Jon Margolis

Jon Margolis

Jon Margolis is VTDigger's columnist. He is the author of The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964, left the Chicago Tribune early in 1995 after 23 years as Washington correspondent, sports writer, correspondent-at-large and general columnist. Margolis spent most of his Tribune years in the Washington Bureau as the newspaper’s chief national political correspondent. In 1988, he was a one of the journalists asking questions of Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle in their televised vice presidential debate. Before joining the Tribune in 1973, Margolis had been the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday. He was the first reporter on the scene of the Attica prison rebellion in 1971, and spent the entire first night inside the prisoner-held “D” yard. Earlier, Margolis was a reporter for the Bergen Record in Hackensack, N.J.; the Miami Herald and the Concord Monitor (N.H.). In addition to The Last Innocent Year, published by William Morrow in 1999, he is the author of How To Fool Fish With Feathers: An Incompleat Guide to Fly Fishing (Simon and Schuster, 1991) and The Quotable Bob Dole — Witty, Wise and Otherwise, (Avon Books, 1995). He also wrote two chapters of Howard Dean: A citizens Guide to the Man Who Would be President (Steerforth, 2003). A native of New Jersey, Margolis graduated from Oberlin College in 1962. He served in the US Army.

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    Margolis: Vermont doing things its own way

    Despite its abysmal score in the latest State Integrity Investigation, Vermont’s state government may be among the cleanest in the land.

    Margolis: Weighing the Vermont Gas pipeline

    The controversy over Vermont Gas’ natural gas pipeline extension to Addison County encompasses a myriad of factors: what will it cost, who should pay for it, are there better alternatives, who benefits and do the benefits outweigh the costs?

    Margolis: Subsidies for business, a rose by another name

    Any time a company emits the least hint that it might move any of its operations out of the state, the first reaction is to throw state or federal money at it.

    Margolis: Clinton unscathed after Round 1

    Sen. Bernie Sanders still has time to cut into Hillary Clinton’s support, but for now she has solidified her lead.

    Margolis: Trends in Vermont tourism — visitor numbers may be down, but spending is up

    State officials say two groups could be key to state’s tourism industry — Millennials who tend to want unique experiences and visitors who buy second homes here.

    Margolis: Don’t expect governors to fix the economy

    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.

    Margolis: Politics is not a sin, even in the Legislature

    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.

    Margolis: Sanders on the ‘billionaire’ class

    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.

    Margolis: Shumlin appointment dredges up calls for state ethics agency

    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.

    Margolis: The un-hiring of Kristin Carlson

    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.

    Margolis: Bernie the unsocialist

    Bernie Sanders may be the most robust social democrat in captivity. But social democracy is not the same thing as democratic socialism.

    Margolis: We ain’t seen the last of Peter Shumlin

    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.

    Margolis: The outlook for rural Vermont

    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.

    Margolis: Big crowd, big ideas belie Sanders’ tiny national splash

    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.

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