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Do you remember your first vote?

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The first person I ever voted for, former Congressman Peter Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, died May 23 at the age of 95.
I don’t remember why I voted for him or who ran against him, but by all accounts, Frelinghuysen was a good choice. He was running for his first term then and he’d be re-elected for the next 20 years. His son occupies the seat now.
But then as now, being a Frelinghuysen in New Jersey was quite an advantage. He was a member of a political dynasty that produced, since the 1790s, four United States senators as well as the two House members.

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One thing: This money really could have been better spent

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Do you remember Gov. Rell’s “One Thing” campaign that asked every Connecticut resident to do one thing every day to conserve energy? I don’t either.
I only bring it up because it’s one of many costly projects developed for state agencies by outside public relations and advertising firms that the agencies could have done on their own. Or better yet, not done at all.
Once Gov. Malloy and his people settle the $3 billion deficit matter, they might want to look into this contribution to that deficit.

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Playing the political system, 1940-style

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They’re saying this is the most wide open Republican presidential race since Wendell Willkie emerged from nowhere to win the nomination in 1940. Maybe, but don’t expect another Willkie.
Willkie made it when primaries and caucuses didn’t get in the way of picking the best candidates. Nominating conventions actually nominated presidential candidates back then, and both Republicans and Democrats went to their conventions that summer of 1940, not knowing what to expect.

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A couple of bills that will make job creation even harder in Connecticut

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’Tis the season for TV commercials from the many special interests telling us why we should favor this bill or shun that one.
Unions representing teachers have been especially active in fighting proposed reforms aimed at retaining the best teachers without regard for seniority.
But my favorite commercial is the one with the waitress proudly saying she doesn’t serve flu with her lunches because her boss pays her to stay home when she’s sick.

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Republicans really need somebody now

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In a monologue two weeks ago, Jay Leno said, “Donald Trump says he’s President Obama’s worst nightmare. No, having to make a decision is President Obama’s worst nightmare.”
The joke sounds ridiculous now but it worked then. A firefight in a Pakistani terrorist hideout changed what was a widely held view of a president into a bad joke overnight.
But a triumph, even one as great as getting Osama bin Laden, can quickly fade in the rush of events in an election year. Ask the first President Bush.

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Remember where you were ... ?

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It was a good day for America, said President Obama, as he announced that Osama bin Laden had been finally brought to justice. So good, that years from now, people will say they remember where they were when they first heard the news.
Having been around for a while, I can quickly recall where I was on several great, historic days, not all of them good days for America. Think about how many “I remember where I was” events in your lifetime and you’ll see what I mean.

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Presidential run or circus act

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If you believe Donald Trump is the most embarrassing candidate for president the Republican Party has ever had, you haven’t met Roy Moore, who recently joined Trump, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and others in the cast of hopefuls being assembled for the Iowa caucuses.
And who is Roy Moore, you might reasonably ask. For starters, he is even less presidential than Trump, and that is no small achievement.

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To Kemba Walker: on the merits of reading a good book as well as playing basketball

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Kemba Walker’s play this season was truly remarkable, as was his admission that he read his first book this year, his last at the University of Connecticut.
Remarkable too, and more than a little sad, is that so few — hardly a fan and only one or two reporters — seemed to notice or care.
The thinking seems to be, “He’s going to earn about $2 million next year, so why be concerned with his reading habits?”

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NRA’s faulty marketing

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The NRA wants me. There must be some mistake.
Actually, there’s more than one mistake in the letter the National Rifle Association sent the other day, inviting me to become a member for $25, a $10 saving if I act now. If I joined and signed “the enclosed National Petition to Protect Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” I’d also get a free duffel bag, embossed in gold with the initials NRA.
The letter to me is billed as a “Connecticut Gun Owner Priority Communication,” but I am not now and never have been a Connecticut gun owner or a gun owner anywhere else.

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Ugh. Pols following Bieber?

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With the election 20 months away, predicting is perilous, but it’s still a pretty good bet that the next senator from Connecticut will be Congressman Chris Murphy.
Just weeks after announcing he’s running for what’s nearly a lifetime job in this state — Chris Dodd did 30 years, Joe Lieberman will have put in 24 — Murphy has won the endorsement of just about every Democrat who counts, except the governor, who’s presumably too busy for such frivolity.

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