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Re: “Cutting Out the Middle Man: Moderates Ousted From Vermont Statehouse

Harry Truman said it best when he said when it comes to voting for a Democrat or a Democrat the people will vote for the Democrat every time.

Posted by Keith Stern on 11/18/2018 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Cutting Out the Middle Man: Moderates Ousted From Vermont Statehouse

hey repubs, wanna make a difference, speak up against Trump, like a lot, the candidate for Lt Gov never did, so I voted against him, oh well, and i am no fan of who won

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Posted by Pixelvt on 11/16/2018 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Cutting Out the Middle Man: Moderates Ousted From Vermont Statehouse

One can never underplay the backlash directed by the voters towards the Republicans due to who occupies the White House, I know in my district there was a strong push to go door to door and get out the vote. We had an approximate 55% voter turnout and a record or near-record number of absentee ballots. Nationally there was such a strong movement to get out the vote. It was remarkable. There certainly was no coattail effect as Scott couldn't carry a single Republican to the statewide election.
Richard M. Long
Manchester Center, VT

1 like, 8 dislikes
Posted by Richard M. Long on 11/16/2018 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Cutting Out the Middle Man: Moderates Ousted From Vermont Statehouse

The emphasis was more ensuring that the Dems have a veto-proof majority. Though Rep. Read voted with the Dems on the budget, none of the other 'moderates' did, despite their earlier almost unanimous support of the budget. They made their bed with their unbending support of Gov. Scott's and Jason Gibbs' strategy and got what they deserved. They can still testify or reach out to former colleagues so they can still be heard, but I'm glad we can get the Governor's attention and restrain his administration's tactics at the end of the term.

4 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Gary Golden on 11/16/2018 at 7:26 AM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

I worked very closely with Skip for several years. He deserves everything bad that happens to him. I know cancer, and I honestly thought I would never take joy in someones illness, until now.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bill Melater on 11/11/2018 at 10:02 AM

Re: “'Energizer Bunny': As He Campaigns for Reelection, Sanders Preps for a Second Presidential Run

Maybe old Socialist Bernie is hoping he'll be bought off again, guess the millions he was bought off with, in 2015/2016 is getting low... just saying..

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 11/03/2018 at 4:15 AM

Re: “Vermont Is One of Two U.S. States That Let Incarcerated Citizens Vote

And Vermont still, along with all other states, incarcerates people for victimless, color of law crimes. Made possible by Democracy (Mob Rule).

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by FreedomToThink on 11/03/2018 at 12:23 AM

Re: “'Energizer Bunny': As He Campaigns for Reelection, Sanders Preps for a Second Presidential Run

Who the heck made the caption for this article??? omg, smh

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Diane Thornton Dubuque on 11/01/2018 at 10:25 PM

Re: “'Energizer Bunny': As He Campaigns for Reelection, Sanders Preps for a Second Presidential Run

oh he sure did have an influence on National politics,he handed the election to the narcissistic reality tv
star.

8 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Ted Sargent on 11/01/2018 at 4:52 PM

Re: “'Energizer Bunny': As He Campaigns for Reelection, Sanders Preps for a Second Presidential Run

Please please don't run,Bernie. I couldn't stand another 4 years of the trump insanity !

8 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Ted Sargent on 11/01/2018 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

I've had my disagreements with Knodell and Del Pozo before. I have to say that I do in this case too. What I'm wondering, Seven Days, is why such a definitive article was not produced earlier. Early voting has been going on for a month. Those of us who voted in the past few days might have checked off on George, rather than leaving the ballot blank.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/01/2018 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

Police Chief Brandon del Pozo, who also paints himself as a reformer...

Well said. He paints himself as a reformer, as long as he has all the control and power. Wont release body cam footage, wont let citizens hold police accountable through civilian oversight, has no problem arresting homeless folks who drink and urinate in public but turn a blind eye to wealthy college kids that do the same, seems okay evicting homeless people from public land.

A real Ivy League, 20%er reformer right there.

If hes the most Progressive Police Chief in America maybe its about time we rethink policing.

12 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by btv4all on 11/01/2018 at 10:45 AM

Re: “'Energizer Bunny': As He Campaigns for Reelection, Sanders Preps for a Second Presidential Run

When Bernie first ran successfully for Congress in 1990 the nay-sayers told us that he would have no influence in the House and that Vermont would lose political influence nationally. THEY WERE WRONG!

When Bernie ran successfully for the Senate in 2006 the nay-sayers told us that he would have no influence in the Senate and that Vermont would lose political influence nationally. THEY WERE WRONG!

When Bernie first ran for President in 2016 the nay-sayers told us that he would have no influence on national politics. THEY WERE WRONG!

The minimum wage and family leave positions that Bernie put forward during his presidential run are now mainstream Democratic Party policy positions and supported by a majority of the American voting population, Republican attempts to abolish medical insurance protections for pre-existing conditions and to reinstitute lifetime medical caps for an illness threaten every Vermont family with medical bankruptcy. When Bernie wins the election in 2018 Vermont will have more political influence than this state has ever had and it can only grow as we move toward 2020. Vermont values will drive the 2020 presidential election, no matter who runs, and we should all be proud of that! THEY WERE WRONG!

The Republicans said that Vermonters have no political influence nationally. THEY WERE WRONG!

17 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Dennis Shanley on 11/01/2018 at 4:39 AM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

In March of this year, Burlington ballot passed telling Governor and legislature that no one under age 21 may purchase cigarettes. Personally, I do not endorse smoking cigarettes but it seems what Burlington and Sarah George are saying is 19 and 20 year olds cannot buy a pack of cigarettes but that they, and anyone else, 17 year olds, whoever, are perfectly free to shoot up with heroin in their "safe" injection site?

Has State's Attorney Sarah George considered the possibility that while her push to legalize opium dens may theoretically save 9 lives, 200 more people may theoretically consider trying heroin because of the official "safe" endorsement from City of Burlington, leading to an actual net loss of life as 10 or 20 of those new 200 overdose and die?

And where is Ms. George planning to put her "safe" and "supervised" opium dens? In her neighborhood in South Burlington?

13 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 11/01/2018 at 3:18 AM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

In March of this year, Burlington ballot passed telling Governor and legislature that no one under age 21 may purchase cigarettes. Personally, I do not endorse smoking cigarettes but it seems what Burlington City Council & Sarah George are saying is 19 and 20 year olds cannot buy a pack of cigarettes but that they, and anyone else, 17 year olds, whoever, are perfectly free to shoot up with heroin in their "safe" injection site?

Has State's Attorney Sarah George considered the possibility that while her push to fully legalize opium dens may theoretically save 9 lives, 200 more people may theoretically consider trying heroin because of the official "safe" endorsement from City of Burlington, leading to an actual net loss of life as 10 or 20 of those new 200 overdose and die?

And where will these "safe" and "supervised" sites go? In Sarah George's neighborhood in South Burlington?

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 11/01/2018 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

Flipflopfly, the criticisms of Sarah George have nothing to do with the Don Sinex "tall mall" fiasco. You are right to question the entire "tall mall" saga. Many people have opposed it for variety of good reasons. That said, there are plenty of people who think Sarah George is way out there who also were not in favor of the Sinex proposal (or at least way it went down). The two matters are just not connected.

Even Paco DeFrancis, cited in this article as Sarah George critic, had thoughtful criticism of Sinex deal. I.e., Sinex should have been able to proceed sooner, under actual zoning that would have limited height, and without all the extra conditions that imposed extra requirements that delayed the entire process & pushed Sinex & Mayor to take extraordinary measure of needing special ballot measure to overturn zoning on a one-off, spot-zoning basis just for this project (so Sinex could still make his profit and accommodate all requests, i.e., Knodell wanting whatever extra % "affordable housing," not necessarily understanding costs are then being passed on to and subsidized by all other market-rate units, etc.). Now it appears whole thing may fall apart.

Anyway, to my knowledge, Sarah George is not exactly commenting on Sinex and the tall mall one way or another. It is not her jurisdiction.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 11/01/2018 at 2:45 AM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

"Old white dude" Kurt Wright and honorary placeholder Knodell should spare us their pious admonitions about Ms. George's alleged "weak" stance on public safety and criminal reform, as they will soon be running for political cover as the lawsuits fly when their pal Don Sinex is exposed as a financial grifter, and a legal shit storm breaks and rains down o'er the gaping hole where the Burlington Square Mall once stood.

9 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 10/31/2018 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

Not only is Ms. George a former four-sport high school athlete and office dumbbell devotee, she is currently, perhaps, the most widely renowned water skier in the Northeast Kingdom.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 10/31/2018 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

Governor of California, Jerry Brown's Veto Message for Injection Sites

https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/…

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by don honda on 10/31/2018 at 10:01 PM

Re: “'Energizer Bunny': As He Campaigns for Reelection, Sanders Preps for a Second Presidential Run

*the national spotlight hes long craved*

You got that right. This is about him, not us his constituents, the voters. We are there for him, not the other way around! Our job is to worship him and help him achieve the national power and fame he so rightly deserves!

26 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/31/2018 at 8:59 PM

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