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Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

John Walters, well we know what party you're with..You brought up Gov Scott's gala parties why didn't you mention anything about former Gov Shumlin going on, like how he stole a home from a man and told him to not tell anyone, or his trip (honeymoon with his young wife) to Paris, France that the Taxpayers paid for and other things..but a course you wouldn't do that... Hope you aren't getting paid much for these articles because they are BORING and dumb!!!!
Can't you be jealous without showing it?????

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 01/20/2017 at 12:18 AM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

Andrew, this is an opinion piece. The author just recently started working at Seven Days, so he probably isn't accountable for any coverage, or lack thereof, on Shumlin. Furthermore, Shumlin isn't governor. Phil Scott is. So there will probably be more attention paid to Phil Scott in the future, because he is relevant.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 01/19/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

So, this is news? I beg to differ. Perhaps this writer should have held the more fire and heat to Peter Shumlin! What kind of gala did he throw and who paid for it? We know that it was Not the 5th grade educated neighbor who Mr Shumlin tried to steal his home for pennies on the dollar! Shumlin also wasted more than 200 Million dollars on Health Connect web site, and never asked for any money back nor did Sorrell! NH put up a health care web site of r only 8 million, that worked form day 1 and serves more people than Vermont. The ethics laws that have been submitted are not worth the paper they are printed on when former legislators can become lobbyist and make 100's of thousands of dollars only 1 year after leaving office. Sad, Very sad.

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Posted by Andrew J. Tarantino on 01/19/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

So - this has become a completely over-the-top partisan column now? Who's brilliant idea was that?

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Posted by Carl Werth on 01/19/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

Please bring Paul Heintz back. Or just cancel this column.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/18/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

John, please do not use the term "nothing burger". For some reason it makes me gag. I only know of two NBs, one in Burlington and one in Putney. Both are not worthy of comment.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 01/18/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

Here's an example of an ethics problem: When I was under criminal investigation by the Attorney General for allegedly practicing law without a license, it became clear that House Speaker Shap Smith's law firm was involved. Though they didn't admit it until the day the investigation was closed, those of us looking at the redacted complaint identified that two attorneys at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew were involved in bringing the complaint to the AG's office. A reporter told me he asked House Speaker Smith if he had a fire wall between his speaker's office and his law firm. Answer: "no".

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Posted by A. Smith on 01/18/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

Seeing how the "big boys" can throw money around, one wonders how they would define the governor's mantra,"affordability".

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Posted by jad1245 on 01/18/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

I comment on articles that bore me, too, Kathy.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 01/18/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

Obsession is as boring in print as it was in your blog.

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Posted by Kathy on 01/18/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

Thanks for contributing, Walter.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 01/18/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “The Usual Suspects: Who Funded Scott's Inaugural Gala?

Once again the "writer's" (I use that term very loosely here, as this useless troglodyte can barely form a readable sentence) lack of self-esteem, and personal grudges bleed into this once-interesting column. Listen buddy, we all know you're in love with Phil Scott, and, being the delicate flower you are, it hurts you deeply that he doesn't want anything to do with you. I get it. But it isn't interesting, or even mildly amusing to read.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 01/18/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Jane Says: Sanders' Secret Weapon or a Political Liability?

Genese Grills defense is that shes been using her real name on her campaign page? I would certainly hope so! That does not excuse her from getting caught trying to run a dirty campaign and trying to stir up negativity against her opponent by impersonating an anonymous commenter online. Surely, she could easily find the account info button at the top of this page if she really wanted to use her own name?

However, this is in keeping with her usual modus operandi of relentlessly spamming the Front Porch Forum with her anti-mall propaganda, which many believe led to the failure of that campaign because people were put off by her long-winded rants there, which often exceeded 10-15 pages . This abuse of public forums is quite in keeping with the political strategies of a post-Trump era. Genese also tried to sabotage Bernies campaign by smearing his wife during the election because of a personal grudge over being unceremoniously fired from her last academic post, years ago. She didnt care if Bernie, whom she supported, lost; her only small-minded and petty goal was to keep Jane Sanders out of the White House as First Lady (see http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/jane-says-sanders-secret-weapon-or-a-political-liability/Content?oid=2670992).

However, if she doesnt get her way, we may expect to see this city council hopeful collapsing on the floor of the police station in tears again, which is where she was observed last summer after another failed campaign to stop the air show. Burlington, please dig deeper and ask yourselves who you really want having access to city government?

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Posted by VivaONE on 01/16/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

I have one question for Heintz. Let's say you get your wish and background checks are required for this type of purchase. How exactly would that have changed the transaction? How would anyone enforce it?

Posted by Jeff Kaufer on 01/10/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Rutland First: Vermont's Homegrown Opposition to Syrian Resettlement

Rutland mayor should deal with your heroine problem before bringing in more needy people who will suck the tax payers dry adding to more welfare, higher education costs, healthcare, etc. Take care of Vermonters first!

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Posted by Tammy Santin on 01/03/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Signing Off: Reflections of a Vermont Political Columnist

Good going Paul. You are a fine journalist, may you have much success in the future. Walters, with his bias and liberal baggage will have difficulty filling one of your shoes. Sorry to see you go.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 12/29/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Signing Off: Reflections of a Vermont Political Columnist

That's the point I was making: Gov. Elect Scott hasn't taken office yet, he hasn't done anything to warrant any criticism, yet Walters found an excuse to slam him already. It was a political attack.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 12/29/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Signing Off: Reflections of a Vermont Political Columnist

what knowyourassumptions wants is for the governor elect Scott to not face any criticisms. Anything that questions Scott's policies (or lack thereof) is a hit job.

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Posted by A_Trout on 12/29/2016 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Signing Off: Reflections of a Vermont Political Columnist

I'm very concerned about the future of this column. I know Paul was sympathetic to the Left, but he tried to be fair. He did not spare Vermont's liberals and leftists from his insightful analyses and critiques. His successor in these pages is an evangelistic Leftist. He has already done an adoring puff piece on Zuckerman and ginned up an excuse to do a hit job on Scott.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 12/29/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Signing Off: Reflections of a Vermont Political Columnist

Another great column, Paul. You've been terrific in that role. Good luck in your new sphere -- plenty to cover in the priority areas you cite.

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by DeeBee on 12/29/2016 at 9:24 AM

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