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Gray Power: Dems Court Older Voters

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The General Assembly’s election-year session doesn’t begin until next week, but one thing already is clear: Legislators and the governor are ardently courting older voters, one of largest and most reliable elements of the electorate.

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Democratic legislators line up today to back an agenda for 2014 geared to older voters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Democratic leaders today outlined a low-cost, high-profile legislative agenda of consumer protections and other items backed by AARP, the over-50 advocacy group that says polling shows its members comprise 40 percent of voter turnout in Connecticut.

In a year of tight money, the agenda is packed with affordable initiatives certain to show up in campaign mailers next fall, including tighter rules on door-to-door and phone solicitations by energy retailers, some of whom use aggressive bait-and-switch appeals.

Nearly two dozen lawmakers crowded around Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr. of Brooklyn and House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey of Hamden as the top leaders of the Assembly presented their agenda with two AARP members.

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