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Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

Would that trip to Cuba be led by Republican former Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie, who famously has made numerous trips to Cuba (including delivering 100 Vermont heifers to Cuban farms)?

I'm sure Comrade Brian is burnishing his revolutionary credentials rights now. Along with his other Republican comrades like Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Reid Ribble, Representative Mark Sanford and Representative Tom Emmer -- among some of the Republican elected officials making trips to Cuba. Did I hear them shouting "Viva La Revolucion!" as they were engaging in life's struggles in Cuba?

Ah, red-baiting, the last refuge of right wing scoundrels...

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Posted by terjeanderson on 08/25/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

The Revolution wouldn't be complete without joining the other Vermont Democrats on a trip to Cuba for life's struggle with Fidel and friends.

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Posted by Bradford Broyles on 08/25/2016 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Takeover of Burlington Labs Will Get Fast-Track Review

Oh so many red flags here ! This is not a service station or a corner store . Health and safety must be paramount ,NOT making sure that Burlington Labs continues to operate . This 30 day deadline should be noted but perhaps Vermont does not need a medical lab with the stench of fraud and incompetence . I'd like to know why Mr Casarico will have any part in this company going forward . The membership of the Green Mountain Care Board should also be examined .
Let's hope this doesn't become another Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger., Jay Peak fiasco where the promise of jobs and Vermont first blinded officials to the murk below .

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Posted by Rich ard on 08/25/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

The head Bernshevik in the Revolution should be DONATING the proceeds of his new book and the advance he received to 'The Cawz' and the 'Less Fawchinits' and NOT $600,000 seasonal lakefront Camps that were just added to his and Janey's Real Estate Portfolio.

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Posted by JimM on 08/25/2016 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

Looks like Bernie' hypocrisy is now on full display, if only the populace could see it through their rose colored glasses. Everything he railed against that Clinton did he is now trying to do. Guess you have to pay for the new house some how

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 08/25/2016 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

This debate was advertised to happen Tuesday Aug 23. I wonder what happened. I missed it.

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Posted by m8rcia on 08/23/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

I agree with Phil that the debates should be broadcast to a statewide audience on the networks. With all the ad income they received during the primaries they can afford to use some for public service. We also saw Sue pander to the teachers union who sponsored this debate. So future debate should not be sponsored by special interest groups.
We saw the free spending Sue Minter seeming to continue the spending spree of the Shumlin administration and democratic legeslature, while Phil Scott reiterated his commitment to rein in spending.

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Posted by Peter Daniels on 08/23/2016 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

Wanna know why Minter wants to rape the Ridges ? Pull up her campaign contribution list and print it if you have enough paper. Now look at the percentage of out of state money she's pocketing and how Blittersdorf , friends , family and maybe even their dogs and cats are all ready to go on 500' wind fans on all the ridges.
When asked about getting and keeping millennials here, she referred to the "Urbanization" of Vermont because that's what millenials like. I guess you could call the "New Vista" project proposed for 20,000 people near Tunbridge "Urbanization" by her definition. Her Campaign slogan should be "Make Vermont Massachusetts again" Big Money,,,, Big Plans,,,, Big Problems !

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Posted by ezduzit on 08/23/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

Scott's position on wind and solar seems to make sense, and appears to me more in tune with Vermonters actual desires. The Doyle Poll last march showed that 90% of those who responded wanted more local control of siting projects.

Wind and solar are vastly different in regards to environmental impacts and how/when they produce power. As two weeks ago showed, on the hottest days of the year when we needed power the most, wind production was negligible. While the hot, sunny day made for optimal solar generation.

It is a wise stance to separate out wind and solar and not lump them together. Wind can hardly be considered "green" when it requires roads on our ridges, environmental degradation, wildlife deaths, habitat change, and noise to those who live nearby. Solar on the other hand has essentially none of these, and can also be built on our rooftops and parking lots.

Vermonters care about about their ridges, and it is part of their identity. I'm not sure why the Democrats don't get this.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 08/23/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

No gun control or pot legalization discussed. A marshmallow debate.

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Posted by Bill Keogh on 08/23/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

Minter is supporting a bank franchise fee. This taxation of finance capital is, structurally, the only thing that can meaningfully re-shape the politics of merciless budgetary austerity which are crucifying populations from Anchorage to Athens.

You pay taxes on everything. Banks and investment groups pay no taxes on any transactions whatsoever. This is the elephant in our den.

Nobody in either party actually really cares about any of the other issues in politics... the order of the day is to shield financiers from anybody exposing their hostility to the American system of political economics.

Our job us to push the Democratic Party away from the banking industry that has caged them and push for robust taxation and regulation of finance capitalists--the banks--that rest at the true center of power in our society today.

Push her avidly to initiate a full frontal assault on the banking industry and you won't have to worry about or remember Mr. Scott's name for much longer.

Cheers! Bless you all! It's our America--not theirs!

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Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 08/23/2016 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

"Asked whether transgendered students should be able to use the bathrooms of their choice in schools, both Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott said they should."
Good news, this, but the term "transgendered" implies something happened to change a person. In fact, a person identifying as transgender (there is no "-ed" suffix) is describing who they already are.

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Posted by Sheryl on 08/23/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

$50K being the median income for a family does not make it a good salary. In fact, I'd say it is a problem. I'd look at the fact that the average income in Chittenden county, which is where these teachers work, and see it is closer to $85K. That's quite a bit more than your numbers suggest and quite a bit more than teachers in their early 30's make.

By the way, I wouldn't call a teaching position a 9-month job unless I was grossly misinformed as to what a teacher does.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 08/22/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

"a teacher in their early 30's is making mid $50K, which is not that great of a salary."

Assuming your figures are correct, $50k is the Vermont median income for an entire household. Which includes potentially two income earners in the same household. And which includes people at the end of their working careers, not at the beginning. So, yes, a teacher earning $50k in his or her early thirties is earning more than most of the people who are supporting that teacher. Plus, that $50k is for a 9-month job with fantastic benefits.

http://www.deptofnumbers.com/income/vermon…

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/22/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

Do your homework, Penelope. Here:

http://www.nctq.org/docs/Teachers_-_Burlin…

A teacher does not approach $70K until earning a master's degree and having 12 years of service. That's not likely for a teacher in their early 30's. More likely, a teacher in their early 30's is making mid $50K, which is not that great of a salary.

Let's also remember teacher's pay taxes as well. On top of everything jhilt says, how would you like to contribute to your own salary with your taxes?

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 08/22/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

If Burlington Teachers had 'The Right Stuff' and were at the top of their game they would be teaching in the South Burlington School System making that wage that they are envying.

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Posted by JimM on 08/21/2016 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

@Penelope - Teaching really is a walk in the park. Perhaps you should do the job of teacher for less and can save us all a bunch of money! I imagine you would have no problem with educating at-risk students who are experiencing emotional/physical/sexual abuse at home. It sounds like you can show up for the 8 hours of paid time and not need any prep time. I suppose you could channel the entire scope and sequence of the Common Core across all content areas, to students of all stages of development, regardless of disability, with flawless collaboration skills, and can work with all families regardless of socio-economic status or culture.

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Posted by jhilt123 on 08/20/2016 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

So a teacher in their early thirties with a government job working less than 7 months out of each year, is paid seventy thousand dollars courtesy of me and other taxpayers who make less working full time? And next year wants that amount increased to 75,000? With health and retirement benefits that cost even more. No, this does not sound reasonable to me!

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Posted by Penelope on 08/20/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

@Susan Joy, I am not saying Burlington teachers should be paid the same as South Burlington. Property and income taxes around the state are already very high, in spite of (or perhaps because of) the Brigham decision and Act 60.

But I am saying the Superintendent and the School Board have unfortunately lost significant credibility because of the ethical failings you reference. Has the School Board made a reasonable offer given the economy and endless tax increases from Montpelier? Yes. But the School Board would be stronger & have more support for these negotiations if they were not cheating the system and coming up with nonsense loopholes for their own or the Superintendent's self-gain. The actions of the School Board are not in isolation. It is Mr. Porter who is out there publicly defending Mr. Obeng's misrepresentations about where he was going to live, etc. These are the people who are supposed to be examples and leaders for our children. Instead, their "leadership" amounts to: do as I say; not as I do.

Also, sad to say, with the exception of the courageous Max Tracy, the Burlington City Council has just taken action to weaken the residency requirement for city leaders. At the ballot box, the voters overwhelmingly rejected attempts to eliminate the residency requirement (twice in the last 15 years). So instead of honoring the voters who have repeatedly supported this law, the City Council shamefully amended it so as to have almost no meaning now. What next, will they try and say it's OK to elect anyone Mayor of Burlington, so long as the person resides somewhere in Chittenden County?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 08/19/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

Let's not paint teachers as breaking the bank. A teacher in Burlington with a master's degree and 10 years of service earns $66K. That's a decent salary but by no means is that living large, especially considering the cost of living in and around Burlington.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 08/19/2016 at 8:09 AM

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