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Arizona Pushes Plan for Constitutional Chaos

March 28, 2017

Thanks to the Arizona legislature, we’re getting perilously close to a constitutional disaster. Copper State lawmakers this week made Arizona the 29th state to call for a new constitutional convention to pass an amendment requiring the federal budget to be balanced.

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In Opposition to Sessions Nomination, Common Cause Activists Deliver Petitions to Senate Offices from Alaska to Florida

January 24, 2017

Today, Common Cause activists in a dozen states are delivering petitions urging their U.S. Senators to vote against the nomination of Sen. Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III (R-AL) to serve as U.S. Attorney General. For decades, Sen. Sessions has been an outspoken critic of the Voting Rights Act, one of the nation’s most critical pieces of civil and voting rights legislation, which paved the way for an inclusive democracy. As Attorney General, Sessions would be charged with deciding how and when to enforce the Voting Rights Act, which he has repeatedly condemned as an “intrusive piece of legislation.” The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote today to send the nomination forward to a vote of the full Senate in the coming weeks.

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Sen. Karen Peterson to Receive John Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award from Common Cause Delaware

September 22, 2016

Common Cause Delaware is pleased to announce that the 2016 John Gardner Lifetime Achievement award goes to Sen. Karen Peterson with gratitude for her lifetime of public service and her strong support for the democracy reform agenda in Delaware – where she supported voting rights, increased transparency, independent redistricting reform, and legal equality for all, among other things.

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Celebrate birthday by ending gerrymander in Delaware

July 16, 2016

The last year has been pretty good to Alexander Hamilton. The $10 founding father without a father, Secretary of the Treasury, and Revolutionary War hero is the subject of a smash-hit musical that has reinvigorated interest in his life and done wonders for his legacy.

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