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Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:08 AM

E.J. Dionne: Connecticut’s Death Penalty Message

from truthdig:

Connecticut’s Death Penalty Message

Posted on Apr 29, 2012
By E.J. Dionne, Jr.

GREENWICH, Conn.—Since the 2010 elections, the activism of newly empowered conservative and Republican state legislatures has gained national attention with their wars on public employee unions, additional restrictions on abortion and new barriers to voting.

Against this backdrop, the little state of Connecticut has loomed as a large progressive exception. Last year, it became the first state to require employers to grant paid sick leave. It also enacted a law granting in-state tuition to students whose parents brought them to the United States illegally as young children.

And last week, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy signed a law repealing the state’s death penalty. There are now 17 states without capital punishment, Illinois having joined the ranks last year. What happened in Connecticut brings home the flaw in seeing everything that has happened in the states since the midterm vote as embodying a steady shift rightward.

Where they hold power, progressives have also been using their states as laboratories, and Malloy is part of an impressive group of mostly smaller-state Democratic governors who have combined a moderate, business-friendly style with progressive policymaking. Their ranks include, among others, Govs. Jack Markell in Delaware, Martin O’Malley in Maryland, John Hickenlooper in Colorado, Deval Patrick in Massachusetts and outgoing Gov. John Lynch in New Hampshire. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/connecticuts_death_penalty_message_20120429/

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Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:24 AM

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Mon Apr 30, 2012, 12:36 PM

2. I moved from Virginia to CT in 1985. I have never regretted it.

Indeed, I was happy to get out of a state that had stuck a knife in the back of the ERA back in 1980. I have loved my life here in CT and hope to never leave.

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