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: A Sanders presidency?

    Sanders’ ability to tap into middle class voter frustration with grimmer economic prospects could carry him to the White House.

    Margolis: Petty carping, scornful words in final throes of New Hampshire primary

    Bill Clinton assailed Sanders as hypocritical and “hermetically sealed”; Madeleine Albright scorned young women who are supporting the Vermont senator; and Gloria Steinem said young women are backing Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie.”

    Margolis: Neighborhood effect negligible in NH primary

    Whatever Hillary Clinton may lack, name recognition is not it. She is one of the best known people in the entire world, far better known than Bernie Sanders was a few months ago, even in New Hampshire.

    Margolis: Will the Berniac moment hold?

    The political world finds it harder to keep calling the Sanders campaign a joke.

    Margolis: Burlington’s gun restrictions aren’t a ‘local control’ issue after all

    Vermont is a strong Dillon’s Rule state, “one of the most centrally controlled states,” where “local control is kind of a myth.”

    Margolis: The Paintbrush Rebellion

    Self-interest intersected with public interest when the artists of Burlington’s South End rose up and flexed their political muscles.

    Margolis: The end of the budget predicament?

    If Shumlin’s arithmetic is correct, the gap might be much smaller or perhaps even non-existent in coming years.

    Margolis: Sanders goes negative

    In the great tradition of politics as usual, the Sanders campaign pointed out that the commercial was not directed at former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “exclusively.”

    Margolis: Hints of the valedictory in Shumlin’s last State of the State

    In his sixth and last State of the State speech, the governor – as governors are wont to do – praised his own record and said he would build on it largely by trying to do more of what he had been doing.

    Margolis: In Trump-at-the-Flynn contretemps, Trump wins

    Living in a free, democratic, society requires a bit of self-abnegation; if everybody pushes his or her rights so far that others can’t be heard, the society is no longer free.

    Margolis: Carbon tax, a fundamentally Republican idea?

    It’s almost as though Americans – Vermonters included – believe they have an inherent right to cheap gasoline, when in fact, at today’s gas tax rates, every time anyone drives or rides in an automobile, he or she is being government-subsidized. A carbon tax would reduce that subsidy.

    Margolis: Formation of Vermont’s newest political party a sign of things to come

    In announcing the formation of the party, Neil Johnson, a realtor from Waitsfield, told VTDigger that he was “sick and tired of the Democratic and Republican parties in Vermont.” Well, who isn’t?

    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?

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