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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - CA: Civic Engagement

The For the People Act would prohibit states from striking voters from the rolls solely for failing to vote. (Marg JohnsonVA/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden said democracy is fragile. Now, good-government groups are asking Congress to bolster our system of elections. The For the People Act, a package of democracy reforms, is the first numbered bill in the newly elected U.S. House and

Anti-Trump protestors unfurled a banner over Interstate 110, a Los Angeles-area freeway, on Wednesday. (refusefascism.org)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Progressive groups are calling for mass protests across the nation at 5:00 p.m. today, where they say activists will call for immediate action to remove President Donald Trump from office. On Wednesday, the president held a rally, and afterward thousands of his supporters stormed t

Alex Lee, D-San Jose, will be sworn in on Monday as the first openly bisexual member of the California State Assembly. (Vanessa Hsieh)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The 2020 election is notable for the so-called "rainbow wave" of LGBTQ lawmakers elected for the first time, in California and across the country. For example, Todd Gloria is the first LGBTQ person and the first person of color to be elected mayor of San Diego, Susan Eggman fr

Unlike many other states, California counts votes received up to 17 days after Election Day, as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3. (Gutzemberg/iStockphoto)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- With only five days to go, the rush is on to get ballots in, and voting-rights groups have a few tips on making your vote count. A few weeks ago, the state mailed ballots to all registered voters. Jonathan Mehta Stein, executive director for California Common Cause, said ther

Smoke from the California wildfires has forced evacuations of medical facilities and caused an uptick in heart attacks and respiratory illness.(EllenD/iStockphoto)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- More than 4,300 doctors and nurses have just published an open letter to patients urging them to demand action on climate change. The letter, which is backed by 16 national and state-level medical organizations, declares that climate change is a health issue. Dr. Amanda Millst

Proposition 25 would eliminate cash bail in California. (whatimeantosay/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In two weeks, Californians will decide on three criminal-justice reform ballot measures. Proposition 25 would repeal the current system of cash bail. Instead people would be released while awaiting trial for certain low-level crimes. For mid-level crimes, a judge would use an

Approval voting allows people to mark more than one candidate, and can boost the profile of single-issue candidates. (MargJohnson/Twenty20)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Groups that want more civil discourse in this country are building support for a different system of elections called approval voting - and they say it could boost the fight against climate change. In approval voting, people are asked to mark all the candidates they approve o

In April, the pandemic's death toll was so high that hospitals such as Mount Sinai Morningside brought in refrigerated trucks to handle the overflow of bodies from the morgue. (Anne Nelson)

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By Anne Nelson Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter Reporting for the Washington Spectator - California News Service Collaboration On July 27, a dozen physicians posed in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., dressed in white lab coats with "America's Frontline Doctors" stitched

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