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Re: “Slideshow: White Supremacist Rally Fizzles but Fascist Fighters Show Up

According to accounts that I've seen on-line, a small group of 7 or 8 white supremacists instead demonstrated - briefly - at City Hall Park... perhaps to avoid the counter-demonstrators at their previously announced location. Reports were that the small group of neo-Nazis chanted "Blood and Soil" and unfurled a "Reclaim America" banner - before quickly dispersing once members of the public began to challenge them.

Hard to believe -- Nazis demonstrating in Burlington Vermont in 2018.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 02/10/2018 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Media Note: Top Free Press Editor Sparks Outrage on Twitter

To clarify, my tweet about "another reason not to subscribe to the Burlington Free Press" wasn't in response to Finley's ugly anti-trans tweets.

Instead, it was in response to FInley's tweet that the fact that President Obama would be the first guest on Davd Letterman's new Netflix show was "another reason not to subscribe to Netflix".

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Posted by terjeanderson on 01/07/2018 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Reuben Jackson To Leave Vermont Public Radio

This is very sad to learn - Jackson's beautiful voice, incredible musical knowledge, acute social consciousness and wry sense of humor make "Friday Night Jazz" a weekly must-listen experience for me and thousands of others. Will have to make sure I don't miss a single show between now and April!

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Posted by terjeanderson on 11/09/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Walters: Deb Billado Elected VTGOP Chair

So, the Vermont Republican Party ties itself even closer to Donald Trump - while he's got an approval rating of 26% in the state.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 11/05/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Walters: Legislative Leaders, AG Promise Action on Data Security

In addition to providing protections for those whose information is breached, I'd love to see our public officials cut back the power that the credit reporting agencies have over so many non-credit issues.

Right now, for example, insurance companies can (and do) use credit scores to determine prices for automobile insurance, homeowner's insurance, renter's insurance. The result is often making these products extremely expensive for low-income Vermonters who can least afford the inflated prices based on an Equifax score that is completely irrelevant to the question of insurance.

(Vermont is, fortunately, one of those states that regulates the use of those scores in employment decisions).

Some states, like CA, MD and HI, have begun to regulate the use of credit scores in insurance underwriting. Vermont would do well to scale back the outsized power of the credit reporting agencies by doing the same.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 11/03/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Another Hat for Don Turner

Lenore Broughton and the Breuers both have long histories of funding far right causes - including bankrolling anti-marriage equality campaigns here in VT and in MA.

What does it say about the Vermont Republican agenda that these are the folks underwriting their House candidates?

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Posted by terjeanderson on 09/24/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Walters: Welch Defends Consensus Building in the Age of Trump

I wish Peter luck in making bipartisan progress on these issues, but I'm not optimistic.

The old saying that "it takes two to tango" definitely applies here -- as long Paul Ryan is Speaker and insists on freezing Democrats out of every decision (through continued application of the "Hastert Rule") and giving the far right Freedom Caucus veto power over everything, there is little hope that bipartisan solutions will ever make it to a vote. The same holds in the Senate under McConnell.

It is worth trying - but it is also important that it never become simply bipartisanism for bipartisanism sake. The temptation to move the outcome even further to the right in hopes of finding common ground should be resisted - core Democratic and progressive principles shouldn't be compromised away in hopes of finding a handful of Republican votes for a measure.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 08/04/2017 at 11:07 AM

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