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Re: “Power to the People

Is there any way to do a follow up on these people? Especially the guy wearing a beret and smoking a pipe? I for one would love to know where these winners ended up 15 years later.

Posted by Patrick Cashman on 05/23/2019 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Citing Bias Complaints, Scott Demands New Judicial Nominees

Logic problem: the fact that the Vermont judiciary has more men that women in it does not mean that the current JNB (which was only elected in January 2019 and consists of 8 women out of 11 members) is "biased" against women. Just not logical.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/22/2019 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Citing Bias Complaints, Scott Demands New Judicial Nominees

Why the offense at asking questions and taking a look? We have known facts about the makeup of the courts, there are several ways to make progress on racial and gender equality but holding an institution above examination doesn't seem like one of them. There is no oversight or evaluation of the JNB process. Trust in God but tie up your horses.

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Posted by High Expectations on 05/22/2019 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Citing Bias Complaints, Scott Demands New Judicial Nominees

Having served on the JNB I know first-hand how serious the members take their responsibilities, and how every applicant gets a fair shake. It is not the boards responsibility to recruit specific applicants. It certainly has the potential to be political because of how it is chosen, but in my experience it never was and the judges chosen have been outstanding(including women). Political meddling is not a good idea; we regularly heard corruption stories from attorneys who had practiced in states with elected judges. Our system is not perfect but it works and I would certainly trust the current board to send up the most qualified candidates for review.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by vrunner on 05/14/2019 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Citing Bias Complaints, Scott Demands New Judicial Nominees

It is also a form of bias for certain commenters to assume and to lecture that the JNB cant possibly pick qualified candidates without gender bias. The JNB is chaired by a highly qualified woman and has an overwhelming majority of women on it. It is arrogant and, yes, prejudiced for a commenter who probably doesnt even know the women serving on the JNB to declare that the JNB must be biased against women. If 3 women and 7 men apply for an opening, and the JNB sends up 2 women and 3 men to the Governor, is that automatically gender bias because all 3 women did not get sent up? Quite obviously not.

13 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/08/2019 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Citing Bias Complaints, Scott Demands New Judicial Nominees

Did the Board ask gender-biased questions to the female candidate(s)? Was the question asked of all candidates with children? Johnson's characterization of the hypothetical male and female candidate's responses screams implicit bias. Man: collected, woman, emotional.

Implicit bias is in the fabric of being human. Not being willing to examine it, or to hide behind the institution, the secrecy, er, the confidentiality of the process, and a Board who feels above questioning is most concerning.

Maybe the female candidate in question was not otherwise qualified. Maybe Scott is playing a game until a candidate more to his liking is nominated. Maybe not.

The statistics seem clear though. At the current rate, 3 women per quarter century, female Vermonters won't even reach parity in representation on the bench by the end of the century.

Take action on that.

3 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by High Expectations on 05/08/2019 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Citing Bias Complaints, Scott Demands New Judicial Nominees

It may well be that the Governor has a particular female applicant he'd like to appoint that did not make the cut. If that's the case, calling out the Board as biased is simply a tactic to get his preferred applicant nominated.

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Posted by David Sleigh on 05/08/2019 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Citing Bias Complaints, Scott Demands New Judicial Nominees

Why are all inequities being distilled down to bigotry? Isn't it just as likely, that the two best candidates were men? In a small state, where we don't have a lot of racial diversity, in an industry traditionally male, I don't understand how people landed on sexism. If I were going to court I wouldn't want the best woman judge. I want the best judge, and if it happens to be a woman, great. If your spouse was having brain surgery, would you want the best female brain surgeon? Or the best brain surgeon?

Unless people have ACTUAL evidence of sexism in the Vermont courts, I would invite people to look for the actual reasons there aren't as many women in law (there is heaps of evidence to explain this) rather than invoking the specter of bigotry. It diminishes ACTUAL bigotry and harms everyone involved.

24 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Redic4President on 05/08/2019 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Citing Bias Complaints, Scott Demands New Judicial Nominees

I'm a retired lawyer, and I'm a woman. I hope the women and men on the Judicial Nominating Board are open to the idea that they may suffer from implicit bias against women and minorities; most of us do. Try this: Very quickly, without thinking about it, picture an imaginary judge. For most of us, that picture is of a gray-haired white man in a black robe.

How to deal with implicit bias? Discuss it openly and honestly.Question and reconsider every decision you make that involves a white man.

Please, Judicial Nominating Board, recruit some women for judicial openings!

10 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Lisa Barrett on 05/08/2019 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Citing Bias Complaints, Scott Demands New Judicial Nominees

Why didn't you ask the Governor why he hasn't appointed the several women and person of color we sent up to him as qualified candidates? --David F. Silver

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Posted by dfsilver57 on 05/08/2019 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Justice Served: Marilyn Skoglund to Retire From the Vermont Supreme Court

"Yet Another example of unleashed hate against our president."

As opposed to the racial and ethic hatred he spews every single day? Immigrants (i.e., dark skinned people) are bad, horrible people. Mexicans are "rapists" and "criminals." A judge with a Hispanic-sounding last name supposedly couldn't be fair to Trump in court? "****hole countries"? "Very fine" white supremacists? What is it that you don't get about Donald Trump being a racist?

"Some even changed their names. Where have we seen that before?"

Like, when Drumpf became Trump?

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/02/2019 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Justice Served: Marilyn Skoglund to Retire From the Vermont Supreme Court

Oh come on, Paul Richards.

For 8 years, you spewed nothing but "unleashed hate" against Obama. Given the opportunity, you still do. And while defending your pal in the White House, you seem to overlook his statements: e.g. his "Lock Her Up" chant about Hillary or his offer to pay his supporters' legal bills if they rough up reporters.

Get a life!

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by JohnGreenberg on 05/02/2019 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Justice Served: Marilyn Skoglund to Retire From the Vermont Supreme Court

Yet Another example of unleashed hate against our president. Even a SC Justice couldn't help herself and took a shot. For any white, male, conservative President it will continue to be open season on hate, division and slander by the liberals. Identity politics will grant a pass to those who spew such garbage. Any other groups such as self-identified black, gay, trans., female, Indian or etc are off limits for any criticism warranted or not. That's why you see half of the current slate of liberals running for president self-identifying as something they are not. Some even changed their names. Where have we seen that before? It's all about appearance and bling. Real thought and problem solving ideas to save the country carry no weight in their platforms.
I won't miss the attitude.

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Posted by PRichards on 05/02/2019 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Justice Served: Marilyn Skoglund to Retire From the Vermont Supreme Court

Marilyn is a sweetie. Congratulations my friend.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by John Brabant on 05/02/2019 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Will the Revolution Be Monetized? Bernie Sanders' 'Dark Money' Org

There is a piece meal hatchet job with the language of how this was written. And as somebody who is challenging Sanders and others over the F-35, I'm not one to mince words. I notice little digs in this supposed unbiased article including how many people , funded were not elected in the last election cycle, not relevant to any concerns portrayed in this media piece. And the nurses union has a strong grassroots structure which gives to funding organizations. This is not the Ford Foundation sending out it's corporate dollars. What is left of labor, does fund people political activism. I could go into miniature details here but I'm limited by 300 words. Not impressed.

3 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 04/30/2019 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Super Trooper: Time on 'the Road' Shapes Rep. Nader Hashim's Views

"When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, Hashim decided to run for office, he said, "to push back against the vitriol and the draconian policies" of Trump's administration." This is the type of leadership we are up against. Apparently he had no problem with the lies, race baiting, and the lack of concern for civility and our Constitution in the Obama administration.

3 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Keith Stern on 04/26/2019 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Will the Revolution Be Monetized? Bernie Sanders' 'Dark Money' Org

To the detriment of the progressives and to the benefit of Democrats,
Thank god Joe Biden is running !

18 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Forestgimp on 04/25/2019 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Will the Revolution Be Monetized? Bernie Sanders' 'Dark Money' Org

Someone set off the Bernie Bro alarm and out they came.

"It's different when [Bernie/Trump] does it."

"Any and all criticism of [Bernie/Trump] is wrong."

"[Bernie/Trump] has never, ever done anything wrong in his entire life. Ever."

"I don't care about [Bernie/Trump] never releasing his taxes."

"I don't care about anything in [Bernie's/Trump's] past."

"I don't care about the way [Bernie/Trump] treats the media. They deserve it."

"I just love him so deeply I can't even explain it."

"Any unflattering media story about Bernie propaganda and Fake News."

Sound familiar? It should because it's the EXACT SAME THING. Mindless infatuation and adoration of a huckster.

35 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/25/2019 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Will the Revolution Be Monetized? Bernie Sanders' 'Dark Money' Org

Congratulations on ferreting out the "nefarious" Nurse's Union and their "shadowy" attempts to support a candidate that wants to provide affordable healthcare for all. That's some crack reporting, there. Perhaps you should contact Brady Toensing, I'm sure he'd be happy to write hit pieces like this for free. That you fail to mention the percentage of Sander's dollars that come from small, individual donations reveals your bias. Progressives should be lauded for their attempts to level the playing field and get big money out of politics. That you expect progressive candidates to handicap themselves vs. corporate funded candidates with a self-imposed set of rules around transparency that their opponents routinely ignore does the dark-monied interest's bidding for them. We get it- you're mad Bernie won't give you interviews. Please move on.

21 likes, 36 dislikes
Posted by Ivan Denisovich on 04/25/2019 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Will the Revolution Be Monetized? Bernie Sanders' 'Dark Money' Org

Hypocrisy from Sanders is hardly anything new. He's just another grifter who was a total couch surfing failure prior to entering extreme left wing politics and he's accomplished next to nothing during his decades in government except to enrich himself and his pretty useless family. Hopefully he'll get trounced in the primaries for his second run for President and we won't see much of him again. After Trump. the last thing we need in the White House is another con man.

43 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Roy on 04/25/2019 at 7:15 AM

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