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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

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