Brooke Paige 
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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: “Rutland Herald Fires News Editor Over Coverage of Paper’s Woes

Thank You, Bernadette Robin you are absolutely correct !

(My first boss was Raymond Mitchell, the owner of Mitchell's Family Store in Wilmington Delaware)

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 08/06/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “With $95k Loan, Dunne Breaks Pledge to Limit Self-Financing

Reckless Disregard for Responsibility !

By my count, we're at:

Ericson- less than $500.00

Total over $5,000,000.00 in the Gubernatorial Race - INBELIEVEABLE!

Vermonters have been inundated with a handful of advertisements incessantly replayed over and over until the viewing audience is begging to see one of those "Flo, the Progressive Lady."

Over half of all the cash (excluding self-financing monies) has come from out-of-state interest and supporters looking to buy influence in one form or another.

Sadly, the Democratics have invested in three "peas-in-a-pod" all having basically the same positions on the major issues and all of the candidates "wild-eyed" with dreams and schemes that that the taxpayers have neither the interest or cash to support. In the final stretch, the “kind-natured” liberals have revealed their seamy underbellies of pettiness and hubris - all for the privilege of being slaughtered in the general election by Phil Scott.

On the Republican side, Lisman has decided that self-immolation is the way to win an election. Pouring over $2,000,000.00 of his own cash and now a $200,000.00 from some Wall Street buddies, Lisman has driven his negative poll numbers downward at twice the rate that his name recognition numbers have risen. Bruce could have achieved a better result by piling stacks of currency in front of the State House, pouring gasoline on them and striking a match!

Here is the part that makes no sense at all - How do the candidates justify spending a million bucks (or more) to get a two-year gig that pays $150,000.00. More importantly, how can the taxpayers trust these folks with their hard earned tax dollars when they have exhibited such reckless disregard for the contribution dollars of their supporters?

H. Brooke Paige
Democratic Candidate for Governor and Attorney General.

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 08/06/2016 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Rutland Herald Fires News Editor Over Coverage of Paper’s Woes

Mitchell Empire - No Prognosis for Recovery !

Everyone, who has followed the sad declining health of Central Vermont's principle news source, has seen the quality of coverage decline ever since the passing of Raymond Mitchell in 1993. His John succeeded Ray as publisher of the Times/Argus in 1978 and the Rutland Herald upon the passing of his father. John had made a noble effort to carry on his father's legacy and had hoped that his son, Rob, would grab the torch and carry the family tradition. Rob lacked his the business acumen of his grand-father and father and was given the title of “Editor-in-Chief” where his wild-eyed liberal views (along with those of the "Editorial Page Editor", David Moats) resulted in a disaffected readership and a dramatic down-turn in the fortune of the family business. With no prospects of a Mitchell carrying on the family tradition, the organization named Catherine Nelson as Publisher and Vice-President in 2016 with John retaining the titles of Chairman and President.

This week's events are the expected "death-rattle" symptoms of a dying dinosaur: bouncing payroll checks, employee expenses unreimbursed, switching bank accounts to juggle the remaining cash and tossing the “best-and-the-brightest” out the door. When a newspaper gives up its presses, no longer buys "ink-by-the-barrel" or “paper-by-the-boxcar-load” – you know the “end-is-near !”

The print-media business in general is struggling to adopt the platform (or fend off the attack) of the electronic media era. The newspapermen of old have been resistive of the instantaneous news cycle and the Mitchell’s troubles, in part, can be attributed to this trend, however the family’s inability to adopt or at least express the views of their community has contributed to their decline in circulation.

Sad that the once Mighty Mitchell Empire isn't "Going-Out-With-Style!"

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 08/06/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Shumlin Calls Out Dunne on Wind Statement

Isn't Shumlin calling you a liar sort of a back handed compliment from the biggest liar in Vermont history ?

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 08/03/2016 at 12:29 AM

Re: “With Focus on Guns, Minter Seeks to Separate Herself From the Pack

SevenDays seems fixated on only discussing their "chosen ones" when it comes to the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary race. Of course, Paul Heintz is well aware that I am in the Democratic race, however including a pro Second Amendment candidate in his story would dilute his narrative of all the Democratic candidates vying for the titles of "first to raise the issue"," or "strongest opponent of gun rights."

Nobody has ever claimed that that SevenDays is not biased or that they are bi-patrician and this editorial sleight of hand does nothing to alter that impression.

Even though Paul didn't bother to ask - I believe that our current gun laws are sufficient to protect our citizens and our communities. Sue Minter argues that guns facilitate and possibly are the proximate cause of domestic violence that escalates to murder. However the truth is that, in 2014 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) guns are involved in only 40% of the fatal incidents (with 20% caused by hand tools, 30% from blunt force trauma and 10% from intentional poisoning).

Further, the statistics fail to identify if the gun use was used as an offensive weapon or was used by the victim to defend themselves. In Minter's narrative, the listener envisions male aggressors victimizing their female partners, however the vtnetwork report tells a far different story.

The details can be found at:…

Bottom-line, putting additional gun laws "on the books" won't improve the situation when the existing laws are not being enforced AND further restriction will only be observed and followed by the law-abiding - the criminals could care less about the laws and taking guns away from honest citizens only makes them unable to defend themselves when the perpetrator arrives at their doorstep!

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 07/26/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Taking Stock: Did Wall Street Prepare Lisman to Be Governor?

Bruce Wasted His Goodwill Trying to Tie the Shumlin Legacy to Phil Scott !

Bruce Lisman had a lot to say to Vermonter but the bad advice he received from "down-country" gurus, unfamiliar with the congenial politics of the Green Mountains, have sullied his campaign to set Vermont "in a new direction.”

As a member of his Campaign for Vermont, I spoke with him on several occasions about his naïve belief that he could act as a non-patrician arbiter who could resolve Vermont's "troubles." He had a lot of good ideas but the Democrats were not interested in taking "the bait." These are the same ideas that Bruce is now peddling in his campaign and many of them are spot on, unfortunately almost nobody will be listening as his "dark side" campaign of trying to handcuff the reputation of Phil Scott to the misguided antics of "Putney Pete" Shumlin, Vermont's most despised Governor since our Republic Era (1777).

Guilt by Association is never a virtuous strategy and here it has only worked to alienate and disconnect Vermonters from hearing Bruce's" sales pitch" - too bad, as he had a lot to say to the electorate.

I can understand the frustration of investing nearly a half million dollars only to receive support in the 20% range from the home team, the Republican faithful. His visceral reaction of attacking his Primary Election opponent was an ill-conceived plan, when the best plan would have been to ignoring this opponent and, instead, broadcasting his positive plan for directing the state toward greener pastures.

H. Brooke Paige, Washington, Vermont

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 07/14/2016 at 8:59 PM

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