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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: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

Why can't we get a profile on Jafar?? South End residents would be better served getting some info on someone who seems genuinely interested in bettering the community. Paco is a joke - and I'm pretty sure he used to volunteer for lefty organizations until some personal conflict turned him against lefty policies that actually help people. Seems like Paco's political compass is intimately tied to the willingness of political groups/orgs to put up with him.

I won't be shocked when voters in the South End tell paco, "good riddance."

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 01/10/2019 at 2:41 PM

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.

1 like, 1 dislike
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

5 likes, 41 dislikes
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?

2 likes, 1 dislike
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.

1 like, 8 dislikes
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

26 likes, 13 dislikes
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...

8 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 03/13/2018 at 12:47 PM

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