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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 - MD: Civic Engagement

Many incarcerated Marylanders don't realize they have the right to vote if they're being held pre-trial or serving time for a misdemeanor. (Adobe Stock)

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BALTIMORE - After a Maryland coalition expanded voting rights for people in jails and prisons during the 2020 presidential election, a landmark bill now in the General Assembly would turn that effort into law. The Value My Vote Act would require state correctional facilities to give every person a

More than 860,000 AARP Maryland members support a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, citing the need to corral skyrocketing drug prices. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A coalition is urging Maryland's General Assembly to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to fund a first-in-the-nation state board to make high-cost prescription drugs more affordable. The bill would be a boon for folks age 65 and older, who sometimes have a hard time paying

Experts advise using compassion if the conversation veers into difficult political topics around this year's holiday dinner table. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Holiday conversations can be stressful, especially in a year filled with misinformation and disinformation about the election, the pandemic and racial protests. But experts say folks can use compassion at this year's Thanksgiving table to challenge tricky subjects. Bridget Todd, p

Advocates of the push for D.C. statehood say it became more urgent this summer after federal forces were used to confront protests of racially motivated police violence. (Wikimedia Commons) <br /><br />

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WASHINGTON -- The 2020 election season saw 35 U.S. Senate races, but one jurisdiction still has no representation in Congress - the District of Columbia. More than 700,000 people live in Washington, D.C. That's more than Vermont or Wyoming. They pay federal taxes, but don't control their own budge

Be prepared for delays when early voting in Baltimore. As a precaution, the city will be checking temperatures at Voting Centers. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - With only 12 days left before Election Day, early voting in Maryland starts on Monday and runs for eight consecutive days, including Saturday and Sunday. Voting-rights groups are taking steps to reduce concerns about possible intimidation, turmoil over the new Voting Center system

At least 7,000 people in Maryland jails awaiting trial have the right to vote. A coalition wants to make sure they are able to do so. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As Election Day approaches, a coalition of voting-rights groups is urging Maryland's Board of Elections to help eligible citizens vote when they're incarcerated or newly released. The groups have outlined a plan to ensure voting rights for people in the criminal-justice system, in

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., is urging Congress to fight partisanship and bring civility back to Washington. (Adobe stock)<br />

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SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Addressing fears partisanship is undermining people's trust in democracy, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, D-Md., launched a campaign this week that aims to build a cross-party coalition to defend America's democratic institutions. Three current and former Republican congres

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says he doesn't trust Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's claims that he'll end cost-cutting measures in the U.S. Postal Service. (Wikimedia Commons)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies in a Senate hearing today about controversial cost-cutting measures, Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh says the lawsuit that he and other AGs filed against the U.S. Postal Service this week will continue as planned. Speaking Wedne

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