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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: Fair Game

Re: “Sick 'Em: Paid Leave Gets a Long-Delayed Vote

The current medical totalitarianism that is being forced on Vermonters is wrong. Firstly, the anti-choice stance is anathema what Vermont stands for. Secondly the pro-vax hysteria is not based on science, it is based on fear. Read this: http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/an-open-…

Thirdly if you are elected to the legislature then it is YOUR JOB to listen to the people whether you want to or not, and if you don't want to then maybe you should resign.

Posted by Baruch Zeichner on 04/24/2015 at 11:54 AM

Re: “AWOL Pols: Vermont GOPers Take a Walk on Indiana Resolution

Let me say that I abhor the Indiana legislation.

But let me also say that I don't think state legislatures should be in the business of spending their precious time by passing measures to condemn other states. Especially our state legislature that barely has time to deal with a major budget crisis. This sets a very bad precedent. Shall legislatures now be in the business of routinely passing resolutions to condemn each other? Shall we assign several new people just to monitor all legislative activities in the other 49 states to identify bills that are appropriate for us to "condemn"? How would the Vermont legislature have felt if the Indiana legislature had "condemned" Vermont's action to legalize civil unions in 2000 and gay marriage in 2009? Wouldn't we have been appalled and offended at Indiana's interference in something that wasn't any of their goddamn business?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/13/2015 at 10:57 AM

Re: “AWOL Pols: Vermont GOPers Take a Walk on Indiana Resolution

'I would have voted against the resolution because, you know, No. 1: I don't like socialist Democrats and the Progressives shoving that crap down my throat,"
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Someone needs to remind Mr. Terenzini that using "socialist" as an umbrella term for, "anyone I dislike" went out of style decades ago. Unfortunately, believing that advocating equal rights even for people we dislike is "crap" never seems, among some people, to go out of style.
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Ihave no reason to doubt Rep. Strong's claim that she was absent in order to honor the holy day, but I'd be interested in knowing her Good Friday attendance or absence in previous years.

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Posted by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on 04/11/2015 at 3:33 PM

Re: “AWOL Pols: Vermont GOPers Take a Walk on Indiana Resolution

"In a written statement he provided reporters, Rep. Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) explained that he was 'not interested in passing judgments' on the actions of other states, 'unless they directly affect the substantive well-being of the state of Vermont and its residents.'"
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I'm glad Vermont didn't feel that way in 1861, and I'm glad that most of the legislature doesn't feel that way today.

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Posted by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on 04/11/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “AWOL Pols: Vermont GOPers Take a Walk on Indiana Resolution

In a two minute review I can see he got "reimbursed" for the same camera twice.

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Posted by insurancegirl on 04/09/2015 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Big Fish: Sorrell Nets Corren, but Did He Catch the Wrong Guy?

I'm sorry, I don't believe in litigating my cases in the newspapers, but the record needs to be set straight here. There was no "mistake" here because there was no violation. There was no violation because there was no contribution by the Vermont Democratic Party.

Last year the Legislature amended the campaign finance act. One of its purposes for doing so is set out in the Legislative Findings that

"(10) Exempting certain activities of political parties from the definition of what constitutes a contribution is important so as to not overly burden collective political activity. These activities, such as using the assistance of volunteers, preparing party candidate listings, and hosting certain campaign events, are part of a party's traditional role in assisting candidates to run for office. Moreover these exemptions help protect the right to associate in a political party."

The statute now states: "As used in the chapter, `contribution' shall not include any of the following:

(E) the use of a political party's...computers and similar equipment" and..

(L) costs paid by a political party in connection with a campaign event at which there are three or more candidates present."

Twenty four candidates attended these events, including the Governor.

Given the amount of time spent by the AG's staff pouring over this, I will leave it to you to wonder whether this is a bad-faith prosecution, or a simple case of legal malpractice.

- John Franco
Attorney for Dean Corren

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Posted by John Franco on 04/01/2015 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Big Fish: Sorrell Nets Corren, but Did He Catch the Wrong Guy?

"Mindful of not wasting money"?! Apparently Sorrel is delusional about his own righteousness. It's not too early to look for someone to unseat him.

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Posted by Rebecca Foster on 04/01/2015 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Big Fish: Sorrell Nets Corren, but Did He Catch the Wrong Guy?

Amazing. I think the old saying "If you live in a glass house you shouldn't through stones" applies here. I am really getting tried of pompous Holier than thou attacks and corruption that are taking place in our political system today. Sorrel is the one that should be brought up on charges not Corren. And the fact that Sorrel spent I am sure spent many thousands of dollars not to mention diverting time away from what his office should be investigating all at the tax payers expense. His office is willing to look the other way when corporations businesses violate Vermont laws, but instead wastes tax payers money (did I mention there is a budget shortfall) on this. It is time for Sorrel to leave office. The sooner the better.

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Posted by Barb Wilson on 04/01/2015 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Big Fish: Sorrell Nets Corren, but Did He Catch the Wrong Guy?

I thought Progressives could slip out of legal nooses and financial consequences in Vermont as long as their 'intentions' were good while they were breaking the law as the Burlington Telecom case demonstrated?

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Posted by JimM on 04/01/2015 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Big Fish: Sorrell Nets Corren, but Did He Catch the Wrong Guy?

Sorrel may be enjoying all of his out of state donations now but we here at home will remember this next election. You never can forget a bully.

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Posted by Mary M on 04/01/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Big Fish: Sorrell Nets Corren, but Did He Catch the Wrong Guy?

As someone who was involved in legal action to try to bring some clarity and constitutionality to Vermont's campaign finance scheme, I know firsthand what a convoluted mess our campaign finance laws are, and how even those of us committed to following the law often find it impossible to know what is required of us. And trying to get clarity from the Attorney General's office is impossible. For example, I submitted a formal letter of inquiry/complaint to the Attorney General's office last September, asking for his opinion as to whether Vermont Leads PAC meet the definition in statute of an independent expenditure PAC (....six months later and long after the election I still wait for an answer. The AG had two months to investigate that before anyone complained about Dean Corren, I guess that wasn't enough time? Campaign finance laws should be clear and consistently applied. Too often it seems like it is being made up as we go along and applied only when the powers that be feel like it.

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Posted by Sharon Toborg on 04/01/2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Big Fish: Sorrell Nets Corren, but Did He Catch the Wrong Guy?

Can you all show me the outraged Op Ed columns you wrote, and/or the letters-to-the-editor you wrote, accusing the AG of wasting taxpayer money when he went after the Dubie for Governor campaign and the Republican Governors Association for violating Vermont's campaign laws?

I certainly agree that enforcement of campaign finance laws shouldn't be in the hands of a partisan elected politician, whether Republican, Democrat, or Progressive. Vermont should have an independent, non-partisan, non-elected office to enforce its campaign laws, so that the AG doesn't have the option of declining to investigate himself. But it's not fair to find fault with the AG for going after a Progressive if you didn't have any issue with him going after the Republicans.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/01/2015 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Big Fish: Sorrell Nets Corren, but Did He Catch the Wrong Guy?

Sorrel will probably receive lots of out of state donations for his next campaign but this will cost him Vermont votes. People remember bullies.

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Posted by Mary M on 04/01/2015 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Big Fish: Sorrell Nets Corren, but Did He Catch the Wrong Guy?

Ridiculous waste of taxpayer money... it seems it's an investigation and a punishment designed to kill public financing. After all, those pesky liberals who get public financing are running against the corporate-funded entrenched partisans like Sorrel.

So, spend hundreds of thousands to investigate an error in good faith?

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Posted by Egmatic on 04/01/2015 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Vaccine-Nation: A Viral Debate Over the ‘Philosophical Exemption’

Childhood illnesses were one of God's creations. We do our best to provide a good environment so our children will be healthy. If they get sick, it is wonderful to have medical treatments, and if a child dies, he died a natural death. If, on the other hand, we vaccinate a healthy child knowing that there is a risk however small and that child dies, we are guilty of murder. God did not make a mistake when he created us or disease. We make a mistake when we try to play God.

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Posted by Barbara Feick Gregory on 03/21/2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “A Taxing Session: Shap Smith's $113 Million Problem

I was a supporter of our current Govenor but....he has let us all down with his ego building health insurance plan. I suggest Shap Smiths problem is an "underperforming Govenor". What a disaster. He has no idea as, he now wants to eliminate jobs in places where they are sorely needed and cut programs the poor and elderly need to survive. This is absolutely a man without a clue. We should have taken more notice when he tried to swindle a neighbor out of his property!.

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Posted by Carol Shepherd on 03/19/2015 at 1:26 PM

Re: “A Taxing Session: Shap Smith's $113 Million Problem

Shap and his Sugar Tax is grasping at straws.

His crew running the government wants a bigger piece of consumption without growing the productive end of government. Incomes are contracting we are down 132 million on tax collection that mean we lost 1 billion 320 million income that has to continue to roll through the economy.
Ben and Jerry's is next new Flavor Heart a Tax...

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Posted by Walt on 03/19/2015 at 12:19 PM

Re: “A Taxing Session: Shap Smith's $113 Million Problem

Paul.....how can this be true?

“In total, her plan and Shumlin's would cut nearly $57 million from the state's $1.4 billion general fund budget.”

I haven’t seen Mitzi’s budget yet but go to this JFO link, scroll to page 32, and you will see that the Governor’s budget is a $61 million or 4.4 % increase over 2015.

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2016/FY11-FY16%205_Year_Appropriations_Summary.pdf

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Posted by Tom Pelham on 03/18/2015 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Clock's Tickin': Sanders Could Announce Presidential Plans in Weeks

Bernie is ready for his usual fart and fallback position. such a dude about nothing.

Can someone please enumerate Mr Sanders major achievement in each year of his quarter century of his national political career. Please quantify every leadership and coalition building position that has gained prosperity for the middle class.

I will wait ..............

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Posted by Walt on 03/12/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Clock's Tickin': Sanders Could Announce Presidential Plans in Weeks

Let's get real. It cost Obama a billion dollars to get in. Where's Bernie going to get that dough? His agenda or issues would have him shutting down all big money donors! My dog will be POTUS before Bernie!

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Posted by MarkW on 03/11/2015 at 10:30 AM

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