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Friday, November 4, 2016

Election Got You Down? How About Some Porch Berries?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Rep. Sam Young (D-Glover) - SCREENSHOT
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  • Rep. Sam Young (D-Glover)
Last summer, Rep. Sam Young (D-Glover) was preparing to run for a fourth term representing a small swath of the Northeast Kingdom in the Vermont House. His girlfriend, opera and theater director Heidi Lauren Duke, came up with a plan to produce a series of low-budget videos.

“The idea was, ‘Why don’t we just show you doing things in everyday life and let your personality shine through?’ I guess,” Young recalls.

What exactly is the 38-year-old web developer’s personality?

“I think I’m a little quirky,” he says. “But it’s like, ‘What does Sam love about the Northeast Kingdom and what do we love about this place?’”

Porch berries, for one thing. Yes, porch berries:

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dean Doubles Down on Trump Cocaine Comment

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 10:29 PM

Former governor Howard Dean at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia - FILE: PAUL HEINTZ
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  • Former governor Howard Dean at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia
As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sniffled away Monday night during the first debate of the general election, former Vermont governor Howard Dean posited a theory as to what was causing all the nasal activity. 

"Notice Trump sniffing all the time," he wrote on Twitter. "Coke user?"
Rather than apologize for the off-color tweet the next day, the former practicing physician doubled down on it Tuesday afternoon in an appearance on MSNBC.

"Well, you can't make a diagnosis over the television," he said. "I would never do that. But he has some interesting — that is actually a signature of people who use cocaine. I'm not suggesting that Trump does, but—"

"Well you are suggesting it, actually, in a tweet," MSNBC host Kate Snow interjected. 

"No, I'm suggesting we think about it," Dean said. Then he rattled off a list of symptoms he said Trump shared with cocaine users, ranging from "grandiosity" to "delusions" to "trouble with pressured speech."

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

National GOP Group Launches ‘Significant’ Ad Campaign for Scott

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 1:57 PM

A new TV ad produced by a Republican Governors Association super PAC. - SCREENSHOT
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  • A new TV ad produced by a Republican Governors Association super PAC.
Following Tuesday’s primary, the Republican Governors Association wasted little time jumping into Vermont’s gubernatorial race. 

Seven minutes after the Associated Press declared Lt. Gov. Phil Scott the GOP nominee, the RGA hailed him in a statement as a “leader who can restore trust in state government and solve the challenges facing [Vermont] families.”

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Video: Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver on Democratic Divisions

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 6:11 PM

As he waited for a ride to Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on Monday afternoon, Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, took a moment to discuss the start of the Democratic National Convention.

At a rally an hour earlier, Sanders delegates had booed the senator when he uttered presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's name. But Weaver said he didn't expect the episode to repeat itself  when the convention formally began.

"There were a lot of other people besides our delegates in the room today, so it was not clear to me who it was that was doing it," Weaver said of the booing. "But I expect all of our delegates to handle themselves with decorum inside the Wells Fargo Center."

Asked whether he worried Sanders supporters would refrain from supporting Clinton, the Highgate and St. Albans native said, "No, I think people in the end will realize the danger that [Republican nominee] Donald Trump poses."

Watch the video here: 

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Video: Clinton, Sanders Supporters Court Undecideds at Casino Caucus

Posted By on Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 2:46 AM

Nearly 300 people showed up Saturday morning to the New York-New York Hotel & Casino to take part in Nevada's Democratic presidential caucuses

Six of them couldn't decide whether to support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

It took the undecideds 12 minutes to make up their minds. During that time, Sanders and Clinton precinct captains lobbied them individually, answered their questions and delivered brief speeches seeking to persuade them. All the while, reporters swarmed around them and activists on either side of the room chanted their respective candidates' names. 

Here's what it looked like:

In the end, the six undecideds split evenly between the two Democratic candidates. 

Overall, 196 people at the New York-New York caucus site supported Clinton, while 97 supported Sanders. Clinton earned 23 county-level delegates, while Sanders picked up 11.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Bits: Sanders Drinks Beer on 'Colbert,' Eats Ice Cream on 'The View'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 8:49 AM

A day after winning the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders took a victory lap in New York City, appearing all over your television screen.

He helped CBS' Stephen Colbert get "The Late Show" going:

He explained to Colbert how he differs from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:

He even drank beer and ate boiled peanuts with Colbert. (For that video, click here and skip ahead to 31:48.)

Earlier Wednesday, Sanders took "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley on a tour of the Brooklyn neighborhood in which he was raised:

And he sat down for an interview with Pelley:

Sanders even made time to eat some Ben & Jerry's on ABC's "The View."

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bernie Sanders
'Bernie Sanderswitzky' Steals the Show on 'Saturday Night Live'

Posted By on Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 12:35 PM

It's hard to upstage Larry David, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may have pulled it off this weekend on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

The Democratic presidential candidate took a brief break from the campaign trail Saturday to appear with David, who was guest-hosting the program. The "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" creator drew rave reviews last fall for his spot-on impression of the curmudgeonly candidate.

Sanders starred in just one sketch, but it was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. Here it is:

Earlier in the show, David appeared as Sanders in a "Curb"-style digital short called, "Bern Your Enthusiasm." Though the candidate himself was absent from the sketch, David more than filled his shoes.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Bernie Sanders
Video: Sanders Addresses Iowa Volunteers Hours Before Caucuses

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Just hours before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) dropped by his Des Moines headquarters Monday morning to rally the troops. 

"We got a tie ballgame. That's where we are," he said. "We will win tonight, if the voter turnout is high."

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Welch Criticizes 'Attack Ad,' But Concedes Its Claims Are True

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 4:56 PM

Vermont Public Interest Research Group executive director Paul Burns, Sierra Club Vermont conservation program manager Robb Kidd, Congressman Peter Welch and dairy farmer Bill Rowell - PAUL HEINTZ
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  • Vermont Public Interest Research Group executive director Paul Burns, Sierra Club Vermont conservation program manager Robb Kidd, Congressman Peter Welch and dairy farmer Bill Rowell
After the ethanol lobby aired a television advertisement slamming him, Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) called it a "corporate-funded, deceptive attack ad" financed by "out-of-state, subsidized corporations."

"The corn ethanol industry is spreading a Washington-sized load of manure across Vermont," he said in a written statement released Saturday.

But at a press conference Monday in Barre, Welch conceded that the ad's central claim — that he signed a letter drafted by an oil industry lobbyist — is true. 

The dustup comes as the Obama administration finalizes regulations governing how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline. The corn and agribusiness industries have lobbied for the Environmental Protection Agency to increase those levels, while the oil and restaurant industries have lobbied to decrease them.

For years, Welch has taken the latter position, arguing that ethanol mandates drive up corn prices for farmers and food producers, hurt the environment and damage small engines. Two weeks ago, he and four other members of Congress, including Rep. Bill Flores (R-Tex.), authored a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy calling for stricter limits on biofuels. Another 180 members signed the letter.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Bits: Larry David Returns to 'SNL' As Bernie Sanders

Posted By on Sun, Nov 8, 2015 at 10:27 PM

Donald Trump may have hosted this week's "Saturday Night Live" episode, but Bernie Sanders stole the show. Or, at least, Larry David did.

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star returned to SNL to parody Friday's Democratic candidates forum in South Carolina. As he did three weeks ago, David played an irascible, slightly unhinged Sanders — and, of course, he nailed it. 

As of this writing, Sanders' presidential campaign hadn't yet sent a fundraising solicitation asking for "vacuum pennies," but we're confident it will soon.

Watch the sketch below (and skip ahead to 4:04 if even a parody of former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley bores you): 

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