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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

7 likes, 3 dislikes
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!

14 likes, 6 dislikes
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.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
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

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

Those events at the governor's meetings were broadcast on C-SPAN or some TV channel I happened on. When they panned the audience, almost all the seats were empty. How many other governors also skipped the opening events? Maybe you need a bigger pile of rocks to throw at those other governors, too.

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Posted by A. Smith on 07/19/2017 at 12:47 PM

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

How exactly would releasing voter data expose undocumented immigrants (illegals)? You have to be a citizen of this country to vote, so I'm very confused on how releasing voter recorded would expose them. The illegals should not be on any voter records seeing as they are not legally allowed to vote. Sounds like someone has something to hide. Its excuses like Mr. Condos's that are leading to the suspicion that states are allowing illegals to vote. If the states have not broken any laws what are they trying to hide? I thought democrats where for a transparent government.

24 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 07/19/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

>>"That would be Thom Lauzon, the Republican mayor of Barre and small world Scott's childhood buddy."

When I read that comment, I immediately scrolled up to see the byline - shocking - it's John Walters.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Carl Werth on 07/16/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

Nice job JW, I happen to think you are correct on this one. Scott will not be seriously challenged and Zuckerman, well he's Zuckerman.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 07/12/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

Scott Pavek, I don't think anyone was confused on the fact that this is an opinion piece. We just have opinions about the opinion piece: we think Walter's has a lousy opinion.

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Posted by dejavu on 07/12/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

Mr. Walters continues to promote that he is some sort of soothsayer who can predict the future, and now that he can read minds, as well. And then he writes about it in a fashion which tries to show his ideas are facts, and not just his opinion. Funny, really.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 07/12/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

This is an opinion piece.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 07/12/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

I wonder if SevenDays considers it an ethical duty to encourage Vermonters to seek elected office and to challenge incumbents, because, if not the press, then who?

Or, if they don't have a duty, maybe they will consider that they spend all election season wining about how "boring" it is because there are no new challengers and because, in Vermont especially, incumbents have a very high retention rate.

Stories like Walter's are irresponsible because a) they aren't true and b) they are a self-fulfilling prophecy. When the press tells the public that the incumbent is unbeatable (especially when they start with this narrative over a year before the next election and keep hammering it home) than they feed that narrative and the challenger does indeed have no chance thanks to the work of the press.

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Posted by MPTS15 on 07/12/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

Walters, stop spreading a false narrative with your hack journalism.

"Republican Gov. Phil Scott is widely seen as unbeatable, so top Democrats and Progressives may well take a pass."
Wrong. Scott WAS widely seen as unbeatable but most citizens who have been paying attention are concerned by his inability to govern, the fact that he vetoed a budget bill even he had praised for a political agenda and will be watching this next session closely to see if there are any improvements. A skilled public servant may have a tough race against Scott but ultimately come out victorious.

"The only question about Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) reelection is whether he chooses to run."
Wrong again. The biggest question is if and when Bernie's wife, Jane, is indicted for fraud in connection to Burlington College. The more details the people have regarding the Sanders' family "morals" the more likely that he can be taken down by a competent opponent. Vermonters, especially women and people of color, start thinking if your experience and background would lend itself to serving your state! Do you have the ethics (unlike our current junior senator)? Start planning your campaign now!

SevenDays, if you won't bring Paul Heintz back to this column, please consider getting someone to write it whose personal biases don't show in every post and who has at least a working understanding of the vermont political scene.

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Posted by dejavu on 07/12/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

Conventional wisdom doesn't always fly here.

Phil Scott won his governorship in a season where he had a top-of-ticket bump as well as successful pandering to centrists. His actions and inactions over the first session have turned a lot of those moderates off, and he won't be able to turn on the "aw, shucks" charm to win them back. The Dems will only have themselves to blame if they run another unelectable Burlington-Montpelier-and-back candidate.

Also, Lauzon running for Lite Gov? That little "conflict of interest" story from last month will continue to follow him if he does choose to run. The last thing we need are more members of the Good Ole Boys club who see politics in the state as an opportunity to enrich themselves and/or their family businesses.

23 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by planetacer09 on 07/12/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Fast, Cheap and Good? A Closer Look at the Vermont Yankee Deal

Anyone who still thinks that Bernie and Jane are any better than Trump needs to stop sipping on the cool aid for a second and take a quick look at some of the facts... *ah-hum* ... I mean the "evil Democratic party's diabolical sabotage of Saint Bernard by spreading fake news. Remember, Saint Bernard is special and must never be held accountable for his actions. If something he did looks illegal or unethical, Killery and Planned Parenthood framed him by getting him to do things and say things somehow."

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Posted by ShaunD on 07/10/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Fast, Cheap and Good? A Closer Look at the Vermont Yankee Deal

This is the old "Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me" deal.

Vermonters got screwed when the PSB at the time allowed Entergy to form an LLC with the VY plant as the only asset. That slick little move was designed to shelter Entergy from liability. Entergy declared that they didn't own the plant and that it was owned by the LLC. We saw the result of this move when it came time to do repairs.

So now what is Entergy up to? They have a dead plant that this new, inexperienced company says it can decommission faster than Entergy (remember Entergy doesn't own the plant and has been counting on the stock market to increase the decommissioning fund that they never put a dime into.

There is still some question as to whether or not Entergy Corp. can be exonerated from liability for this plant with their tricky little LLC maneuver. Selling the LLC to yet another company would be a blessing in disguise for Entergy. They would have reaped huge profits from this plant and finally rid themselves of any/all liability.

That's what this shell game is all about. Avoiding responsibility and liability. We'd all feel a whole lot better if there was some language in this "new deal" that said if Northstar fails that the liability for cleaning up this radioactive mess resorts back to Entergy Corp.

Don't hold your breath.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by bobstannard on 07/06/2017 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Long, Strange Session: A Look Back at the 2017 Legislature

Vermont is truly lucky to have Anne Galloway. She is a tremendous talent and an inspiration to young people looking to learn how to be journalists or successful businesspeople!

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by DogLover392 on 06/28/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Climate Commitment? The Governor and the Paris Accord

And here is the relevant excerpt from the paper itself (co-authored by 21 professors, climate scientists, and energy specialists). Mr. McKibben is a VT treasure, but he has tunnel-vision.

"Previous analyses have found that the most feasible route to a low-carbon energy future is one that adopts a diverse portfolio of technologies. In contrast, Jacobson et al. (2015) consider whether the future primary energy sources for the United States could be narrowed to almost exclusively wind, solar, and hydroelectric power and suggest that this can be done at low-cost in a way that supplies all power with a probability of loss of load that exceeds electric-utility- industry standards for reliability. We find that their analysiis involves errors, inappropriate methods, and implausible assumptions. Their study does not provide credible evidence for rejecting the conclusions of previous analyses that point to the benefits of considering a broad portfolio of energy system options. A policy prescription that overpromises on the benefits of relying on a narrower portfolio of technologies options could be counterproductive, seriously impeding the move to a cost effective decarbonized energy system."

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 06/22/2017 at 12:24 AM

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