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Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

"Vermont would be lucky to have her. Unlike all the other bought & owned politicians who the low life people on here get off to. Thank God for Bernie."

Hmm. I think this comment from a Bernie Bro proves my point. She's being supported because she's related to Bernie. And, by the way: she isn't "bought and owned?" I'd say she was bought and owned by her stepfather, who gave her paid campaign jobs, and by her mother, who gave her family tens of thousands of dollars from Burlington College before helping to sink that institution.

". . . establish that she is as qualified or more qualified at the outset as were any of the men who have been Burlington's mayor over the the last forty years or so."

Well, I'll give you that she's more qualified than Bob Kiss, but I'm guessing that HIS utter lack of qualifications for being mayor probably didn't stop you for voting for him twice.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 12/14/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Lifelong pal of all pals. I am so proud of what you and Bernie have done! I know every time we got together be it on Maui or a Red Sox game, Bernie was never far away. The phone calls... He depended on you greatly and I am certain he will miss you greatly as well.
When people say Bernie's too old to run in 2020, I respond with the amazing energy and time commitment he gives every day. He expects the same from his staff and you gave it in spades. What Bernie has accomplished with your help is both amazing and wonderful. It may be the kick in the pants this nation needed to accomplish increased wealth equality, tax reform and universal healthcare. Who would have thunk it? The Revolution has begun and you should be deeply proud of the huge impact Bernie has made with your significant support. Nation changing my friend.
Hope to see more of you in the near future. Aloha Plenty. Bernie 2020.

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Posted by Victoria Cheromcka on 12/14/2017 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

I first met this kind and open-minded man in Goose Lake, Ia, where he sat across from mom and I at one of the head-tables. We were there to see Bernie. He listened intently to what constituents were saying to him. He drove Bernie nearly everywhere...in a red utility vehicle that gets okay gas mileage. I imagine it was his car...it had Vermont plates. I ran into Phil, again, on 13 other rallies when I volunteered for The Bern. He always had a smile of recognition and a kind word to say...he made those of us who felt unimportant, feel important. Thanks to Phil, my eldest got to Bernie's side for a picture with the man. Phil made good things happen to the people around Bernie. I think Phil has learned much from his father. To be a good man is a difficult thing, in 2017. But, Phil...you did it! I am proud to say, I have made this man's acquaintance and we had face recognition on the campaign trail. That means much to a small town girl from Iowa. Enjoy your life, Phil! You deserve it! If you are ever in Iowa, drive up and see us!

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Posted by Sarah Elliott on 12/13/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Despite Activist Outcry, Panel Passes Updated Impartial Policing Policy

There is no one in the administration who is against immigration. The US immigration policy is probably one of the most liberal in the world. However, we do not accept that individuals can ignore our laws and enter the country ILLEGALLY. ILLEGAL ALLIENS are not immigrants.

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Posted by alpha1six on 12/13/2017 at 11:52 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Phil -- a great loss to Bernie, but kudos to you for all your tremendous work (!!)and your realization that it's time to move to family and personal relationships. After all you have given, it's time to give to yourself. I admire your commitment and perseverance over so many years. Thanks for all you have done to make us proud to be from Vermont and for advancing Bernie's agenda!

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Posted by DeeBee on 12/13/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

What a dumb headline. I swear Vermont has some of the goofiest local News Organizations I've ever seen. Why do Vermont people put up with this?

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Posted by blackout07maroon on 12/13/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

Vermont would be lucky to have her. Unlike all the other bought & owned politicians who the low life people on here get off to. Thank God for Bernie.

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Posted by blackout07maroon on 12/13/2017 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

Wow, shocking the kind of trash that comes up in the comment section these days. I bet these are hillary loons or republican clowns.

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Posted by blackout07maroon on 12/13/2017 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Troubles Mount for a Winooski Cop With a Checkered Past

I never entered a guilty plea, it was a no contest plea. I would never have agreed to a deal in which I had to plead guilty for what occurred, as advised by my legal counsel. Please correct your statements in regards to the hearsay by Chief McQueen regarding the evidence of the case. He was obviously mistaken about many aspects of what occurred and the people involved.

Jeff Chamberlin

Posted by Jeff Chamberlin on 12/13/2017 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

I have known Phil all his life, his dad was my Dr. as a kid and stitches me up more then I want to talk about. Spent many overnights at his house and meals with his family. Great friend, who has done a wonderful job all these years with Bernie. Congratulations Bernie for picking the right guy for you so many years ago.
Phil, you are making the right choice to be able to spend time in Montreal, and in Burlington with the two people you love the most. Happy days ahead my friend, enjoy life. To quote the great Jimmy V. Every day you should laugh, think and let your emotions bring you to tears. You have a lot of years left Phil and knowing you you will use them wisely.
Call me and lets play some golf. Well done my life long friend.

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Posted by William Smith on 12/13/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Despite Activist Outcry, Panel Passes Updated Impartial Policing Policy

The reason VT officials decided to do this is not because they care a whit about the safety of the people living here legally. It is all about peeing their pants at the prospect of the government shutting off the federal money spigot that keeps Vermont's economy on the edge of the abyss rather than falling into it. I am glad for what you call a capitulation. Given the terrorist activity quite close to home lately, I want immigration laws enforced.

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Posted by saysme on 12/13/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Loss of a wonderful political, social and labor asset? I doubt it as dedication like Phil lives every day rarely goes far away. Thank you for your service and I hope this means you may be around more. Great advice on spending time with Pop. They all leave us too soon so cherish every moment.

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Posted by Bob Hooper on 12/13/2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Thank you Phil. You have done a great deal for Bernie, and through that a great deal for our state and nation.
We wait to see your next chapter of social activism. I dont what it will look like, but I know that it will be good!
Rich Cassidy

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Posted by Rich Cassidy on 12/13/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Thanks Phil, you have done a helluva job. Enjoy your time with your dad, it's precious and finite.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 12/13/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

Driscoll has served on the school board, the city council and in the Vermont legislature. These elective offices alone -- notwithstanding other accomplishments and regardless of any famous relatives -- establish that she is as qualified or more qualified at the outset as were any of the men who have been Burlington's mayor over the the last forty years or so.

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Posted by Michael Long on 12/13/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

I think running her way means that she is not going to run on large campaign donations from developers which will tie her to selling off bits of Burlington to them at a later date.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 12/13/2017 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Walters: Top Vermont GOP Official Backs Roy Moore

All you Democrats and you know who you are, trashing Pres Trump and all the other Republicans. One question, where were you when your great Democrat Pres BJ Billy Boy Clinton had sex in the Oval Office many times with young interns, he had women brought in the WH by the side door for him to have sex with, Where was your disgust when he raped many women while Governor of Arkansas, Were you there to stand up for these women who accused Clinton, no you just tore these women down, calling them liars, sluts etc?? All were quiet when this came out. There is a lot of secrets in DC on both sides. Because someone stands by a fellow Republican she is called for to be replaced. She must have lived a charmed life if she has nothing in her background that she has buried in order to get on with survival. Do you know her life??? As for Moore it has already come out that 2 of these women were lying, they admitted they lied. Oh, by the way, what about Shumlin who was having an affair with a young woman while married and Governor of Vt but that's ok isn't it because he's a Democrat? Rape and sexual misconduct is not right nor acceptable no matter what.

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 12/13/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

The first well-rounded, hard-hitting, honest piece of journalism yet on Bernie's stepdaughter's mayoral bid.

Congrats to Jickling and 7D.

No other news outlet braved touching the third rail. None.

Jickling not only touched it, she dove deep, thoroughly reporting the family's controversial history and Bernie's political influence.

Jickling even caught Driscoll in nakedly honest moments. Driscoll not once but twice bemoans never escaping her parents' huge shadows, bad and good.

And Jickling appreciated the inconsistency in those claims as Driscoll opened a campaign office near the office of her mother's "foundation."

First-class journalism from head to toe.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 12/13/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

Shes gonna run her way?

Well, whatever that means, it doesnt mean that shes not starting with an incredible unearned advantage that shes exploiting.

Would the same person even think about running if she was Carina Jones instead of Carina Driscoll (Sanders)? Carina Jones would generate no media coverage, but because shes you know whos stepdaughter her candidacy has already been the subject of not one but two articles in this print and online newspaper alone, both of which of course discuss her relation to you know who. And as Carina Jones her candidacy for mayor of Vermonts largest city would probably be an eye roller.

No, she CAN run, and she IS running, precisely because she IS related to you know who.

But, sure, shes gonna run her way.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 12/13/2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Ho-Ho Pomerleau: Vermont Pols Kiss the Ring

"A bit surprising that the idea came from Jane and Bernie. Seems a bit ... palliative ... coming from lifelong advocates of systemic change. A nice meal is always welcome, of course, but you still wake up hungry the next day." This article appears to subtly disapprove of both Mr. Pomerleau's and Sen. Sanders' altruistic efforts. It is possible to work towards systemic change while doing immediate good along the way. Sounds a tad Grinchy to me, but I'm sure I'm wrong. We'll look forward to hearing about your activities in improving life for those who struggle.

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Posted by Patti Casey Komline on 12/13/2017 at 4:51 PM

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