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Re: “Leahys in Love: A Senator and His Spouse Weather Cancer

The Leahy's are amazing. Thanks for the update.

Who is the genius making up the fake websites? Must be Ehlers has the career politicians scared if he's getting this much attention 15 months before the election. Ugh.

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Posted by Kevin Lawrence on 08/18/2017 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Leahys in Love: A Senator and His Spouse Weather Cancer

Wow, such a sweet love story...followed by such a sickening display of hate on the part of those who seek to foil a James Ehlers governorship. Hmmmm...who could be against such a thing?? Oh wait, this story rings bells...old bells. Remember way back in '06, when Rich Tarrant was running against Bernie Sanders for U.S. Senate? And there was that sham website that, thanks to good digging by then-political columnist Peter Freyne, turned out to be the dirty work of none other than Jeffrey Bartley, who was a newly salaried employee of Tarrant at the time? (see… for the full story).

Well, well, guess where Mr. Bartley is these days? Tada! He's the executive director of...wait for it: the Vermont Republican Party! And a rabid Phil Scott supporter of course. It couldn't possibly be that Bartley's up to his old tricks again, could it? If so, he's learned a bit about covering his tracks, because the sham Ehlers website was very carefully anonymously registered to a "private registrar" when it was launched Aug. 3 on godaddy, using a "domainsbyproxy" service. How is that even legal?

One thing seems clear: someone is very afraid of an Ehlers candidacy for Governor. Hmmm.

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Posted by Brenda Patoine on 08/17/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Papers, Please: The Feds Reach Deeper Into Vermont

Why don't you file a FOIA query to determine how many people do they ask, and how many dangerous illegals they apprehend. Also Geographical data if any. I think it's just a make work for ICE. If it were effective they'd be bragging from the tree tops. At least Dumbo would.
BTW I'm a German Jewish Holocaust survivor. I left Germany with my parents when I was three; when I was 6 and living in NY the Nazi's revoked my citizenship. This is beginning to smell like then. Never Again! Never! Not here!

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Posted by Fred J Abrahams on 08/12/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Papers, Please: The Feds Reach Deeper Into Vermont

Past practice by Chair Volz of the PSB issued CPGs without a Final System Impact Study or even a Power Purchase Agreement. The most recent case of this sort was Ranger Solar's "Coolidge" (Ludlow) 20 MW solar project which is planning to sell all the power and RECs to Ct. Those of us watching hoq the PSB was run under Volz were astonished by the failure to follow the law, always to the benefit of developers. It is telling that this pro-wind author chose to tell only one side of the story. The Swanton wind project has more than 60 intervenors, all of whom must spend money -- including three towns, and the regional planning commission -- on lawyers and experts to participate in the process. If the developer wants to build a project that connects to the grid, it is reasonable to require the developer to spend money to assess the grid issues now. People paying attention to wind development in Vermont will recall that Eolian's big wind project in the NEK was dropped by the developer, not because Newark, Brighton, and the Unified Towns and Gores all voted or were polled or surveyed and resoundingly were against it; no, the project died when the System Impact Study showed it would cost an excessive amount of money. Thank you Chair Roisman for restoring the rule of law to energy regulation.

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Posted by A. Smith on 08/09/2017 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Papers, Please: The Feds Reach Deeper Into Vermont

This is seriously disturbing, on so many levels. The "Patriot Act" needs to be called out for the blatant treason that it is, it's drafter's & supporters put on trial and the federal government put back on a leash.

White River Junction will become a black hole for me and my family. I will no longer do business in that area at all and will avoid the area entirely. How long before someone is shot & killed by these federal enforcers because they reached for their phone too fast? Maybe it's time to move deeper into the midsection of the country, where this kind of federal incursion isn't allowed. I'm not going to live in a place that resembles cold war Soviet Russia & Nazi Germany.

The most despicable part about it is, it's all about the cash. Federal "security" & all it's equipment & funding is big business these days.

"But area residents and travelers should get used to it." - No, they should push back and INSIST it stops, immediately.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 08/09/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Papers, Please: The Feds Reach Deeper Into Vermont

Guess I better have my papers handy at all times. More DWH (Driving While Hispanic) happenning in Vermont.

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Posted by Leopoldo Quintana on 08/09/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Heroism 2.0: Vermonters on the Front Lines of Health Care Debate

The ACA only works for people that don't work. The ACA at this point is going to fail. A plan that gives people insurance that is to expensive for people to use or limits people to only one provider is a worthless plan. The fact that both parties are unwilling to work with each other to provide a real plan that will work for all the people is proof the swamp needs to be drained. Just remember these people that won't work together for the benefit of the people that elected them all refused to use the ACA and came up with a health plan for themselves because they knew the ACA was going to fail. If you vote for incumbents you will only get incompetents.

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Posted by citizen on 08/03/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Heroism 2.0: Vermonters on the Front Lines of Health Care Debate

Thank you for a great article, John and helping to lift up how ordinary people can build enough collective power to not only stop a bad idea, but - create good ideas that benefit all, not just a few.

These powerful mobilizations would not have been possible without the national organizations that organized so many across the country, but especially without our own Rights and Democracy here in Vermont.

We are moving Vermont forward. Please join us and become a Health Care Justice Voter!…

"In the wake of our victories defeating a series of disastrous Republican health care bills it is clear that now, more than ever, we need to protect ourselves, our friends, our family, our co-workers, our neighbors, and our communities from interests trying to further privatize and profit off our broken health care system.
We must win universal, publicly and equitably financed health care as a human right here in Vermont and across the country.
Sign up today to be a Health Care Justice Voter and show Governor Phil Scott and all our elected officials that they must work with us to make access to high-quality health care a human right and public good in this state."

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Posted by Mari Cordes on 08/02/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Heroism 2.0: Vermonters on the Front Lines of Health Care Debate

I appreciate the first section..real people putting themselves on the line to protest a bad idea.

Skeletons is a different kettle of fish, and better suited to wrapping same.

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Posted by Kathy on 08/02/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “License to Ill: Is the Vermont DMV up to the Job?


The people mentioned in your article that were processed or being processed for deportation by ICE - were they in the country illegally under current statute? A simple yes or no will suffice.

And in regards to the Vermont economy, it continues to amaze me that our leaders in Montpelier seem to think the answer is always to shift, recategorize or raise revenue via fees and taxes. I would suggest you check where Vermont ranks nationally relative to taxation and the general cost of living. And as far as retirees, they won't be staying long either with Vermont ranking 50th in the nation for the most adverse state to retire in by Kiplinger's .

The solution is simple. Stop driving people out of the state. Bring in clean industry that maintains Vermont's way of life via tax incentives (see New York state'so program). Then watch tax revenue growth.

Yet the denial and the head scratching continues in Montpelier. How about making it a requirement that every lawmaker attend an economics course before taking office?

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Posted by Dave Geer on 07/30/2017 at 8:30 AM

Re: “License to Ill: Is the Vermont DMV up to the Job?

I think the Legal Nightmare that Rabah went through was self-induced by his living in Vt. for 10+ years in violation of our countries immigration laws.

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Posted by Martin on 07/28/2017 at 8:21 AM

Re: “License to Ill: Is the Vermont DMV up to the Job?

Why should illegals get driver's license 's without being a legal citizen?????????? Being here for 10 yrs gave the person plenty of time to take the oath. I don't give a sh*t about Vermont's stupid law of not reportIng illegals.. Why should they get more rights then American citizens..We have to show birth certificate, tax bill, any kind of bill and social security card to get a license ..but they don't..Something is wrong with this picture.
Federal law is for a reason, to protect American citizens or has Vermont democrats forgotten that..these illegals need to do what all other Immigrants did, come here illegally, became US Citizens..
The DMV head one needs to do what is expected, report illegals..the employees are doing their job ..calling ICE..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/27/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “License to Ill: Is the Vermont DMV up to the Job?

As the (only) outlet who reported the CBD Oil bust story at the time, a few other details from that specific incident that 7D readers might appreciate as greater context:

- The event itself occurred on June 8, but wasn't included in any DMV press releases or publicized EXCEPT on the DMV's facebook page, a full 12 days later, on June 20.

- Why the delay until June 20 to reveal the news? It was the day before the special session was set to re-convene in Montpelier when legislators were considering the 'marijuana compromise' bill.

- This follows a pattern of Vermont's law enforcement community selectively enforcing cannabis laws in order to influence political discourse...remember the Winooski 'clandestine lab' that shut down the city and resulted in zero charges? Not a coincidence.

- This Vermont DMV incident is presently being considered as larger part of the national lawsuit the Hemp Industries of America is bringing against the DEA.

- The Vermont DMV defended themselves in the comment section of that article by invoking their ability to prosecute federal law (CDL driving licenses) on a federal highway (I89), while the Vermont DMV is a state agency who we don't fund to enforce federal laws (like immigration).

I wouldn't normally post an outside link in the 7D comment section, but since we were the only original news source who covered the initial incident, as well as the follow up with quotes from the Vermont ACLU and tracked down the actual product manufacturer, I'll hope that for the sake of accuracy, 7D moderators will leave this link:…
- Eli Harrington, Editor & Co-Founder of Heady Vermont

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Posted by Eli on 07/26/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Fighting the Feds: Vermont Officials Resist Trump Election Commission

Looks like a Judge in DC has oked President Trumps request to collect voter information. Looks like Condos will gave no choice but to comply. The fraud has to stop.

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Posted by citizen on 07/25/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Get Out of Town!

Someone needs to resurrect Westward Ho in 2017! There are WAY too many drug dealers in Vermont.

Posted by Madeline O'Henry on 07/22/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Fighting the Feds: Vermont Officials Resist Trump Election Commission

It is time to flush the turds in Montpelier down the toilet

James Condos do with his best for the Integrity of the votes in Vermont and that is to go along with securing the system of voting and preventing voting fraud that we know takes place here

I have been a Vermont resident my entire life and have never seen the disgusting behavior in Montpelier that we have seen at the hands of people just like yourself

Vermonters want you to do the right thing and that is to comply with getting rid of the voter fraud that we know takes place in the state of Vermont

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Posted by Richard Ley on 07/20/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Fighting the Feds: Vermont Officials Resist Trump Election Commission

I find it ironic that Condos, who promotes himself as Mr. Transparency, has concluded he doesn't like the reason for the request and therefore has decided not to provide information that is already public. Your first instinct Mr. Transparency was correct, provide them what they have a legal right to. Stop the political posturing!

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 07/19/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Fighting the Feds: Vermont Officials Resist Trump Election Commission

As VPR and other outlets like Seven Days covered back in February of this year, Secretary of State Jim Condos acknowledged there is a problem with the combination of Vermont's Motor Voter law and Vermont's granting of driver's licenses to legal and illegal aliens. Several foreign citizens with legal residency had been illegally registered to vote, including for federal election purposes, simply by virtue of getting their driver's licenses. But US law requires one to be a US citizen to vote in federal elections. These legal immigrants thoughtfully came forward to report this to the authorities. As far as the legal immigrants were concerned, their illegal voter registration was unintentional on their part but they had no control over it because DMV automatically did it. Has this issue been resolved?

California is another state, like Vermont, that has enacted Motor Voter registration laws and also grants driver's licenses to both legal immigrants and illegal aliens. Given it is the law, and we now have examples of states like Vermont registering people illegally (even if due to a software snafu or human error), it seems like common sense to require affirmative proof of citizenship to access the voting both. Lack of doing so undermines credibility in our elections.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 07/19/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Fighting the Feds: Vermont Officials Resist Trump Election Commission

A little closer read of the article addresses the concerns of "citizen." As the article states, the law bars state agencies from providing info for a federal database. It does not pertain only to immigrants. As Condos clearly stated in the quote from the article, protecting immigrants' information was the intent, but the law was written more generally to prevent providing any information to the feds for a database. Your comments are based on a wholesale misreading of this article.

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Posted by D. Crossman on 07/19/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Fighting the Feds: Vermont Officials Resist Trump Election Commission

I would not give Trump even the time of day! That cheap SOB still owes Burlington money for the rally he had at the Flynn and they finally gave up on that idiot!! I will always say he was no president of mine, just someone who wanted to play the part...

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Posted by kenatwood on 07/19/2017 at 2:40 PM

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