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  • Former Vt. employee arrested for shopping with taxpayer money

    04/18/2014 2:52:42 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 1 replies
    WCAX TV ^ | 4/18/14 | Jennifer Reading
    An arrest Friday in the case of a Vermont state employee accused of shopping with taxpayer dollars. Lisa Peduzzi of Plainfield is charged with embezzlement. In a press conference, Gov. Peter Shumlin said there were 19 cases to date of possible fraud. Peduzzi is in state custody and police were searching her home Friday. The governor called Peduzzi's alleged actions "fairly sophisticated deception and long-term fraud." He said, "I mean it was a fairly crafty and involved a scheme. It was not simply putting your fingers in the till and gabbing a couple of bucks." Peduzzi worked for the Vermont...
  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

    04/18/2014 9:52:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids - that is, baby goats - that arrived last week at Pine Island Farm were the latest additions to the Vermont Goat Collaborative, a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat meat with dairy goat farmers who have no need for young male animals. Some dairy farmers who otherwise would discard bucklings at birth or spend valuable time finding homes...
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • New York no longer worst state to do business

    04/16/2014 11:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Crain Communications ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeremy Smerd
    That honor now goes to New Jersey. Tax reforms passed in the latest budget represent big improvements for corporations, but not so much for individuals. ... Still, New York remains a burdensome place to earn a living. The reforms did not change the state's poor rankings for having high sales taxes (No. 38), individual income taxes (No. 49) and unemployment taxes (No. 45). Meanwhile, the governor announced Tuesday that the state tax department collected nearly $4 billion in evaded taxes in the past year, a 5% or $200 million increase compared to the year earlier.The state collects about $87 billion...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 84 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • Bernie Sanders seeks to pull Democrats left in 2016 primary

    04/13/2014 4:14:26 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 40 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Noah Bierman
    WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders has been calling activists and traveling the country with a question: Could he vault from his US Senate seat representing what is fondly called the People’s Republic of Vermont to the White House? His next stop in search of an answer is the first presidential primary state of New Hampshire, where this weekend he plans to bring his campaign complaint about America becoming an “oligarchic society.’’ The lawmaker, who is possibly the most liberal of all members of Congress — and the only one to call himself a democratic socialist — said in an interview this...
  • Senator Patrick Leahy deserves an Oscar

    04/12/2014 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    It’s not often that a U.S. government agency gets caught red-handed abiding by its charter and performing its publicly-avowed and legislatively-approved duties. But last week the AP "broke" a long and breathless story from Havana that nailed the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for just that. In their own words, "a secret plan aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government," was courageously exposed by the AP’s intrepid Havana bureau. Such is the magnitude of the scandal that a red-faced and snarling Senator Patrick Leahy is now chairing hearings on Capitol Hill where he grills USAID director Rajiv Shah on...
  • Vermont's Single-Payer [health care] Dream Is Taxpayer Nightmare [link only]

    04/11/2014 10:58:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    Bloomberg [link only] | April 11, 2014 | Megan McArdle
    link only: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-04-11/vermont-s-single-payer-dream-is-taxpayer-nightmare?cmpid=yhoo
  • Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling on campaign contributions (Harry Reid bashes Koch Brothers again)

    04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed...
  • Reid declines to endorse Feinstein's assault-weapons legislation

    01/29/2013 1:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 29, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation to the floor and open it to a lengthy amendment process. But he declined to endorse the assault weapons ban introduced last week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which has the support of the 2nd- and 3rd-ranking Senate Democratic leaders. “She’s talked to me about her assault weapons. The new one. She believes in it fervently and I admire her for that. I’ll take a look at that,” he...
  • Senate President Wants Health Reform Contingency If Single Payer Falters (Vermont)

    03/26/2014 2:18:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    VPR ^ | 3/25/14 | Peter Hirschfeld
    Since winning the governor’s seat in 2010, Peter Shumlin has pledged to make Vermont the first state in the country with a single-payer health care system. But a key legislative ally now says the proposal might not be as politically viable as Shumlin seems to believe. And Senate President John Campbell says it’s time to start putting together a contingency plan. Shumlin has backed off on his promise to deliver a publicly funded plan by January of 2017. But while the timeline may have moved back, Shumlin says he’ll still reach the goal. Campbell, however, isn’t so sure. And he...
  • Vermont Democrats Labeling State's Single-Payer Health Plan a Failure

    03/18/2014 11:20:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    In 2011, Vermont passed the nation's first single-payer healthcare system, "Green Mountain Care." While the law was supposed to be fully enacted by 2017, it has become apparent that there's no solid plan in place to actually pay for the healthcare of all Vermont residents. Democratic lawmakers, citing missed deadlines and past failures, have begun to call for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin to "shelve" the plan. “The deadlines for proposing financing have been missed two years in a row now, so to me that’s very disappointing. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that there is no financing plan,” Condon told...
  • Vermont: The First US Single Payer State Health System Would Require Doubling Taxes

    03/18/2014 7:23:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/18/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    No, no it can’t Vermont Health Connect is a disaster. It’s a disaster even by the standards of other troubled state health care websites. And Green Mountain Care, its attempt at single payer, is an even bigger disaster. (via Ace) Al Gobeille, the chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, says additional tax revenue will be needed in order to make a publicly-financed health care system affordable for all Vermonters.And Gobeille says he won’t shy away from the challenge.“That’s the question that everybody runs from, but I’ve never run from it,” said Gobeille. “It’s going to come from a...
  • Heroin Scourge Overtakes a ‘Quaint’ Vermont Town

    03/08/2014 2:46:05 PM PST · by mgist · 85 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 3/5/14 | By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Stephanie Predel is off heroin. But the Bennington, Vt., area, where she lives, is in the throes of an epidemic. BENNINGTON, Vt. — Stephanie Predel, a stick-thin 23-year-old freshly out of jail, said she was off heroin. But she knows precisely where she could get more drugs if she ever wanted them — at the support meetings for addicts. “I can get most of my drugs right at the meeting,” she said. “Drug dealers go because they know they’re going to get business.” She added, “People are going into the bathroom to get high.” Bennington, a pre-Revolutionary town of 17,000...
  • Protest targets DCF in case of slain child

    02/24/2014 3:52:25 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 6 replies
    WCAX ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Jennifer Reading
    Dozens of parents and concerned citizens gathered outside the office of the Vermont Department for Children and Families in Rutland Monday. They want answers from the child protection agency after two-year-old Dezirae Sheldon was allegedly murdered by her stepfather, 31-year-old Dennis Duby. "The signs were there. Pay attention to them. This little one could have been alive," said Lindsay Miller, who took part in the protest. Those signs include a child abuse investigation last year into Dezirae's mother -- Sandra Eastman. In July she was convicted of breaking the baby's leg and then waiting at least a week to seek...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 February 2014

    02/23/2014 5:34:11 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 148 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 February 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 23rd, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Peter Shumlin, D-Vt.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): National Security Adviser Susan Rice.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Govs. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and Martin O'Malley, D-Md.THIS WEEK (ABC): Former President George W. Bush.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Govs. Rick Perry, R-Texas, Mike Pence, R-Ind., Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., Jay Nixon D-Mo.
  • Maria von Trapp Dies

    02/22/2014 3:32:40 PM PST · by Borges · 48 replies
    People ^ | 2/21 | K. C. Blumm
    Maria von Trapp, whose family's story was told in The Sound of Music, has died. She was the last surviving member of the musical family of seven brothers and sisters and passed away in her sleep at home in Vermont at the age of 99 on Tuesday, PEOPLE confirms. Von Trapp, who was the second-eldest daughter, and her family fled their home in Austria to escape from the Nazis in the 1930s and eventually ended up in the U.S., where their story inspired a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical and the popular 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews.
  • Millionaire Preppy Howard Dean Wants To Level Playing Field Between The 1% and Rest Of 'Us'

    02/06/2014 12:07:36 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What do you mean "us," Kemosabe? If Howard Dean wants to push a job-killing agenda of higher taxes and other redistributionist claptrap, that's his business. But could he please spare us the faux populism? In an email Dean sent out earlier today touting the "Inequality For All" house parties his DFA group is organizing [and what sounds like more fun than getting together to gripe about what other people have?], Dean wrote [emphasis added]: "These 'Inequality for All' Watch Parties are just the kind of action we need to start leveling the playing field between the 1% and the rest...
  • Exclusive: Democratic senators to file amicus brief in Hobby Lobby birth control case

    01/28/2014 2:47:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/28/2014 | Liz Goodwin
    In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees’ birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company’s religious freedom. The senators—five of them women—argue in their “friend of the court” brief that the owners of the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate simply because some forms of birth control offend their religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby’s owners, David Green and his family, are suing the federal...
  • Cruz seeks to refocus NSA debate on ‘bad guys’

    01/19/2014 3:56:29 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    NBC Politics ^ | 01/16/2014 | Tom Curry
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender, is trying to refocus the debate over National Security Agency surveillance on the terrorists who actually succeed in pulling off attacks in the United States.Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender, is trying to refocus the debate over National Security Agency surveillance on the terrorists who actually succeed in pulling off attacks in the United States.“The federal government has not been effective enough monitoring and surveilling bad guys,” Cruz said this week as the Senate awaited President Barack Obama’s NSA reform proposals which he’ll announce...
  • Vt. lawmakers look at paying for single-payer (13% payroll tax!)

    01/17/2014 3:12:34 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 54 replies
    WCAX TV ^ | 1/16/14 | Kyle Midura
    MONTPELIER, Vt. -In a rare move, a Democratic senator held the floor for much of the Senate Republicans' caucus Thursday. "I know that I'm in a forum of skeptics and I want to emphasize that I am a supporter. I introduced a financing bill because I believe in it but I also think it's important to have an honest discussion about what this is going to cost and how to do it," said Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham County. Act 48 required Gov. Peter Shumlin to explain how to pay for a single-payer system last January. He cited implementation delay for...
  • (Vermont) Health Connect: New delay for small businesses (it's a complete failure)

    01/14/2014 3:32:02 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 6 replies
    WCAX TV ^ | 1/14/14 | Kyle Midura
    Vt. Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson announced Tuesday that the state's $80-million dollar insurance website won't be ready to handle small businesses in time. Insurance company officials told legislators the system would need to be tested by late-January to guarantee coverage for April. Vermont Health Connect isn't willing to bet on its contractors, who have missed every deadline so far. Officials told businesses the only option to buy exchange-approved coverage is to skip the website and buy directly through Blue Cross or MVP. "We believe that it is -- at this point -- a proven pathway. Many Vermonters have already...
  • Vermont Senators Want to Affirm Abortion as a Right

    01/12/2014 7:34:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    A group of Vermont state senators have introduced an unfortunate bill that would affirm a woman’s right to abortion, in an effort to nullify provisions still on the books in the Green Mountain State that criminalize the procedure. From the proposed legislation: This bill proposes to repeal Vermont statutes that criminalize: (1) assisting in the performance of an abortion; and (2) advertising about the provision of abortion services. An act relating to decriminalizing the performance of abortions in Vermont and recognizing the right to have an abortion. As for why the senators put the bill forward, their explanation is painfully...
  • ‘Full-Blown Heroin Crisis’: Vermont Governor Says Drug Surge Deadlier Than Cars or Guns

    01/10/2014 8:28:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/10/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Vermont’s governor dedicated his entire state of the state address this week to the scourge of drug addiction, stressing that the uptick in heroin use is more deadly that guns or “all of the other things that we keep talking about.”“What started as an OxyContin and prescription drug addiction problem in this state has now grown into a full-blown heroin crisis,” Peter Shumlin said of the 770 percent increase in opiate treatment in his home state since 2000. The White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy has also reported the number of deaths involving heroin jumped 45 percent...
  • Vermont plots course for single-payer health care system

    01/07/2014 3:25:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/7/14 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – While all eyes are on the ObamaCare rollout, an ambitious health care experiment is going forward in Vermont that would create a government-run alternative know as a "single-payer" system -- and it's starting to attract more attention from liberals frustrated with the Affordable Care Act's implementation. Democrats' faith in ObamaCare has been shaken by the technical failures of the federal and state insurance exchanges as well as, in some cases, premium increases. In Vermont, however, they see a potential first step toward the kind of national government-run health care system some have advocated for years. Filmmaker Michael Moore,...
  • Ted Cruz: Indefinite Detention Retained in NDAA 2014

    01/06/2014 2:10:08 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    New American ^ | Tuesday, 24 December 2013 11:35 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Eighty-five of 100 U.S. senators voted to renew the president’s power to indefinitely detain Americans, denying them of their fundamental right to due process.On December 19, by a vote of 84-15 (Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, did not vote), the Senate sent the Fiscal Year 2014 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to President Obama’s desk. Although an overwhelming majority of Republicans and Democrats signed off on the evisceration of the Bill of Rights, a small coalition of Independents, Republicans, and Democrats refused to accede to such a devastation deprivation of rights. A list of the lawmakers...
  • The NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

    01/04/2014 7:50:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/4/2014 | BRIAN FUNG
    "Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other elected officials?" That's the question Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) put to the National Security Agency's chief in a bluntly worded letter Friday. It seems, however, that the agency cannot categorically say no. Sanders didn't use the word "spy" lightly. He was careful to define his terms, indicating he meant the collection of phone records from personal as well as official telephones, "content from Web sites visited or e-mails sent," and data that companies collect but don't release to the public.
  • Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If It Spies On Congress

    01/03/2014 12:05:49 PM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 3, 2014
    The real life magic-mushroom, banana dictatorship envisioned by George Orwell just went full retard. From VT Senator Bernie Sanders: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today asked the National Security Agency director whether the agency has monitored the phone calls, emails and Internet traffic of members of Congress and other elected officials.“Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?” Sanders asked in a letter to Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA director. “Spying” would include gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails...
  • Obamacare Ignites Revolution Inside The Democratic Party

    12/31/2013 3:45:38 AM PST · by Liz · 29 replies
    moneymorning.com ^ | 12/31/13 | Money Morning Staff Reports
    As 2014 midterms approach, some Democrats are running-not walking-away from Obamacare....coming out of the woodwork to voice opposition. •39th President Jimmy Carter: "His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best." •Barney Frank, former Massachusetts Congressman: "I think we paid a terrible price for health care." •Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Howard Dean, a doctor: "The Affordable Care Act's Rate-Setting Won't Work." Obamacare was primarily designed to decrease the number of uninsured Americans and reduce healthcare costs. But experts say it will have the exact opposite effect. What started as a promise to insure 40...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 29 December 2013

    12/29/2013 5:00:35 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 119 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 29 December 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 29th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Democratic former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gen. Michael Hayden, Former National Security Agency Director; NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake.THIS WEEK (ABC): A look at game changers in 2013 (I can’t help thinking it’s Auburn running back Chris Davis).STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Secretary of State John Kerry. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Neera Tanden, president and CEO of...
  • Vt. businesses crunch health coverage numbers again (VT health exchange not ready for Jan 1)

    12/05/2013 8:04:08 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 13 replies
    WCAX ^ | 12/4/13 | Kyle Midura
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - Betsy Bishop and staff at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce spent much of the year on the phone, convincing business operators to bring their insurance business to the state's online marketplace. But now, they're calling back to let them know the plans they picked won't be available Jan. 1 because of bugs and delays. "And we're having a bit of trouble convincing people to come off their decision. They're saying to us now we want to stay with Vermont Health Connect, which is great but there's no way for that payment mechanism to work," Bishop said. Bishop...
  • VT:EXCLUSIVE: Preemptive Strike(Firearm Preemption under threat0

    12/04/2013 7:17:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Guns Magazine ^ | December, 2013 | David Codrea
    Back before a handful of other states adopted “Constitutional Carry” laws providing for permitless carrying of concealed firearms, the practice was called “Vermont Carry,” as the Green Mountain State stood alone throughout the 20th Century in not prohibiting it. Long known for lenient gun laws and low numbers of homicides, Vermont represented the perfect real-world test of economist John Lott’s “More Guns Less Crime” thesis. Which made it a threat to the gun-grabbers… Vermont had also enacted firearms preemption legislation, meaning laws were set by the state, prohibiting municipalities from establishing a “patchwork quilt” of conflicting ordinances that would make...
  • Report: (exempt democratic socialist) Bernie Sanders Open To Presidential Run

    11/20/2013 5:13:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the Senate’s most unabashedly progressive member, told the Burlington Free Press on Friday that he may run for President in 2016 if there is not a suitably liberal candidate. Sanders, who identifies as a Democratic Socialist, cited the need for a candidate who can tamp down on Wall Street, oppose austerity cuts and tackle climate change.
  • Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders visits S.C.

    10/26/2013 9:04:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    charlestoncitypaper.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | Corey Hutchins
    America is turning into an oligarchy — that was the message Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s self-styled socialist U.S. senator, preached to more than 100 progressive activists last Saturday at the annual fall getaway of the S.C. Progressive Network. Sanders had been on a week-long romp of the former Confederacy, and during his tour, he hit up the Progressive Network gathering taking place among the live oaks, Spanish moss, and scattered cabins of the historic Penn Center on St. Helena Island. Sanders said he had never spoken publicly in the South, but it’s been something the New Englander had always intended to...
  • Gun Control Battle Brewing In Burlington (VT)

    10/22/2013 9:15:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Vermont Public Radio ^ | October 21, 2013 | Taylor Dobbs
    Enlarge image Credit Taylor Dobbs / VPR Bob Dougall of Bolton, left, and Diane Tardif of Essex Junction came to Burlington Monday to protest proposed gun control measures. Burlington’s City Council Monday night heard public comments about proposed charter changes that would increase regulation of firearms in the city.Contois Auditorium in Burlington’s City Hall was standing room only, and the city council opened the auditorium’s balcony for a one-hour public hearing on the proposed changes.Four charter changes were at issue: The first would ban guns from any establishment with a liquor license; another would require police to seize firearms...
  • Obamacare’s Vermont Fail

    10/22/2013 5:16:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 22, 2013 | By Stuart Stevens
    Vermont’s health-care exchange website may be even a bigger mess than the federal-run HealthCare.Gov. And health care in Vermont may be headed for a unique train wreck due to its efforts to become the first state in the country to implement a single payer plan. One of the president’s key selling points of the ACA was the promise that if you liked your plan, you could keep it. We’re learning that’s often not the case as Obamacare is implemented across the country. And in Vermont, there has been no pretense of such assurance. As of January 1, 2014, in Vermont,...
  • Health care reform may save Vt. Corrections money

    10/21/2013 10:58:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Times Argus ^ | October 20, 2013
    MONTPELIER — State officials are investigating how federal health care reform may allow Vermont to save on the cost of providing health services to its incarcerated population. Federal statutes prevent Medicaid — a shared state and federal program — from being used to provide health care to people behind bars. But detainees who qualify for a non-Medicaid plan on the exchange may now be able to use exchange insurance plans while in jail, potentially saving the state the cost of providing health care for them. “One of the new aspects that we’re exploring under the Affordable Care Act is that...
  • Plan in Vermont is to 'inch forward' on guns in spite of state law

    10/17/2013 5:00:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 14 October, 2013 | David Codrea
    The effort to enact state preemption law-violating “gun control” measures in Burlington is being advanced in steps as recommended by Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson of Essex and anti-gun activists, the Vermont Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs reported yesterday, citing the latest “Vermont this Week” Public Television panel. The revealed game plan is to settle for incremental gains and then go back later to try for further measures, “[T]he Burlington City Council's charter committee changed its proposed gun control ordinance … in hopes of having it pass at the Burlington Council City Public Hearing,” VFSC told its supporters in an advisory alert. Moderator...
  • Some pay price for entering closed Acadia ( Maine )

    10/08/2013 10:53:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 80 replies
    pph ^ | October 8, 2013 | Tom Bell
    Rangers issue a handful of citations over the weekend for alleged trespassing. The government shutdown closed the national park Oct. 1. For months, Julie and Eugene Gillies of South Portland planned to celebrate their wedding anniversary in Bar Harbor. They weren’t about to let a political fight in Congress get in the way of their plans to see Acadia National Park, which they visited on their honeymoon 34 years ago. Riding on small motor scooters beneath a bright blue sky Sunday morning, the couple went around the barricades and past the sign declaring the park closed and joined what they...
  • Feinstein vows to kill Leahy's NSA bill

    10/03/2013 8:33:59 AM PDT · by shego · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/2/13 | Brendan Sasso
    At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he will push legislation to end the NSA's controversial program to collect records on all U.S. phone calls. He argued that the program invades Americans' privacy rights while doing little to thwart terrorist attacks. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, argued that the phone data program is critical for protecting national security. "I will do everything I can to prevent this program from being canceled," Feinstein said during the hearing....
  • New Hampshire College to Spend $3.6 Million on Gay Housing Project

    10/01/2013 5:40:05 PM PDT · by massmike · 42 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | 10/01/2013 | MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    A New Hampshire academic institution's leadership has approved a $3.6 million housing project for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allied students. The Board of Trustees at Dartmouth College decided to approve the project, known as The Triangle House, at their meeting in September with work set to begin this month. Before launching The Triangle House, Dartmouth already created a "Gender Neutral Program" which "allows for same-gender, opposite-gender or other-gender identities to live together regardless of biological sex." Dartmouth is not the only New England academic institute to recently expand its housing options to include LGBT or gender...
  • Congressional Delegation Warns Of Impact Of Government Shutdown

    09/24/2013 8:39:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    vpr.net ^ | September 24, 2013 | Bob Kinzel
    If Congress fails to pass a budget by next Monday night, many parts of the federal government will be shut down. House Republicans have passed a budget that includes the de-funding of the Affordable Care Act but it’s an approach that has very little chance of passing the Senate. So the question is whether this stalemate will lead to a government shutdown. Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator Patrick Leahy denounced the House Republican approach. “They have no interest in fixing problems or making it better only in blowing it up. They don’t come up with one single idea that...
  • Native American tribe calls protesters who destroyed 9/11 memorial ‘disgusting’

    09/14/2013 6:47:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/2013 | Robby Soave
    The protesters who uprooted a 9/11 memorial display at a liberal arts college in Vermont claimed they were defending Abenaki tribal lands and taking a stand against U.S. imperialism.The Abenaki tribe’s response? “Disgusting.”Don Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, said his tribe did not approve of the actions taken by five people–including one student–at Middlebury College last week. (RELATED: Student destroys 9/11 memorial, citing U.S. imperialism)“We didn’t know anything about this and if we had we certainly wouldn’t have sanctioned it,” he said in a statement to The Addison Independent.The 9/11 memorial display consisted of 2,977 flags placed in...
  • Flags commemorating 9/11 taken down as political statement

    09/13/2013 7:52:27 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 35 replies
    Middlebury Beat ^ | 9/12/13 | LDubs
    UPDATE (9/12/13): Here is part of a statement written by Amanda Lickers, the woman Shireman-Grabowski claimed to assist in removing the flags. Lickers says she is a member of the Onondowa’ga Nation, which is a part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The statement was posted in an article on the website Climate Connections: yesterday i went to occupied abenaki territory. i was invited to middlebury college to facilitate a workshop on settler responsibility and decolonization. i walked across this campus whose stone wall structures weigh heavy on the landscape. the history of eugenics, genocide and colonial violence permeate that space so...
  • Students Rip-up 9/11 Memorial at Middlebury College

    09/13/2013 1:47:08 PM PDT · by pabianice · 41 replies
    Two of five unidentified protestors uproot flags dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in a midday protest. (middbeat/Rachel Kogan) A 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site. The flags — meant to commemorate each of the 2,977 lives taken in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — have been posted in the grass between Mead Chapel and the Davis Family Library annually in...
  • Student Protesters Rip 2,977 American Flags Out of Ground at 9/11 Memorial

    09/13/2013 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/13/13
    More than 200 colleges and high schools across the nation participated in Young America's Foundation's 9/11: Never Forget Project. Students came together to establish an American flag memorial on campus consisting of 2,977 flags representing each person murdered in the terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, five student protesters at Middlebury College ripped the flags out of the ground before 3:00 pm. The 9/11: Never Forget Project has been an annual nonpartisan event at Middlebury College for the past ten years. By participating in the 9/11: Never Forget Project, students honor the victims of the attacks, as well as honor the American principles...
  • Student Protesters Rip 2,977 American Flags Out of Ground at 9/11 Memorial (Because Indian)

    09/13/2013 9:22:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 12, 2013 | Hillary Cherry
    More than 200 colleges and high schools across the nation participated in Young America's Foundation's 9/11: Never Forget Project. Students came together to establish an American flag memorial on campus consisting of 2,977 flags representing each person murdered in the terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, five student protesters at Middlebury College ripped the flags out of the ground before 3:00 pm. The 9/11: Never Forget Project has been an annual nonpartisan event at Middlebury College for the past ten years. By participating in the 9/11: Never Forget Project, students honor the victims of the attacks, as well as honor the American principles...
  • 9/11 Memorial Uprooted in Midday Protest (Middlebury College, VT)

    09/12/2013 2:47:32 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 21 replies
    Middlebury Campus ^ | 09/11/2013 | Kyle Finck
    A 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site. The flags — meant to commemorate each of the 2,977 lives taken in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — have been posted in the grass between Mead Chapel and the Davis Family Library annually in a joint effort between the College Republicans and Democrats for nearly 10 years. Ben Kinney ’15, president of the College Republicans, spent...
  • 9/11 Memorial Uprooted in Midday Protest (Flags taken down by college leftists)

    09/12/2013 6:55:48 AM PDT · by kristinn · 29 replies
    The Middlebury Campus ^ | Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Kyle Finck (and Zach Drennen)
    A 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site. The flags — meant to commemorate each of the 2,977 lives taken in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — have been posted in the grass between Mead Chapel and the Davis Family Library annually in a joint effort between the College Republicans and Democrats for nearly 10 years. Ben Kinney ’15, president of the College Republicans, spent...
  • Bloomberg Rips Mayoral Frontrunner De Blasio's Campaign as 'Racist'

    09/07/2013 8:15:49 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    As of right now, Bill de Blasio is the man to beat in the race to be the next mayor of New York City. The latest polls put him at 43%, which is enough to avoid a run-off in the Democratic primary, and it is widely believed that whoever wins the Democratic primary will sail into office. For the most part, sitting mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has stayed out of the race, but in an extensive interview with New York Magazine the term-limited Independent ripped de Blasio's campaign as "class-warfare and racist":