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The Chris Powell Column

McGovern’s legacy better than many say

Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, who died recently, is being remembered for the most crushing loss in a presidential election, his defeat in 1972 by Richard Nixon, and for having pushed the Democratic Party toward a silly system of racial, ethnic, and gender quotas, becoming the father of political correctness.

McGovern was far from a perfect politician but this is unfair.

McGovern was better

The Chris Powell Column

Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, who died recently, is being remembered for the most crushing loss in a presidential election, his defeat in 1972 by Richard Nixon, and for having pushed the Democratic Party toward a silly system of racial, ethnic, and gender quotas, becoming the father of political correctness.

McGovern was far from a perfect politician but this is unfair.

Forced into the open, McMahon is defensive

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On appearances Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy has won his debates with Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon because of his familiarity with issues, his being specific and his greater articulateness. Despite her constant references to her “six-point jobs plan,” McMahon has no command of specifics and defaults to complaining generally about the “failed policies” of the national Democratic administration and about Murphy’s having been late with rent and mortgage payments five years ago. McMahon has tired and lost focus toward the end of the debates.

McMahon defensive; pledge and patriotism

The Chris Powell Column

On appearances Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy has won his debates with Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon because of his familiarity with issues, his being specific and his greater articulateness. Despite her constant references to her “six-point jobs plan,” McMahon has no command of specifics and defaults to complaining generally about the “failed policies” of the national Democratic administration and about Murphy’s having been late with rent and mortgage payments five years ago. McMahon has tired and lost focus toward the end of the debates.

Forget early release; the problem is any release

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As they ar­gue over the new program by which prisoners involved with rehabilitative pursuits earn reductions in their sentences, state officials keep missing the point.

Yes, two prisoners who received credits toward early release were charged soon after their release with the murder of store clerks during robberies in Meriden and East Hartford. But the prisoners had not received much time off their sentences and, assuming their new guilt, it’s hard to imagine that their serving a little more prison time would have changed their behavior once released.

McMahon misleads again; and Mrs. Malloy vents

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Another day, another misleading television commercial from wrestling zillionaire and former pornographer Linda McMahon, the Republican nominee for U.S. senator.

McMahon mocks GOP even as it cheers her on

Linda McMahon has bought Connecticut’s Republican Party for two years now, but last Tuesday the party bought her as well. In the primary for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination in 2010 McMahon got less than 50 percent of the vote. Tuesday, Aug. 14, she got three-quarters of it, thumping former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays.

McMahon mocks GOP even as they cheer her on

The Chris Powell Column

Linda McMahon has bought Connecticut’s Republican Party for two years now, but last Tuesday the party bought her as well. In the primary for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination in 2010 McMahon got less than 50 percent of the vote. Tuesday, Aug. 14, she got three-quarters of it, thumping former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays.

What Donovan teaches; and put Ganim on radio

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However it ends, the federal criminal charges surrounding state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign will have provided a good primer about the political economy of Connecticut.

First state government raised cigarette taxes so high as to confer great profitability on not only cigarette smuggling but also the rental by smokers of cigarette manufacturing machines in “roll your own” tobacco shops. When the state tried to enforce the cigarette tax on the shops, a court found that the tax didn’t cover cigarettes made by people rolling their own on rented machines.

What Donovan teaches us in CT; and please, put Ganim on the radio

The Chris Powell Column

However it ends, the federal criminal charges surrounding state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign will have provided a good primer about the political economy of Connecticut.

First state government raised cigarette taxes so high as to confer great profitability on not only cigarette smuggling but also the rental by smokers of cigarette manufacturing machines in “roll your own” tobacco shops. When the state tried to enforce the cigarette tax on the shops, a court found that the tax didn’t cover cigarettes made by people rolling their own on rented machines.