Would a cheese by any other name smell as… stinky? It turns out that’s a question that U.S. trade negotiators are facing. And U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut is pressing for them to keep feta: “feta.” Murphy says in current trade negotiations, Europe wants to ensure feta cheese produced in Connecticut couldn’t be called that because it’s produced in the U.S. The same holds true for other cheeses named after European places.
Some Connecticut residents concerned about social justice issues were at the state Capitol in Hartford to learn about how to lobby their lawmakers. The activists are concerned about several bills being considered in the legislature this year.
A bill that would force electric utilities in Connecticut to roll back an aggressive tree trimming program received the approval of a key state legislative committee on Tuesday. There’s been some recent public outcry against aggressive tree trimming by the utilities.
The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.