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May 25, 2016

Republicans Critical of Automatic Voter Registration Agreement With DMV

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2016 2:41pm

Christine Stuart photo An agreement between Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Department of Motor Vehicle Commissioner Michael Byzdra to develop an automatic voter registration system is an unnecessary and expensive proposition. That was the message from four Republican lawmakers who held a press conference Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to criticize the decision.

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May 17, 2016

DMV, Merrill To Implement Automatic Voter Registration to Comply With Federal Law

by Christine Stuart | May 17, 2016 2:48pm

Under threat of a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice, the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Secretary of State agreed to come up with a plan to automatically register drivers to vote when they go to the DMV.

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May 13, 2016

Prison Gerrymandering Bill Falls Flat

by Jack Kramer | May 13, 2016 11:14am

Christine Stuart file photo Despite a ruling from a federal court in Florida calling the practice unconstitutional, Connecticut’s General Assembly failed to pass a bill last month to end prison gerrymandering in the Nutmeg State.

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April 24, 2016

45,000 Young Connecticut Voters Register

by Jack Kramer | April 24, 2016 11:53pm

Christine Stuart photo Thousands of younger voters have registered to vote in advance of this Tuesday’s presidential primaries.

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April 22, 2016

OP-ED | Trump, Hillary Will Prevail Here, But If Trump’s the GOP Nominee…

by Terry Cowgill | April 22, 2016 5:30am

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Get ready, devotees of Connecticut politics. You are about to experience a once-in-a-generation phenomenon — maybe even once-in-a-lifetime. Rather than simply viewing us as an ATM for campaign cash or, as one observer put it, “a little footnote after New York,” both parties are holding presidential primaries in our state that might actually mean something this year.

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April 20, 2016

U.S. Justice Department: Connecticut Is Not Complying With Motor-Voter Law

by Christine Stuart | April 20, 2016 3:48pm

The U.S. Department of Justice said it’s planning to sue Connecticut for failure to comply with a section of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, if it doesn’t fix the problem.

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April 19, 2016

Connecticut Will Offer Real-Time Election Results This November

by Christine Stuart | April 19, 2016 7:44pm

Christine Stuart photo They’ve been working on it for more than five years, but Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said they’ve finished development of a real-time election results reporting system that works for Connecticut.

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March 15, 2016

Even As Political Spending Explodes, Disclosure Remains Hazy

by Mary Spicuzza and Jeremy B. White | March 15, 2016 11:59am

AP File Photo / Andy Manis / http://sunshineweek.rcfp.org The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision effectively wiped out key campaign finance regulations that had been in effect for decades, so requiring more disclosure of campaign donors may be the only way for the public to have some control over political campaigns. Yet Congress and the states have shown little appetite to do so.

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March 11, 2016

OP-ED | Augie Wolf Exemplifies The Woes Of Connecticut’s GOP

by Terry Cowgill | March 11, 2016 6:30am

There are few things more discouraging in political life than announcing your candidacy and having it blow up in your face before you can even get your bearings. And U.S. Senate candidate August “Augie” Wolf, a former Olympic athlete, should know the importance of not stumbling out of the starting blocks.

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March 8, 2016

Head Election Regulator Warns Support For Bill Could Prove Fatal To Landmark Campaign Law

by Christine Stuart | March 8, 2016 6:30am

Christine Stuart file photo The head of Connecticut’s election enforcement agency warned lawmakers Monday that a piece of legislation they’re considering would change how political parties operate in Connecticut.

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