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Re: “Roe-ing Upstream: Vermont’s Lopsided Battle Over Abortion Rights

John -

89 sponsors as of this weekend.

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Posted by Job Tate 1 on 02/06/2019 at 10:41 AM

Re: “The Committee Shuffle: What the House’s New Lineup Reveals About Its Priorities

John, great article. Another interesting tidbit: General, Housing and Military Affairs currently only has 1 Republican assigned to it. Even if that Republican eventually gets a partner to play "Go Fish" with while the rest of the committee authors, vets, sugarcoats and sends the minimum wage and paid leave bills to the floor - it'll still be the House committee with the smallest conservative voice. Priorities indeed.

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Posted by Job Tate 1 on 01/16/2019 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Can I Get an Amend? Vermont Legislature to Consider Abortion, Slavery and Equal Rights Amendments

Paul - interesting article. I note, however, that you only quote Democratic and Progressive legislators for this article and that they were all from Chittenden County. Did you reach out to the other side/geographic areas and they didn't reply or did you not think how other legislators might feel mattered for the story?

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Posted by Job Tate 1 on 12/12/2018 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Walters: Democrats Gain Ground in Vermont Legislature

For what it's worth, Leffler defeated Weed by close to a hundred votes.

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Posted by Job Tate 1 on 11/07/2018 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Vice President Mike Pence Comes to Vermont, Gets the Finger

An opportunity to report on a highly news-worthy story and Taylor makes a gleeful sacrifice to the gods of Twitter copy and pasting? Liberal hyperventilation over the Vice President visiting the State is as predictable as which direction the sun will rise - that's not the story. The story is that the Vice President came to Vermont. (And Rutland County I might add!)

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Posted by Job Tate 1 on 08/31/2018 at 4:52 PM

Re: “After Challenge From Ehlers, Hallquist Swears Off Corporate Campaign Money

Lt. Gov - Corporations are made up of people though. A board of directors elected (usually) through democratic shareholder meetings and they operate under a strict set of bylaws and a good deal of govt regulation and oversight. They're not inhuman machines - they operate with the goal to deliver for their shareholders (which, more often than not, include their own employees).

Does the VTNEA vote on every candidate they donate to...every cycle? Every cause they throw their weight behind? How much "democracy" do you really believe went into the AFL-CIO's $500 donation to James? I assure you, precious little - Which is fine!

Similarly, but definitely different, should candidates return donations they receive from Planned Parenthood? Not a union, but an organization with an obvious agenda - and an expectation that their political dollars ensure a certain legislative outcome.

If you accept from any organization you open yourself up to the criticism that you've been bought. My point to James, if you'll allow a little Scripture (since Churches remain unable to donate to political causes), don't point out the speck in your opponent's eye when you've got a log in yours.

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Posted by Job Tate 1 on 08/07/2018 at 9:09 PM

Re: “After Challenge From Ehlers, Hallquist Swears Off Corporate Campaign Money


I'm not litigating whether I should join a Union or not...I could say: "don't like corporations? Don't work for one."

I'm reminding James that by accepting donations from any organization he is then susceptible to the charge that he has been bought off by that organization and an indentured servant to their various causes. I don't think that's true but taking donations from corporations is tantamount within the same vein of thinking.

In the above article Ehlers' campaign is quoted saying Scott's veto of the min wage and paid family leave bill shows that he's beholden to his corporate overlords...but a simple google search shows that all of the companies listed provide a comprehensive wage and benefits package far exceeding the min wage and leave time sought in those bills.

If Scott received many donations from small businesses would they be equally villified?

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Posted by Job Tate 1 on 08/07/2018 at 8:10 AM

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