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Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

@Written...Wow you'll believe anything won't you.. that story link was so full of it..ole lyin Janey did not inherit the family cabin..there is 4 other siblings was left to ALL of them, she sold her share to them, Sanders has more then 3 homes..they did not trade the place in Maine to get the one in Grand Isle..Amazing how people will believe lies..and the Sanders are good about that..just ask the people who pledged money to the Burlington College, just to find out that she wrote the amounts higher then what they pledged.. Such honest Sanders..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 03/24/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

I have to laugh when people refer to Bernie's "mansion" on the lake. I have neighbors in Burlington with pricier houses! He's lived a lot more modestly than most politicians. Why can't he have a home where he can relax with his wife, children and grandchildren? Look at the pictures before you judge too harshly. As "mansions" go, it's pretty cozy. More like a camp cabin on steroids.…

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Posted by written on 03/24/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Er... Seven Day is the "state's largest newspaper"? I don't think so...

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Posted by Maura O'Neill on 03/24/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

This lack of access could blow up Bernie's image should it surface nationally. His staff better think twice about how they respond to requests from Bernie's Green Mothership.

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Posted by Kathy on 03/23/2017 at 8:21 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

He doesn't need us anymore, laments Mark Johnson.

That's right. He doesn't. Now that the Vermont Senate seat is his for life (thanks to his adoring sycophants in Vermont) the Dear Leader doesn't even have to pretend to care about Vermont anymore. Nevermind that he is the Senator of and from Vermont. Nevermind that he's not only too important to talk to the Vermont media, but that he's also too busy even to show up for his job in the Senate. Don't you get it? He's the Savior Of The World! It's ridiculous and selfish for you to expect him to deal with Vermont issues!

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 03/23/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Bernie is so done with VT.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/22/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

John Walters you hit the hammer right on the nails head..Bernie thinks he's a big shot , but he's a sell out..did he give back the donations from the supporters...nawww he had other uses for that money..not much of a Senator when he couldn't even vote on things, not much of a senator when you can't even return calls or even answer letters sent to him..He's never to busy to get on national TV and national newspapers..guess local news aren't big enough for him..He was HIRED to represent Vermont citizens..not to ignore us..after all we the taxpayers are the ones who pay him ..About his staff, rudest ever, I heard his family are still working for him..These Bernie lovers needs to wake up, Bernie only cares for himself..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 03/22/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Perhaps Bernie gets the feeling that the home folks know him a little too well. Maybe a little difficult to answer questions about EB5, Burlington College, mansion on the lake, etc. Why bother, he's way to important to deal with Vermonters now. Maybe he will be gone in another 4 years. The tide is turning.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 03/22/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

While I have no real idea why Bernie has blown off the Vermont Press Corps, the way Heinz, Walters, Craven and Lindholm have treated him in the past gives me an idea why he might want to avoid them.

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Posted by Sam Maverick on 03/22/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

"Hey, Superman! Can you stop saving the world to answer some questions I already know the answers to?"

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Posted by The Oracle on 03/22/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

I voted for Bernie but don't think it is right for any politician to duck the media this way. It's arrogant and does a disservice to his constituents when Vermont journalists are shut out from questioning him. Even more disturbing to me is that his staff also shuts out the Vermont press. What's up with that? I have been vocal in criticizing Trump for his disdain for journalists but I never expected Bernie to be in the same camp.

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Posted by amajanne on 03/22/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

In response to RamblinRose- I don't think there's any question that the work he's doing on the national level is more important nor do I think Vermont's issues are more important. But I disagree with the notion that it is a waste of time to talk to your local news outlets. I don't think you read the article all the way because as Walters mentioned, Bernie's staff isn't even responding to emails from the press. Either hire more staff or make sure the ones you have are doing their jobs. And I think that until folks like you and I voice our concerns about this, things are unlikely to change.

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Posted by Ryan on 03/22/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

A few quick observations 1st Bernie never had a chance in the Democratic primary because Hillary and her cronies had it rigged the hole time. I think Bernie knew it was rigged the hole time and just saw it as an opportunity to line his own pockets. That is why he never said a thing once the emails came out proving how corrupt the Democrats are. 2nd Bernie is no independent he's has always walk to the same tune as his Democrat masters. If he walks like and ass and talks like an ass he must be a Democrat. He sat crying at the Democratic convention because he knew that he had sold his followers out. He had sold his own soul to the Democratic Devils long ago. Bernie only thinks of himself and how he can join the 1% he pretends to hate so much. It's time to vote this lying man out of office, he has profited enough off the hard working people of Vermont.

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Posted by citizen on 03/22/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

For a while I thought that Walters, Heinz and others were blowing this situation out of proportion but after seeing what appears to be a concentrated effort by Sanders and his staff to avoid Vermont media, I've had a change of heart. Walters is spot on that there are issues that he is not speaking to or hearing about by talking exclusively to national outlets, from EB-5 fraud to the future of wind energy in Vermont. Aside from that, it is more important than ever for influential leaders like Bernie to engage in media outlets that serve such a vital purpose in the age of Trump. I volunteered for Bernie and love the work he does for us and the country every day, but the constituents of Vermont should make it known that having a close relationship with local media is part of his job. Give his DC or Burlington office a call- they are all ears & very helpful.

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Posted by Ryan on 03/22/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

I understand that people feel slighted but come on. The USA is in crisis. Of Course he is to busy. Our civil liberties are crashing everyday. Sitting around talking about jets is a waste of his time right now. There are important issues and Vermont should be important but if you really think these things should be Bernie's priority right now then maybe you need to get out of Vermont for a bit. Big things are going on right now and we need Bernie to be a voice at the national level. Not sitting around talking to Seven Days.

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Posted by ramblinrose28 on 03/22/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The Calm and the Storm: After Break, Lawmakers to Tackle Budget

Air space safety was also an issue when Citizens Energy proposed wind turbines on the Northfield Ridge, as it threatened the gliders in Warren. The Grandpa's Knob Wind project proposed for the Pittsford Ridge threatened the hang gliders. GusStevePseudonym can spin it, but the fact is that putting tall objects on top of mountains threatens things that fly, and that includes bald and golden eagles, bats, as well as all types of human devices that use the air space. Airports in Vermont are already constrained, so adding 500 foot tall towers threatens safety.

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/08/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The Calm and the Storm: After Break, Lawmakers to Tackle Budget

Thank God the Shumlin - Shap - Klien circus is gone. We will have to see what happens from this point on.

As far as their buddy John Walters is concerned, the switch from blogger to journalist is more than a little shaky. Probably the result of morning coffee with Klien and too much chocolate cake from Sheas, courtesy of Senator White and her ethics effort.

I have a feeling the tide will turn shortly, the big money hates losers.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 03/08/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “The Calm and the Storm: After Break, Lawmakers to Tackle Budget

Strange bed fellows here. Anti-winders defending the monopoly that the FAA and VT National Guard have over our collective skies so that they can keep spreading chemtrails over VT society.

Wake up Sheeple!!

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Posted by Gus Steves on 03/08/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “The Calm and the Storm: After Break, Lawmakers to Tackle Budget

Nice attempt to slander a very fine public servant. Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie is one of many pilots expressing genuine concern over siting 500 foot tall structures near airports. The issue of air space safety arose with the so-called Ira Wind project, which proposed 16 wind turbines on a ridgeline called Susies Peak in Ira/Clarendon. It was the secondary approach for the Rutland Airport, meaning that the pilot has already missed his approach and flies in a circle over the ridgeline to try again. Airport officials, the state and the town raised serious concerns. None of them were alleged to be pulling strings. Legislation to protect air space was introduced in 2010, but Speaker Shap Smith sent it to Tony Klein's committee instead of transportation, where it died as intended. What we learned about the FAA (under Obama) was that wind turbines received favor over air space, and if issues were found, the air traffic was constrained, not the wind turbines. FAA claimed it had no teeth or authority to deny. If you want to look at interference, look to the government under the last president to see how the agencies were used to advance the wind agenda at the expense of the environment, air traffic safety, and the ability for people to do their jobs. Same story in Vermont under Shumlin.

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/08/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Budget Surprises: Scott's Proposal Harbors Some Gems

First of all, many reporters in Vermont have little, if any, ethics. Anyone who doubts that should check my Twitter feed at relator_joseph. As for Mr. Heintz claiming need to protect whistle-blower's he has ignored this whistle-blower for many years as have many other news outlets. Remarkably, I'm involved in one of, if not, biggest fraud of public and private funds in state history.

Additionally, as we saw recently with Meg Hansen's acidic commentary in the Rutland Herald targeting Governor Phil Scott evidences that fake news has arrived in Vermont. Not only do we have fake news, we have "selective" news compliments of folks like Anne Galloway and others who "selectively" report the news...that fits their agenda or pursuit of a Pulitzer with total focus on EB5 fraud (which by the way folks is a fraud of FOREIGN funds) NOT the U.S. Treasury or Vermont Treasury.

It's laughable that reporters would team up with Sen. Jeanette White who thinks its perfectly OK that the Mayor of Montpelier lobbies against the state treasury as he did in opposing "retroactive" enforcement with the VT False Claims Act which I fought so hard for. Of course, he did this knowing his client The Brattleboro Retreat was on the hook for many millions. So much for ethics anywhere in Vermont!

Had citizen Thomas Joseph not showed up, testified, and advocated forcefully for retroactive enforcement, VT's recovery of $6.75M from BTV Labs might not have happened. And now, thanks to my efforts, VT stand to recover huge sums from the Brattleboro Retreat matter because I opposed the Mayor of our capital and WON!!!

Indeed, Vermont media has an integrity deficit and this latest attack on Governor Phil Scott by John Walters is equally suspect.given the recent depths alleged columnist have gone to discredit Governor Scott.

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 03/02/2017 at 5:35 AM

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