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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tracky Tuesday Again

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 8:45 AM

Still letting the reality of Karl Rove’s resignation sink in. Has a “rats leaving a sinking ship” feel to it, doesn't it?

And if you liked Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, you’ll positively love What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire!

“A disturbing, compassionate, sometimes humorous personal essay about coming to grips with climate change, environmental meltdown and the demise of the American lifestyle.”

It’s a very well done two-hour documentary by a bunch of talented midwesterners I had not heard of that goes deeper than Al Gore did. Caught a preview the other day. Reality - what a concept!

And it’s showing Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium. They’re asking for a $10 contribution.

One path leads to despair and hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
- Woody Allen

Correction: Our source for there having been four Democratic governors of Vermont was that Howard Dean guy.

Not!

An election of special importance in the history of both the Republican and Democratic Parties of Vermont occurred in 1853. Contrary to common belief, the first Democratic Governor of Vermont was not Phil Hoff, but rather John Robinson, elected by the General Assembly in 1853. Robinson had come in a distant second in popular vote (38%). Whig candidate Erastus Fairbanks had 44% and Lawrence Brainerd, the Free Soil Democrat, had 18%. After nine days and 26 ballots the General Assembly finally elected the Democrat Governor and then went on to do likewise in the election of a Lieutenant Governor and Treasurer (in which races the Democrats had also come in second).

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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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