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Re: “Juniper

Had a CAPITAL experience at Juniper during restaurant week. Gorgeous room. Awesome food. Great wine list. Winning vibe. Loved it.

Posted by RudigerVT on 05/03/2014 at 11:18 PM

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Re: “Weinberger Secures Third Term As Burlington Mayor

Brad D et al, I'm going to take exception to the notion that IRV was a 'failure.' As has been seen repeatedly, all over the world, before elections, 90%+ of potential voters say that they understand the logic of IRV; this was true here. In Burlington, IRV did not lead to the hoped-for result for Kurt Wright Apparently the assumption (for some) was that, while Kurt might not be the majority of voters first choice, surely he was manys second choice.

So his supporters (and their ilk) didn't like the outcome. IRV was taken out of the equation. Okay, fine.

Time for Kurt to run, again. In a straight up, winner-takes-all contest, again, Kurt lostbig time. Meanwhile, Burlington has become even less R in the ensuing years.

I'm not trying to defend the Kiss administration (it is, I think beyond defense). But Kiss was put in place because IRV represented the opinion of BTV's voters, if not about their candidate of choice, but about their candidate of un-choice: the sole Republican.

We'll never know the outcome had yesterday's 3-way race been IRV-format. Mr. Colclusure would have been eliminated in the first round. Despite the fact that, apparently, he thinks that being first in the race means he was somehow entitled to being Mayor Wienberger's sole challenger.

Had he been strategic, exited the race, and worked to defeat Miro, Mr. Cloclusure could have been been part of a coalition (anti F-35; anti "tall-mall"; anti development; pro community engagement; something about the airport parking garage, etc.). This coalition could have coalesced, organized, tried to unseat a mayor with somewhat thin and wobbly support.

No doubt Miro knew (and knows) this. It tends to be the case (remember Peter Clavelle?) But Miro doggedly pursued a goal (winning) and won.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 03/07/2018 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Weinberger Rakes in Campaign Cash, Holds Fundraising Lead

Apparently, development is what happens after you have a nice house.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 02/26/2018 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Media Note: WDEV Hires Veteran Journalist Dave Gram

Dave is perhaps the most laconic active journalist in Vermont. Which is saying a lot, as that tends to be the default setting. Still. He's super awesome.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 02/17/2018 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Infinite Possibility? Mayoral Candidate Culcleasure Aims to Lead From Behind

In fact, the notion of a charter change to give more power to the NPAs is profoundly undemocratic. As we recently saw in the NNE, there was single-issue, single-minded UNELECTED opposition to a proposal that otherwise saw broad support (the re-configuration of North Avenue and, oh, lookit: traffic accidents are down and the sky did not fall).

The NPAs are a lovely thing for those who've time on their hands. But they are analogous to caucuses vs. primaries and, I think, appeal to the same mind set. No, thank you. While I'm not often in agreement with my representative on the City Council, he is responsible to and answers to the voters. NPA attendees are none of that. The last thing Burlington needs is to grant more influence to the unelected.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 02/15/2018 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Burlington Residents Will Vote on F-35 Question As Written

Mr. Cohen, I think it is a stretch to refer to what members of Council are paid as 'salaries.' At best, they are honorariums. While I often am not in agreement with the opinions of my representative (howdy, Kurt Wright), like his colleagues, he is tireless and devoted to the betterment of Burlington.

If they were doing it for the money, they'd be better off working at Starbucks.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 01/31/2018 at 5:40 AM

Re: “Former Vermont State Senator Ed Flanagan Dies

This seems to be a way to un-gay Ed Flanagan.

He should have died. 18 hours, unattended. It was a miracle that there was anything at all left. And what was left? Well by all accounts, the combination of his formidable will, and his fierce intellect. But really, people, he was not the same.

The incident at the Burlington Y was no reason for embarrassment or shame. He was doing his best. His brain and body belied his better sense.

There is something rather homophobic about the effort to erase this chapter in his life. He was startlingly vulnerable, and we don't have to try so hard to wish it away.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 11/06/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “More Beer! Tiny Vermont Breweries Off the Beaten Path

Yay Simple Roots, our neighborhood brewery,

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Posted by RudigerVT on 07/22/2017 at 8:43 PM

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