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  • Washington Post Corrects Story of Russian Hack of Vermont Utility

    01/02/2017 2:24:09 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | 02 January 2017 | Bob Adelmann
    Assuming that the story was true ó that Russian hackers had gained access to a Vermont utilityís software†ó members of the mainstream media piped its echoes across the Internet:ABC News: Russian Hacking Malware Found on Vermont Utility Computer International Business Times: Vermont Electric Grid Targeted by Russian Hackers Chicago Tribune: Russian hack of Vermont utility shows risk to power grid Each of these stories is now between one and two days old, with no follow-up once the Washington Post edited its original article:An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid. Authorities...
  • Police: Feud between homeless camps triggered Burlington murder

    06/03/2016 11:14:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    wcax ^ | 06/02/2016
    Beede was a transgender male and police initially considered the possibility the attack was a hate crime. But they now believe it was part of an ongoing feud between two nearby homeless encampments that included Beede retaliating for the spreading of feces on a tent. "Amos Beede took bottles of urine and dumped them in Erik Averill's tent. Once Erik Averill was able to determine it was Amos Beede who retaliated by dumping bottles of urine, he committed to then assaulting Mr. Beede. He enlisted help and executed the assault," said Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo.
  • Burlington College Feels the Bern! Will Close Thanks to Crushing Debt

    05/16/2016 3:40:33 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 33 replies
    GP ^ | 5/16/2016 | J Hoft
    Burlington College Feels the Bern! Will Close Thanks to Crushing Debt Acquired by Mrs. Bernie Sanders One of the reasons Bernie Sanders is doing well with Millennials is because heís promising free college for everyone. In an ultimate twist of irony, his wife Jane Sanders was president of Burlington College in Vermont and racked up such large debts for the small school that she led it to ruin. sanders wife Burlington College announced today it will close after it was unable to recover from the crushing debt incurred under during Jane Sandersí tenure as president of the institution. Heat Street...
  • Vermont Gov. on Gun Control: ‚ÄėYou Need a 50-State Solution... We‚Äôre Not Living(T)

    02/23/2016 7:08:33 AM PST · by rktman · 58 replies ^ | 2/22/2016 | Jose R. Gonzalez
    "We're not living in the Middle Ages," Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Friday as he called for national gun control legislation. "My view on gun legislation is this: You will not solve this problem state by state. You need a 50-state solution, and we better come up with one fast," Shumlin said last week at Politico's Sixth Annual State Solutions Conference [1] at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Shumlin pushed for a "50-state solution" despite coming from a rural state where guns are commonly used for hunting.
  • The Kasich Campaign‚Äôs Next Moves

    02/21/2016 6:41:19 AM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | February 18, 2016 | Alexis Levinson
    The next stops for Kasich are the primaries in New England. Vermont and Massachusetts, whose media markets at points overlap with New Hampshire, where Kasich practically lived for the past several months, both hold primaries on March 1. The Maine primary follows on March 5. Those around Kasich believe he can capitalize on his investment in New Hampshire with voters in those surrounding states. Kasich is scheduled to spend the day of the South Carolina primary in Massachusetts ... Still, Kasich’s biggest target other than his native Ohio remains Michigan, which will hold its primary on March 8. Kasich’s advisers...
  • Saudi Arabia Plans 'Thatcherite Revolution'

    01/07/2016 11:35:14 AM PST · by EBH · 14 replies
    Saudi Arabia is mulling the sale of shares in Aramco, believed to be the world's most valuable company, as part of plans to repair its finances and open up its economy. The announcement was made by the country's deputy crown prince as Saudi's secretive, state-owned oil firm grapples with the effects of oil prices nearing 12-year lows . Mohammed bin Salman told The Economist: "That is something that is being reviewed, and we believe a decision will be made over the next few months." The Saudi economy has taken a battering from the oil price decline and the finance ministry...
  • Woman to remove screen built to block view of neighbor

    09/30/2015 10:33:14 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 60 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | 9/30/2015 | Staff
    <p>THETFORD, Vt. (AP) ó A former Vermont gubernatorial candidate is taking down a 60-foot by 24-foot screen she built to block her view of her neighbor's home.</p> <p>The Valley News reports Ruth Dwyer has agreed to remove the structure by Nov. 1 as part of a settlement filed earlier this month. Dwyer will face a $200 fine for each day the screen remains up if she doesn't remove it by that date.</p>
  • 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, 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...
  • 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. óGun rights activists are firing back at gun control lobbyists who are pushing for a universal background check bill. ďFor me, this bill attempts to stop me from doing something i would never do anyway,Ē said Chris Bradley, president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmenís 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.
  • Bishop Coyne of Indianapolis picked to head Vermont diocese

    12/22/2014 1:10:49 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    cna ^ | December 22, 2014
    Bishop Christopher J. Coyne gives a blessing March 25, 2012 during the Mass of Dedication at the new St. Mary-of-the-Knobs Church in Floyd County, Ind. (Criterion file photo) Burlington, Vt., Dec 22, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of Burlington, Vermont, announced the Vatican Dec. 22. In a Dec. 22 statement, Bishop Coyne voiced joy and thanked the Holy Father for his trust. He told the people of Burlington: “I come to you ready to commit myself completely to the work of...
  • Vermont man Found not guilty in Shooting; Initial Report Inaccurate

    11/07/2014 5:42:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Trader Fred's of Thetford, Vermont On the first of November, a jury in Vermont found Thomas Berecz not guilty on† all counts.† He had been charged with aggravated assault, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.†† The jury took about three hours to make their finding.† The trial concerned events that had happened over four years ago. † To show how initial reporting can be very wrong, consider this report from 2010: †† From 16 Sept, 2010 State Police investigated and said that Fred Berecz, 62, and his son Thomas, 41, fired at the Jetta and...
  • Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races

    11/06/2014 1:09:52 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11-6-2014 | Kevin Robillard
    Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races By: Kevin Robillard November 6, 2014 02:28 PM EST More than 36 hours after the last polls closed, two statewide races in Alaska, the Virginia Senate race and a slew of West Coast House races have yet to be called.Here’s how things stand:THE HOUSEAZ-2: Highly touted Republican recruit Martha McSally leads Democratic Rep. Ron Barber by just under 1,300 votes. The Arizona Republic reports that only a few thousand votes remain uncounted in Cochise County, while 47,000 votes still need to be counted in Democrat-friendly Pima County.CA-7: Former GOP Rep. Doug Ose has...
  • Their Names Werenít on Voter Registration Rolls. This City Let Them Cast a Ballot Anyway.

    10/09/2014 11:01:23 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 27 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 09, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    Previously unpublished data from the last big election in Burlington, Vt., reveals a significant number of votes were cast by individuals whose names were not on the statewide checklist. In the 2012 presidential election, 17,383 votes were cast in Burlington, according to city-published data. According to data not published by the city, but made available to a reporter, 639 of those votes, or 3.7 percent, came from election day walk-in voters whose names were not on the voter rolls and whose registration status was unknown. As previously reported, votes by individuals whose names donít appear on the checklist count whether...
  • Gun lobbyists keep Vermont lawmakers in crosshairs near sessionís end

    05/11/2014 8:02:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 9 May, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    MONTPELIER, Vt. ó As the legislative session races to an end, gun rights advocates say now is the time to keep a watchful eye on lawmakers in Montpelier. The closer they get to that final gavel, the faster the horses get traded over there in Montpelier,Ē Evan Hughes, vice president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmenís Clubs, told Vermont Watchdog. Hughes is one of many Second Amendment defenders camped out at the Capitol this week to make sure anti-gun legislation doesnít get stealthily passed in the legislative sessionís final hours. The session, which began in January, could end as soon...
  • Vermont gun confiscation-bill a solution in search of a problem

    05/06/2014 1:45:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Vermont Watchdog ^ | 5 May, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    After more than 30 years in law enforcement, Mark Donka says he canít remember a single instance in which a firearm was involved in a domestic dispute. And the statistics mirror Donkaís experience: gun crime is rare in Vermont. But that hasnít stopped an on-going effort in Montpelier to confiscate guns from alleged domestic abusers. To hear the Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence tell it, Vermontís domestic violence problem has become so serious the time has come for police to confiscate weapons from alleged domestic abusers. The group is the chief proponent of H.735, a ďmust passĒ fees...
  • Vermont embarks on single-payer health care plan [set to begin in 2017]

    04/12/2014 7:13:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 12, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    I actually applaud this experiment. Letís see how it works out. Vermont, as it happens, shares a long border with New Hampshire, which prides itself on having no income tax or sales tax. Letís watch how people vote with their feet.
  • VT:Burlington Council Members "Keep the Crowd Down"

    03/05/2014 6:16:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    <p>Members of the Burlington City Council have worked out a strategy to attack second amendment rights in Vermont, where there is a strong preemption law that prevents local governments from enacting separate firearms laws.† David Codrea noted it months ago.</p>
  • 95K without power in Northeast due to ice storm

    12/22/2013 5:45:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2013 8:43 AM EST
    A winter storm bringing ice and whipping winds to upstate New York and northern Vermont knocked out power to thousands of customers as officials urged motorists to avoid traveling in dangerously slick conditions. More than 95,000 utility customers woke up without power Sunday morning in New York, Vermont and Maine because of widespread ice accumulations. In New Yorkís St. Lawrence County, almost 2 inches of ice had accumulated early Sunday, coating tree limbs and power lines, county dispatch operations supervisor Jim Chestnut said. Ö
  • 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 ďConstitutional CarryĒ laws providing for permitless carrying of concealed firearms, the practice was called ďVermont Carry,Ē 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 Lottís ďMore Guns Less CrimeĒ thesis. Which made it a threat to the gun-grabbersÖ Vermont had also enacted firearms preemption legislation, meaning laws were set by the state, prohibiting municipalities from establishing a ďpatchwork quiltĒ of conflicting ordinances that would make...
  • 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 ^ | 14 October, 2013 | David Codrea
    The effort to enact state preemption law-violating ďgun controlĒ 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 Sportmenís Clubs reported yesterday, citing the latest ďVermont this WeekĒ Public Television panel. The revealed game plan is to settle for incremental gains and then go back later to try for further measures, ď[T]he Burlington City Council's charter committee changed its proposed gun control ordinance Ö in hopes of having it pass at the Burlington Council City Public Hearing,Ē VFSC told its supporters in an advisory alert. Moderator...
  • Who Told Vermont To Be Stupid?

    09/01/2013 3:54:38 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/01/2013 | James Conca
    In a week when we celebrated one of the greatest speeches in history, we also saw discrimination win over science. Again. Ideology defeated reason. As a scientist, I was saddened in a way I am not usually wont. The Great State of Vermont threw away cheap clean energy this week out of ignorance and fear. Vermont chose to be stupid, and will hurt the environment as a sidebar.
  • VA Tech professor: Stop saying "Support the Troops"

    08/27/2013 6:30:09 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2013 | Victor Medina
    Steven Salaita, an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, argues in a column posted this morning at that Americans should stop saying "support the troops," calling it "trite and tiresome." He argues that patriotism and voicing support for the troops is merely a cover for American "imperialism" and likens American soldiers to murderers and ignorant individuals who "act like an Adam Sandler character."
  • VT:Church and State Gun Turn In Fails so Far (buyback)

    08/13/2013 6:17:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A Unitarian church in Middlebury Vermont has been attempting to induce people to give their guns to the Government to be destroyed for a price far below market value.† From Minister Barnaby Feder says he recognizes that guns tend to sell for much more than $50 online, but that he hopes this incentive will at least make people aware of the option to dispose of firearms. So far no guns have been brought to the police department for cash. I do not see anyone organizing massive protests over this clear Church/State cooperation.†† The money has been turned over...
  • Firearm incident sparks debate over rights

    08/03/2013 9:13:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 105 replies ^ | 2 August, 2013 | NA
    RUTLAND ó Joshua Severance says his Second Amendment rights to openly carry a firearm were violated, but Rutland police say they were following the law when they handcuffed and briefly detained the Milton man this week. In a case that appears destined to end in a courtroom, Severance, 26, says he was walking down a residential Rutland street Monday afternoon with his shirt off and his 9mm Beretta semiautomatic handgun holstered on his hip when a city police cruiser stopped in front of him and an officer ordered him to place his hands on the hood. ďI figured they wanted...
  • Migrant worker and activist allowed to stay in U.S.

    07/17/2013 5:31:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    North Country Public Radio ^ | Jul 17, 2013 | Sarah Harris
    Danilo Lopez will be allowed to stay in the country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says. Lopez, a Vermont migrant-worker-turned-activist from Mexico, advocated for a new law allowing people without legal status to get drivers' licenses. Lopez was scheduled to be deported on July 5. In 2011, Lopez was traveling in a friendís car when a police officer pulled them over for speeding. Lopez was turned over to Border Patrol, detained and released. Since then, heís helped Vermontís migrant worker community get access to driver's licenses. Earlier this year, Lopez said that the campaign for driver's licenses is really...
  • Police: Hudson Falls man shot dead in Vermont after stabbing pregnant ex-girlfriend

    06/19/2013 5:32:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 17 June, 2013 | Bill Toscano
    DANBY, Vt. ó The stepmother of a Vermont man who shot a Hudson Falls man to death Sunday said her stepson was defending his family. Vermont State Police said Aaron Allen, 28, of Hudson Falls, died after being shot by Michael White, 24. Police said Allen went to a house on John Corey Road Sunday evening with a knife and was stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Heather Thompson, when he was shot. Thompson, 22, had a restraining order issued in Washington County against Allen because of an April arrest for unlawful restraint, police said. ďHe came to kill her, and who knows,...
  • Vermont's Gun-Control Dodge Leaves Burlington in the Crosshairs (Uber barf alert)

    04/11/2013 6:19:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 10 April, 2013 | Kevin J. Kelley
    Second Amendment activists have shot down gun-control legislation in Montpelier and are drawing a bead on Sen. Patrick Leahyís anti-weapons-trafficking proposal and other measures in Washington. But Gun Owners of Vermont, the state affiliate of a group described by the New York Times as more militant than the National Rifle Association, hasnít yet managed to kill Burlingtonís bid to ban assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition clips. ďBurlington is saying Ďour state government isnít doing anything, our federal government isnít doing anything, so weíre going to do something,íĒ comments State Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson (D-Essex), Vermontís foremost gun-control advocate. ďBurlingtonís trying to...
  • Shumlin unsure on enforcing certain firearm laws (VT)

    03/18/2013 12:30:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 18 March, 2013 | NA
    Since the murder of 20 kindergarten students in Newtown, Conn., sparked a nationwide debate over firearms, Gov. Peter Shumlin has been unwavering in his opposition to any new Vermont laws aimed at restricting the rights of gun owners. ďI just think you need a 50-state solution,Ē Shumlin said at a press conference last Thursday. ďThatís not something that I feel any ambiguity about.Ē Could a new piece of information change his mind? At that same press conference, Shumlin was asked whether state and local police should be able to enforce federal gun laws that arenít codified in Vermont statute. Federal...
  • Can Vt. afford health insurance for undocumented immigrants?

    01/17/2013 6:57:05 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    WCAX-TV 3 CBS ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | Kyle Midura
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont officials overseeing the state's transition to a single-payer health care system say providing health insurance to undocumented immigrants would not likely cost taxpayers much money. Lawmakers asked the Green Mountain Care Board to examine the costs of coverage for people who are here illegally. But officials say it's difficult to nail down a price tag because there are no firm numbers of how many undocumented people live in Vermont. It's estimated to be between 1,500 and 3,000. "But we did learn, I think, enough kind of useful facts about the demographics of the population and some...
  • Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis deletes his Twitter account; Update: What is he hiding?

    12/18/2012 12:54:03 PM PST · by george76 · 64 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 18, 2012
    What do you do when you are an assistant professor at a public university and youíve been caught red-handed retweeting a tweet advocating murder? If youíre University of Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis, you delete your entire Twitter account ... Weíre glad he wonít be advocating violence on Twitter any longer. Hopefully, he will use the freed-up time to seek help from a mental health professional. * * * Update: What exactly is Loomis hiding? Before he deleted his Twitter account, we managed to make note of a few of his angrier tweets
  • Keep Your Guns Locked Up or Face Lawsuits(VT)

    12/06/2012 9:33:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 57 replies ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Michele Bowman
    If you donít lock up your guns Ė or at least keep them unloaded Ė when you have guests, you could be sued when something goes wrong. One Vermont family is finding out just how horribly wrong things can go: They are being sued for wrongful death in the wake of an accidental shooting between two house guests, which left one of them dead. The suit alleges that the family was negligent, because the weapon involved in the incident was loaded, unsecured and belonged to a family member. Tragic Facts Jeffrey Charbonneau, 24, and his friend Nick Bell, 25, ran...
  • Obama Subverts the Rule of Law

    08/25/2012 5:17:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    Red State ^ | 17 August 2012 | Tom Fitton
    What started as a ďtop secretĒ Obama administration stealth initiative Ė illegal alien amnesty Ė has now become publicly and painfully obvious as millions of illegal aliens line-up to receive their ďpriority deferment.Ē Per immigration expert Mark Krikorian: What does President Barack Obama call a bill which has repeatedly failed in Congress? A law! The Department of Homeland Security yesterday began accepting applications for the ďDeferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsĒ (DACA) amnesty program. The move will award renewable two-year grants of legal status, including work cards and Social Security numbers, to illegal aliens claiming to have arrived before their 16th...
  • Mennonite convicted of aiding Ďkidnappingí for helping girl escape court-imposed lesbian Ďmotherí

    08/16/2012 1:56:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 15, 2012 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    Lisa Miller and daughter Isabellea August 15, 2012 ( - Kenneth L. Miller, a Mennonite pastor who helped a little girl and her mother to flee the United States to escape the girl‚Äôs court-imposed lesbian ‚Äúmother,‚ÄĚ has been convicted on the charge of ‚Äúaiding and abetting a parental kidnapping.‚ÄĚ A Vermont jury returned the verdict yesterday after only four hours of deliberation. He is free while awaiting sentencing, which could bring a punishment of up to three years in prison.¬† Miller‚Äôs attorney, Joshua M. Autry, says he is considering an appeal. Following the verdict, lesbian Janet Jenkins filed a civil...
  • No charges against Vt. homeowner in intruder death

    06/22/2012 8:01:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 19 June, 2012 | AP
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) ó A Vermont prosecutor says an Essex homeowner who stabbed to death an intruder found in his home in the middle of the night acted in self-defense and no charges will be filed. On Tuesday, Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan released the results of his investigation into the June 1 incident at the home of 40-year-old Shawn Garrett.
  • Gunfire in Winooski when a resident takes on intruders(VT)

    06/14/2012 4:54:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 12 June, 2012 | Jennifer Reading
    WINOOSKI, Vt. - "I know they don't leave their door open like that late at night," Christine Cusson. Cusson watched as police swarmed her neighbors' home early Tuesday morning. She lives on River Street in Winooski with her young son. But a violent home invasion has her second guessing their safety. "It's pretty hard," she said. "It's scary." Police say at 1 a.m. Tuesday the tenants in an apartment heard a banging at the door. The male resident told police the woman standing outside was a stranger. She was looking for another man who occasionally stayed with the Winooski couple....
  • Jury finds Va. Tech negligent in '07 shootings

    03/14/2012 12:31:57 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 11 replies
    Google News ^ | 14 MAR 12 | By STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press
    Jury finds Va. Tech negligent in '07 shootings By STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press Ė 1 minute ago CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) ó A jury has found Virginia Tech negligent for delaying a campus warning of the first shootings in a 2007 campus massacre that left 33 dead. Jurors returned the verdict Wednesday in a wrongful death civil suit brought by the parents of two students who were killed on April 16, 2007, in the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Jurors deliberated for 3 Ĺ hours before awarding $4 million to each family, and the state immediately filed a...
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • State, local policies emerge on illegal immigrants

    12/11/2011 6:17:01 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Opelika Auburn News ^ | December 11, 2011 | LISA RATHKE | Associated Press
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - The two Mexican farmworkers were nervous. Seated in a pickup truck whose driver had been stopped for speeding on a Vermont highway, they didn't know what to expect from the state trooper. They'd heard of other farmworkers being detained or deported in the largely white state, whose $560 million dairy industry relies on Mexican farmhands like them. But one of the men also had been in a similar stop in New York and didn't get bothered.
  • Bernie Sandersí New Bid to Overturn Citizens United Ruling

    12/09/2011 11:43:17 AM PST · by ropin71 · 6 replies
    In These Times ^ | FRIDAY DEC 9, 2011 | DANIEL HERTZ
    Bernie Sanders, Vermontís independent senator and the only avowed socialist in the U.S. Senate, announced Thursday afternoon that he has officially proposed a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Courtís controversial Citizens United decision from 2010. (Sanders is also an occasional contributor to In These Times.) That ruling gutted a portion of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, passed in 2002, which forbid electoral advertising by corporations, nonprofits and unions. Reactions to the decision mostly split along partisan lines, with Republicans calling it a blow for the First Amendment and Democrats predicting it would allow corporate influence to undermine the democratic process....
  • 2 people dead in shooting at VT (suspect is at large)

    12/08/2011 11:43:47 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 30 replies
  • No. 21 Clemson stuns No. 5 Virginia Tech 38-10

    12/03/2011 8:46:27 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-12-03
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ó Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson routed No. 5 Virginia Tech 38-10 Saturday night to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years.
  • Vt. panel: 2 men might have faced discrimination

    12/02/2011 7:51:27 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | December 2, 2011 | The Associated Press
    MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) ó The Vermont Human Rights Commission says the two farmworkers stopped in September by a state police trooper who turned out to be illegal immigrants may have been victims of racial discrimination.
  • No. 6 Virginia Tech shuts down No. 24 UVa, 38-0

    11/26/2011 8:45:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-11-26 | Hank Kurz Jr.
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - All week long, the chatter about Virginia being on the rise left out an important fact in the mind of Virginia Tech's players: They were still the best in the commonwealth until proven otherwise. The No. 6 Hokies showed they were tops Saturday night, blanking the No. 24 Cavaliers 38-0, their first shutout loss at home in 172 games - since a 55-0 defeat to Clemson on Sept. 8, 1984.
  • Attempted burglary raises self-defense issue(VT)

    11/21/2011 10:46:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies · 1+ views ^ | 20 November, 2011 | Brent Curtis
    When Patricia Billings fired a handgun at an intruder reportedly breaking through her bedroom window in Rutland Town last week, the legal ramifications were probably the furthest thing from her mind. ďNo one thinks of self-defense law when theyíre in a dangerous incident,Ē said Michele Martinez Campbell, an associate professor at Vermont Law School. ďWhen youíre in harmís way, you do what you have to do.Ē In Billingsí case, police say the 49-year-old fired three rounds from a handgun at a man trying to enter her home on Tuesday. The intruder fled the property on Quarterline Road leaving behind no...
  • Vermont enforce new immigration policy

    11/05/2011 10:11:07 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    KPLC-TV ^ | Nov 05, 2011 | KPLC-TV
    BURLINGTON, VT (WPTZ/CNN) - Vermont's governor has released a new immigration policy for state police, which is being dubbed the "look the other way" policy. Gov. Peter Shumlin says state troopers should not try to arrest people just for being in the U.S. illegally. Back in September, a state trooper made a routine traffic stop and asked one of the passengers his immigration status. He suspected that person of being an illegal immigrant and called Customs and Borders Patrol, who arrested the man. The arrest sparked protests from the migrant worker community, who says the trooper should never have asked...
  • VT. Gov. Wants Police Directive on Migrant Workers ( basically ignore them)

    09/16/2011 9:22:25 AM PDT · by lost in the snow · 1 replies
    WPTZ ^ | 9/16/2011 | WPTZ video
    Shumlin Says State Policy Is To "Look The Other Way" POSTED: 8:27 am EDT September 16, 2011 UPDATED: 11:00 am EDT September 16, 2011 Gov. Peter Shumlin clarified his position Thursday after ordering an immediate investigation into State Police handling of a routine traffic stop on I-89 earlier in the week, one that sparked protest and the detention of two migrant farm workers from Mexico. Read more:
  • Feds to return 130 antique guns to Vt. dealer

    09/06/2011 7:24:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 5 September, 2011 | AP
    ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) ó The federal government is planning to return 130 antique guns seized from a St. Johnsbury gun dealer who once owned firearm that was later used in a Boston killing.
  • Vermont Senator Sanders Weighs 2012 Challenge

    08/01/2011 9:36:48 PM PDT · by Patrick1 · 20 replies
    The Tatler ^ | 8/1/2011 | Belladonna Rogers
    ďWell, at this point I have not,Ē Sanders said. ďBut I am now giving thought to doing it. You know, I think you know the names out there as well as I do. And I think the American people have got to be engaged. Itís not just me or anybody else here in Washington. There are a lot of smart honest progressive people who I think can be good presidents.ĒSanders said such a challenge was necessary since in his estimation, the president had begun to take his position as the party leader for granted. And I think one of the...
  • anyone in Maine know about Scott D'Amboise?

    07/06/2011 8:52:37 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies
    ma self | 7-6-11 | wobbly bob
    I got a request for $ in the mail ,but want to know from people who live there if he's a real conservative or just another Scott Brown establishment RINO before I send a check. His solicitiation claims he's a "tea party republican", but lately they all do. I'm in MN and never lived in Maine nor do I follow Maine politics. (I did like The D'Amboise Dukes when Ted Nugent played with them.)
  • Feds won't give assurance on medical pot

    07/01/2011 4:11:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    AP ^ | July 01, 2011 | BETH DeFALCO
    The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws... Deputy Attorney General James Cole said a 2009 memo by then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden did not give states cover from prosecution. Starting in February, 10 U.S. attorney's offices have asserted they have the authority to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws. Prosecutors, the states complained, are not even willing to declare that state employees who implement such laws are immune from prosecution.