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Re: “Road Warriors: Republicans Attack Minter's Irene Record, But Will It Backfire?

I lived in my house with my family in Waterbury Village for 14 years. Our house was a total loss after Irene struck. The worst house in town. We NEVER saw Ms. Minter. Neither did anyone else I talked to in town. Her home town. She is a liar, plain and simple.

7 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Angela on 10/20/2016 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Trump's supporters sure have been honing the art of defending the indefensible. No, these were not just some slightly off-color remarks made in private. This was boasting of being able to get away with sexual assault. Bill Clinton is not on the ballot, but if he has committed sexual assault he should be charged. But if he should be, so should Trump. If you believe Bill Clinton should have been impeached in 1998 for having an affair with an intern, but also believe Trump should be President, you are being a hypocrite. Bill Clinton apologized too, you know. In fact he was a lot more contrite than Trump will ever be. What Republican then was saying "ah, well, boys will be boys, let's just move on"?

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by A Montreal Paul on 10/14/2016 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Shaking my put down Mr Trump for what he said but praise Billy boy Clinton for lying to the American citizens quote "I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN" LIAR...he has raped many women, Killary Clinton, quote.."I stand for all children" LIAR..1975 she got a rapist off (she volunteered) for raping a 12 yr old girl, then she laughed about it, she ruined that little girl..Clinton LIED about Benghazi, lied to the parents right over the victims flag covered coffins, lied about the email account, lies lies lies, when are you going to WAKE UP!!! Shumlin lied about a lot of things, he lied about money he used, he cheated on his wife!!!!.. If you don't think men talk crude about women when they get together then you live in a fairy world..hell women talk about what they would like to do with a man, how they want to grab the mans junk,women talk when they get together....If everyone is held accountable for what they said yrs ago, then you all are in big trouble, because you all know you have said some crude things don't deny it.. No one is a perfect..know I'm not, far from it..I just know I want my Country back, I want to take Vermont Back away from the liberals democrats who are ruining Vermont, Vermont use to be a great state not so much many liberals moving in..I have my doubts about Scott, but more doubts about Minter, she's another Shumlin..

3 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/13/2016 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

"A. Smith" - no one is non-partisan. Everyone has internal biases. The fact that you choose to ignore yours and hold yourself out as without bias might be the real reason you are getting banned from comment sections. Just something to ponder.

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Posted by DUH on 10/13/2016 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Any Republican (RINO) who does not support the party candidate does not need my vote. I may as well vote for a Democrat because there is essentially no difference whatsoever. The Democrats have done a stellar job of smearing Trumps campaign with all of his past indiscretions. How soon we have forgotten about Bill Clinton and his cigars! Really people? If that's how you judge the capability of a man to lead his country, we are indeed in a sad situation. I can even remember Marylin Monroe signing "Happy Birthday" to John Kennedy. So I would advise the RINO's to get off their damn high horses and stick with the party line. Otherwise, there is no need for them.

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Posted by ron_biker on 10/13/2016 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

I would just like to respond to the Addison County Republican chair Jon Christiano, who suggests that guys have "all said similar things".
That is not so.
I have strong political opinions; this post isn't about them. It's about the basic standards of decency that are, for me, a large part of what being a Man is all about.
My respect for women is not dependent on cameras. It's based in my most basic principles in general, and as regards sex and romance in particular.
I have been married to an amazing person who is a woman for 23 years. This is my first and only marriage. Despite challenges our marriage endures because it is based on mutual respect.
Before I was married I was very fortunate in my romantic life and enjoyed the company of a number of different women. For me, a big part of the enjoyment of these relationships was the excitement of mutually desired sex. "Grabbing" women "by the pussy" is the antithesis of the idea of mutuality. It's not what a healthy Man wants from or with Women.
If Addison County Republican chair Jon Christiano thinks otherwise I feel genuinely sorry for him, and wonder what the women in his life ... like his mother or any daughters he might have...would have to say about his opinion of what being a man entails..
And I also feel obliged to point out that any transgression... either physical or verbal... against the women in my life would be met with a blunt, proportional response.

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Posted by zebnorris on 10/13/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Wow, both sides come out smelling in the comments here. And I'm really amazed at the binary thinking of everybody concerned. I know he won't thank me for it, but I'm writing Bernie in. He was the only one in this election cycle without a smarmy background. As for the Vermont republicans who still support Trump, the word rodent is applicable. I'd like to see how many female votes they get.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/12/2016 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Skin in the Game: Racism in Vermont and the Race for LG

Congratulations, Ms. Alsop, for believing that you know more about racism than a black person who has actually experienced it. Your self-righteous hubris is unfrigginbelievable.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/12/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Any person, who has held themselves out to be a Republican, or who serves in office as a Republican, and who is not currently supporting Donald Trump, is then supporting Hillary Clinton as United States President.

Such a person should never hold office as a Republican, ever again, and if in office now, should resign.

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Posted by Kevin Joseph Ryan on 10/12/2016 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

I don't understand how Republicans think talking about what they think Bill Clinton did 25 years ago is the path to victory against Hillary Clinton. People long ago decided which allegations they believed were true (a couple), and which were not (most), and they were clear that they didn't believe he deserved removal from office for the things he did.

I also don't understand the continuing complaints about Hillary Clinton's email server and the Benghazi attacks. How many investigations by how many Republicans that turn up no evidence of wrongdoing will it take to convince rank and file Republicans that there's no "there", there.

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Posted by William McKern on 10/12/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Hmm, tough choice, to pick the man with the frat boy attitude or the habitual liar, supporter of her rapist husband, complete disregard for the laws, and someone who has complete disregard for the families of the men killed in Benghazi. Really tough choice.

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Posted by Veggiguy on 10/12/2016 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

I don't listen to any "reporters" they are the cause of our decline. Back many years ago in a journalism class I was told by my instructor that if some one could guess my political bias in my reporting or if they could tell if I was a republican or democrat, that I had failed as a journalist, guess they don't teach that any more. Unless we listen to the candidates ourselves, we only know what the reporter wants us to know. That is scary

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Posted by Linda Kuban on 10/12/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

As someone who is non-partisan, I agree with Sen. Benning about the reference to "rodents". Partisan politics is doing our country a lot of harm. Now we are even seeing it in Vermont, with banning certain commenters and unwelcoming others (I am in the latter group, which seems to be growing).

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Posted by A. Smith on 10/12/2016 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Mr Milne,

I've had your campaign sign out by the road in Brownington right next to my Trump/Pence sign and my Phil Scott sign. A lot of family and friends will contact me prior to Election Day to ask who to vote for. You, Sir, are a flip flopper and a coward. I now believe you'd sell out to protect your self. I'm taking down your sign and putting it in the garbage where it belongs.

We all make mistakes. Owning them and repenting is what really matters. Mr Trump owned it and rebuked it.

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Posted by Luke Willard on 10/12/2016 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Actually, I'm going to endorse the "rodent" language as being perfectly and wonderfully descriptive of the current sad state of the once-great republican party. Politicians of every party have a right to be treated decently up to and until the time when they allow their party to be led by ignorant, misogynist racists who stand against everything America embodies: Freedom of religion, harboring immigrants fleeing war and persecution, equal rights to everyone.

This country needs a strong conservative party that fosters integrity and dignity and demands it of its candidates. Ignoring and trying to divert blame onto democrats for their own bad behavior is childish and uninspiring and ridiculous. Republicans can continue on this path of self destruction they wrought by pandering to ignorance and hate, but I hope they don't. The next four years will be awful, and we only have ourselves to blame.

We need to reverse Citizens United, gerrymandering, and voting needs to be made mandatory.

28 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 10/12/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Re: "a few remaining rodents scurried ashore."

You know Paul, I've always thought you were a good writer and a good investigative reporter. You have always treated me fairly whenever you have interviewed me. But the above comment, while it may delight a segment of your readership, is only serving to impugn your own integrity. It also exposes your personal bias and suggests this publication has its own mission, something a good reporter and good newspaper should never do if they expect to be taken seriously.

We expect politicians to wallow in the muck of a heated campaign. But Americans, and especially Vermonters, vote them down when they get too muddy. The public relies on a free and unbiased press to expose them for what they are. The public is deprived of that ability with comments like this. Republicans are not "rodents." Neither are Democrats, Progressives or Independents. We all just come at politics from a different perspective. But in the end we all remain human beings who have the right to be treated decently.

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Posted by Joe Benning on 10/12/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

I look forward to your comprehensive interviews next week putting every Democratic candidate on the spot to see if they support Bill Clinton's past conduct, and Hillary Clinton's creative relationship with the truth and smarmy relationships with Wall Street and the mainstream media.

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Posted by Chris Roy on 10/12/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The Odd Couple: Starch-Shirted Brock, Ponytailed Zuckerman Vie for LG

From the article: "How will Brock counter his own quietude? He deadpanned: "First, I'm going to get a Donald Trump wig and I'm going to say some really outrageous things." He is, in fact, no fan of Trump and the most unlikely person to say anything outrageous."

So it was unlikely that he'd produce the two radio ads he's just put out, trashing Zuckerman as untrustworthy and wrong about race relations, huh? He is channeling Trump now for all to hear in his radio ads, and it will make this last month a little livelier. The outrageous things he says in these ads will come back to bite him, I suspect, since Vermonters don't tend to like vicious ads.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/11/2016 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Skin in the Game: Racism in Vermont and the Race for LG

I find it amusing that Brock is commenting on an event he did not attend. A number of politicians, other than Zuckerman, were there to hear the stories of discrimination and disregard that a number of black young people shared with the audience. Brock might have learned a little about how people not in the oligarchy are treated in our fair state. We have many more young black people in this state than older ones who retired here after earning riches in the monetary jungle of New York. Brock doesn't see racial issues because he doesn't look for the problems people are having in order to address them

I am going to make a comparison here that might offend people, and I'm sorry if it does. Listening to Brock's new ads, including his open letter to Zuckerman, I thought I was listening to Clarence Thomas in his confirmation hearings before the US Senate. Those who are unaware of the underlying racism in many of our institutions are either oblivious or are refusing to look.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/11/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Top Whoppers: Half Truths and Hypocrisy in Vermont's Gubernatorial Race

"and a conspiracy theorist wearing a foil helmet"

Paul wouldn't have to go very far to find these in Vermont. Various representatives of the paranoid Left post here regularly. Everybody's out to get 'em: the undefined "establishment," so-called "developers," the police, white males, anyone who earns any money, etc.

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/06/2016 at 4:52 PM

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