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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

Working to End the R-Word

The word "retard" is a hurtful word for people with disabilities and their friends and families. That's why we call it the "R" word. I am so proud of Guilford High School students who have joined together for a campaign to educate our community and get everyone to pledge to "Spread the Word to End the Word."

R Word

End the R-Word is a national campaign which invites the support of anyone interested in signing the pledge. Anyone interested in adding their support can attend a live campaign, or sign the pledge at www.r-word.org. Everyone who signs the pledge is given a wristband with the message "Spread the Word to End the Word."

Protecting the Sovereignty of Our Elections

This week I testified before the Government Administration and Elections Committee in support of SB 582, a bill that I introduced to prohibit foreign citizens and foreign-owned corporations from making unlimited political contributions in Connecticut state elections.

Clean elections

Federal law prohibits foreign citizens, other than lawful permanent residents, from donating money to U.S. campaigns or political parties. Citizens United has made it possible for foreign nationals to contribute indirectly to campaigns through corporate expenditures and Super PACs. My bill seeks to change that.

The flow of foreign-influenced campaign cash into Connecticut poses a threat to our sovereignty and our right to democratic self-determination. Connecticut has an important state interest in being free from outside manipulation and foreign interference in our election process and in determining the domestic policies of our state. Whether foreign investors are considered "hostile" or "friendly" is immaterial: they should not be allowed to influence our self-governance.

Taking Part in Read Across America Day

I want to thank the teachers and students at Jeffrey Elementary School in Madison who invited me to join them for Read Across America Day and to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Read Across America is a nationwide initiative created by the National Education Association to encourage reading among students.

R Word

National Read Across America Day is one part of this initiative, and is held on the school day closest to March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday. Every year, guest readers are invited into schools to read with children and promote the values of reading.