Gov. Dannel Malloy pledged to sign the bill into law. After nearly 10 hours of intense debate, lawmakers in the state House passed the measure in an 86-62 vote on Wednesday. It cleared through the state Senate last week.
The law replaces capital punishment with a life in prison sentence without the possibility of parole. Though, it only applies to future cases and, therefore, does not affect the 11 men currently on death row in Connecticut.
According to The Hartford Courant, there’s been one execution in Connecticut in the past 50 years which involved a serial killer who waived appeals.
Ohio State Senator Nina Turner – who introduced a bill that would require men seeking Viagra to undergo a stress test and meet with a sex therapist — joined The Last Word on Thursday. It's a bill MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell referred to as the "single funniest piece of legislation" he had ever read.
Senator Turner outlined what would be more of the necessary requirements for men to obtain the erectile dysfunction medication, from discussing "the possible side effects and risks" to "alternative therapy, such as natural remedies or celibacy."
"We should be absolutely embarrassed as a nation that we are going backwards in time instead of forward," Turner said. "And to treat women as if we’re feeble-minded and incapable of making decisions for our bodies is shameful."
Today the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, that so many rely on for its expediency and wealth of information, went dark for the duration of the day in an effort to protest the anti-piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA. Students crashing last-minute papers are most certainly missing it right about now.
Wikipedia, Google, Wired, TwitPic, Reddit, Flicker, WordPress, along with many others sites, also blacked out pages and temporarily shut down. Even LOL cats are protesting! These websites argue innovation, free speech, and the promotion of new technology will be crippled if the bills are passed. Techies are worried this kind of legislation could allow feds to shutdown sites without due process, potentially limiting the Internet's collective ability to provide a platform for free speech.
SOPA, which stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, an acronym for Protect IP Act, are working their way through Congress in an effort to eradicate online piracy and infringement. In 1998, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was put into effect with the purpose of making copyright infringement illegal. But the act does not protect against overseas sites. Each year, the American people pay the price for such infringements in the ballpark of billions of dollars. These two bills are aimed at stopping the illegal downloads and streaming of movies and TV shows.
Expectedly, Motion Picture Association of America which advocates to protect the intellectual property of its members who include Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures Corporation, and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., to name a few, is in full support of SOPA.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: MSNBC.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and Comcast/NBC Universal. Microsoft publicly opposes SOPA in its current form, while Comcast/NBC Universal is listed as a supporter of SOPA on the House Judiciary Committee website.)
Chairmen and CEO of MPAA, former Senator Chris Dodd, referred to websites blacking out their pages as an "abuse of power."
"It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today," said Dodd in a statement. "It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests."
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg fiercely opposes the bills. He released his own statement, posted to his Facebook wall, of course:
The Internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can't let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the Internet's development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the Internet. The world today needs political leaders who are pro-Internet. We have been working with many of these folks for months on better alternatives to these current proposals. I encourage you to learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-Internet.
President Obama discussing the "American Jobs Act" in the Rose Garden on Monday with Vice President Biden at his side.
The fate of the American Jobs Act now rests in the hands of Congress. President Obama revealed details of his long-awaited jobs plan today during a speech in the Rose Garden.
The president wants high-income earners, corporate jet owners, hedge fund managers and oil companies to pay more in taxes to help foot the cost of the $447 billion piece of legislation. The proposal aims to create millions of jobs through employee payroll tax cuts, extending unemployment benefits and increasing infrastructure spending.
Warren Buffett's all for raising taxes on the über wealthy, like himself. Back in the debt-ceiling negotiations, while I'm sure you're trying to mentally block out that period of gridlock like the rest of us, you might recall Republicans balked when Obama proposed this idea during talks.
In his speech to Congress last week, Obama urged Congress to pass the 155-page bill 17 times (we counted). Today, he dialed it back a tad, only urging lawmakers to pass the bill 12 times in a 10-minute period.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he rejects Obama's pass-it-ASAP message saying, "On all or nothing, I think the country and this town have had a little bit of enough of that."
The DNC released an ad to promote the newly revealed jobs plan as well as a new website to help promote the American Jobs Act. Obama will also hit the road to advertise his bill and urge voters to contact their lawmaker.
Gov. Jan Brewer speaking at a luncheon in Phoenix Tuesday.
The unexpected came from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. The Republican better known for being all anti-immigration, all pro-gun, all the time, shot down two controversial bills late yesterday. Brewer vetoed one requiring proof of U.S. citizenship before appearing on the presidential ballot and another one allowing guns on college campuses.
"I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their ‘early baptismal circumcision certificates' among other records to the Arizona secretary of state. This is a bridge too far,” Brewer explained. She added, such a bill "could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions."
You already need to be a natural born citizen to run for office. But, birther conspiracy theorists say President Obama wasn’t actually born in Hawaii. This fringe group argues he was born in Kenya, and therefore ineligible to hold the nation's highest elected office.
Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama's citizenship, and his Hawaiian birth certificates have been made public.
Brewer called the other gun bill on the table “so poorly written.” She also said it failed to define "public rights of way" in places like state schools, where firearms are prohibited by federal and state laws.
Though, the governor quietly threw a bone to disappointed conservatives. She quietly signed a law giving the Tea Party-associated Gadsen Flag the same protection as the American flag when it comes to HOAs.