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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Politics

Re: “State Auditor Doug Hoffer Wants to Keep His (59th) Job

I don't think I've ever voted for a 'Progressive Party' candidate for any office prior to Mr. Hoffer. His dedication to the data and non-partisan approach is what is exactly needed in the Auditors office.

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Posted by Df Dixon on 09/23/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “State Auditor Doug Hoffer Wants to Keep His (59th) Job

Thanks Robbie. You played a key role in the life of the Job Gap Study by agreeing to finance Phase 6 (The Leaky Bucket) when you were the director of USDA's Office of Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire. I have to say that the research for that report was some of the most enjoyable and challenging I've ever done. Even better, I got to know you in the process.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 09/22/2016 at 6:57 AM

Re: “State Auditor Doug Hoffer Wants to Keep His (59th) Job

I've been a Hoffer fan ever since the pivotal Job Gap Study, which changed the discourse forever on how much Vermont households need to earn to attain a very basic standard of living. His analyses are thoughtful, incisive, cogent, objective--and, importantly, compassionate where the needs and concerns of everyday Vermonters are involved. We're very lucky to have him where he is--he's perfect for the job of Auditor.

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Posted by bert53 on 09/21/2016 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Sam Miller's letter in today's 7D has it exactly right about Zuckerman. Party Dishonesty. But what would we expect from a guy who took state reimbursements he didn't earn?

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/letters…

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/31/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

@ Stephen Fox .. Bernie run for Sec of State are you kidding!!!! and to run again for Pres in 2020 man you love for this country to be Socialist Country..you're surly not a true Vermonter..
As for Zuckerman, would not vote for him to be a dog catcher..He's a IDIOT..the one who thinks we can be a better state if the legislation goes to Cuba (on taxpayers dime) to learn about health care, education and economy..yeah right..dumbest thing ever,,they all (democrats/progressive) just want a expensive vacation..Sure don't want Zuckerman for lieutenant governor. nor dog catcher, maybe a pooper scooper picker upper..!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 08/29/2016 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

"How does it feel to lose to the person you made fun of for so long?"

Dems made fun of him? Guess you're too young to know your history. He has spent most of his 20 years in politics hating on them and making fun of them. Who's making fun of whom? How does it feel to hate on the Dems for 15+ years but then, when you want to have any chance at statewide office, run under their banner? How does it feel to claim that the Progs are morally superior, but then not have the integrity to run as one of them for statewide office? How does it feel to be the most basic electoral opportunist?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/29/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Reading Thomas William Hibler's comment about how members of the Vermont Democratic referred to Sen. David Zuckerman rather derisively as "The Ponytail" left me felling a mixture of amusement and outrage. Amusement because it was the late Seven Days columnist Peter Freyne who gave Zuckerman his nickname, "Ponytail Dave" -- and Zuckerman took it as a tongue-in-cheek compliment. Outrage because there are some Democrats of a certain age who seem to have a problem with people whose appearance reminds them of who they were and what they did in the '60s and '70s (Read: Hippies). Too bad.

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 08/28/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Chickens coming home to roost? I worked for the VDP during this last election season, and I can tell you that the VDP loathes the progressive party. Every day I would hear the entire office deride "the ponytail(Zuckerman)", as if making fun of someone's appearance was somehow more important than listening to voters. How did that work out for them? How does it feel to lose to the person you made fun of for so long?

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Posted by Thomas William Hibler on 08/28/2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Oddly, if any recall Bernie Sanders did the same thing. When he lost his bid as a democrat he jumped on the independent wagon ( he's well known for bandwagon jumping while creating the illusion he began the movement), to win his seat. Vermonters either didn't notice or care when he did the same thing.

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Posted by Red Winter Sky on 08/27/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Fusion politics are not unique to Vermont. Just look across Lake Champlain to New York, where there have been fusion tickets between the Democratic and Liberal parties for decades. Likewise in New York, there have been fusion tickets between the Republican and Conservative parties (Although that alliance was strained in 1968 by James Buckley, who, running exclusively as a Conservative, defeated both Democrat Richard Ottinger and incumbent Republican Charles Goodell for the state's junior U.S. Senate seat. Ironically, Goodell, in an extremely rare occurrence in New York politics, also ran as the Liberal Party nominee).

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 08/25/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

All this bickering over questionable labels...we are most fortunate in Vermont to have a small electorate where participatory, retail politics works. Why should we set that benefit aside in favor of parochialism? Instead, let's revel in our good fortune and work to reduce party power by moving to a consolidated primary ballot where labels lose their power.

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Posted by C Lawrence Merriman on 08/25/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Couple of corrections needed for this article:

1) "First called the Progressive Coalition before becoming the Progressive Party in 1991." -> It did not become a party until 1999. It was a "Coalition" prior to then.

2) "Nobody [else] is talking about getting corporate contributions about of politics." -> This is a misquote. Unlikely the interviewee actually said "about of politics." Maybe "out of politics" was the actual quote?

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 08/25/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Conor Casey will soon wear out his welcome in Vermont. He seems to be cut from the same cloth as Hillary Clinton, where party is more important than doing right by the country and people. The "D" on your chest isn't a badge of honor. It's a scarlet letter you have to overcome. Many of us here in Vermont vote the person, the idea or the cause, not the party pushing it. Learn that and excel, or move on to Massachusetts where you'll likely fit in better.

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Posted by Samu on 08/25/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

"A longtime Progressive who once railed against Democrats,"

Zuckerman = crass opportunist. NOT a Democrat. Lifelong history of hating on Democrats. Was perfectly happy to run against Peter Welch for Congress in 2006 and hand the seat to Republican Martha Rainville until Bernie told him to back off. Railed against Kesha Ram, a Democrat, running for a House seat in Burlington that he said was "the Progressives' district."

Democrats should not vote for this guy.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/24/2016 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

If Bernie is not to be President, how about Secretary of State? That would send a non Neocon message to the world, and obviously, he would be excellent. I also would like to see him run for President in 2020! That might be the sanest prospect in the immediate Presidential future.

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Posted by Stephen Fox on 08/24/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Phil Scott: Bruised and Battered or Road-Tested?

Phill Scott you got to stand up for himself he's still does not Sue Minter still claims he has cleaned up everything after after the big storm I know for a fact Neil lunderville was hired to do that job and he did a very good job. He was interviewed on Channel 3 couple of days ago she asked him if he would sign he started to explain she said this is a yes or no question no it was not depends on what was in the bill that's the second time she ambushed him but does not do that to to sue minter WCAX little bit biased you think

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 08/21/2016 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Vermont Legislators Admit to Cheating the System. Are They Justified?

“Your Cheating Heart … !”

Bad enough that David cheats on his expense report, but openly admitting it and attempting to justify doing so is a little "over the top." Given the deep financial troubles the state is in and the contrast in attitudes between Zuckerman and Brock (at least on this financial issue) - the best choice is obvious !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 08/14/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Vermont Legislators Admit to Cheating the System. Are They Justified?

This is just wonderful - let's teach our children to 'justify' cheating .... great message doper ....

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Posted by Samuel Shultis on 08/12/2016 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Vermont Legislators Admit to Cheating the System. Are They Justified?

Sanders says he's for the little guy, then buys a few more really big, expensive houses. Zuckerman openly smokes (the still illegal,but he doesn't care) pot, then bilks us out of money by being dishonest. Openly. Who in their right mind would vote for these hypocrites?!?

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Posted by constitutionalrepublic on 08/12/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Vermont Legislators Admit to Cheating the System. Are They Justified?

In the federal government the rules are very specific. I would be terminated from my agency for this. It's definitely illegal. That said will our state government step up? Nope. So I call on all in local Law Enforcement to ticket them. Especially the ones texting and driving.

Amy they are using the federal GSA rates to apply to them which is illegal if they hold you to differing standards.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Balancedapproach on 08/12/2016 at 5:47 PM

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