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Re: “Provocateur, Candidate: James Ehlers’ History of Rhetorical Excess

dvadvocate: 'advocacy ecosystem' Really? What a stupid phrase! Some people just take things too far.

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Posted by BDE on 07/13/2018 at 5:42 AM

Re: “Provocateur, Candidate: James Ehlers’ History of Rhetorical Excess

Everything I have read about Ehlers indicates he is divisive. Yet he had the nerve to claim In a press release June 19, in the VT Digger,"As governor, I would keep government open and work collaboratively with the legislature to solve the biggest challenges we face as a state, and to invest in people and planet to make Vermont a more fair and dignified place to live for everyone. What a phoney baloney! His actions are not dignified, nor does he encourage collaboration with his communications style. He changes his point of view to getwhat he wants.

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Posted by Athena on 07/12/2018 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Provocateur, Candidate: James Ehlers’ History of Rhetorical Excess

The political establishment including the Vermont Democratic Party are working hard to support establishment candidates who take the corporate cash corrupting our politics both here in Vermont and Washington. Mr. Ehlers is a genuine progressive for he always puts people before the special interests and profits that influence and motivate so many. Recent news reports of the VDP not making available voter files to congressional candidate Dr. Dan Freilich speaks to the purposeful and deliberate efforts of the VDP and surrogates to favor candidates who embrace corporate cash as the party then receives a slice of the pie. Indeed, follow the money.

The VDP surrogates are busy disparaging gubernatorial candidate Mr. Ehlers to distract voters from his formidable skill set as both Ehlers and Freilich have refused to take the corporate cash which the VDP relies upon to help fund its party and statewide operations. By virtue of its embrace of candidates who accept corporate cash from special interests, the VDP is demonstrating to all that they do not value or support genuine grassroots progressive candidates or campaigns funded by the people.

If you like the status quo the Vermont Democratic Party and surrogates are working hard to preserve, you have plenty of candidates to choose from. If you are tired of the status quo, the faithless political leaders from both major parties making false promises while doing little to benefit the people, then you should support the two candidates who are genuinely motivated to serve the people in the genuine spirit of public service. James Ehlers for Governor and Dr. Dan Freilich for Congress. Both candidates are funded by the people. Visit and for more information.

Thank you!

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 07/12/2018 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Provocateur, Candidate: James Ehlers’ History of Rhetorical Excess

Walters shares the concerns that many of us have about Ehlers' misrepresentation of what he stands for. I rather vote Republican than vote for this combative's the devil you know vs. the devil you don't. His prior rhetoric (that he is now forced to address) is similar to Trump's - name calling, argumentative, petulant.

And he's no environmentalist! His attitude towards wildlife and our public lands are all about what man can take from it. He is the last person that Democrats need.

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Posted by KittyAngelVT on 07/12/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Provocateur, Candidate: James Ehlers’ History of Rhetorical Excess

Another hit piece by Walters... yawn!

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Posted by critikboy on 07/11/2018 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Provocateur, Candidate: James Ehlers’ History of Rhetorical Excess

With his attitude, this Walters guy makes himself part of the story. Bad reporting and distracting.

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Posted by BDE on 07/11/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Provocateur, Candidate: James Ehlers’ History of Rhetorical Excess

Ironic that this media note, written by someone with the first name "John," makes no mention of the best recent coverage of domestic violence in our state lately: written by reporters with the first names "Elizabeth" and "Jess." As someone who works in the advocacy ecosystem, I had been waiting for Seven Days or Digger to take on the issue, but it ended up coming from the decimated freeps. (Makes you wonder what good journalism was quashed during the term of that transphobic editor in chief though.)

The Times Argus needs to step up though.

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Posted by dvadvocate on 07/11/2018 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Dog Day: A Moment on the Campaign Trail

Best of all of these people is Tabitha Pohl-Moore. She needs to run for something.

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Posted by lassy2 on 07/05/2018 at 2:03 PM

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

40,000 children die each year due to the carelessness, incapacity, or neglect of their parents... where are the parks named in their honor, where are the laws enacted with their names, where are the plaques displaying their names across the fronts of apartment complexes and shopping malls?

Each year, approximately 300 children are murdered by their parent's bare hands, more than are killed by assault weapons. Where are the news headlines, the legions of protesters, and the banners?

Each year about 4000 "children" are killed because they are texting or distracted while driving. Where is the self-righteous indignation of the Democrats then? Where are the Bloomberg-financed opportunists, where is Roger Moore, or Piers Morgan?

Every day, 250,000 people die. Some are blown apart by high-speed collisions, some eaten alive by cancer, some drown, way too many die of hunger, malaria takes more lives than DDT ever did... some simply choke to death, there are about 3000 die each year mining coal, more than ever died in ALL nuclear power plant accidents in history combined. Why are their deaths any less important, newsworthy, or activist worthy than being killed by a mad man with an AR-15 ? ? ? The answer is: To demonize firearms and the people who own them.

This IS The United States of America, a country founded on the principle of Liberty and Justice, where all men are to be assumed innocent until proven guilty by due process, a court of law, and a jury of their peers, entitled to be confronted by their accuser, and, until such time, endowed by their creator, be it God, or Nature, with all the rights and liberties of a free man (person).

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Posted by Tucson_Jim on 06/29/2018 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Tradin’ Paint: Days and Nights of Budget Brinksmanship

So SevenDays issues s correction that it didnt try numerous times to speak with Little Timmy Ashe. WTF, you either did or you didnt! How do you get that wrong? Could it be that Little Timmy Ashe was upset and demanded the story be changed so not to reflect poorly on him? Conflict of interest is alive and well.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 06/29/2018 at 6:15 PM

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

Freedom to think: Obviously you are not thinking. Soviet Russia? Nazi Germany? Are you serious? Our country is being invaded. I welcome ICE!!! The primary purpose of government is to protect its citizens and I want to be protected.

Leopoldo Quintana: If you are illegal you SHOULD be nervous. And if you aren't, well, that's the price we all have to pay for living in this country. Things obviously aren't better from where you came or you wouldn't be here.

Posted by Peter Morgan on 06/29/2018 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Tradin’ Paint: Days and Nights of Budget Brinksmanship

All of this could have been finished but let's be real the legislators wanted to drag this out.. more money for them, the taxpayers pay for their pizzas, drinks, and desserts.oh let's not forget their lodging too. all because they didn't get their way
Tim Ashe, Mitzi Johnson and the rest just wanted to drag it out for more pay and free meals..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 06/28/2018 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Tradin’ Paint: Days and Nights of Budget Brinksmanship

Legislative drama created by the actors to make it look to taxpayers they are "working."

Life goes on. Taxes go up.

No Vermont taxpayers care. They love paying taxes. The higher, the better.


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Posted by Ted Cohen on 06/28/2018 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Tradin’ Paint: Days and Nights of Budget Brinksmanship

For the last few decades from Snelling on, Vermont Governors have been a moderating force on an activist legislature who often attempts policies better suited for the national stage than what can be successfully accomplished or afforded in our small state. A good example is that Democratic Governor Howard Dean had as many vetoes as Governor Scott. The exception was Governor Shumlin and we are still dealing with some of the consequences from his failed tenure.
In many ways in spite of some unneeded rancor and over the top partisan rhetoric on all sides, the fact is that Governor Scott has been a consistent stabilizing force that has prevented some of the more well intended yet totally impractical laws, like a Vermont stand alone carbon tax, from being implemented. At the same time the legislature has played a useful role as a consistent conscience on needs to be addressed. Many on all sides will be disappointed for many different reasons with what happened in Montpelier; such is the nature of politics. However all in all, the results of the past two session have not been that bad and sure could have been a lot worse had not Governor Scott been at the helm.

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Posted by John Freitag on 06/28/2018 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Tradin’ Paint: Days and Nights of Budget Brinksmanship

Once again, a token reference to Ashe (declining an interview) and you let it go. Why no snark or criticism directed his way for wieseling his way out of an interview. You are not holding him accountable for his part in the chaotic management of the special session. Ashe is getting a free ride from SevenDays.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 06/27/2018 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Tradin’ Paint: Days and Nights of Budget Brinksmanship

Between the pizza and the fries and shakes it sounds like everyone involved gained a few pounds. Didn't Senator White order in chocolate cake? She missed a great opportunity. especially with John Walters riding herd on the house and senate.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 06/27/2018 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Harsh Words: Dueling Rhetoric on the Budget Battle

I'm not at all amused by "Funny Numbers." Walters is totally missing the point here. Who cares whose numbers are better, Vermont is still around the tops in the country in per-student spending (I'll note that California spends less than $10,000 per student). We also might want to separate out the costs of infrastructure vs the cost of instruction.
Walters pays down the per public amounts spent by New Hampshire and Maine, but by some reports, they are lower than Vermont spending by about $5,000. If Walters wants to compare Vermont to the rest of "region" then let's also talk about outcomes, (meaning what are taxpayers getting for their money) since New Hampshire, who, as I previously stated spends far less per pupil, has better results in both math and reading.

How does New Hampshire do it John? That would be a story worth reading.

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Posted by Theodore A Hoppe on 06/25/2018 at 9:24 PM

Re: “James Ehlers' Gubernatorial Bid Sparks Cyber Allegations

Nothing in Vermont politics happens by chance. It's important to question the motives of folks like Lachlin Francis and others who surface during campaign season to spread discord and controversy. For the record, Mr. Francis is friends with Ms. Christine Hallquist's campaign manager and a surrogate for the Hallquist campaign.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of getting to know James Ehlers here is a link to a Facebook post from a gentleman who did meet Mr. Ehlers. It speaks volumes for why folks should give themselves the opportunity to meet candidates like Mr. Ehlers instead of relying on cherry picked or altered graphical images circulating on social media.…

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 06/22/2018 at 10:58 AM

Re: “James Ehlers' Gubernatorial Bid Sparks Cyber Allegations

I am one VT Republican who did not block James, although I did have to ask him multiple times to stop tagging me in his harassing posts. James is a long-time fishing buddy of my father's, and I have worked alongside James at several weigh-ins, so to be targeted by James in such a manner came as quite a surprise to me. I've always considered James a friend, but from the rhetoric he was using to describe my beliefs and those of friends of mine was deeply insulting, and suggested he did not consider me a friend in return.
By the way, the reporting on this seems to be pretty lazily done. A simple scroll through James' personal Facebook page reveals all of these posts, and a simple scroll through the comments will show James "tagging" several of his supporters in order to "call in the wolves", to piggyback on what a previous commenter said. If an attempt was made to check for the veracity of these screenshots, it would not take long to confirm that all of them are in fact real. And then the question would become, why does James feel the need to lie, and continue lying about this?

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Posted by Shayne William Spence on 06/22/2018 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Harsh Words: Dueling Rhetoric on the Budget Battle

Burlington VT $85 million school budget, 3935 students, = $21,600 per student

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Posted by Mary Jay Mullowney on 06/20/2018 at 2:34 PM

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