Brooke Paige 
Member since Mar 12, 2014

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Re: “Scott Plans to Merge Labor and Commerce, Lottery and Liquor

Hopefully Historic Sites will be moved from Commerce to BGS, a more appropriate fit as the State House, the Pavilion and other important state buildings are currently under their supervision. Historic Sites has always been treated like the orphan child over at Commerce - under-funded, under-staffed and generally neglected !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/17/2017 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Walters: GOP Leader ‘Concerned’ About Scott’s Shumlin Holdovers

Sadly, the Republican bench is pretty thin and it seems like Turner's criticism comes awfully late in the game. That being said, it is beyond belief that Phil Scott has chosen Al Gobeille to head up anything, let alone the largest department in Vermont State government with a budget of over $3,616,179,557.00 (2016). I guess the Vermont Health Connect fiasco wasn't enough to demonstrate that Al's restaurant management skills didn't translate well to the governmental environment. Vermont will see little change with the same crew in charge that got the state into this mess in the first place.

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/03/2017 at 12:23 AM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Gov. Shumlin Bakes Extra-Special Brownies for Vermont House

Is it possible that Shumlin has been sampling his ultra-super-extra-special brownies daily since 2010 causing him to live in a delusional world where every lame brain idea he dreamed up seemed more brilliant than the last one ?

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/02/2017 at 5:18 PM

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

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