Jean Nation is holding a town hall meeting it calls a revival, saying there's a lot that needs reviving in American politics. (arinahabich/iStockPhoto.com)

NEENAH, Wis. – When you think of a revival, you might picture a big tent and a religious event. But the grassroots group Blue Jean Nation is hosting a revival this Saturday in Neenah in an effort to revive democracy and citizen-centered politics. This will be no conventional political gath

Because of recent changes in Wisconsin law, the Badger State could see even more in the way of nasty political ads this election cycle. (ValeriyKachaev/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. - According to a recently passed Wisconsin law regarding campaign finance, political parties can collect contributions of unlimited size from individuals. For decades, the law set a limit of $10,000 in total political contributions from any individual. Now, wealthy donors can give as

The non-presidential primary election on Tuesday will be the first statewide Wisconsin election where Voter ID will be required. A driver's license is acceptable. (WI Department of Transportation)

MADISON, Wis. – Those wishing to cast a ballot in Wisconsin’s non-presidential primary election on Tuesday will need to show appropriate ID at the polls. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to take up a challenge to the law last year allows the Voter ID law to stand. It's been in p

The spring race for a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is being called more of an auction than an election by a government watchdog group. (wicourts.gov)

MADISON, Wis. – This spring, Wisconsin voters will decide whom they want to fill a seat on the state Supreme Court for the next 10 years. The three announced candidates will meet in a February primary, and the winner will be chosen in the spring election in April. Matt Rothschild, executiv

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