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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Politics

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.

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.

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Posted by Balancedapproach on 08/12/2016 at 5:47 PM

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

He's a democrat, sounds about right to me

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Posted by Fred Matheson on 08/12/2016 at 2:38 PM

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

Ah yes Mr. "Extract As Much Money From Government For My Personal Use As I Can Zuckerman" Is the same legislator that tried to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction on hard working Vermonters.

Mmmmmmm smell that hypocrisy, Push class warfare but line your pockets every chance you get. Say "money I get from government is okay, but the money you get is bad"

Maybe Zuckerman can head on up to Bernie's new vacation pad in the islands and they can have a barbecue and laugh at all the wool they're pulling over Vermonter's eyes.

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Posted by Charles Root Jr on 08/12/2016 at 9:54 AM

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

This article highlights why Randy Brock should be elected Lt. Gov. One candidate in the Lt. Gov.'s race is honest about not taking money he's not entitled to, the other one isn't. One's honest about his party affiliation, the other one isn't. One saddled the state taxpayers with hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, in legal bills to defend a doomed GMO labeling law, the other one didn't.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/12/2016 at 9:44 AM

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

State employees DO NOT get $61 a day for meals! We get $23.85 in state and $32 out of state for all three meals, no matter where we are or how much it actually costs us!! In most places dinner costs as much or more than our full days' reimbursement 😡

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Posted by Amy Langlois Richardson on 08/12/2016 at 5:56 AM

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

Well . let`s look again at New Hampshire with over 1 million people to legislate for. They believe that no one serving as a legislator should take money out of their pocket to serve the people.. They reinburse for all out of pocket expenses but require receiptsfor all expenses. They have a lower base pay but don`t hang arround in Concord dreaming up new ways to burden their constituent. Get in,do the work, get out. Somewhere in the 120 day period. Vermont with over 320 bills proposed and about 18 passed? Shorten the session and reg people could serve again.

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Posted by Forbes Morrell on 08/11/2016 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Seven Reasons Why Vermont's Next Governor Matters

Peter Galbraith, Has shown me that he cannot be trusted. His campaign manager, Ian Moskowitz, told me that he stole the portrait image of Peter used on the main page of his web site from a Harvard publication. He then photoshopped it onto another image of the Vermont Hills. Additionally, he has treated his supporters badly during the campaign. He does not support the local he pays the out of state firms, then he chumps and dumps the local! If this is the way he treats those who support him then it would only go down hill from there.

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Posted by Fran Janik on 08/08/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Seven Reasons Why Vermont's Next Governor Matters

Part 3 The Vermont Republican Party encourages everyone including elected officials, members of the administration, candidates and voters to demand proof for any such claim, and then goes on to strongly condemn the Lisman campaign for making accusations of voter suppression with no basis in evidence before being publicly made. I could not believe what I was reading. Hello??? What am I if not a witness? And I am not alone.

Another point that I think they hope you will miss is that the beauty, if you will allow the term, of an 11th hour dirty trick is that there may not be time to determine exactly who did what before election day. Maybe all Bruce Lisman can do at this late date is howl in protest. Maybe that was the whole idea behind the timing of these calls. Surely the Vermont Republican Party knows that but the way their email reads it looks like they hope that it will not occur to you.

I find it very troubling that instead of initiating one holy war of an investigation to nail down who is responsible, the Vermont Republican Party calls on the Lisman campaign to retract their accusations. With less evidence than Lisman has, since Lisman does have witnesses, the Vermont Republican Party's rush to judgement is that someone from within the Lisman campaign organization is responsible for making unsubstantiated claims. That's outrageous. If that is not election rigging then I don't know what is which raises concern that the Vermont Republican Party might be behind the whole thing since they are clearly in the tank for Phil Scott.

The Vermont Republican Party has a pet rock and it's name is Phil Scott. Bruce Lisman is right. It's time for a change.

Posted by Mary Richter on 08/07/2016 at 2:31 AM

Re: “Seven Reasons Why Vermont's Next Governor Matters

Part 2 You can read the conversation that I had with "Phil Scott for Vermont" on my facebook page. In a nutshell, when presented with a way to shine the bright light of day on this matter "Phil Scott for Vermont" declined. No light wanted apparently. Then they accused me of some linkage to the Lisman campaign, and threatened me with state and federal law enforcement authorities. Nor did they respond to my questions "Why would Lisman sponsor defamatory calls about Lisman?" and "Why would Lisman sponsor calls that end by steering Lisman supporters to vote on the wrong day?" Here's a better question. How dumb does Phil Scott think Vermonters are?

The "Phil Scott for Vermont" campaign response to me does not pass the stink test. But I am equally concerned about the behavior of the Vermont Republican Party. In their press release they encourage a complete investigation into the source of the calls but they didn't walk that walk. Despite the fact that my name has been out there for days as one of the people that received the problem call I have not heard from them or anyone representing them to clarify any point about a bogus 11th hour phone call defaming one of the two Republican candidates for Governor and attempting to create confusion about what day is election day. If they had I would have asked them to foot the bill for the subpoena.

Posted by Mary Richter on 08/07/2016 at 2:31 AM

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