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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.
Both houses probably lacked the votes to override a Shumlin veto, and whatever the final outcome, challenging a governor of their own party to veto a tax bill risked making that party appear incompetent, if not ludicrous.
One indication of Shumlin’s political genius is how he managed to paint himself as the fiscally conservative tax-cutter when he initially proposed a bigger budget.
Undeniably, this is the most acrimonious session of Shumlin’s tenure.
There is no reason to assume that a man who answers “sometimes” is any less concerned about domestic violence than one who answers “rarely.”
Posted in Politics | Tagged Castleton Polling Institute, Governor’s Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, Jon Margolis, Polls, Smith-Johnson Research, Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare
As Republicans are beholden to the wishes of small town educators and taxpayers, Democrats can not ignore the interests of the education establishment, including Vermont’s chapter of the National Education Association.
Vermonters are politically liberal, at least when it comes to social issues, the environment, and even generosity toward the poor. But this poll indicates that they are no more liberal than other Americans when it comes to taxing, especially taxing themselves.
So the standard news account is limited to quoting Side A saying this proposal will cure the common cold and unrequited love, and Side B insisting that it would destroy the economy of the state if not the nation. The quotes are usually accurate. But that’s not journalism; it’s stenography.
Despite its anti-tax rhetoric, the administration is probably going to have to accept some tax hikes.
Posted in Taxes
For thousands of years, the word “rape” has been understood to mean the violent or abusive treatment of anyone or anything.
Why are almost all Vermont Democrats – and that includes the governor who claims to be opposed to higher taxes — proposing to raise taxes on sales, income, and gasoline? Because, they say, it’s necessary.