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Re: “Weinberger Leads Fundraising Pack in Burlington Mayoral Contest

As a former School Board member, City Councilor, State Rep, and member of Weinberger's staff, Carina is one of the most qualified candidates that Burlington has ever seen. The only people trying to buy the election are the developers and corporate interests writting $1,000 checks for Miro.

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Posted by Josh Wronski on 02/05/2018 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Two Against One: Is Weinberger Vulnerable in Burlington's Mayoral Race?

Snow Creek, your accusations against Auditor Hoffer and the EB-5 program are completely off base. Hoffer was publicly critical of EB-5 from the begining, and consistently called for greater oversight. He was the first statewide public official to raise concerns about the EB-5 program, and did so before anyone knew it was even under investigation.

Another example of elected Progressives leading the way.

"In a March 2012 interview with Seven Days, most of which was never published, Hoffer questioned the programs moral underpinnings, its economic utility and its oversight structure. At the time, he called EB-5 offensive on some levels because it allows those with means to bypass the nations restrictive immigration procedures."…

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Posted by Josh Wronski on 01/31/2018 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

Nate- I was referring to Joan, not you...

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Posted by Josh Wronski on 11/09/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

Nate- It was the Mayor who went behind the Councils back to encourage ZRF to remove themselves from the process. The Council agreed last Monday to open the process back up to ALL 4 bidders if KBTL and Ting could not come to an agreement by Friday. Jane was simply preparing for the very probable outcome that Ting and KBTL would not come to an agreement, and alerted the public and council immediately after ZRF said they would be willing to return. She has acted in complete transparency through this process, and we should be tankful that Jane was able to undue the harm caused by the Mayor going behind the Councils back in the first place to encourage ZRF to remove themselves. I would also remind you that if the Mayor had his way, the process would have remained behind close doors right up until the final vote, and we would have never known about the damage he did - and continues to do - to this process.

And, i'm sorry, but I don't trust the opinion of someone who is clearly trying to deflect the push back from a clearly unpopular decision by blaming the people who have worked to open up this process. Even Dave Hartnett, an endorsed Democrat, said that the fault lies squarely in the Mayor's office.

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Posted by Josh Wronski on 11/09/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

This is simply Joan Shannon peddling a conspiracy theory to deflect from the fact that she has consistently voted against the interests of Burlington and against the will of her constituents by supporting a Canadian company over local community ownership of BT. The delay was due to the fact that Karen Paul had a conflict of interest and some Councilors wanted time to figure out what it was about, and if it had unduly influenced the process leading up to that vote. And, Karen has still not come clean to the public about the nature of that conflict of interest. If there had been a vote, and KBTL had won, Ting supporters would have cried foul over over the recusal. Taking time to bring back some level of transparency in a process that has been shrouded in secrecy, controversy, and undue influence from the Mayor's office is not a bad thing. To the point that somehow KBTL supporters on the council wanted to delay so they could get a tie - KBTL supporters on the Council had no way of knowing that Karen Paul would quit her job so she could vote. In all likelihood, KBTL was expected to win this past Monday had Karen not taken the extraordinary step of leaving her job so she could vote. We should be thankful that Jane has worked to successfully open up the process around the sale so we could have some level of public input before a decision was made. If the Mayor had gotten his way, the public would have had virtually no time to examine the bidders and form an opinion about the sale before the Council voted.

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Posted by Josh Wronski on 11/09/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Max Tracy, Burlington's Most Outspoken Prog, Pulls No Punches

Way to go Max!

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Posted by Josh Wronski on 10/11/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “‘Reactionary Fringe’ Pushes Back Against Mayor’s ‘Trash Talk’

This is from Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, VPP Chair.

Last Sunday, Mayor Weinberger addressed the Burlington Democratic Caucus and took direct aim at the VPP. He toggled between praising current Progressive Councilors and labeling local Progressives as reactionary and fringe. The Mayor also declared Progressives as anti-environment and anti-worker. He went on to claim credit for recent pro-environment and pro-worker efforts in the city, yet neglected to note that virtually all these efforts were started by Progressives. Progressives initiated Burlingtons move towards 100% renewable energy by positioning BED to purchase the Winooski hydro plant and by creating the McNeil plant. Progressives pushed recent pro-worker efforts such as supporting the Howard Center workers and maintaining livable wage standards at the airport. Weinberger opposed both measures. Clearly, the Mayors effort to give Democrats credit for Burlingtons successes ignores 30 years of Progressive leadership.

Attacking the Progressive Party and labeling the Party as fringe based on city council endorsements represents the Mayors poor knowledge of who our council candidates are and why they are running. Progressive endorsed candidates include: City Council President Jane Knodell, a champion of the recent development projects and many neighborhood revitalization projects, Charles Winkleman, an early educator and dedicated activist looking to address affordability issues for young people in Burlington, and Charles Simpson, an academic and champion of public transportation and strengthening neighborhood communities.

There are various opinions on the development project within the Progressive Party. While Winkleman and Simpson disagreed with aspects of the mall project, they should not be labeled reactionary by our Mayor. These candidates are running on more than one issue. Disagreement and discourse is healthy in a democracy and elected leaders should expect to be challenged. It comes with the territory. Its the job of leaders to go high in these moments. The Mayor went low.

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Posted by Josh Wronski on 01/17/2017 at 3:40 PM

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