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Re: “Scenes From the Women's March on Montpelier

"Where were all these people on election day?" asks @citizen.

They were out there voting -- part of the 70% of Vermonters who voted against Donald Trump.

And, no, it isn't about getting it "out of their system today" - the only way the country moves forward is if millions of us from every part of the country stand up together to resist the divisive authoritarian destructive agenda of the Donald Trump. People need to keep demonstrating, keep organizing, keep talking to elected officials, keep volunteering for community organizations, keep donating, and doing everything else it takes to challenge the dangerous direction Trump wants to take the country.

That's the only way we'll "move forward" or "be safe."

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Posted by terjeanderson on 01/21/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Party Time: Vermont Republicans Take D.C. for Inauguration

"Mountain Dew laced with steroids" is supposed to be a good thing?

Attacking women and minorities is just "schtick"?

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Posted by terjeanderson on 01/20/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Amid Protesters, Vermont Electors Cast Votes for Clinton

@citizen claims that "If it were not for the EC no national political campaign would ever come to Vermont there are not enough people here."

Of course that ignores the reality that no campaigns bother with Vermont in the general election under our current system. (I believe the last time a major party nominee campaigned in Vermont after the conventions was in 1992, when Bill Clinton came to Burlington.)

The issue isn't the size of the state -- it is that we are viewed as safely blue and, like approximately 35 safely Republican or Democratic states around the country, the parties don't need to bother to try to win our electoral vote. That's true of states of all sizes, CA, NY, TX, TN, WA, LA, WY, KS, MO, KY, ND, SD, MA, MD, DE, DC, RI, and numerous other states are ignored for the general election campaign. In the meantime, a couple of handful of states get all the attention -- FL, OH, NC, PA, MI, WI, IA, CO, NH, VA all see far more of the candidates that the rest of the country combined.

A small state like New Hampshire or Iowa gets plenty of attention -- because they are seen as legitimately up for grabs.

The issue in deciding whether a national campaign comes to a state isn't the number of people -- it whether the election in the state is seen as politically close or not.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 12/20/2016 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Allegiant Air Prepares to Take Off From Burlington — for Good

Not an airline that is going to be terribly missed from BTV.

While they offered low fares, they made up for it by gouging customers with hidden fees (much higher than their full cost competitors). Their limited schedule means that a delayed flight will inevitably result in missed connections with no available rebookings. They've been cited by regulators for illegally failing into include hidden fees in their quoted fares. Their maintenance and safety record. with their aged fleet, is one of the worst in the business (http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/inve… )

While the attraction of low fares may be compelling the many, the evidence suggests that they are cutting far too many corners to be considered a good choice. (I know that after flying them round-trip, I will never do it again -- the experience and service were so bad that it easily outweighed the slightly lower price.)

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Posted by terjeanderson on 11/28/2016 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Legislature Might Decide Lieutenant Governor’s Race

Partisan hack "knowyourassumptions" asks "Then why did you suggest that Secretary Condos should depart from tradition and not count blank votes?"

Because, as Republican John Bloomer pointed out, tradition is not to include blank and spoiled ballots in the count.

But wouldn't want to let that get in the way of yet another anti-Zuckerman rant and more hackery on your part.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 11/16/2016 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Scott Milne's Senate Campaign Is as Unorthodox as It Is Low-Key

@Scott Pavek..... the answer to your question about what Milne would be doing after his first two weeks in DC is simple and obvious: whatever Mitch McConnell tells him to do.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by terjeanderson on 11/02/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Planned Parenthood Super PAC Serves as Front for Democrats

@WalterCronkite.... LOL. Funny, Republicans would never nominate someone like Pope Francis, a radical who speaks up for the oppressed, opposes corporate greed, stands up for the environment, and is focused on social justice instead of culture war issues. But given the Republican willingness to nominate bellicose wannabe strongman Donald Trump (who praises Putin), it seems that King Jung-Un would find a more welcoming home in the GOP.

@knowyourassumptions. You can claim to be a Democrat. But since you're hiding behind a fake name, there's no way to confirm that. You could just as well be sitting at Republican headquarters spewing your personal attacks. (As the old cartoon reminds us "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog" ) But whether you're voting for Clinton or not, your long posting history of vitriolic attacks against the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates here certainly calls into question whatever self-professed status you have as a Democrat.

But the real point is that for all the Republicans and Scott backers here rising up and loudly accusing Planned Parenthood (and me) of lying or misrepresenting Scott's record, not a single one of you have seriously disputed the details that have been laid out.

It isn't a "lie" that Scott has a history of supporting additional restrictions on abortion rights (parental notification, late term ban, no public funds). It isn't a "smear" that an anti-abortion group has named him as their preferred candidate in the election. It isn't "false" that he has a history of endorsing virulently anti-choice candidates for President.

It understand that it makes you squirm when holes get poked in Scott's oh so carefully crafted political image of being "pro-choice" by pointing out that his record is not quite so unequivocal.

But maybe instead of name-calling and insults, you could address those issues instead.

27 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by terjeanderson on 10/28/2016 at 11:41 AM

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