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Re: “Splitting Chittenden: The County’s Senate District Is on the Chopping Block

As a resident of rural eastern Chittenden county, I'd love to have a state senator representing me. But the Chittenden senate district has three residents of Burlington, one resident of South Burlington, and two residents of Williston representing the whole county. There's more to Chittenden County than the built-up area. If it wasn't all one big district, perhaps the rural voters would get some representation.

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Posted by Jay Furr on 02/15/2019 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Splitting Chittenden: The County’s Senate District Is on the Chopping Block

There is a basic problem with Vermont's approach to mixing single and multi-member districts, and this basic problem is that it is unconstitutional. Here's the really, really short version:

When a one district gets three senators that means each and every individual gets to vote for and be represented by three senators; BUT with a single senator district each and every individual gets to vote for and be represented by only one senator.

The colloquial "one person, one vote" is about each and every individual having equal governmental representation; it has nothing to do with groups. Vermont's method of dividing up districts fails this test in an obvious and deliberate manner.

I live in Orange County - I demand my right to equal representation in the Vermont Senate. (PS. I still need some legal assistance ... help?)

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Rama Schneider on 02/14/2019 at 5:05 AM

Re: “Splitting Chittenden: The County’s Senate District Is on the Chopping Block

In reforming campaign finance, I think all PAC money should be banned, both corporate and union pacs,

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 02/13/2019 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Roe-ing Upstream: Vermont’s Lopsided Battle Over Abortion Rights

Ethics in this state is a dirty word. The Burlington City Council has approved a plan proposed for City Hall Park that was created in a no-bid contract to the spouse of a city employee. Cost of the plan appears to have been about $750,000. If our state legislators cannot do a better job of creating an ethical foundation for government, how can we expect our more local governments to care? Need I remind our politicians of the admonishment about Caesar's wife?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/13/2019 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Splitting Chittenden: The County’s Senate District Is on the Chopping Block

I have no problem with splitting up Chittenden County's senate districts I will point out that when I lived in Huntington (a traditional small town), my representative was attached to Waterbury. Our votes and voices didn't count, when we were put in that district. I hope more sensitivity is used in keeping neighbors together, and not leaving one town to communicate with a community over mountain passes and long rides to the highway. Not everyone has internet access, as is plainly clear in the broadband debate. I never felt that a vote for a Waterbury pol gave me any voice about local issues, and that's what a representative is supposed to do.

While balancing numbers is good on paper, voters are not numbers, they're people, and their interests should be reflected in any proposed districting plan.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/13/2019 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Splitting Chittenden: The County’s Senate District Is on the Chopping Block

Chittenden County is the oblivious fat guy at the buffet taking almost everything back to his table simply because he can. We have the most people, the most traffic, generate the most waste and trash, and send it to Coventry because we are so vibrant and artsy and have a need to be beautiful and not troubled by such dirty things as a landfill. That is for poor people in the NEK.

Mel Brooks put it pretty well : "It's good to be the King."

Indeed it is.

Now, where to go to dinner tonight? Let's see what Seven Days says . . . ah . . the Posh Life.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 02/13/2019 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Roe-ing Upstream: Vermont’s Lopsided Battle Over Abortion Rights

Homer Trout - in the entire United States only 1.34% of abortions are what is considered "late term abortion" (in most cases defined as after 20 weeks) and almost all of them are medically necessary. What a horrible thing to be expecting a child and find out it has a terminal or catastrophic condition. What makes you think you should insert yourself into that situation? These aren't easy decisions and yes, the loss of that child will be felt by its parents their entire lives - just like miscarriages and stillbirths are. Before you cavalierly say they should just have the baby, regardless of the length or quality of its life, be aware that caring for a severely disabled person costs millions over a lifetime and every single state has long, long waiting lines for support services. Are you going to pay? Most people simply don't have the money for 24/7 nursing, medical equipment, and ongoing specialty treatment. Are you willing to pay the taxes necessary to provide care for all those people or do you just like calling people murderers?

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Posted by Rebecca Gavin on 02/09/2019 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Roe-ing Upstream: Vermont’s Lopsided Battle Over Abortion Rights

A Trout - spoken like a man. I for one have lost a child in the womb, do you know what that feels like? I thought not.

Glad you and your wife decided to keep your babies instead of aborting them. Hopefully you will never have to council any of your daughters if they decide to go the abortion route. Especially if they decide to abort at 7 months. Honestly if you think this would not cause any mental issues, you are kidding yourself.

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Posted by Homer C on 02/07/2019 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Roe-ing Upstream: Vermont’s Lopsided Battle Over Abortion Rights

Once again, the committee in charge of our hardly existing ethics law, was chaired by Jeanette White, senator from Windham County. She voted to retain McAllister in the senate prior to his trial. When an etics law was suggested, Senator Whites comment was and I quote, "that's not going to happen".
One could almost say it didn't happen.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 02/06/2019 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Roe-ing Upstream: Vermont’s Lopsided Battle Over Abortion Rights

Homer C, you can believe that. Just don't force that belief on me, my wife, or my daughters.

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Posted by A_Trout on 02/06/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Roe-ing Upstream: Vermont’s Lopsided Battle Over Abortion Rights

Roe vs Wade is not in jeopardy. This is murder, plain and simple. A baby in the womb at 4 months is active and moving. You cannot tell me this is NOT a living breathing human being. I would love to know how many woman who actually had abortions or lost a baby in the womb were asked about this bill? I do not know any female who does not regret the decision they made years ago. For some that was the only chance they had to give birth. We celebrate birthdays, that never came to be. We mourn the loss of a life we never got to meet.

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Posted by Homer C on 02/06/2019 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Roe-ing Upstream: Vermont’s Lopsided Battle Over Abortion Rights

John -

89 sponsors as of this weekend.

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Posted by Job Tate 1 on 02/06/2019 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Roe-ing Upstream: Vermont’s Lopsided Battle Over Abortion Rights

I would certainly appreciate being made aware of any unethical conduct by my legislators. Need anyone remind us that some of our esteemed legislators saw nothing unethical or even *illegal* about Norm McAllister having sleep overs with his intern at their shared apartment. And what about the incident of sexual harassment that got some media coverage and then was never heard about again? If there really is nothing wrong with the behavior and conduct of our elected officials, why are they so skittish about being transparent?

In the one year we've had an Ethics Commission, that Commission found a credible violation of the state code of ethics. How is that not the take away?

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 02/06/2019 at 10:28 AM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

hahah paul do you jerk off to del bozo holding your AR-15 lmao what a loser.

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Posted by Shadowless Noir on 01/30/2019 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Charm Offensive: Team Scott Reaches Out to the Legislature

We have been open and approachable, but apparently there's a perception that we have not,"

What universe is Young residing in? Scott and Governor Gibbs have hardly been approachable and continually attempted to legislate by ambush and Republicans in the legislature allowed them to get away with it. Hopefully the minority will get pretty beat up this session to perhaps teach them that it wasnt the best way to behave as Democratic veto proof majorities will become more common and its doubtful that Republicans will gain the majority in Vermont any time soon - if ever.

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Posted by Roy on 01/30/2019 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Berned Bridges? Sanders Dogged by 2016 Charges

Must have conveniently miss this one It appears that as part of our campaign, there were some women who were harassed or mistreated. And I thank them, from the bottom of my heart, for speaking out, Sanders said after a press conference about a prescription drug bill he's supporting. What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign, or any campaign, should be about.

To the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated, I apologize, he added. Our standards, our procedures, our safeguards, were clearly inadequate.

Posted by Bill Atnip on 01/29/2019 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Minimal Disclosure: Lawmakers’ Financial Filings Reveal Little

Note to Seven Days,

Great article!

Also, did anyone take notice to how many were employed by the State of Vermont(including spouses) or by organizations that receive funding(grants etc) from the state?

Why doesn't Vermont have a "Hatch Act"?

There is a huge conflict of interest with state employees being state reps/senators on just the basis that they vote for their own budgets/salaries.
Vermont NEEDS to mirror the Hatch Act!

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Posted by BTV Reader on 01/24/2019 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Minimal Disclosure: Lawmakers’ Financial Filings Reveal Little

I subscribed to the Burlington Free Press online when they were offering a year for $4.99. Then they upped it to $9.99 and I resubscribed. The other day I got an "urgent" message from them that my card on file didn't work (due to the account being hacked so I had to get a new card). I realized I barely looked at the BFP in recent weeks, and can see no reason to renew the online subscription. What a sad story for Burlington to have its daily newspaper degraded to such an extent.

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Posted by A. Smith on 01/23/2019 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Minimal Disclosure: Lawmakers’ Financial Filings Reveal Little

Thank you for being transparent on who is involved with what, it's worth knowing. At the end of the day, I'm comforted knowing that people who have direct experience on a topic are making policies and decisions related to that topic. Having sat in a committee for an entire session, I respect that it is near impossible to have a depth of knowledge on the many topics that come into the room and requires serious consideration.

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Posted by Rebecca Baruzzi on 01/23/2019 at 10:16 AM

Re: “The Committee Shuffle: What the House’s New Lineup Reveals About Its Priorities

Amazing how Johnson the (D) took the (R) and moved them so they really can't do anything. Her quote
"Johnson denies that the move is a demotion for Agriculture. "That was not my intention at all," she said. "I want all committees to be involved in rural issues." That meant shifting some members to other panels, such as Rep. Harvey Smith (R-New Haven), a dairy farmer who's now on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife. But also, Johnson admitted, "There aren't as many members requesting Agriculture." Sign o' the times." The (D)s don't want farms in Vermont. Now it will be just Pot farms.. Surprised she didn't move all the (R) into the basement to take over the mopping and window cleaning.

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 01/16/2019 at 4:46 PM

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