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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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

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

Wisconsin's prized clean air and water took a back seat to the wishes of special interests in 2015, according to an environmentalist. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. - Looking back at 2015, the executive director of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Kerry Schumann, says it was a bad year for the state's environment. In her view, the Legislature has allowed too many special-interest groups to shape Wisconsin's laws and environmental insti

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