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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Scoreboard: This Week's Winners and Losers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 4:00 AM

The election's over, but that doesn't mean The Scoreboard's over. Here's the rundown of winners and losers in Vermont news and politics for the week of Friday, Nov. 16:


Liz Miller — The Burlington attorney has rocketed to the top of state government in the past two years, moving from private practice to commissioner of the Department of Public Service to — earlier this week — Gov. Peter Shumlin's next chief of staff. Runner-up winner: Steve Kimbell for managing to re-retire to his Tunbridge home, where he'll have more fun tending to his sheep than he would staying on in the Department of Financial Regulation.

Bill — Sure, the Green Mountain College ox is probably feelin' pretty lonesome these days, but dude seriously dodged a bullet. RIP, Lou.

Peter Shumlin and Randy BrockShummy ends his reelection campaign with $933,000 in the bank — so that's pretty rad for him. As for Brock, he may have lost the $300,000 he loaned his campaign last summer, but Thursday's campaign finance reports indicate he was wise enough, despite hints to the contrary, to refrain from investing more of his own cash in his losing campaign.

Tie Score:

Labor — The Vermont National Education Association lost a big fight Wednesday to represent nearly 800 University of Vermont clerical and administrative staffers; the vote was a resounding 443 to 189. But that same day, employees of the Brattleboro Food Co-op voted 74 to 45 in favor of joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.


Employees — Less than a week after Energizer announced plans to shutter its St. Albans plant, the Brattleboro Retreat said Wednesday it's laying off 31 workers, and GE Healthcare said Thursday it's laying off roughly 50 employees in South Burlington.

Peter Shumlin — Staff turnover is pretty standard after any election, and Gov. Peter Shumlin managed to hold on to most of his cabinet. But the loss of two key political aides — Alex MacLean and Bill Lofy — is a blow to the 5th floor as it prepares for the coming legislative session. And the loss of the top two officials in the Department of Public Service — Miller and deputy commish Sarah Hofmann — will surely strain that department.

Peter Welch — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's decision to stay put means the rest of the old guard House Democratic leadership will stay put too. That's bad news for Vermont's lone delegate to the U.S. House, Congressman Peter Welch, and other up-and-comers who have nowhere to go. On the upside, Democratic retirements might free up better committee assignments.

Disclosure: I used to work for Welch. If I still did, I'd probably be fired for putting him on the list. And then I'd be on it myself.

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Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz is a staff writer and political editor for Seven Days. He wrote the "Fair Game" political column from May 2012 through December 2016.


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