As Vermont’s 2016 gubernatorial takes shape, every candidate will tell you how he or she will right the ship and mend the state’s sagging fortunes. In reality, a state’s chief executive has very little to do with it.
Like any other elected official, House Speaker Shap Smith will be tempted to please the electorate by passing bills most people want passed, or scuttling bills most voters oppose.
It would be no surprise if Sanders did win the New Hampshire primary. He is ahead of Clinton in one poll and has come closer to her in all the others.
A managed conflict of interest is a conflict of interest. Whether it is an excessive conflict depends on how transparent the management is, and is ultimately up to each person to judge. But in Vermont, avoiding any hint of such conflict might be impossible.
Vermont PBS announced Thursday that its “Connect…with Kristin Carlson” program will still connect, but not with Carlson. The choice of Green Mountain Power’s Media Director to host interview show had been criticized.
Bernie Sanders may be the most robust social democrat in captivity. But social democracy is not the same thing as democratic socialism.
There are a lot of reasons Gov. Peter Shumlin might want to take a few years away from politics and there are many reasons he might one day come back.
In the state’s most rural areas, jobs are scarce and in some cases, population is actually declining. But the outlook may not be as bleak as today’s statistics indicate.
For much of the national political press corps, obsessed (if hardly fond of) the former first lady, this campaign is about Hillary Clinton. At least on the Democratic side, everyone else is merely a bit player surrounding the long-running (about a quarter of a century now) soap opera of her and her family.
Right now, only one Vermont politician is acting like a candidate for governor. That politician is Shumlin.
The 2015 legislative session may have begun amidst humiliation, farce and chaos. It may have ended in a spirit of general dissatisfaction. But, in between, stuff got done.
Gov. Peter Shumlin hates the tax bill Democratic lawmakers may send him Saturday, but they just might make him decide if he hates it enough to veto it.
Some of the major bills seem stuck, spinning their wheels like so many cars at mud season’s peak.
Can a bombastic, 73-year-old, quasi-socialist junior senator from Vermont win the White House? Probably not. But now that Bernie Sanders is challenging Hillary Clinton, the game is afoot.