Elections

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gary Johnson, William Weld Make South Burlington Campaign Stop

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Gary Johnson (left) and William Weld in South Burlington - MOLLY WALSH
  • Molly Walsh
  • Gary Johnson (left) and William Weld in South Burlington
Income taxes and gun control — don't need 'em. Ditto for the death penalty, the Department of Commerce, Homeland Security and local zoning ordinances.

So said Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson on a campaign swing through South Burlington Wednesday night with running mate William Weld by his side.
 
The two former Republican governors, both converts to the Libertarian Party, wore blue jeans and relaxed expressions as they pledged to fight tax increases, simplify the tax codes and make government better by making large portions of it disappear.

"Count on us to reduce taxes every single time," Johnson said. "Count on us because we get to run the administration of the federal government, that rules and regulations are going to get better, not worse."

A few hundred people waved signs proclaiming, "Our Best America Yet. You In?" and cheered loudly at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center as Johnson essentially proposed to put government on a starvation diet in order to fatten the wallets of ordinary people.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

McAllister's Out; Other Legislative Incumbents Fare Well in Primaries

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Mitzi Johnson - FILE PHOTO
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  • Mitzi Johnson
State Rep. Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero), chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, survived a strong challenge on a primary day that saw most incumbent legislators coast to victory.

Johnson secured 772 votes to Andrew Julow’s 560 and Ben Joseph’s 550 in the two-seat Grand Isle County district. Johnson had been criticized for failing to bring back enough state resources to Grand Isle during the campaign.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Vermont GOP Asks Lisman to Prove or Withdraw Accusations Against Scott

Posted By on Sat, Aug 6, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidates Phil Scott (left) and Bruce Lisman at a Vermont Public Radio debate this week. - TERRI HALLENBECK
  • TERRI HALLENBECK
  • Republican gubernatorial candidates Phil Scott (left) and Bruce Lisman at a Vermont Public Radio debate this week.
Vermont Republican Party chair David Sunderland has inserted himself into the primary campaign between his party’s two candidates for governor. In an email sent on Friday night, he called on candidate Bruce Lisman to prove or withdraw an accusation that rival Phil Scott was behind a series of phone calls attempting to deceive voters.

Sunderland explained the rare, intraparty intervention on Saturday morning. “You simply cannot accuse an opposing campaign of illegal activity without a drop of evidence,” he said. “We’re not picking sides here, but if there’s no evidence of the accusation, we can’t tolerate that.”

At issue are recent phone calls to Lisman supporters, who were allegedly reminded to vote on August 23 — two weeks after next Tuesday’s actual primary election date.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Vermont House Appropriations Chair Faces Primary Race

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 10:20 AM

From left, Democratic candidates for two Grand Isle House seats: Mitzi Johnson, Ben Joseph, Evan Hill and Andrew Julow - COURTESY PHOTOS
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  • From left, Democratic candidates for two Grand Isle House seats: Mitzi Johnson, Ben Joseph, Evan Hill and Andrew Julow
In Montpelier, Rep. Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) holds a powerful position as chair of the House Appropriations Committee, with a fair bit of say in what programs get how much state money. She’s also a potential candidate to be the next House speaker.

Back home in South Hero, she’s in the middle of a competitive primary and the target of criticism that Grand Isle County doesn’t get its fair share of resources.

Johnson, 45, is one of four Democratic candidates seeking two seats in the August 9 primary. The winners face two Republicans in the November election. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Phil Scott Launches First TV Ad in Race for Vermont Governor

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 4:21 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott’s new TV ad
  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott’s new TV ad
Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott launched his first TV advertisement of the campaign Tuesday.

Scott last week aired the same ad online, though he’s the last of the five candidates for governor to hit the TV airwaves. In the clip, he criticizes Republican opponent Bruce Lisman for his negative ad campaign.

“What passes for business as usual on Wall Street has never been in line with Vermont values, so although my opponent’s misleading ads are disappointing, Vermonters know the truth,” Scott says in the 30-second commercial.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Gender Imbalance Shakes Up Vermont Democratic Delegation

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 6:22 PM

State convention delegates show their support for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Barre in May. - TERRI HALLENBECK
  • TERRI HALLENBECK
  • State convention delegates show their support for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Barre in May.
Two Vermont men chosen last month as delegates to the Democratic National Convention learned last week they’ve been nixed from the roster.

The reason: gender imbalance.

The Democratic National Committee directed the Vermont Democratic Party to remove two men from the list of delegates and replace them with women, said Conor Casey, the state party’s executive director.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Vermont Mayors Coalition Calls for Universal Background Checks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger speaks, flanked by  (right to left) Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon, Winooski Mayor Seth Leonard, Montpelier Mayor John Hollar and law enforcement officials. - MARK DAVIS
  • Mark Davis
  • Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger speaks, flanked by (right to left) Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon, Winooski Mayor Seth Leonard, Montpelier Mayor John Hollar and law enforcement officials.
The Vermont Mayors Coalition on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to require universal background checks for all gun sales, a measure that has stalled in recent years despite documented public support and outrage about mass shootings.

In the wake of the June 12 Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 people, Vermont's eight mayors called for a measure that they say would increase safety while respecting the rights of gun owners. Some of the mayors first pushed for background checks after the 2012 murders of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

"In the three years since [Newtown], we have seen a terrible series of massacres across the country, [but] we have seen no action from Congress and very little action by state leaders," Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said during a press conference at the city's police station. "It would be better for the federal government to act, but in the absence of that, state and local leaders must act."

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Clinton Campaign Manager Meets With Vermont Delegates

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at a debate  in New Hampshire in February - SCOTT EISEN/MSNBC
  • Scott Eisen/MSNBC
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at a debate in New Hampshire in February
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager met on Friday afternoon in Burlington with some of the Vermont delegates to the Democratic National Convention who are pledged to support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager and a native Vermonter, was asking Sanders’ delegates to get behind Clinton for a peaceful convention in Philadelphia in July, several delegates said afterward. It appeared no promises were made.

“We’re still processing,” said Rep. Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington), a pledged Sanders delegate, as she came out of the meeting at the Hilton Burlington.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gubernatorial Hopeful Minter Airs Her First Television Ad

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Democratic candidate for governor Sue Minter dropped her first campaign commercial Tuesday, touting her work in state government in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

The ad, titled "Count On," focuses on Minter's role in helping rebuild homes and roads after the 2011 storm hit a large swath of the state. 

She was deputy transportation secretary before she served as the state's Irene recovery officer and then as transportation secretary.

"Sue Minter helped lead the rebuilding," a voice-over says.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Top Democrat Brings a Message of Party Unity to Vermont

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 5:06 PM

R.T. Rybak - THOMAS STRAND STUDIOS
  • Thomas Strand Studios
  • R.T. Rybak
A year ago, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was the keynote speaker at the Vermont Democratic Party’s annual David W. Curtis Leadership Awards dinner. Her speech was a barely noticeable backdrop as Vermont Democrats buzzed about who among them would run for what state offices.

Much has changed in a year. As state Democrats prepare to gather again Friday night, Wasserman Schultz has fallen out of favor and won’t be back. She and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have spent months waging war over whether the Vermont senator’s presidential run has gotten a fair shake from the party. The disagreement has gotten so ugly that on Tuesday, Sanders said the Democrats need a new leader.

With that discord in mind, party officials invited a DNC vice chair, R.T. Rybak, a former Minneapolis mayor, to speak at this year’s dinner. Party officials hope Rybak can bring peace between factions of the party who back Sanders and those who support former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

“We’re looking for people who, after the dust settles, can unify the party,” said Conor Casey, executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party.

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