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Re: “Speaker Johnson Says Vermont House to Adjourn Without Minimum Wage, Paid Family Leave Deal

They should have agreed on something.. Anything is better than nothing! Ashe sounds more like a republican ass

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 05/24/2019 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Speaker Johnson Says Vermont House to Adjourn Without Minimum Wage, Paid Family Leave Deal

What this story doesnt mention is that Mitzi Johnson gave Ashe until noon to respond to her letter. An hour and a half later, no response.

Tim Ashe postured until the very end, and without a response according to VPR.

So now we have nothing. No minimum wage increase nor paid leave.

Thanks a lot Senator Ashe

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Forestgimp on 05/24/2019 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Speaker Johnson Says Vermont House to Adjourn Without Minimum Wage, Paid Family Leave Deal

With Democrats like these, who even needs a Republican governor?

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by stellaquarta on 05/24/2019 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Walters: Montpelier to Seek Payment for Sanders Rally Costs

Bernie's campaign should pay for any costs incurred by Montpelier for his rally . It is the correct thing to do.

By the way . . . did that deadbeat Trump ever pay Burlington for his rally at the Flynn back in 2016?

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by NorthOldEnder on 05/24/2019 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Approves No-Nukes Resolution

I tend not to believe anyone here who uses a pseudonym.
We have the "sound of freedom" cited again. We have the blame on "liberals." We get it all here.
For one thing, this plane is unproven and hardly even works yet. So much for it saving our butts. Second thing: those who cherish the "sound of freedom" should enjoy what sounds they hear NOW because this thing will make them deaf. It's in the science. Here are facts: http://tinyurl.com/yylos8l2

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 05/24/2019 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Approves No-Nukes Resolution

Truth be known and the actual fact is that the F35As are not being forced here against the will of the people at all. That's the kind of misinformation I expect from CNN and liberals. We embrace the sound of freedom and the arrival of this state of the art defense mechanism for the good of everyone.

Facts matter.

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Posted by GreenMtnboy2 on 05/24/2019 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Approves No-Nukes Resolution

"It is sad that the same people that advocate against nuclear power tell us that the world will end because of Co2 and global warming." There is no contradiction between opposing nuclear power and addressing global warming. Study and study and locality after locality show that we can meet our energy needs with renewable and sustainable sources of energy.
"Fortunately Vermont now gets most of it's power from Hydro Quebec which is green." Vermont has never gotten more than about 1/3 of its power from HQ, and there is considerable debate about just how green large-scale hydro power really is.
"There are certainly area's[sic] where solar can make a major contribution. Not in Vermont though where it is too overcast and we get limited solar energy due to our northern latitude." Solar can supply more energy in extremely sunny places than it does here, but it works just fine in Vermont. Many Vermonters depend solely on solar photovoltaic power for their electricity.
"And we shut down Vermont Yankee ...." Unless Creepyoldman represents Entergy, "we" did NOT shut down VY. Entergy did, because it could not compete in the electricity market. Nukes are shutting down all over the US for the same reason.
" It is too bad that the leftists that push green energy in VT do not have a clue what they are talking about." It's pretty clear that it's Creepyoldman who doesn't have a clue, not unnamed "leftists."

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 05/24/2019 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Approves No-Nukes Resolution

For those interested in facts over propaganda the CRS has an excellent discussion of the issues around non-strategic nuclear weapons and delivery systems at https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pd…

An important observation from that report is: "The 110th Congress also mandated (P.L. 110-181, 1070) that the next Administration conduct a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). The Obama Administration completed this NPR in early April 2010. This study identified a number of steps the United States would take to reduce the roles and numbers of nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal. A few of these steps, including the planned retirement of nuclear-armed, sea-launched cruise missiles, affected U.S. nonstrategic nuclear weapons. At the same time, though, the NPR recognized the role that U.S. nonstrategic nuclear weapons play in assuring U.S. allies of the U.S. commitment to their security. It indicated that the United States would retain the capability to forward-deploy U.S. nuclear weapons on tactical fighter-bombers and that the United States would seek to expand consultations with allies and partners to address how to ensure the credibility and effectiveness of the U.S. extended deterrent. No changes in U.S. extended deterrence capabilities will be made without close consultations with our allies and partners.

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Posted by Patrick Cashman on 05/24/2019 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Walters: Montpelier to Seek Payment for Sanders Rally Costs

How has this worked in the dozens of other places where Bernie (or any politician, for that matter) has held rallies? What's the standard?

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Posted by stellaquarta on 05/24/2019 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Walters: Montpelier to Seek Payment for Sanders Rally Costs

Good luck on that one... The now ( 1 percenter ) most definitely won't pay up with his own money... After all the poor fella has to maintain his/her (3) homes... Lest we not forget, his 1st real paying job was as mayor of Burlington. He lived off his 1st (2) wives. His current one, after bankrupting Burlington College, collects a $430.000.00 pension... Like his twisted sister Hillary, Bernie Sanders is a career politician that has crafted the art of spending other people's money to a science...
Getting a nickel out of him is very unlikely as it goes against his very grain... :(

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Posted by William Farr on 05/24/2019 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Approves No-Nukes Resolution

Thank you Anthony for making us all feel a little safer. Now you can return to your thumb-sucking fetal position to enjoy your inherited trust fund.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 05/24/2019 at 9:21 AM

Re: “During Evangelist's Swing Through Vermont, Picketers Greet His Flock

Hard time deciding which is more pathetic: the Graham deplorables or the Hillary supporters who turned out to protest. Gotta say the deplorables are less loathsome.

Posted by wahrheit on 05/24/2019 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Walters: A Long Day's Journey Into ... Tomorrow

Interesting to note that in John's list of productive accomplishments the only one that vaguely smells of economic development is broadband expansion. The fact that the demographic and economic realities remain a raging wildfire and the the Legislature poured its water on everything else means this has been another profoundly unproductive session.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Job Tate 1 on 05/24/2019 at 8:55 AM

Re: “After House Approval, Clean Water Funding Plan Heads to Scott's Desk

Good job. Playing politics with the water supply is not only short-sighted, it's morally repugnant. It's true Heidi, water is not a great issue for your political campaign, but it's your job to protect it. You may think you were elected merely to represent the interests of scam artists, you are wrong. It's an abdication of an elected officials public trust if they are not protecting the water supply while in office. Elected officials may not like it but the reality is their primary job is to protect the water, everything else is secondary. It's a thankless job that almost no one cares a wit about or takes notice of, I get it, but it's your most important job nevertheless. That's baseball folks.

Posted by 802SpiderGoat on 05/24/2019 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Approves No-Nukes Resolution

Did you read the the nuclear posture statement or are you merely relying on someone else's interpretation? Dual capable aircraft (DCA's) have been a delivery system of last resort for quite some time. Why? Because most of our allies don't have ICBMs or SSBNs. Hence the B61, which has also been around for quite some time. So are you advocating we abandon our allies and treaty requirements? America First as they say?

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Patrick Cashman on 05/24/2019 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Walters: A Long Day's Journey Into ... Tomorrow

Plus, whatever survives of minimum wage and paid leave are almost certain to be unsatisfactory to those who care about the issues

Incorrect,
the legislative liaison for the Raise The Wage Coalition, said she and other advocacy groups could support both the two-year Senate plan and accelerated House proposal.

Do your research Walters.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Forestgimp on 05/23/2019 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Prosecutors: Burlington Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Man Was Justified

Good advice don't call the police unless you have no other choice.

Posted by Creepyoldman on 05/23/2019 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Walters: Montpelier to Seek Payment for Sanders Rally Costs

Voluntary? Good luck getting a dime out of the Sanders campaign. Bernie and his crowd are happy to take, not sure theyre all that keen on paying their own way.

17 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Roy on 05/23/2019 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Walters: Montpelier to Seek Payment for Sanders Rally Costs

Good idea. Presumably they'll do so with the other events they must monitor and participate in.

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by lassy2 on 05/23/2019 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Approves No-Nukes Resolution

"Why is an issue NOW?" you ask?

It's because being nuclear capable is one thing. But the F35s being named as the part of the nuclear delivery force, along with the B2 and B52 bombers, is something completely different and changes the conversations exponentially.

All F35As -- even the ones that are scheduled to be based here (actually forced here against the will of the people) will receive Block 4 upgrades to include nuclear weapon readiness. So says the USAF.

6 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by TruthBeKnown on 05/23/2019 at 6:45 PM

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