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GOP Connecticut AG candidate supports "nullifying" laws

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October 13, 2010

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."[1] 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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