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Re: “How Electrifying? A Closer Look at Hallquist's Record as the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop

Thank you Alicia and Seven Days for a much needed investigative piece on a candidate for the highest office in Vermont who has never held elective office and has not been thoroughly vetted.
Hallquists false claims of brilliant corporate leadership are eerily similar to those of Donald Trump and it turns out, as with our President, more boast than fact.
A lesson for the Democrats, who had a good number of much more talented and experienced people who could have run but were afraid of the odds, not to let a major race go to a default candidate without the needed background and integrity to lead our state.

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Posted by John Freitag on 10/29/2018 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Could She Win? Evaluating Hallquist’s Chances for Victory

The question should be not if Hallquist could win, but if she won would it be good for Vermont?
She has run a campaign has been incredibly light on specifics and vague on whether or not she supports major policy issues like a carbon tax. The one policy position she did stake out: free tuition paid for by cutting the prison population in half has not been endorsed by anyone else running for office as all know how unrealistic this would be.
One should have some experience in governmental service before running for the highest office in the state and it is discouraging that the Democratic Party in Vermont which has a deep bench of experienced talent (think Shap Smith, Deb Markowitz, Doug Racine) ended up with Hallquist as their standard bearer.

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Posted by John Freitag on 10/17/2018 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Backseat Driver? In Gov. Phil Scott's Administration, Chief of Staff Jason Gibbs Takes the Wheel

While divided government is in many ways more difficult than single party rule, there is an advantage to having checks and balances. The last two years have been a marked improvement over the excesses and lack of accountability that were hallmarks of the Shumlin Administration. Likewise single party rule and the lack of checks and balances is proving to be extremely harmful right now on the national stage.
It appears that much of this article is about sour grapes in Democrats and Progressives having to come to terms with taking in another point of view and not having it all their way. Complaining about Gibbs, whatever his strength or weakness, seems after reading the article more about not having the complete power they did during the Shumlin years than having to deal with the sometimes abrasive manner of the Governors Chief of Staff.
The reality is that Phil Scott is a moderate Republican and has provided thoughtful leadership and much needed balance at the statehouse. Hopefully he will have two more years to serve the state he and we all love.

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Posted by John Freitag on 10/15/2018 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Slams Vermont Ethics Panel

Bob Frazier has hit it on the head. Come on, we have some good investigative reporters and organizations like Seven Days and VTDigger in our state. Get off your duffs and do some digging for the facts of the case!
Was the $250,000 contract put out to bid in the proper process of advertising, sealed bids open in a warned public process and with the lowest qualified bidder receiving the contract?
If not there is a real story here. Otherwise Governor Scott is right and this is a partisan hit and political garbage.
Facts matter! Go and get them !

29 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by John Freitag on 10/06/2018 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Watchdog Flags Ethical Issues With Scott's 2016 Business Sale

Construction jobs for the state need to go out to bid in public process with sealed bids. Unless it can be shown that Dubois was not the lowest qualified bidder on the jobs they have received, there is really no problem and this is more politics than substance.
It astounds me that no one has bothered to research the relevant contract process before leveling charges. Not too late for a reporter or even a public research group to do the needed homework.

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Posted by John Freitag on 10/03/2018 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Walters: Ethics Panel to Draft Tougher Opinion on Sale of Scott's Business

I have been involved in both school and municipal bidding practices. The way it works is a proposal with specs. is put out, sealed bids submitted and opened at a public meeting to which the public and all bidders are invited. The lowest qualified bidder wins the project. Unless it is done differently for state highway and construction projects, it would be easy to see if Dubois had been awarded any construction projects improperly.
I am astounded that with all the clamor particularly around election season, no one making noise has bothered to see if there are any improprieties. That being the case this looks more like cheap partisan politics than a serious inquiry.

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Posted by John Freitag on 09/15/2018 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Vermont Sues OxyContin Maker for Its Role in the Opiate Crisis

Good for Attorney General Donovan on this one. Too bad he has turned a blind eye to the Shumlin Administration and others "aggressive promotion" of EB-5 projects in the Northeast Kingdom "which helped spark" the costliest fraud in Vermont history. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.

14 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by John Freitag on 09/06/2018 at 3:16 PM

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