The Hartford Courant
April 8, 2010

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Emblem of a divisive and controversial political movement or historic symbol of American defiance?

Those are two views of the Gadsden Flag, the bright yellow banner adorned with the image of a coiled rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread on Me.”

The flag has been adopted by tea party activists, who have unfurled it at rallies across the nation, and some Republican members of Congress, who hung it from a balcony at the U.S. Capitol before a vote on the health care overhaul.

On Friday, the flag will fly over the state Capitol — and that doesn’t sit well with one veteran lawmaker.

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