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December 06, 2005


Does Rell really govern like a Dem? Check this from the story:

Only four House Republicans voted for the measure, despite Rell's support: Al Adinolfi of Cheshire, Antonietta Boucher of Wilton, Raymond C. Kalinowski of Durham and Diana S. Urban of North Stonington.

House Speaker James A. Amann, D-Milford, belittled Rell's efforts on behalf of the bill.

"She delivered four votes today," he said. "It's unfortunate we didn't get more Republican support."

good government group reaction:

Tom Swan of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group said national reform groups have closely followed the Connecticut debate.

"They view this as a significant solution to the culture of corruption in Washington," Swan said.

Watching the debate was Sidney Garvais, who founded Common Cause of Connecticut in 1971, when reformers clamored for the legislature to open its meetings to the public, then moved on to campaign finance issues after Watergate.

"I've been waiting for 31 years for this," Garvais said outside the Senate Chamber.

I will be curious to see how this works out. We have something similar locally, but corrupt candidates just blast on through the spending limits, knowing that they can bury opponents despite penalties. It has gotten so everyone always knows the limits will come off for all (when one exceeds all can) so campaigns simply plan accordingly.

Though pessimistic, I hope for CT that this does have some inhibiting effect on the dominance of money.

CT leads the nation!

"(R-Prison)" - nice touch. A lot of states seem to have reps from towns with the same name these days.

A lot more will soon, when the Abramoff stuff comes to a head.

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