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Re: “Diminishing Democracy? At Kirby Town Meeting, the 18 Percent Rule

Not difficult to understand why participation in Stowe's meeting day is down . Act 60 otherwise known as the screw you "Gold Town's" . Stowe residents realized at the turn of the century that town meetings are a sham when Montpelier usurped school funding and direction from local control . Stowe and other so called Gold towns were victims of the tall poppy syndrome where jealous politicians from have not parts of Vermont decided to punish those towns that had higher school tax revenue. They ignored the higher taxes those in these towns faced and paid for .

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Posted by Rich ard on 03/08/2017 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Diminishing Democracy? At Kirby Town Meeting, the 18 Percent Rule

Town meetings were a mild curiosity and a background detail of life in New England for me until I took one of the last senior seminars taught by Frank Bryan at UVM. It drove, as intended I believe, a re-evaluation of the nature of town meetings and their importance to democracy for all of his students.

Local governance tends to be championed on the right, and viewed skeptically by the left as tool primarily for advancing an illiberal social agenda. But research (including my own, during the course) shows that local control reduces spending while improving the quality of government and its responsiveness to the specific needs of local residents. If we want the villages to work for the villagers, then Vermont needs to restore and maintain the tradition of meaningful town meetings.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Nate Awrich on 03/08/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Diminishing Democracy? At Kirby Town Meeting, the 18 Percent Rule

Offering a respectful counter to one of the closing points, we see that communities with strong pre-Town Meeting Day discussions on Front Porch Forum tend to draw MORE participation... not less. Talking about important local topics in the weeks leading up to Town Meeting increases engagement.

Town Meeting is a crucial part of Vermont's history, and should be an ever-more-important part of our future. Nothing beats face-to-face discussion.

Michael Wood-Lewis, co-founder

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Posted by Michael Wood-Lewis on 03/08/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Vermont's Right Thinks Scott is Wrong on Trump

I worked professionally against Governor Scott in the 2016 campaign, working for/volunteering for democratic candidates in the gubernatorial and lieutenant governor races/primaries. I wholeheartedly approve of Governor Scott's actions in regards to Trump and Immigration.

If Governor Scott is worrying, he shouldn't be. He has proven himself to be a principled middle-of-the-road Governor, which is exactly what our state needs. I have spent a significant portion of my professional career working in Democratic politics and I fully plan to support Governor Scott in 2018.

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Posted by Jake Brudney on 03/08/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Gibbs and the Gov: Is Scott's Chief of Staff Running the Show?

Gibbs finds himself smarter and more charming than anyone else finds him. Scott would be wise to replace Gibbs before he does any permanent damage to the administration or Vermont.

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Posted by AnneG on 03/05/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “#Resist: How Trump's Election Has Ignited Vermont Activists

Define "sedition"..."Another manifesto of the shadow party is online for people to view. It begins by demonizing the Tea Party and advising illegal immigrants of their rights. Calling themselves The Indivisible Team, they promote exactly what Organizing for America is promoting how to organize to destroy every townhall, every effort by the GOP and the President. Its very aggressive. The leftists cant win by debating policy issues, so they simply try to destroy the opposition. Its pure Alinsky.
Their effort seeks to unite leftists of all stripes as does Organizing for America. On Long Island alone...there are over 1,000 of these types of groups. They call themselves #resist. They all do the same thing.
The manifesto even quotes communist organizer, Dolores Huerta: Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world. Well, there you go!…

Posted by Linus Leavens on 03/02/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “#Resist: How Trump's Election Has Ignited Vermont Activists

The Dems and Progs "resisted" mightily on election day Nov 8 and Hillary still lost, despite outspending Trump by a nearly 4-1 margin. The Dems/Progs/Socialists will need to convince an army of "independents" who voted for Trump to put their faith instead in the likes of Tom Perez, Nancy Pelosi, and Elizabeth Warren if the "resisters" hope to make significant Electoral or strategic gains in 2018 and/or 2020. Thankfully, a critical mass of voters understands that even whacky, narcissistic, thin-skinned, lyin' Trump is preferable to the Eliz Warrens and Tom Perezes whose leftist policies,if implemented, would turn the U.S. Into a pathetic 3rd-world banana republic where elitists rule by dictat, sloth is rewarded, living standards are lowered, and diligence, honesty, and merit are punished.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 02/25/2017 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Vermont's Right Thinks Scott is Wrong on Trump

I applaud our Governor for being proactive on this issue and for doing what he feels is right. I love being a Vermonter :)

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Posted by Laurie Sohrabi on 02/23/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “After Fighting for Refugees, Louras Battles to Remain Rutland's Mayor

Hopefully, some of his opposition candidates will do things above the table instead of under it such as the Mayor did with the refugee issue.

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Posted by ezduzit on 02/23/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Vermont's Right Thinks Scott is Wrong on Trump

The implications to Vermont's economy from Trump's policies are dire. What happens to Vermont's farms when migrant workers who are working in the shadows are rounded up and deported? What happens to Vermont's travel industry when Trump's travel ban has already caused foreign tourism from countries all over the world to the US to drop devastatingly in just four weeks? Brace yourselves for the Trump Slump, folks.

23 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by amajanne on 02/23/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Vermont's Right Thinks Scott is Wrong on Trump

When was the last time Vermonters elected far-righter to any statewide office? How did Ruth Dwyer do?

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by SchMan on 02/22/2017 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Vermont's Right Thinks Scott is Wrong on Trump

Vermont's media has been focused on "sanctuary cities" so it is no surprise regular Vermonters associate falsely the immigration bill with being related to the "sanctuary" movement.

Vermonters should spend less time worrying about President Trump and more time addressing our problems. In just weeks, Governor Phil Scott was able to meet with folks at the Hermitage Club in southern Vermont and resolved issues that will lead to significant job growth and $6 million in new tax revenue for the state. While some are short sighted with their facts, Governor Scott is already delivering on the promises he made during the campaign which included an urgent need to restore trust in state government.

Just days ago, Governor Scott released EB-5 emails that Governor Shumlin did everything to shield. Governor Scott has shown in a very short time that he is delivering on his promise not to let Vermonters down. Sadly, the biased Vermont media often doesn't report the news accurately or provides sensational headlines that distract from the real substance of the issue as in the dust up over the immigration legislation.

While Vermonters are not accustomed to their leaders leading by example, Governor Phil Scott is doing just that to the amazement of opponents who falsely suggested he didn't have the leadership capacity to be Governor.

27 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 02/22/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “After Fighting for Refugees, Louras Battles to Remain Rutland's Mayor

Now is the time for Rutland Democrats to work on getting their party members to get out and vote. Look what voter complacency did during the presidential election. If refugee resettlement is the tipping point for both parties you know that fearful and angry Republicans vote. Democrats have to become equally angry about preserving our democracy.

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Posted by Big Al on 02/21/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Legislative Roomies Share Boxed Wine and Political Strategies

They "don't have time" to take up the Governor's proposal to deal with our broken, urgent public ed funding system, but they've got time for scandalous partisan vote recounts, Farmers Day, legalizing marijuana, State House sing-a-longs, thinking of brand new taxes, free lunches, dinners, and other events with lobbyists, communal TV watching, and all kinds of other fun stuff.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/21/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “After Fighting for Refugees, Louras Battles to Remain Rutland's Mayor

"Any personal or political cost I incur is well spent." quotes Louras..Does that mean he's paying for their (refugees) up keep out of his own pocket??? I doubt it...

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 02/20/2017 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Legislative Roomies Share Boxed Wine and Political Strategies

Nina Gaby, hang around Montpeculier for awhile and you will conclude it is fun. Don't see much progress on making Vermont more affordable do you? Lotsa BS about happy hour and illegal aliens, not much else happening. Oh yes, the ethics committee. As senator White said, "that's not going to happen", and it didn"t.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 02/20/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “After Fighting for Refugees, Louras Battles to Remain Rutland's Mayor

I think the residents of Rutland Vermont should deny Louras reelection to the office of Mayor because he was deceitful to them.

This whole process under Louras was well hidden from the public because he wanted to get his way..

This isn't just a matter of allowing refugees to come in to Rutland Vermont it is a matter of security that was completely ignored Louras.

If he wanted to act like a mayor he would have let this issue go to vote and let the people he supposedly represents decide what they felt was best for their community.

I don't think the residents of Rutland can trust this man in any way to represent them in the future.

13 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Richard Ley on 02/20/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Airport's Actions Prompt Push to Reexamine Its Governance

Seriously, with the recent Q-Burke/Newport State Airport public disaster perpetuated by inept state bureaucrats giving sleazy no bid contracts to ponze scheme fraudsters, what business does the state of Vermont think it has running ANY airport?

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Walter Riley on 02/17/2017 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Airport's Actions Prompt Push to Reexamine Its Governance

So if Burlington owns the airport then why does S. Burlington think they have the right to tell the airport to stop the buyout program?

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ken Atwood on 02/16/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Legislative Roomies Share Boxed Wine and Political Strategies

Makes me want to run for office! Sounds like fun.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Nina Gaby on 02/16/2017 at 3:28 PM

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