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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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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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8 Justices is not Enough

June 9, 2016

Americans depend on the Supreme Court to address the most important and most complicated questions about our laws, and the justices have plenty of those on their calendar this term, with cases ranging from voting rights to abortion to campaign finance.

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Stanford rape case exposes broken judicial system

June 8, 2016

Amid the nationwide outcry over the light sentence Santa Clara (CA) Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky imposed last week on a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault, the judicial election process that put Persky on the bench and is helping him stay there has gone all but unnoticed.

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