From Denny Heck <[email protected]>
Subject A new era in the Supreme Court
Date September 29, 2020 9:15 PM
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John -

This weekend, I visited the Capitol to pay my last respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Justice Ginsburg was a personal hero, and an inspiration to anyone who believes in the fair application of the law and the fundamental dignity of all people. Her death leaves a massive vacancy in the Court, and reinforces the importance of principled progressive leadership in the states.

For decades, right-wing extremists have used state law to attack reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, the separation of church and state, the right to vote, and more.

And in almost every case, their efforts have been blocked by a Supreme Court bound by common sense and the Constitution.

Now, Donald Trump (with significant help from Mitch McConnell) is trying to force through Amy Coney Barrett, his third radical in an effort to reshape the court into a partisan instrument -a right-wing wishing well ready to grant any request to roll back progress.

That means our movement needs to be busy in the years to come, John. It means that state lawmakers will be passing the progressive legislation that will find its way to the Supreme Court, and that will define our national agenda for a generation.

As Washington Lieutenant Governor, and the presiding officer of the State Senate, I'll fight every day to make sure we're moving that agenda forward. That means maintaining our leadership role in combating climate change and promoting clean, renewable energy. It means ushering in a new civil rights movement that confronts our nation's failures and moves us closer to our promise of justice for all. And it means honoring the fundamental right of all people to access the quality health care they need.

I am continually inspired by Washingtonians and our state's willingness to strive to always serve our communities better. Now, as we face a dangerous new era on the court, I'm ready to ensure we keep building a Washington that inspires the rest of the country.



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