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MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL SEEKS LEGISLATION BANNING BOUNTIES FOR REGISTERING NEW VOTERS

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State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield, Chaplin) said Monday that she would immediately seek legislation banning bounties or other payments in exchange for the registration of new voters. “I am very troubled by the practice of using money to influence or persuade a person to register to vote before an election,” Merrill said. “Any […] [Read More]
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Task Force Report In, Legislation Upcoming to Slash Delays, Red Tape (And Environmental Protections)

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Governor M. Jodi Rell has announced that she is offering comprehensive legislation reforming the state’s permitting process to cut through bureaucratic red tape and speed job creation. The bill is based largely on the work of Governor Rell’s Permitting Task Force, (I posted the report, which I could not find on-line anywhere, on a site […] [Read More]
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AG and SOTS Debates- Experience Counts

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I attended a forum in which first the AG candidates and then the SOTS candidates responded to 6 questions, then gave a closing statement. It wasn’t exactly a debate, but they did go head-to-head on a variety of key issues. In the end, however, I thought the debates boiled down to one issue – relevant […] [Read More]
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Attention State Convention Delegates

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The most important vote you cast may be this week. This week you vote for your representatives to the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee. And let’s face it, State Central is an utter failure. Want proof? The website hasn’t been updated since at least March; an event on March 13 is listed as an “upcoming […] [Read More]
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The effects of job loss

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Each year, even when the economy is growing, millions of people lose a job for reasons other than poor performance or misconduct. The CBO has reviewed the research on the short- and long-term effects of involuntary job loss in an issue brief, on people’s future employment and earnings. In light of the recession that began […] [Read More]
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Denise Merrill Responds To My Same Day Registration Info

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Jonathan: This is impressive data indeed. Do you know what kind of voter files (electronic statewide?) these states use? What would we need to do to emulate their systems? I suspect that Maine may have the same problem we do (i.e., multiple tiny towns with different systems) and how do they deal with it. If […] [Read More]
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Election Day Registration

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I had a nice talk with Denise Merrill, candidate for Secretary of the State, last night. She is not in favor of election day registration, but asked me for some evidence that it increases voter turn-out. Coincidentally, there is a workshop today in Chicago: An Exploration of Same Day Registration and Policy Change The Palmer […] [Read More]
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Paid Sick Days Bill Passes Appropriations Committee

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Supporters Tout Benefits to Public Health, and Family Economic Security Yesterday, the Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly approved a basic workplace standard for paid sick days by a vote of 28-17. The bill (SB 63) would allow workers at business with more than 50 employees to earn paid sick time – up to […] [Read More]
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