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James Hedburg 
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Re: “Sanders Spreads Support, but Not in Vermont's Gubernatorial Race

I take no issue with this. Neither did Bernie's campaign manager. Bernie and Matt share a common vision for Vermont, and this was a clever tactic to let voters know.

I do take issue with Peter Galbraith jumping at every opportunity to criticize Matt. How can Galbraith say Matt plagiarized his ideas? Peter Galbraith was surely not the first to say "let's implement universal health care and a $15 minimum wage."

Galbraith was however the first to call a fellow Democratic candidate a "fucker."

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Posted by James Hedburg on 08/06/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “In Negative Turn, Dunne Ties Minter to EB-5 Scandal

It seems to me that this publication has a bias against Dunne, as evidenced by the past week's headlines. It's everything short of a Minter endorsement. Take a look:

In Negative Turn, Dunne Ties Minter to EB-5 Scandal
Environmentalist Bill McKibben Dumps Dunne for Minter
Dunne Snags Sanders Campaign Manager’s Endorsement
Dunne’s New Wind Stance Draws Criticism — and Surprising Praise

Even when sevendaysvt writes about events that reflect positively on Dunne, they manage to add a touch of negativity. Notice the contrast between "Dunne Snags Sanders Campaign Manager’s Endorsement" and "Howard Dean Endorses Sue Minter for Governor." Using the word "snag" weakens Jeff Weavers endorsement and shows bias. On the other hand the headline about Howard Dean's endorsement is purely factual.

In this article, it is evident that Terri Hallenbeck sides with Sue. She ends the article with a strong quote by Sue, labeling Matt's open letter as a "Washington-style attack." Additionally Hallenbeck bashes Matt for an issue unrelated to the article. She writes Matt Dunne sent the open letter "after publicly revising his position on wind-energy siting—a reversal that drew immediate condemnation from renewable energy proponents." Why would Hallenbeck bring this up, if not to throw more shade in Matt's direction? If you explore Matt's position, he strongly supports wind-energy as long as windmill installations aren't at the expense of voiceless Vermont communities. However Hallenbeck didn't mention that.

In the future I hope to see more professional journalism.

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Posted by James Hedburg on 08/02/2016 at 4:28 PM

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