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  • Tuesday, December 06, 2005

    Connecticut gets serious about representative democracy

    It's a step in the right direction, but democracy is kind of like a glass of water: You've either got one or you don't. You don't 'represent' it. From Democracy Now!:

    The state legislature in Connecticut has passed one of the most sweeping campaign finance laws in the country. The bill would create a voluntary publicly funded election system and would place a ban on political contributions from lobbyists and state contractors. Nick Nyhart, head of the organization Public Campaign, called the Connecticut bill "the strongest campaign finance law in the nation." Nyhart said "It gives ordinary people, without connections to big money, a greater role in the electoral process while ratcheting down the clout of lobbyists and powerful state contractors." The bill, however, is coming under criticism from the Green Party and others because it places stiff restrictions on non-major political parties from receiving public funding for races.


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