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Judith McLaughlin 
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Re: “Montpeculiar: Vermont House Votes to Keep Happy Hour Illegal

"It was clear we don't know when or why we stopped doing happy hour and why we would want to start," he said. Why not ask your Department of Liquor and Control Board. They enacted the ban as an effort to curb "rapid and excessive" alcohol consumption by post-work crowds.

It absolutely boggles my mind that Happy Hours are a bad thing, yet the State is considering legalizing heroin injection sites.


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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 02/17/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

"Those ads, she argues, failed to mention that 90 percent of the money raised by the levy could go back to Vermonters in the form of direct rebates to consumers, a sales tax cut and credits for home-weatherization projects."

Let's break this down shall we? There is a BIG difference between "could go back" and "will go back." I for one have long ago stopped believing in the Dem's promise of "tax rebates.' You can talk all you want here about a "sales tax cut"...but Vermont has passed a law seeking (along with Colorado) to force online retailers to report to the state that you purchased something online. That makes the majority in Vermont very "two-faced" telling you they want to cut sales taxes on one hand, while on the other, doing everything they can to collect sales taxes from a different source. This thereby forces you to pay a sales tax to a retailer that does not have a physical presence in the state. And as for that "credit for home-weatherization" what a load of BS. Isn't that why we have the state literally stealing money out of our pockets for Efficiency Vermont? When oh when will someone do a report to see just what Efficiency Vermont is doing with all that money.

Go ahead, let them force a carbon tax down Vermonters throats. Then we can all move into Chittenden County, live in a one room rental, ride a bike to work, and wait for our gov't check. Can we say UN Agenda 21 anyone?

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 12/13/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Votes — Twice — to Welcome Immigrants

"I see in this resolution the opportunity to send a message to members of our community to see that the city remains the place we enjoy today, that it is not impacted by these broader national decisions," said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.

I certainly hope this is true. I grew up in Burlington, and will always call the city home.

However, I will remember these words, because to say that we "are not impacted by these broader national decisions"....is a bit...well....head in the sand. And there is nothing worse than a myopic politician.

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 11/29/2016 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Your Choice: Democrats Drag Scott Into a Fight Over Abortion

Minter and the DNC/DGA must be truly on a last ditch effort to save a loosing campaign to bring this up. While running for the Senate (R), I was also endorsed by the Vermont Right to Life, and I'm a woman, and Pro Choice.

The reason why they supported me? First of all, because they said I was the only one who gave such a long and comprehensive answer. Which means, they supported me, because at least I had the courtesy to answer their survey, and that I had truly thought about the issue.

I said that I acknowledged Roe v Wade, and saw no reason to change it. However, as a woman, and a parent.....I struggled with a 14 year old getting an abortion (without parental notification), and late term abortions...(when no medical issues were present). I told them I simply struggled with it because we do such a poor job of finding other solutions.....(like adoption), or sex education for youth.

This attack on Phil Scott....over this issue.....is nothing more than a last ditch effort to bring Minter up in the polls on a loosing campaign. And truthfully, I find her tactics quite unsavory.

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 11/02/2016 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Shumlin Vetoes Renewable Energy Siting Bill

"I believe that taken together, the emergency declaration and the restrictive sound standards will make it impossible to continue to sensibly site renewable wind power in Vermont."

Translation: I believe that my buddies who are in the renewable energy business know best how to site renewable energy projects......not you dumb Vermonters.

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 06/06/2016 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Closed Doors in the People's House

Sorry Senator Campbell, but Secretary of State Condos is right.

Title 01 : General Provisions
Chapter 005 : Common Law; General Rights
Subchapter 002 : Public Information
§ 312. Right to attend meetings of public agencies
(a)(1) All meetings of a public body are declared to be open to the public at all times, except as provided in section 313 (going into Executive Session) of this title.

A legislative committee, gathered in their committee room, or in your office is subject to the open meeting law. Period. There are no exemptions for the legislature...and stating so only highlights your ignorance, or worse yet, your lack of ethics.

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 05/15/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Water Warrior: James Ehlers Is Lake Champlain's Loudest and Most Divisive Advocate

What an excellent article. I had to chuckle a bit, especially by any comment that talks about James going "too far"....or having to get him "back on the reservation." Then I have to remind myself that they thought Einstein was crazy.

Exactly how far should one go to fight for clean water? It is a very serious question every human being needs to ask. How far would you go to ensure that your water remains swimmable, fishable, and especially drinkable? To take that question a bit further....what would you be willing to do--how hard would you defend your water...if you were the only one who had drinkable water. Get the picture now?

H35 changed considerably from introduction, to making it through the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee. It will change some more when the Ag Committee gets ahold of it, and even more when it passes through Natural Resources and Energy. By the time this Bill makes it from introduction to passing, we may not even recognize it. It may be a hollow bill, or it may contain the foundation we need to finally begin the long process of saving our lakes, rivers and watersheds.

We don't need James "back on the reservation"....we don't need him complacent, and we don't need his voice silenced. We need James to go far....in fact we need him to go further than ever before. The truth hurts, but polluted waters kill. We should all take the lesser of two evils and listen fully to the truth. Trust me, you will hear nothing but the truth from James.

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 02/24/2015 at 3:46 PM

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