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Re: “Vermont Officials Stifle Release of Documents by Former Employee

Attorney/Client privileged work product. The state agencies never want the Vermont public to see all they are dong behind the scenes. Think about this. If everything they are doing is on the up and up and they are acting fully within the Vermont public interest, even if it could be protected under an attorney/client exemption claim under the Vermont Public Records Act, why would they not just waive these protections and release the documents to the public? Having worked in Vermont State government, I have seen this dance before. It never ends well when the government tries to hide their actions from the people that pay their salaries. Seems these lessons are never learned and, unfortunately, the behavior infects every administration. This makes me sad, I had hoped that the Shumlin-esque approach to these types of things would have ended when he left office, but the beat goes on. Let's hope that Governor Scott steps in and releases these documents and ends this silly escapade. The documents will eventually get out, the Scott Administration needs to cut its losses and not make what appears to be a bad situation, worse.

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Posted by John Brabant on 11/30/2018 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Backseat Driver? In Gov. Phil Scott's Administration, Chief of Staff Jason Gibbs Takes the Wheel

The comment by "Roy" is so very mean-spirited and really is what has been wrong on the national level since Newt Gingrich ended decorum as we know it. Now this disease of intolerance of those who disagree with us, like the ticks and emerald ash borer that has infected Vermont from elsewhere, is infecting Vermont. This infection of our political process here in Vermont really started with Peter Shumlin and his toxic administration. We need to bring civility back into our political dialog and institutions. I know Jason Gibbs to be a smart and well meaning person. I also know Chris Pearson to be the very same. Both are very smart and would give their neighbors the shirts off their backs. So here is a challenge to all Vermonters of all political stripes and opinions. Let's this upcoming legislative session, commit to being nice and treating each other with respect and not demonizing anyone who might have a different viewpoint than us. Let's keep it to the issues and not personalize our disagreements. This goes for everyone in the legislature and everyone in Governor Scott's cabinet. And that also goes for this ugly comment section with its ugliness on both sides. Let's all pitch in to see this challenge work through to the end of the legislative session. I think we will all come away feeling so proud of ourselves that we were able to return our state back to the civility that once typified Vermont politics.

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Posted by John Brabant on 10/19/2018 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Political Rivals' Duet Goes National

This is exactly the shot in the arm we need here in Vermont and as stated at the end of the video, the world has a lot to learn from these two wonderful candidates and from Cambridge and Waterville, Vermont. Thank you Lucy and Zac. You made my day.

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Posted by John Brabant on 10/19/2018 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Leahy Meets With Kavanaugh, Says Republicans Are Botching Review

This is what is the true root cause of the problems in Venezuela, not what Ms. Boutin and the captains of Wall Street and the Obama and Trump administrations would have you believe:…

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Posted by John Brabant on 08/22/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Republican Super PAC Doubles Pro-Scott Spending Ahead of Primary

Gotta wonder if the Republican Party is looking for future, moderate and mentally sane alternatives to the likes of Trump and his ilk that have taken over a lot of the party. If that is what is going on behind closed doors, it would provide one explanation for their putting this much financial support behind Governor Scott's reelection campaign.

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Posted by John Brabant on 08/12/2018 at 10:36 AM

Re: “University of Vermont Medical Center Stops Collecting Nurses' Union Dues

Well this tells you where UVM Medical Center's real feelings lie regarding an effective nurses union. They say in a Jane Lindholm interview that they support their nurses and want to work toward a common solution, that they see the nurses as a valuable asset, etc... But actions do speak louder than words. UVM has become all about making money, despite their "non-profit" status. They are clearly union busters and no friend to the nurses or the nurses union. Their scorched earth approach toward their colleagues during this disagreement will leave deep wounds that will take years to heal, if they ever do. Shame on UVM Medical Center and their overplayed executives.

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Posted by John Brabant on 08/01/2018 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Judge: Burlington Can Withhold Councilor's Email From Seven Days

This is the second such decision by Judge Mello deciding against public disclosure of secret email communications by public officials, the first being to allow former VT Attorney General William Sorrell to withhold from release work related emails created using a private email account. I can't figure out his logic for the life of me. Suffice to say that I am in strong disagreement as the VT Public Records Act expects the law to be liberally construed in favor of disclosure wherever possible. This decision would seem to violate that overarching policy objective.

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Posted by John Brabant on 07/25/2018 at 11:44 AM

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