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Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Leahy needs to retire, put out to pasture.he's been in office way to long..need new blood in office.. Now first off I am a Vermonter 6 generations, was born here, lived here and know the dislike button will blow up. He's done his time now let someone else in..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/17/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Senator Leahy is an inspiring reminder that honorable politicians, with actual loyal spouses, and personal histories of political experience without financial scandal, still exist. When I hear Trump, and Bernie, and Hilary, and biased media outlets fueling bitter divisiveness, and about our $10 trillion in debt, and about who groped who, I take confidence in our country's future by thinking that our "broken" political system also sends to Washington families like the Obama's, and the Leahy's, and the Welch's.

6 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Michel Guite on 10/16/2016 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

One more piece when the human services director stepped out and Brenda Dulley stepped into his place she's the only person who offered any help and that was just to help my grandson get into school after 12 weeks of running around.....#SomeoneHasToCareAsMuchAsIDo

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Posted by spoulin4ever on 10/15/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Seven days you're just as guilty I reached out to you to ask you when there was this little piece in your paper about TJ Donovan and Dan Sedon..... I want to bring it to your attention now Phil Scott Sue Minter and her mentor MR Shumlin PLUS Patrick Leahy ...... I'll ask the question until the day I'm gone why is it that DCF answers to nobody you cannot rien in the damage done to the children that have been placed in states custody
I don't understand how federal monies coming to the state but none of you have to answer to where it's been applied..... The support services for those in need I ask you ALL this.... how is it spent what is it being spent on and how was the opiate epidemic being addressed by any of you , now that I've started talking about it I hope other people pay attention because those in need that don't have housing and can't get a job and get the runaround and then left at the loose end STRUGGLING..... Federal monies coming into the state get funneled right through DCF explain to me how they're not made to be held accountable ..... Just signed me a grandmother struggling with DCF and no one cares .....#ICAREMORETHANU

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by spoulin4ever on 10/15/2016 at 11:19 AM

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

Why are they publishing this now it was written in 2010?

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Posted by Carrie Campbell on 10/13/2016 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Spent some time with Pat a week ago and found him to be sharp, on point and filled with good humor. Having him in DC has been a great thing for Vermont and our country for the most part and I really am pressed to think of another politician I would rather see running for the seat today. He clearly puts thought and consultation into his positions and is well respected around the world, even beyond the central core of die hard Deadhead or Batman loyalists......

The spring in my step is not as bouncy as it once was either!! All things considered, the weight of decisions that impact the world as we know it included, I think the Irish is still pretty strong in those veins.... Carry on Senator!

14 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Bob Hooper on 10/13/2016 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Mr. Campbell, please help me to understand your position.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Scott Pavek on 10/13/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

No, Mr. Pavek. But I honestly believe that you don't me know me well enough to know what I do or don't believe and that you have completely missed my point.

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Posted by Brett Campbell on 10/13/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

To clarify my earlier comment, 6/10 VT superdelegates voted for Sanders. Leahy indicated in 2012 that he would support Clinton if she decided to run; in April of this year, he announced he would vote for the person with the most pledged delegates going into the convention. While some voters may certainly disagree with the superdelegate system and be disappointed with the primary's outcome, Leahy's position was absolutely reasonable.

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Scott Pavek on 10/13/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Brett Campbell, do you honestly blame one superdelegate for Sanders not receiving the nomination? I'm pretty sure the votes of VT superdelegates nearly mirrored the proportion of delegates assigned by popular vote. Leahy supported Clinton's candidacy before Sanders joined the Dems, I believe, and then pledged to support Sanders should he be the nominee.

14 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Scott Pavek on 10/13/2016 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

He screwed us over with Hillary and he screwed us out of Bernie! Thanks, Pat! Good riddance to him!

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Posted by Brett Campbell on 10/12/2016 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Scott Milne is an awful candidate. He whines and complains in terms that make no sense. Add to that his wavering over Donald Trump, and you have a moral dearth that is hard to fathom. Pat Leahy is entitled to a victory lap, and then it's time for new blood from the Progressive side of the aisle. I doubt Vermont will ever have another Republican senator after the debacle of this election cycle, with half the locals still hell-bent on electing Trump while the other half see that man for what he is, an appalling collection of -isms, from sexism to racism to narcissism and beyond. None of them is a qualification for president.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/12/2016 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

I don't think that bringing a few (or many) millions of extra pork dollars should be the top priority of a senator. He should be throwing his substantial political capital around for major issues and ideas, not just bringing [ed. undoubtedly well-deserved and much appreciated] over-sized cheques to publicity events back home.

Ten years ago I saw him in national media frequently, now he's vanished.

He's held the same office since I was ONE year old, and I am starting to get long in the tooth.I like Pat personally, but I'd rather have someone with enthusiasm than seniority.

23 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Andy Hooper on 10/12/2016 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Patrick Leahy is honest, compassionate, a man of the highest integrity, politically effective, a statesman, intellectually acute, and remains Vermont's best Economic Development driver. It's a no brainer to re-elect him for another term.

22 likes, 38 dislikes
Posted by David Bradbury on 10/12/2016 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Time for Leaky Leahy to be put out to pasture........................

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Posted by Ron Minor on 10/12/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

NO ONE Should be In Congress For More Than 12 yrs...........Lifetime Politicians Are A Major Part Of The Problems In The USA...................

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Posted by Dean Powers on 10/12/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

It's clear to me that Seven Days and it's writers are terrible people when it comes to discriminatory statements and lack of neutrality in their stories. I would say having Leahy in office for another term would be a great thing for this state. He brings millions of dollars in federal funding contracts to our businesses, which creates and supports thousands of jobs. But you fail to mention his success and speak only of your view of his false shortcomings. Shame on you Paul Heintz. I refuse to take this paper seriously.

As for Milne, he's negative. He cannot make quick decisions and is always on guard. He refused to denounce Trump until the recent tapes released. And he has NOT spoken of taking any policy stance. Terrible candidate, but I expect nothing less.

21 likes, 43 dislikes
Posted by Michael Shepard on 10/12/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Given that Milne is the opposition this time around, I think it's okay to re-elect Leahy one more time. Then, get a progressive in there.

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Posted by ronj1955 on 10/12/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

For being "ineffectual" and "hyperpartisan", Mr. Milne, it seems as though the Senator pushes through quite a bit of important bipartisan legislation.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 10/12/2016 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Seeing Red? Once-Dem Franklin County Is a Political Battleground

Hello, I was quite disappointed you made no mention that I was also running for State Representative as a Democrat in Swanton and Sheldon, against incumbents Marianna Gamache and Brian Savage.

Feel free to learn more about me at

Thank you!
Andrew Judge

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Andrew Judge on 10/06/2016 at 12:52 AM

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