Brooke Paige 
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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

Re: “At Campaign Kickoff, Kesha Ram Says She's No 'Kitten With Lipstick'

Kesha, What happened between you and your "campaign manager" Brandon Batham - Enquiring Minds Want To Know !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 06/26/2016 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Media Note: Rutland Herald, Times Argus to Scrap Monday-Wednesday Print Editions

Vermonters to Lose Full-Time Coverage From Their Most Competent Daily Print Media Source !

Print media in general is on its death bed. The Mitchell Empire has already outsourced their printing and combined much of the newsroom operations. Their product is far superior to that of their-Gannett owned competitor, however the BFP has the advantage of a larger population base, cash support from the home office and still own their own printing presses. Further the BFP "management" has hollowed out their newsroom and satisfied themselves with being a wrap-around for the USA Today.

Print Media, nationwide, has not figured out how to monetize the on-line end of the business as younger citizens have left the printed page for the electronic screen of their laptop, I-pad or Smartphone.. The Mitchells have already attempted to use a paywall to create a revenue source with little success. I believe that their demographics (older and less tech savvy) make them an ill-suited candidate for such a bold move. They have already: cut staff, shut down printing operations (after the Barre flood destroyed their pressroom), reduced the number of pages to the bare minimum and reduced the size of their pages, they may not have had any other options left.

Time will tell if this is a brilliant move or suicide. I hope they survive, they do have worthwhile content and their Vermont Press Bureau does a competent job of covering the State House.

H. Brooke Paige

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 06/21/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Paper Tiger? Katie Hunt Satirizes Media in a Statehouse Exhibit

Like any proud parent, Shumlin wanted to show of his child's school art project ! How sweet !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 06/12/2016 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Paper Tiger? Katie Hunt Satirizes Media in a Statehouse Exhibit

Kate's Paper-Mâché Madness !

Well here is something you won’t see every day – the state’s “First Lady” (actually the state’s second First Lady or the state’s “First Trollop”) displaying her inability to express her political opinions in paper-mâché.

David Schütz, the State House curator; who at first was at a loss for words, finally decided the artwork “speaks for itself” on WCAX's coverage of the display in the governor's office,

Shumlin tweeted that he was “proud of Kate’s works-of-art !”

I am sure that the folks at vtdigger (Anne and Diane) who were characterized as “cowpiediggers” in the first artwork “demon cows” will be especially appreciative of Ms. Hunt/Shumlin's portrayal of them. They have occasionally called my political expressions "nasty" - I will be curious what they will have to say about Kate and her “artsy” POS depiction of them ?

John S. Waters at VPO pastes up an interesting review at:…

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 06/12/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Clinton Campaign Draws Small Crowd in Burlington

Another Flatlander Commandeers Control of the Vermont Democratic Party !

Brandon Batham, the Windham County Democratic Committee chairman “chose not to invite candidates who have run without the Democratic Party label at any point within the last five years.” Hell Brandon five years ago YOU were still a big California Progressive, who died and left you in charge?

You don't believe me? Here is a brief bio on the latest flatlander to commandeer control of the Vermont Democratic Party (from the VDP website) and don't overlook the part about him hustling for Hillary over Bernie this year – OMG !

Brandon was born and raised in Southern California, and moved to Marlboro, VT in 2012, where he studied at Marlboro College.

Prior to his move to Vermont, Brandon worked for progressive Democratic political candidates in California. Along with a number of local and state legislative races, he served on the field team for Congressman Brad Sherman in 2012, and the communications teams for former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel’s 2013 bid for Mayor of Los Angeles and 2014 bid for Congress. From 2011 – 2012, he also served on the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District, which manages the nation’s largest community college district.

Since moving to Vermont, Brandon helped run the 2014 campaign for Windham County State Senator Becca Balint, worked as the Vermont Democratic Party’s Field Organizer for Southern Vermont in fall of 2014, and served as the Statewide Grassroots Organizer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. He currently serves as the President of Vermont Theatre Company, a non-profit community theater organization based out of Brattleboro, and is the Chair of the Windham County Democratic Committee and a member of the Vermont Democratic Party's Executive Committee.

You just can't make this stuff up !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 06/12/2016 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Lisman, Scott Campaigns Clash Over New Flier

Lisman’s Reality at Odds with the Facts !

I received another “Lisman-for-Vermont” mailing picturing Shumlin and Scott laughing it up in an undated photograph. The “a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words” mailer intimates a cordial relationship between the two, which is simply not the case.

In 2014, Shumlin actively supported Dean Corren in his bid to unseat Phil Scott, running as both a Progressive and a write-in Democratic candidate in both the Primary and General Election. This brash act by Shumlin put to an end any attempts at accommodation by Phil Scott. News stores from 2014 confirm the icy “post-endorsement” relationship between Shumlin and Scott, the fallout from this “back stabbing” remain to this day.

In 2014 VPR reported

“Shumlin’s endorsement of Corren came at a press conference in Montpelier, in response to a question from a reporter about whether he supported Corren’s candidacy. Shumlin said he did, noting not only Corren’s dedication to the governor’s flagship issue – single-payer healthcare – but the fact that Corren was a Democrat.

“I will be supporting the Democrat/Progressive as I always have and probably always will,” Shumlin said. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone that as a Democrat I am supporting a Democrat.”

Later, Shumlin seemed befuddled when the reporter pointed out that Corren was not a Democrat!

Hey Bruce, you’ve “gotta” accept that the cash you’ve spent has had little impact on your poll numbers – it’s tough being the underdog, trust me I know; however, your move to the “dark side” is a desperation move that I do not understand; it will not help you with Vermont voters. You have a lot of good ideas on the economy, healthcare, energy and education, but nobody is going to hear them if they have tuned you out!

H. Brooke Paige
Democratic Candidate for Governor and Attorney General

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 06/03/2016 at 11:40 AM

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