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GOP Connecticut AG candidate supports "nullifying" laws
HARTFORD, Connecticut: Martha Dean, the Republican nominee for State Attorney General, has stated that if elected she would support the "nullification" of unjust federal laws. A controversial political topic since the early days of the republic, the theory of "nullification" "holds that a state has the right to declare null and void any federal law the state decides is unacceptable and unconstitutional." The political concept came to prominence in the 1830s after South Carolina threatened to nullify the "Tariff of Abominations," a protective tax designed to safeguard industries in the North; many historians view this event as a precursor to the Civil War. The doctrine has gained traction recently in response to unpopular sentiment regarding the federal mandate requiring every citizen to purchase health insurance.
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- Connecticut Attorney General election, 2010