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  • Vermont law officer charged in road-rage incident in Maine

    04/23/2015 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | April 22, 2015 | Craig Crosby (Kennebec Journal)
    AUGUSTA — A federal law enforcement officer from Vermont was arrested in West Gardiner on Wednesday after allegedly aiming a loaded handgun at another vehicle on Interstate 95. Maine State Police officers arrested Demitria Buhalis, 41, of Brownsville, Vermont, and charged her with aggravated criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, said Lt. Aaron Hayden. Buhalis is a police officer at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont, Hayden said. Hayden said a man driving south on I-95 in Sidney called police just before noon to report that a woman who drove past him in...
  • Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' On Trade

    04/22/2015 7:11:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 April 2015 | Domenico Montanaro
    A full-fledged Democratic trade war has broken out."I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," President Obama said Tuesday night in an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, referring to liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Warren and the progressive left, scarred by trade deals past like the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, have launched a vocal fight against granting the president so-called "fast-track" authority to negotiate a 12-country Pacific trade deal. "Are you ready to fight?" Warren said at a rally April 15 with labor leaders and Vermont liberal Sen....
  • Bernie Sanders of All People Puts Gazagogues in Their Place [Video]

    08/20/2014 11:23:47 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 7 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 20, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    There are few elected officials in the United States that are further to the left than Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Although technically listed as an Independent, he caucuses with the Democrats and his failure to register as one of them is due to the fact that even they are not socialist enough for him. That said, unlike sycophantic and pandering Democrats, he is true to his beliefs (misguided as they may be) and takes his stance based on his desire to help people live a better life. Due to this honesty and transparency, even this right of center news outlet...
  • Sanders blasts U.S Corporations for Dodging Taxes

    04/12/2015 9:16:07 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 84 replies
    Senate Budget Committee ^ | April 09, 2015
    Sanders blasts U.S Corporations for Dodging Taxes BURLINGTON, Vt., April 9 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the Senate Budget Committee ranking member, today issued the following statement on new data showing the extent to which some American companies are avoiding taxes: “I applaud Citizens for Tax Justice for releasing new data today revealing the unfairness of our tax system and the fact that a number of the biggest and most-well known corporations in America continue to pay little or nothing in taxes. At a time when we have massive wealth and income inequality, and when corporate profits are soaring, it...
  • Bernie Sanders endorses Rahm challenger

    04/02/2015 6:18:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | David McCabe
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has become the latest high-profile progressive to endorse Cook County Commissioner Chuy García's challenge to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D). “I am going to Chicago to support Chuy García and [City Council candidate] Susan Sadlowski Garza. I support them because we need a political revolution in this country and we need the kind of working-class coalitions that Chuy and Susan are pulling together,” Sanders said in a statement.
  • Howard Dean: U.S Should Walk Away from Iran Negotiations (Video at link)

    04/01/2015 10:26:14 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/1/15 9:09am | Brendan Bordelon
    In a move that stunned the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, liberal former Vermont governor Howard Dean agreed that the U.S. should now walk away from the nuclear negotiation table with Iran. Talks in Lausanne, Switzerland over the Islamic theocracy’s nuclear program extended past Tuesday night’s deadline, with negotiators stuck on what to do with the uranium already enriched and the time it would take for Iran to convert an approved nuclear energy program into one capable of producing weapons. While these details remain unresolved, Iranian negotiators are still demanding an immediate end to international sanctions on their country. “I...
  • Bernie Sanders barnstorms Bay Area with socialist populist message

    03/30/2015 6:43:11 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/30/15 | Josh Richman
    There are few places in the nation where a democratic socialist independent who’s mulling a presidential run would have more rock-star status than the Bay Area. Yet U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, is convinced that his populist message can resonate far beyond places like Berkeley and Brooklyn. “If you go to almost any state in this country, including the most conservative, and you ask them if it makes sense to give tax breaks to billionaires while making cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and education, they will say ‘no,’” Sanders said in an interview Monday afternoon in San Francisco. He said...
  • Martin O'Malley challenges Hillary Clinton

    03/29/2015 9:21:51 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    cnn aka Clinton News Network ^ | 3-29-15 | Bradner
    Washington (CNN)Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took a major shot at Hillary Clinton on Sunday, saying the country needs a "new perspective" and "new leadership" in the 2016 election. "Let's be honest here," O'Malley said. "The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families." The Democrat's comments, in an appearance on ABC's "This Week," are another signal that he's likely to challenge Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. He's focusing in recent weeks on issues like income inequality and wage stagnation -- which liberal darling Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has made her...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Bernie Sanders’ Wife May Have Defrauded State Agency, Bank

    03/26/2015 7:57:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/26/2015 | Blake Neff and Peter Fricke
    Documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation indicate that the wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may have been able to use her clout to get away with loan fraud, nearly bankrupting the small college she was president of and collecting a sizable severance package in the process.These revelations come amid growing speculation that Sen. Sanders, a self-described socialist who has blasted the U.S. government asan oligarchy run by billionaires and railed against the golden parachutes received by top corporate executives, will contend for the Democratic presidential nomination.Jane Sanders was the president of tiny Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont for seven years,...
  • Study: Beverage tax would grab millions from the poor, do nothing to stop obesity

    03/09/2015 8:24:15 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 03/09/2015 | Bruce Parker
    As lawmakers in Vermont consider a tax to help end obesity, a study by economists at George Mason University finds raising taxes on “unhealthy” foods hurts the poor financially and does nothing to lower consumption. As the midsession break comes to and end, all eyes are focused on the ever-growing hole in the Vermont state budget, which has reached $130 million.One of the more unusual solutions to the state’s budget crisis is a proposed 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks.Sponsored by state Rep. Alison Clarkson, D-Woodstock, H.235 aims to raise about $34 million by taxing beverages like soda, fruit juice, teas and sports drinks.While the tax would help fund Vermont’s obese budget,...
  • Poll: Walker and Bush lead crowded GOP field

    03/05/2015 3:59:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Politico | March 5, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Scott Walker and Jeb Bush head a crowded field of prospective Republican presidential candidates in the latest national poll released Thursday. Walker, the Wisconsin governor, polls at 18 percent, and Bush, the former Florida governor, is at 16 percent. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 8 percent each; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 7 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 6 percent each; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 5 percent; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 2 percent; and South Carolina Sen....
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Obama "Very Interested" In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action

    03/02/2015 12:21:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is "very interested" in the idea of raising taxes through unitlateral executive action. "The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans," Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action. "Now I don't want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know...
  • Bloomberg Backed Gun Bill Dead in Vermont

    02/28/2015 11:12:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A bill  pushed by Everytown for Gun Sense, a Mike Bloomberg funded operation, has floundered against intense grassroots opposition in Vermont. Vermont has some of the least infringements on second amendment rights in the country.  Vermont always had constitutional carry, with no permit required, for its entire history.  Vermont has always had one of the lowest crime rates in the country.   From burlingtonfreepress.com, a Gannet company: Supporters of the bill faced strong headwinds, including the opposition of Gov. Peter Shumlin and pushback from Vermont's hunters and police chiefs. The most controversial provision would have required almost all private gun...
  • Socialist Bernie Sanders on single payer: Will you believe me or the tidal wave of red ink?

    02/26/2015 8:04:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Socialists, Democrats, Communists and liberals rely on people being kept in the dark about their policies. Things are so much easier for them that way. When the media never asks inconvenient questions, any chance of the truth getting out is generally non-existent. But when the bottom publically falls out of one of their fake “benefits” it becomes impossible for these people to keep us in the dark. When the Berlin Wall was coming down the Communists were still telling people to go back to work at their useless factories where they were making useless commodities no one wanted; but the...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Vermont’s investigation into licenses-for-illegals fraud spreads to multiple states, DMV offices

    02/26/2015 2:51:56 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 7 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 2/26/2015 | Bruce Parker
    MONTPELIER, Vt. — An investigation into fraudulent applications for Vermont’s driver’s privilege cards has spread to multiple states and Department of Motor Vehicle branches, according to the department’s chief investigator. When the Department of Motor Vehicles first reported receiving a rash of driver’s license applications from out-of-state illegal immigrants, it appeared the problem might be limited to a single license branch and involve one other state.
  • Kansas is poised to ditch requirement for a concealed-carry permit for guns

    02/26/2015 7:22:15 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 26 replies
    KC Star ^ | Feb, 25, 2015
    Kansas appears on the verge of becoming among the most welcoming states to people who want to pack heat. A bill promising Kansans the ability to carry concealed firearms — without taking safety training or weathering the background checks required in most of the country — won initial approval in the state Senate on Wednesday. The change, expected to pass Thursday to a likely receptive House, would make Kansas a “constitutional carry” state. That would mean citizens would not need a permit to carry a hidden gun. The bill would maintain the current permit process for people who want to...
  • Vermont to lose 3.4% of manufacturing jobs to EPA regs

    02/26/2015 7:11:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When you think of the downstream effects of the Obama administration’s EPA regulations, the first states which come to mind tend to be in coal country and what remains of the rust belt and manufacturing centers. That’s all true enough, but it seems that when the government puts its thumb on the scale, the ripples can be felt in ever widening circles. This includes what might be one of the last states you’d think of… Vermont. Vermont will lose 3.4 percent of its manufacturing jobs by 2023 due to Obama administration climate regulations, according to a report on the...
  • Report: Gruber Billed Vermont for ‘Impossible’ Hours

    02/24/2015 5:56:46 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber billed the State of Vermont for hours that “were impossible for him to accomplish ... for one of the invoices, which is September, and this is just an example, he billed out 500 hours a month for his research assistants. Well, the auditor found that he only had one research assistant. So, if you do that math ... the auditor even criticized the Democrat administration up here for this. The people who were supposed to be overseeing this contract did not demand any details at all from Professor Gruber. They just said — they just asked...
  • Democrat Lawmakers on Verge of Scrapping Vermont Background Checks

    02/23/2015 12:41:32 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 1 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/23/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Leading Democrats in Vermont are close to scrapping a proposed background check requirement for all private gun sales in Vermont. The requirement is supported by Michael Bloomberg and has come under added scrutiny after his gun control group–Everytown for Gun Safety–was forced to apologize to Crossfire Arms in Mount Holly for listing the gun store as an “unlicensed” Vermont gun seller.
  • Where’s the Money? Vermont Auditor Reports Jonathan Gruber Overbilled State by At Least $48,000 ...

    02/23/2015 3:06:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Brietbart ^ | February 23. 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Complete Headline: Where’s the Money? Vermont Auditor Reports Jonathan Gruber Overbilled State by At Least $48,000, Calls in Attorney General In a 54-page memo, Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer confirms that embattled Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber overbilled the state in invoices he submitted for work Gruber claims was performed by research assistants. “The evidence suggests that Dr. Gruber overstated the hours worked by the RA, but we have insufficient documentation to say any more about his inconsistencies and questionable billing practices. I have referred the matter to the Attorney General for his consideration, which is standard procedure in such circumstances,”...
  • Bernie Sander: Koch Brothers Will Soon Be More Powerful Than The Democratic And Republican Parties

    02/22/2015 1:09:46 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 52 replies
    Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is warning Americans that two ultra-conservative billionaire brothers will soon hold more political power than both the Democratic and Republican Parties. While speaking to a group of supporters in Iowa last week, Sanders explained why he was considering a run for the president of the United States in 2016. "It is likely in a very short period of time that the Koch brothers themselves will have a stronger political presence than either the Democratic or the Republican Party," the lawmaker noted. "I am prepared to take on the billionaire class."Sanders said that a lot...
  • Vermont adds extra ObamaCare period [public unaware of forced fines]

    02/19/2015 11:54:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Vermont on Thursday became the third state to add an extra ObamaCare sign-up period through the end of tax season, adding pressure on federal health officials to take the same approach. While the official ObamaCare deadline passed on Sunday, about a quarter of all state exchanges have added a grace period to accommodate the millions of uninsured people who will be forced to pay a penalty for the first time this tax season. "It would be awful for a Vermont family to have to pay a fee of several hundred dollars or more, and then have to pay 100 percent...
  • Howard Dean calls Netanyahu a 'disaster,' terms his Congress speech 'stupid' (13 days until speech)

    02/18/2015 2:22:22 PM PST · by Dave346 · 73 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | 5:10 PM | Chemi Shalev
    In an unusually harsh attack by an American politician on an Israeli prime minister, former Vermont governor and Democratic chairman Howard Dean lambasted Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, describing him as “a disaster” whose decision to address Congress in March was “a stupid thing to do that has harmed U.S.-Israeli relations greatly.” “I don’t trust Netanyahu. I think he’s not served Israel well,” Dean added. In an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, the outspoken Dean, who was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, said, “It’s outrageous what’s going on. Imagine Obama going to Israel two weeks before...
  • Walker: We Don’t Need ‘Ivy Leaguer,’ Not Scared of Other GOP Candidates

    02/18/2015 4:19:29 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Ian Hanchett
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) declared the country needs “a fighter, not just an Ivy Leaguer” while expressing that he wasn’t afraid of any of the other GOP candidates and dismissed criticism of his lack of a college degree as an “elitist, government knows best, top-down approach” while arguing “we’ve had [an] Ivy League-trained lawyer in the White House for the last six years…[who has] done a pretty lousy job leading this country” and on Tuesday’s “Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel. After seeing a clip of former Vermont Governor Howard Dean (D) criticizing Walker’s lack of a degree,...
  • Sanders puts brave face on single-payer troubles (The failure that didn't fail)

    02/16/2015 5:50:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/15 | Peter Sullivan
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says that single-payer healthcare did not fail in Vermont and could be revived, amid speculation that flailing efforts in that regard could hurt his 2016 presidential hopes. Sanders, a self-described socialist, has been a champion of nationwide government-provided health insurance for everyone, known as single-payer healthcare. But a plan to enact just such a system in Sanders’s home state of Vermont suffered a major setback in December when Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), who had been a champion of the effort, dropped the proposal, concluding it was not financially feasible. Sanders told The Hill in a brief...
  • Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor with fossil fuels obtained from fracking

    02/02/2015 3:04:53 PM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 1, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor (which had accounted for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production) with fossil fuels obtained from fracking For the past 42 years, Vermont’s only nuclear power plant was responsible for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production. This huge amount of electricity was generated by a single nuclear reactor.Vermont has just shut down this reactor.The replacement energy source for this shut down reactor is shale gas, a fossil fuel whose combustion causes global warming, and which is obtained from fracking.And all this time, I had thought that liberals in Vermont...
  • In Roll-Call Vote, Vermont House Adopts Abortion Rights Resolution

    01/25/2015 2:05:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    sevendaysvt.com ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Terri Hallenbeck
    Forty-two years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its Roe v. Wade decision, Vermont pro-choice activists gathered in a Statehouse meeting room Thursday morning to remind one another that Congress and other states are making moves to restrict access to abortion. “It’s not a fight that’s going to go away,” former Gov. Madeleine Kunin told those attending the gathering, which was organized by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. In the nearby Statehouse cafeteria, tables were littered with fliers emphasizing the value of adoption and offering testimonials from women who regretted abortions. The Vermont Right to Life Committee spent...
  • Vermont's deal with health expert Jonathan Gruber under scrutiny

    01/25/2015 6:52:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Bennington Banner ^ | 1/23/15 | Dave Gram
    MONTPELIER (AP) >> Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who got into hot water for talking about what he called "the stupidity of the American voter." Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer has been reviewing the contract under which Gruber got paid $500 an hour and his assistants got $100 per hour. Hoffer said Friday Gruber provided insufficient documentation to support his invoices to the state. Hoffer said officials in Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration had been in close touch with Gruber throughout his work, but that...
  • Gun rights activists rally against proposed bill (VT)

    01/19/2015 3:47:17 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    ESSEX JCT., Vt. —Gun rights activists are firing back at gun control lobbyists who are pushing for a universal background check bill. “For me, this bill attempts to stop me from doing something i would never do anyway,” said Chris Bradley, president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. While no actual bill has been introduced yet, there's talk in Montpelier about legislation that would require criminal background checks for every gun sale in the state, closing a so-called gun show loop hole.
  • Democratic lawmakers visit Cuba amid changes in US relations

    01/17/2015 5:55:23 PM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/17/2015 | ap
  • Sanders: I'll Decide on Presidential Run by March

    12/26/2014 9:34:43 AM PST · by rktman · 71 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 12/26/2014 | unknown
    Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left. "I don't want to do it unless I can do it well," he told The Associated Press. "I don't want to do it unless we can win this thing." Sanders, a socialist, said he grew up "solidly lower middle class" in a Jewish family in Brooklyn — his father, an immigrant from Poland, sold paint for a living —and...
  • U.S. brokered deal to help wife of Cuban spy become pregnant through artificial insemination

    12/23/2014 9:55:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 23, 2014 | Kathleen Reuschle
    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) was traveling back and forth to Cuba in secret negotiations to try and secure a release for American prisoner Alan Gross when a woman approached him with an impassioned plea: she wanted a child and she needed his help. The woman, the wife of one of the Cuban spies imprisoned in the U.S. on espionage charges, was in her early 40s and said she was almost out of time. According to Tim Rieser, Leahy’s foreign policy aide, she was “clearly desperate.” That began an unusual effort on the part the senator, who is chairman of the...
  • Green Mountain State Going Red?

    12/21/2014 7:08:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | Arthur Schaper
    Looking over the final voter tallies, the winners and losers for state and federal offices, there remains one undecided gubernatorial contest: Vermont. Unlike other states, if a gubernatorial candidate, whether incumbent of challenger, fails to win a simple majority, the state legislature appoints the next governor out of the top three contenders. Incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin, won by 2,000 votes, yet got less than half the total vote in the 2014 election. Presently, the legislature sits firmly in the Democratic camp, although Republican gained a few seats. Still, Shumlin has weathered some troubling controversies in Vermont. In his 2014 State...
  • Why single payer died in Vermont (too many freeloaders)

    12/21/2014 5:32:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/20/14 | Sarah Wheaton
    **SNIP** “It is not the right time for Vermont” to pass a single-payer system, Shumlin acknowledged in a public statement ending his signature initiative. He concluded the 11.5 percent payroll assessments on businesses and sliding premiums up to 9.5 percent of individuals’ income “might hurt our economy.” Vermont’s outcome is a “small speed bump,” said New York Assembly member Richard Gottfried, who’s been pushing single-payer bills for more than 20 years. But opponents says it’s the end of the road. “If cobalt blue Vermont couldn’t find a way to make single-payer happen, then it’s very unlikely that any other state...
  • As Vermont Goes ... Warning to Obama, the State's Liberal Governor Pulled the Plug on Single-payer

    12/20/2014 5:13:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/20/2014 | John Fund
    The one state that not only embraced Obamacare but insisted on going beyond it to a full single-payer system was Vermont, the haven of hippies and expatriate New Yorkers, which has become one of the most liberal states in the nation. In 2011, it adopted a form of neighboring Canada’s government-financed health care and promised to implement it by 2017. (And Jonathan Gruber was a key architect of this plan as well as of Obamacare.) This week, however, Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, admitted the state couldn’t afford the plan’s $2 billion price tag and consequent sky-high taxes, and pulled...
  • In Vermont, single-payer healthcare quietly disappears

    12/19/2014 7:13:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If you’re looking for a state with a reliable Leftward tilt, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Vermont. After all, this is the place which has repeatedly elected Bernie Sanders – a man who considers the Democrat Party too conservative for his tastes – to statewide office since 1991. So in terms of socialist experimental laboratories, this is the spot where you’d want to launch progressive initiatives and take them for a test spin. That was the plan for Governor Peter Shumlin, who had promised his constituents that they would soon be enjoying the first in the...
  • Vermont Governor Suspends Single-Payer Plans After Breitbart Reporting on Jonathan Gruber

    12/18/2014 1:47:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 4 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    The shocking news Wednesday that Governor Peter Shumlin (D-VT) has abandoned plans to introduce his long promised single-payer health care system to the Vermont Legislature in 2015 was a huge victory for conservative new media. As observers on the ground in Vermont confirmed Thursday, Breitbart News led the way. “Governor Shumlin would not have reversed course without Breitbart News and Michael Patrick Leahy exposing the Gruber factor and bringing the story to front of the public discussion in Vermont,” Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom told Breitbart News on Thursday. “Breitbart News and Michael Patrick Leahy’s laser focus...
  • Vermont Democrats chicken out and abandon their plan for single payer health care

    12/18/2014 12:29:14 PM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 18, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Vermont Democrats chicken out and abandon their plan for single payer health care In this previous post, I wrote: (the bolding is new, and was not in my original post)Vermont plans to start single payer health care in 2017April 27, 2014Vermont is planning to start a single payer health care system in 2017.I support states’ rights, and I don’t live in Vermont, so I don’t have anything against Vermont doing this.I view this the way a scientist views an experiment. I’m curious to see how it turns out.Will Vermont stick to its plan, or will they...
  • Governor abandons single-payer health care plan

    12/17/2014 6:43:25 PM PST · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/17/2014 | ap
    Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for the state to absorb, Shumlin said. The measure had been the centerpiece of the Democratic governor's agenda and was watched and rooted for by single-payer health care supporters around the country. "I am not going (to) undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms for this state...
  • Gruber model errs in Colorado as Vermont prepares to rely on data

    12/13/2014 7:30:05 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Vermont Watchdog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    Jonathan Gruber’s health care forecasting is failing in Colorado as Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to use the economist’s math for single-payer health care. As Vermonters anxiously await a Gruber-modeled financing plan for Green Mountain Care, modeling done for Colorado’s health exchange by Jonathan Gruber Associates has proven wildly erroneous. In 2011, following Colorado’s decision to set up a state health exchange for Obamacare, the state hired Gruber to forecast enrollment trends from which the state and federal government could estimate costs. According to a presentation delivered to the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Board on Sept. 16, 2011, and provided...
  • Dem Rep: America should apologize to suspected terrorists who underwent enhanced interrogation

    12/11/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 11, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    And here we go: Right off the deep end. It’s as predictable as the sunrise. As those who are genuinely and honestly outraged over the revelations contained within the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture” report strain themselves in the effort to adopt a posture of unparalleled indignation, they inevitably overreach. So far, the best example of this kind of indulgence in regrettable hyperbole in the pursuit of moral preening is Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). In an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday, Speier reacted to the release of the SSCI’s report on the CIA’s Bush-era enhanced interrogation program by saying America’s clandestine...
  • Milne (R) to continue fight for governor's seat (Vermont-legislature to decide)

    12/08/2014 3:23:58 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 2 replies
    WCAX ^ | 12/8/14 | Kyle Midura
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - Republican Candidate for Governor Scott Milne used a Monday press conference to announce he's not giving up on becoming the state's next Commander in Chief. "I think I'll be a better governor for Vermont than Peter Shumlin," Scott Milne told reporters. That selection is up to 180 Vermonters -- the men and women who hold seats in the House and Senate. The vast majority are Democrats like the Governor. "It's their choice. If they choose him, the legislature must accept responsibility for the results," Milne said. Traditionally, when no candidate secures a majority, lawmakers vote for the...
  • Jonathan Gruber: 'Anything I Say Will Just Feed the Haters'

    12/07/2014 4:25:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 62 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Internal emails between Vermont bureaucrats and controversial MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber reveal that Gruber's public silence is a strategic decision to avoid engaging with what he calls the "haters" who have criticized him. Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, has been silent since YouTube videos showing his disdain for "stupid" American voters went viral last month. Approached repeatedly by Breitbart.com, he's responded "no comment" each time. The newly-released emails also reveal Gruber is a man on a mission. He believes he is leading the country to a historic destiny: single-payer health care. "I am laying low on this," Gruber emailed...
  • Bernie Sanders: Evidence that the Senator from Vermont is a Big “C” Communist

    12/05/2014 12:33:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 12/5/14 | Trevor Loudon
    Everybody knows that Bernie Sanders, the grandfatherly Independent Senator from Vermont is a socialist. He’s made no secret of it over the years, proudly proclaiming to anyone who will listen. To most people it’s no big deal: “at least he’s honest,” they’ll chuckle. Most people seem to imagine that Grandpa Bernie’s socialism is benign, owing much more to Sweden than Cuba, much more to modern West Germany, than to the old German Democratic Republic. But is Bernie Sanders really being honest? What if he is actually more of a communist? A believer in class struggle? Of crushing the free enterprise...
  • 2016 retirements could complicate Dems' comeback plans (RATS Boxer, Reid - OUT!)

    11/30/2014 8:30:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats hope to take back control of the Senate in 2016, but their plans could be complicated by potential retirements. The two Democratic senators most likely to retire are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who represent both sides of the party’s ideological spectrum. Boxer, whose fourth term expires at the end of 2016, has a paltry $149,000 in her campaign account, less than almost every other senator facing election next year. As the nation’s most populous state, California is expensive to cover with advertising. If Boxer decides to run for reelection, she would face a major fundraising...
  • New phone scam targets pro-lifers with fake donation request

    11/26/2014 8:44:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Nancy Flanders
    Vermont Right to Life Committee Treasurer Sharon Toborg emailed a warning to pro-life Vermonters this week asking them to be careful of who they trust on the telephone. It seems that someone has been calling pro-lifers in the state claiming to be from “the Pro-Life Committee” or the “National Pro-Life Committee”. The caller is asking for donations by telephone to help the pro-life movement, however, it is definitely not a call from the Vermont Right to Life Committee (VRLC) or the National Right to Life Committee, which the VRLC is affiliated with. Toborg says VRLC has not solicited funds by...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • ‘Stupidity’ remark leads to free health site work (for Gruber)

    11/19/2014 8:32:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 8:00 PM EST | Dave Gram
    An economist who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped pass the complex federal health care law has agreed to finish his work on Vermont’s health insurance systems for free, a top state official said Wednesday. But the state will continue to pay assistants working with Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who advised the Obama administration as it crafted the Affordable Care Act. Vermont will likely end up paying about $280,000 of the original $450,000 the state had agreed to pay Gruber's team and a subcontractor, said Lawrence Miller, director of health reform for...