Brooke Paige 
Member since Mar 12, 2014

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Re: “Comp Dime: When Pay Spikes in Montpelier, Who's Watching?

Just because Campbell isn’t the “Gov.” doesn’t mean he shouldn’t pay his staff like he is !

While John Campbell probably will never make it to the Governor’s Office, that shouldn't stop him from gathering an impressive staff to manage his "part-time" office. While he is at it why not pay them top dollar and allow them to accumulate lots and lots of overtime?

Budget troubles ? What budget troubles?

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 02/25/2015 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Page Turner

Thank You Francis for a job well done !
Your service to the State is truely appreciated and you will be greatly missed !
H. Brooke Paige, Washington, Vermont

Posted by Brooke Paige on 02/24/2015 at 1:46 PM

Re: “At Lobbyist Fundraiser, Republicans Support Banning Lobbyist Fundraisers

"There is no such thing as a free lunch."

Whether it is Democrats or Republicans who decide to belly up to the lobbyist cash trough, they are feeding on a very expensive treat. Most lobbyist and their contributors expect a return on the order of 50:1 to 100:1, that is for every dollar "invested" in a candidate or incumbent the "investor" expect a fifty to one hundred dollar benefit.

We need to adopt Ethics Standards that will send these vipers packing. Their special interest clients’ agendas are driving our state’s finances into the ground. While larger states can handle some of the “pay for pay” foolishness, Vermont cannot!

“Some of the Legislators felt uncomfortable”, hell they all should have been embarrassed to be rubbing shoulders with these “snake oil” hustlers. Bad enough that the Democrats regularly “entertain’ the overtures of these “streetwalkers – I thought that Republicans knew better !

Someone needs to take the high ground and attempt to lead by example!

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 02/06/2015 at 12:28 AM

Re: “Vermont Officials to Take Pot Fact-Finding Trip to Colorado

These forks, most probably, are headed to Colorado to "discover" information to fortify their predetermined positions not for an objective review of Colorado's experience. What will not be mentioned is that Colorado failed to properly open their marketplace in an orderly fashion. A more conservative approach would begin by legalizing the sale of "bud and leaf" first - allowing the state to observe and analyze that first step and then decide whether to permit the sales of derivatives such as THC and CBD oils. LATER possibly allowing the sales of editable laced (infused) with these or other of the 100 active compounds derived from marijuana once they had a handle on effects and implications of their actions

Seven Days limits comments to 500 words – My position on the subject is available on-line at:… or my full article “For Vermont’s Desperate Legislature - “Is it all about the Money ?” which appeared in the WORLD (Jan 20th issue)

H. Brooke Paige

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 02/02/2015 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Scott Milne: Vermont's Latest Lobbyist

Lobbyist Milne? How About Shumlin Potentate of the Vermont Lobbyists?

Hold on now, if Mr. Milne was required to register as a lobbyist in order to solicit legislator's support - shouldn't Emperor Shumlin be required to do the same. He and his minions were certainly as engaged as Mr. Milne was in arm twisting to gain support. Further, the costs of Shumlin's use of staff and fellow paid Democratic "operatives" in the effort to be reelected by the Legislature most assuredly dwarfed any monies spent by Milne.

So come on Emperor Shumlin – get out you wallet and pony-up the five hundred bucks, what is fair for the goose is fair for the gander! (Heaven knows the ladies say you are the king of the ganderers! or was that king of the gawkers?)

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/24/2015 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Vermont House to Appoint First-Ever Ethics Panel

Mr. Ward makes a great point, however we had better not hold our breath waiting for Lapdog Willie (Sorrell) to investigate his Democratic buddies on anything. Grandmother told me that "Gambling is the Devil's Playground" – of course she was right and just look who is running the playground!

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/15/2015 at 1:35 AM

Re: “On Disclosing Docs, Shumlin Offers Contradictory Explanations

He's So Cagey he's the "Flim-Flam Man!"

Shumlin will say anything; do anything to keep his ____ out of the fire! I commend Midura, Heintz and Hirschfeld for keeping the heat turned up on this rascal. Too bad all the aggressive investigative reporting is being done AFTER Emperor Shumlin has been restored to his throne for another two years - lots of time for the forgetful voters (and the press) to loose track of a whole new cornucopia of sins and lies.

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/15/2015 at 12:09 AM

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