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Friday, January 4, 2013

The Scoreboard: This Week's Winners and Losers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The Scoreboard took a couple weeks off to drink eggnog, hang out under the mistletoe and watch C-SPAN on New Year's Eve (just kidding!). But don't worry: It's back with a vengeance in 2013.

Just as we did last year, we'll deliver a list each Friday of the winners and losers in Vermont news and politics. As always, we've consulted with a wide range of people as clueless as we are — and totally arbitrarily aggregated the results below.

So, without further ado, here's The Scoreboard for the week of Friday, Jan. 4 (oh, and all those weeks we missed):


Porky Patrick — Those worried that Vermont's going to lose out on federal handouts now that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has turned down the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee ought to ask Rutland's GE Aviation what they think.

Shap Smith — Rep. Paul Poirer (I-Barre) never stood a chance in his bid to take the reigns from House Speaker Shap Smith (D-Morrisville), but his decision to drop out of the race for speaker two weeks ago (as first reported by the Burlington Free Press' Nancy Remsen) lets Smith avoid a messy vote.

Vermont State Employees Association — The state employees' union suffered a staffing setback last fall, but a couple new old hands should help them get back on track — at least within the Statehouse.

Our Sexual Health — Good news: Vermont's gettin' it on safely. Runner-up loser: Burlington, which is only 25th in boozin' it up.


Tie Score

Vermont's Congressional Delegation — On the upside, they dodged a bullet by not having to vote for an Obama/Boehner "grand bargain" that included cuts to popular entitlement programs. On the downside, they had a lousy New Year's Eve and caved on their promises to raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year. The really bad news? They'll have a bunch of tougher votes in the months to come.

Vermont Dairy Farmers — They didn't get the new farm bill that Sen. Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) fought for on the Senate and House agriculture committees, but at least they got a nine-month extension to the old farm bill in the final fiscal cliff deal.

Armando VilasecaVermont's commissioner of education got to keep his job — and got a fancy new title — but why for only a year?



Nepotism — As the Rutland Herald's Gordon Dritschilo reported Friday, recently-resigned Rutland County senator Bill Carris' son, Tracy, is out of the running for his dad's seat. Gov. Peter Shumlin will have to choose one of three candidates — Eldred French, Cheryl Hooker and Robert Baird— to fill the vacant seat.

Vermont State Police — Apparently, Shumlin's security detail didn't get to tag along on his six-day vay-cay to Italy last month,'s Alicia Freese reported Thursday. Arrivederci, po-po!

Vermont YankeeAs's Andrew Stein reported, UBS Securities thinks Entergy Corp. should shutter Vernon's Vermont Yankee. Safe, clean, reliable... and going out of business?

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Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz was part of the Seven Days news team from 2012 to 2020. He served as political editor and wrote the "Fair Game" political column before becoming a staff writer.

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