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Re: “Walters: Another Hat for Don Turner

Lenore Broughton and the Breuers both have long histories of funding far right causes - including bankrolling anti-marriage equality campaigns here in VT and in MA.

What does it say about the Vermont Republican agenda that these are the folks underwriting their House candidates?

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Posted by terjeanderson on 09/24/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Walters: Welch Defends Consensus Building in the Age of Trump

I wish Peter luck in making bipartisan progress on these issues, but I'm not optimistic.

The old saying that "it takes two to tango" definitely applies here -- as long Paul Ryan is Speaker and insists on freezing Democrats out of every decision (through continued application of the "Hastert Rule") and giving the far right Freedom Caucus veto power over everything, there is little hope that bipartisan solutions will ever make it to a vote. The same holds in the Senate under McConnell.

It is worth trying - but it is also important that it never become simply bipartisanism for bipartisanism sake. The temptation to move the outcome even further to the right in hopes of finding common ground should be resisted - core Democratic and progressive principles shouldn't be compromised away in hopes of finding a handful of Republican votes for a measure.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 08/04/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Dubies Bring Vermont Maple Syrup to Trump’s White House

Tiki -- since it is described in the story as two suitcases of maple syrup and maple candy weighing 70 lbs, we can safely assume it went as checked baggage, not as carry-on.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 07/19/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Top Vermont Dems Praise Scott’s Opposition to Obamacare Repeal

I still haven't seen any evidence that Phil Scott has actually done anything to stop Obamacare repeal - other than making statements to the Vermont press to strengthen his standing back home.

He hasn't gone to Washington to meet with Republican Senators to urge them to oppose the bill, or spent his time calling wavering Republicans to convince them He hasn't used his standing as a Republican governor to speak out to the national media about the reasons he believes the bill is bad. There is no public evidence of him mobilizing other Republican governors to speak out against the bill.

Did he write any op-eds on the subject that he submitted to newspapers with national influence? Did he appear on any networks talking about why he, as a Republican governor, opposed the bill? Did he engage in a single instance of personally lobbying Republican Senators against the bill?

As far as I can tell, his "opposition" has consisted of signing on to a few anodyne bipartisan letters from Governors expressing mild "concern" over the proposal, and taking part in politically advantageous appearances at home in Vermont.

It appears the bill is - thankfully - dead, but it doesn't seem Phil Scott did a single thing that contributed to killing it.

He's getting a lot of credit here for not doing anything of substance.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 07/18/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “North Avenue Bike Lane Survey Leads to Controversy

Kurt Wright tells us that "Theres a lot of distrust from a lot of people of the process" and "It's divided the neighborhood" - without acknowledging that he's been busy stoking that distrust and division all along.

But political opportunism from Wright and Hartnett shouldn't be a reason to reject an inclusive consultation process or to stop a project that makes for safer streets for cars, bicycles, and pedestrians alike.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 07/06/2017 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Taps Greshin as Finance Commissioner

He'll be in an even better position than he was in the legislature to engage in conflict of interest dealings on behalf of Sugarbush.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 06/29/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Ponders New 'Everyday Jobs Tour'

Symbolism over substance - pretty much sums up Phil Scott's approach to being governor.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 06/28/2017 at 7:11 PM

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