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202 Days Later, why hasn't the Senate #DoYourJob?

October 4, 2016

The Supreme Court convened on Monday for a new term with an old problem: 202 days after President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by the death last February of Justice Antonin Scalia, the seat remains open and the court remains evenly split between “liberal” and “conservative” factions.

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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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Enterprise Leaves ALEC!

September 22, 2016

Good news. Car rental giant Enterprise announced Wednesday that it has left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive corporate lobbying group that masquerades as a charity.

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My first steps in political activism

September 9, 2016

I took my first step into the world of political activism this week, joining other supporters of the #DoYourJob campaign in a demonstration and press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court. It was overwhelming at first. I didn’t know what to expect; all I knew about press conferences was what I’d seen on TV. I thought the courthouse steps might be packed with the press and supporters, eager to hear senators and congressman talk about the need to fill the vacancy – now nearly nine months old – left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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