David Z 
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Re: “Why Did Black South Carolinians Snub Bernie Sanders?

One thing I have found interesting about this piece and that of many other stories written about the "black" vote is that there is a connection made that if Bernie does not win their votes in the primaries he would somehow not win it in the general.

It seems to me that the quotes from some of those in the article point out just the opposite. Obviously Paul spoke with many people, I guess I am wondering if the following questions is asked of either Hillary or Bernie apporters of color..."if your candidate is not the eventual nominee, would you vote for the other one compared with the Republican candidate or would you be likely to vote for the Republican?" That seems to be the test question regarding electability in purple states (Not S.C.) with higher populations of people of color.

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Posted by David Z on 02/29/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Controversy Arrives Well Ahead of Trump's Burlington Visit

I appreciate the reaction to my quoted comment. Of course, in fact free speech is a protected right, except when one yells fire in a crowded theater or uses it to incite harm etc. So, it is not actually universal just as I stated. I recognize that some just want to pounce, but even free speech is slightly nuanced.

I also greatly appreciate the vast range of speech and thoughts that have come to me, at me, and in discussion with me over the years and have learned a lot from people with whom I ideologically disagree. That is a great aspect of democracy and our rights under the constitution.

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Posted by David Z on 01/05/2016 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Urges End to Federal Pot Prohibition

There is no doubt that for a small number of people cannabis can become a problem. But that is true today and happens today under the current system. But now, they are outcasts from society and responsible users are living in the closet and we have an underground system that is completely unregulated. With a legal, taxed, and regulated system we can allow responsible users to exist without fear of reprisal, we can use some of the revenues to help those people for whom any number of drugs have become a problem (opiates, alcohol, others and the more rare cannabis abuser), and we can bring what is now an underground economy into the economic world with the rest of the tax paying responsible citizens that run businesses and participate in society.

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Posted by David Z on 10/30/2015 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Vermont Patient Choice Advocate Uses the Law to End His Own Life

This is my first learning of his passing. I am sad to hear of the decline in his health and wish the best for Ginny and the family through this time. He was a tireless advocate and one that I will sorely miss. I will always remember sitting with him in a cafe a decade ago discussing how we would work to get this law passed. It was an honor to work with him.

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Posted by David Z on 10/19/2015 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Kings of the Road: Vintage Trailers Roll Into Montpelier

I am excited for Steve and this great event he has pulled together. Steve started and has expanded a great business right here in Vermont. Who says that is not possible?

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Posted by David Z on 08/06/2015 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Senate Votes to Nix Philosophical Exemption to Vaccine Mandate

Hi all-

I appreciate our differences. It is a sad day when it has to get personal.

I suppose I should have said that there are very few scientists (Ginny Lyons is the exception I believe) in the Senate. But we all read through lots of information on many issues (scientific and not) and make decisions based on both judgement and science and experience.

Scott, I have not stated, nor do I believe that their is a link between MMR and autism. That has clearly been debunked. You could have sent that too me, but I already understand that.

My presentation was about herd immunity (which we have across the state, except for a very very few small school scenarios for specific vaccines). It was about the risks of allergic reactions (which I have some constituents who have had those and they have also been life altering). And I presented the concerns regarding who controls which vaccines are going to be mandatory and what their financial interests are (this part was in the prior session where we discussed the amendment prior to the delay.)

There were 11 total legislators who felt this was not the amendment to vote for. It was for a variety of reasons, from science questions, to process questions, to education questions. We were from the left, the center and the right.

I appreciate the strong sentiments. And I appreciate that there are those that will always have vitriol for me (from prior issues or this one) and that there are others who sometimes agree with me and sometimes don't. And those that often agree with me. I try to take into account many considerations in my deliberations. But please, just as you are human, so are we.

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Posted by David Z on 04/23/2015 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Pipe Dream? Bill Envisions Vermont Pot Lounges, Stores

Since the question was asked, no, neither Rep. Pearson nor I were part of the trip to California. In this bill personal production is allowed, so those that don't want to buy it can grow it (like beer). For those that don't want to grow it, it is regulated (like alcohol). There is an allowance for more stores to open if the board see that the demand/supply curve has the price too high. With a goal of underpricing the underground market as part of the board mission. Sure it is a roll out. Not a free wheeling bill. Yes the majority of the state supports legalization...but I don't think the majority of the state sypport s legalization with no oversight. The goal of putting the bill out there is to get various feedback (like what we are reading here as well as constituent calls, letters to editor etc.) and adjust the bill to reflect what we learn (collectively). It is not a perfect process. As for Colorado, it has gone well in the big picture, but there have also been some scares (thankfully and predictable not life threatening). So we can learn from those (such as regulating edibles so that they are less enticing for small children and so that servings are clear). Looking forward to the debate and progress.

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Posted by David Z on 02/18/2015 at 7:33 AM

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