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Re: “Welch Takes Campaign Cash From Telecom Regulated by His Wife

When the issue with Comcast was in the news in 2016 I looked at campaign contributions to Rep. Welch and the businesses regulated by the PUC and found something like 10 companies that the PUC regulates that had donated to Rep. Welch's campaign, including David Blittersdorf who was a speaker at one of Rep. Welch's fundraising events and has pursued numerous CPGs from the PUC as well as being the subject of numerous enforcement investigations with fines resulting. I was curious why Margaret Cheney was agreeable to recusing herself from Comcast cases but none of the others. I have no reason to believe that either Welch or Cheney are acting unethically, but I agree that it creates a perception of a conflict of interest that is not okay.

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Posted by A. Smith on 04/20/2018 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Vermonters Increasingly Turn to Crowdfunding for Health Care Help

Does the person benefitting from the donations have to declare the money as income and pay tax on it?

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Posted by A. Smith on 04/04/2018 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Conservative Senator Peg Flory to Hang Up Her Spurs

I can't find any news stories archived, but my recollection is that as chair of the House Judiciary Committee in around 2002, Rep. Flory was persuaded by testimony of Vermonters to move a bill out of committee that led to making medical marijuana available.

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/27/2018 at 7:05 PM

Re: “A Real Democrat? Hallquist’s Authenticity Issue

He could have covered the report VCE issued on Monday to educate the Vermont public about the complexity and ineffectiveness of Vermont's energy policies regarding the 90% by 2050 renewable goal. Low resolution version here, http://www.vce.org/abc.pdf. High resolution version on the http://vce.org blog. It was distributed to the media, including the author of this column, on Monday.

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/15/2018 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Inclusionary Visions: Burlington Mayoral Hopefuls Pitch Common Goals, Competing Ideas

Renewable Energy Vermont and VPIRG have been carrying Blittersdorf's message to the statehouse. However, the testimony has not supported the spin that permitting costs more and that solar has slowed. The testimony of GMP, WEC, VPPSA, and the PUC all refuted the claims of VPIRG and REV and, by extension, Blittersdorf. While the media picked up the PR from the profiteers, nobody has yet covered the news that their claims are not true. In fact, solar is going gangbusters, which the evidence shows.

Look for the dates below for the documents that support the testimony
https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/…

Audio
http://vce.org/Senate%20Finance%2002-15-20…
http://vce.org/Senate%20Finance%2002-21-20…
http://vce.org/Senate%20Finance%2002-23-20…

Video
Margaret Cheney of the PUC and Patricia Richards of WEC https://youtu.be/cjSlcqrPI3I
Melissa Bailey of VPPSA: https://youtu.be/2xlQAV9w8No

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Posted by A. Smith on 02/28/2018 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Media Note: David Moats Out at Herald, Times Argus

More accurate to say it was first reported by the Rutland Herald in this morning's paper. A sad day for loyal Rutland Herald and Times Argus readers.

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Posted by A. Smith on 02/27/2018 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Vermont Agency Denies Environmentalists Access to Runoff Rules Draft

August, 2011
https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/the-tr…

"ANR is refusing to release more than 500 emails, and countless other documents, that the agency exchanged with Green Mountain Power between January and July."

"Asked for a complete list of the confidential records, Groveman said ANR would charge as much as $1200 for the goods."

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Posted by A. Smith on 02/14/2018 at 11:36 AM

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