Friday, October 21, 2016

Sander Fires Up Montpelier Crowd for Vermont Democrats

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 11:24 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), left, rallies a crowd Friday night in Montpelier for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter and David Zuckerman, Progressive/Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR/SEVEN DAYS
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), left, rallies a crowd Friday night in Montpelier for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter and David Zuckerman, Progressive/Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) name isn’t on the November ballot in Vermont. But on Friday night at a political rally in Montpelier, he was the draw.

He was greeted by a call from the crowd: “We love you, Bernie.” He drew standing ovations. He was swarmed by selfie-seekers afterward.

But the goal of Friday’s rally was to use Sanders’ star power — amplified through a strong but unsuccessful run for the Democratic presidential nomination — to direct the crowd’s attention to the rest of the state’s Democratic candidates.

Most of that attention was focused on Sue Minter, the party’s candidate for governor, who is locked in a close race with Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott for the open seat.

Organizers had affixed her campaign placard to the podium. One by one, with Sanders serving as master of ceremonies, Vermont Democrats took the stage at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Alumni Hall to deliver to the crowd of about 500 the same message:

“We’ve got to elect Sue Minter,” Democratic Treasurer Beth Pearce said.

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Obeng Blasts Board Member for 'Sexist, Racist' Facebook Posts

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 5:08 PM

School board member David Kirk - FILE: ALICIA FREESE
  • File: Alicia Freese
  • School board member David Kirk
Burlington schools superintendent Yaw Obeng encouraged the city's school board to review the conduct of member David Kirk for posting "racist, sexist and ethnocentric" images and comments on his Facebook page.

The sharply worded statement Friday also encouraged Kirk "to withdraw from his board activities at his discretion, to allow space for the board to review this matter."

When asked if he thought that Kirk should resign or take a temporary leave of absence, Obeng replied, "I do not have the authority to direct him."

The superintendent's condemnation came after Seven Days first reported Tuesday night on the images Kirk posted on his publicly accessible page. One defended the Confederate flag. Another accused immigrant students of asking too much of schools. And another featured an underwear-clad woman tied to a bed. At least one unhappy parent urged Kirk to resign.

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At UVM Roundtable, Biden Calls for Renewed Focus on Cancer Research

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Vice President Joe Biden speaks Friday morning at the University of Vermont. - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Vice President Joe Biden speaks Friday morning at the University of Vermont.
Updated at 4:27 p.m.

Nine months after President Barack Obama asked him to lead a national effort to expedite cancer research, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Burlington Friday to outline the recommendations of his “Cancer Moonshot” initiative.

During a morning roundtable at the University of Vermont, Biden said that researchers had in recent years reached “a real inflection point” in the fight against the disease. But he argued that the medical community continued to face structural deficiencies that hobble communication and collaboration.

Vice President Joe Biden Friday morning in downtown Burlington - POOL: GLENN RUSSELL/BURLINGTON FREE PRESS
  • Pool: Glenn Russell/Burlington Free Press
  • Vice President Joe Biden Friday morning in downtown Burlington
“We are so far behind the curve on some of the simple things that can make a gigantic difference,” the vice president said. “This is a worldwide problem, and we need an organizational structure that will take us to a different place.”

Specifically, Biden said, those fighting cancer struggle to access information about their malady, find clinical trials or even share their medical records with far-flung hospitals. Moreover, he argued, the pharmaceutical industry charges too much for life-saving drugs.

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Bourgoin Discharged From Hospital, Held in Prison

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Steven Bourgoin being wheeled into his arraignment at the UVM Medical Center last week - FILE: GLENN RUSSELL/BURLINGTON FREE PRESS
  • File: Glenn Russell/Burlington Free Press
  • Steven Bourgoin being wheeled into his arraignment at the UVM Medical Center last week
Steven Bourgoin, the man charged with second-degree murder for a car crash that killed five high school students, was discharged from the hospital Thursday. He was being held without bail at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

Bourgoin, 36, had been a patient at the University of Vermont Medical Center since October 9. On October 14, he pleaded not guilty to five murder charges and two charges related to stealing a police cruiser. His arraignment was held in makeshift courtroom at the hospital.

Prosecutors say Bourgoin was driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 89 on the night of October 8 when he crashed into a car, killing Eli Brookens, 16, of Waterbury; Janie Chase Cozzi, 15, of Fayston; Liam Hale, 16, of Fayston; Mary Harris, 16, of Moretown; and Cyrus Zschau, 16, of Moretown.

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Morning Read: Obama to Star in Minter Radio Ad

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 10:16 AM
President Barack Obama plans to appear in television and radio advertisements for down-ballot Democrats campaigning across the country, according to a new report from the Washington Post. Among the beneficiaries will be Vermont’s own Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Sue Minter:

On the radio, Obama cut ads for Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. He’s also on the radio for [North Carolina Senate candidate Deborah] Ross and [Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie] McGinty and Senate candidates Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, and Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire.

Minter campaign spokesman Elliott Bent confirmed the Post's story Friday morning.

“In the ad, the president endorses Sue because she shares his values: economy for the middle class, education, fighting climate change, protecting women’s right to choose,” he said in a brief written statement.

Bent said the campaign itself, not a supportive super PAC, would pay for the Obama ad. He did not reveal when it would go on-air. 

Read the full story here.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Media Note: Getler Out, Fogler In at Burlington Free Press

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Burlington Free Press website - SCREENSHOT
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  • Burlington Free Press website
After 22 months on the job, Burlington Free Press publisher Al Getler has been replaced by his predecessor, the newspaper announced Thursday. The Gannett-owned daily provided no explanation for Getler’s departure. He declined to comment.

Returning to the paper’s top job is Jim Fogler, who served as publisher for four years before leaving in September 2014 to become vice president of business development at Party City. Fogler returned to journalism — and Gannett — in January, when he took a job as publisher of the Poughkeepsie Journal.

According to the Free Press story announcing the transition, Fogler will now publish both papers. Even after he took the job in Poughkeepsie, the story said, he continued to commute between the two regions, because his family remained in South Burlington. 

“I’m excited to be back, and I look forward to reconnecting with the community as well as the team here,” Fogler told the Free Press’ Dan D’Ambrosio. “My plan is to split my time evenly between the two sites.”

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Jane Sanders Calls Shumlin’s Clinton Endorsement ‘Worthless’

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Jane O’Meara Sanders in May 2015 - FILE: PAUL HEINTZ
  • File: Paul Heintz
  • Jane O’Meara Sanders in May 2015
Updated at 3:07 p.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, attacked Gov. Peter Shumlin over Twitter Thursday after an email emerged claiming she “begged” him not to endorse Hillary Clinton for president last year.

“1st, I don’t beg,” O’Meara Sanders tweeted Thursday morning. “Knew Gov Shumlin endorsement of HRC worthless,told him his timing as @BernieSanders announced was pathetic crass politics.”
The senator’s wife was responding to an internal Clinton campaign email allegedly obtained by Russian hackers and posted online by WikiLeaks. In the May 2015 message, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told the candidate that he had just spoken with Shumlin and an unnamed political adviser. 

“He called Bernie a few hours ago and said he’s endorsing you, Madame Secretary,” Mook wrote of the governor. “It will be public at 3:30 today. This was a bold move for him so it would be great if you can call and say thanks.”

Mook added, “Apparently Jane Sanders has now called him twice and begged him to change his mind and he’s stood firm.”

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Courting Democrats, Republican Phil Scott Airs a Familiar Ad

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Stop me if this sounds familiar: Vermont's Republican gubernatorial nominee released a new television advertisement Thursday featuring prominent Democrats singing his praises.

Nope, it wasn't Jim Douglas, who won four races for governor from 2002 through 2008: 

And it wasn't Brian Dubie, who lost the 2010 gubernatorial contest:

It was Lt. Gov. Phil Scott — the latest in a long line of Vermont Republicans who've sought statewide office in an increasingly Democratic state:

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

School Board Member David Kirk Apologizes for Facebook Posts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 10:01 PM

School board member David Kirk - FILE: ALICIA FREESE
  • File: Alicia Freese
  • School board member David Kirk
The Burlington School Board member whose Facebook posts drew fire as racially insensitive and belittling has apologized.

New North End school board member David Kirk, who represents Ward 7, sent the following statement via email Wednesday night:

At this time I would like to most sincerely apologize to the citizens of Burlington for a number of inappropriate social media posts. In the age of social media where we move at lightning speed, it is all too easy to simply repost and share items, sometimes carelessly, with a click of a button that may be hurtful to others. These posts are not a reflection of me, my family, my constituents and the decades of community service I have provided in Burlington. These posts were inexcusable and they have been removed.
Seven Days reported about the posts Tuesday night. 

While some defended Kirk’s posts as harmless sounding off, others saw them as disturbing and inappropriate for a public official. Upset parents emailed superintendent Yaw Obeng calling for Kirk to resign after learning about his posts defending the Confederate flag and suggesting that immigrant students ask too much of schools.

These were two of the posts:

The flag post - FACEBOOK
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  • The flag post

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Burlington’s Teachers and School District Reach Agreement, Avert Strike

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 9:33 PM

  • Molly Walsh/Seven Days
  • Ira Lobel
Burlington’s teachers and its school board reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Wednesday night, the eve of a planned strike.

The details of the agreement were not immediately disclosed. Ira Lobel, a federal mediator who led the daylong negotiating effort that stretched into the evening hours, announced to waiting reporters Wednesday night that the agreement had been signed.

Shortly after that, the head of the Burlington teachers’ union issued a statement saying everyone would benefit from the deal. 

“I am pleased to tell Burlington students, parents and residents that school will begin on time tomorrow morning,” said Fran Brock, a Burlington High School history teacher who serves as the president of the Burlington Education Association. “I know this has been a hard road, but we’re pleased to have reached an agreement with the school board.”

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