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Updated on March 29, 2017 at 9:28 PM

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Young Vermonter - I have the whole three generation thing, but who is counting. I care deeply about community organizing and getting young people involved in politics. I live in the 1-89 bubble

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Re: “New Book Examines How Entertainment Media Shapes Beliefs

When I was at UVM, Prof. Gierzynski was the only Prof. that required students to buy his book about Harry Potter - and it was really dumb. The whole point of the book is that UVM kids are liberal - they also happen to have watched/ read Harry Potter........just like literally every other kid that grew up in the 2000s.

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 10/31/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Walters: Vermont GOP House Candidate Goes Independent

John McCain was shot down on his first combat mission over Vietnam. The only reason he became notable was because his daddy and granddaddy were both accomplished admiral. Not much of a hero by my account

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 07/08/2018 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Walters: In 2018 Governor's Campaign, Scott Sets the Fundraising Pace

Donna - if out of staters should not be involved in Vermont politics...how do you feel about Stern paying six grand a month to a woman from New Hampshire to run his campaign?

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 03/19/2018 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Budget Writers Apportion $28 Million Windfall

I'm deeply troubled by how easy it has been for Democratic lawmakers to fall back on this whole "no new taxes and fees" nonsense. I have a feeling that this will eventually come back to bite them in the ass, very hard. As Democrats (and leftists more broadly), shouldn't we all be in agreement that taxes are GOOD? Aren't sensible investments (raising and spending tax dollars) a good idea?

Lawmakers who are proud of an austerity budget and a candidate for Guv who says that raising taxes will be a "last resort" do not sound like Democrats to me. And to make things worse, buying into these arguments now is gonna make them look pretty damn stupid later when Dems are elected and NEED to raise taxes because of the need to clean Lake Champlain, combat climate change, reduce health care costs, etc., etc.

Vermonters (and Americans in general) would be far less skiddish around the idea of taxation if we actually spent our tax dollars on things that are good and worthwhile instead of pissing trillions of dollars down the drain on dipshit stupid ideas like the F-35 and other military boondoggles.

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 03/19/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Unfunny Money? Anonymous Satirical Outfit Skewers Vermont Pols

I had a feeling a story like this would be coming down the pipes. Great job

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 03/14/2018 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Facing Budget Shortfall, Castleton to 'Push Pause' on Polling Institute

One really needs to contextualize this with other developments that have occurred at Castleton University in recent years. They built a brand new football stadium, a new baseball field, and made significant improvements to its gym. All of this to attract out of state students to their sports programs. Do these get cut?

It's truly a shame because the Castleton Polling Institute fits an institution of higher learning far more than a stupid football stadium. The Polling Institute was the best thing that Castleton had going for it. Now it's probably back to just being a glorified 13th grade with good sports facilities...

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 03/13/2018 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Weinberger Rakes in Campaign Cash, Holds Fundraising Lead

knowyourassumptions: Given your name, one would think that you wouldn't be so quick to make assumptions. Oh well.

If you know anything about big money in politics - you would know that sheer $ amount does not really matter. What matter's is WHERE you get your money from, and how much the average donation is. The whole thing is about the appearance of corruption. If someone gets many $1000 checks from developers - it's safe to say that they are unduly influenced by developers. However, and this is big so pay attention, if you're getting a bunch of money from small donors - that just means that your message is resonating. I wouldn't care if a politician raised a trillion dollars for a campaign if that money came from grassroots small dollar donors. If you consider money as corruption it all makes sense.

I don't want a candidate that is corrupted by big money from rich people. The fact that Bernie can raise $6 million dollars with a small average gift is fantastic because it shows that his message resonates with average people. In closing, total campaign money on hand doesn't matter - it's the average gift that matters.

But that requires thinking, and darn it thinking is hard!!

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 02/26/2018 at 9:55 AM

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