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Media & Democracy 05.6.2020

Ann McBride Norton’s Legacy: “Our Victories Give Hope to the People that Working Together We Can Make a Difference”

From part-time volunteer, Ann McBride became one of a team of tenacious citizen-lobbyists who helped open up our political process. She rose to be the first woman president of Common Cause from 1995-1999 and inspired me and many others along the way.

Media & Democracy 01.6.2020

2020: Year of Decision

In 2019, we witnessed one pillar after another being ripped from under the institutions that support our democracy. We saw giant steps backward on communications, media, health, education, environment, voting rights, court appointments, money in politics, equal opportunity, women’s rights, labor rights… the list goes on and on.

Fact Check: Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Misses the Mark on Redistricting Reform

Gerrymandering is wrong, no matter who does it – Democrats or Republicans. The fight for fair redistricting has always been about shifting power from politicians to the people.

Media & Democracy 09.4.2019

Media, Government, US

The media merger pot keeps boiling. It appears that the Federal Communications Commission is about to approve another damaging deal, this one between Nexstar and Tribune.

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