House Speaker Mitzi Johnson still trailed her opponent by 23 votes after a recount, and Rep. Jill Krowinski, D-Burlington, is now the only Democrat in the speaker’s race.
Rep. Jill Krowinski, D-Burlington, now has an apparent edge in her bid to lead the Statehouse’s lower chamber.
We encourage our partisan colleagues to search among their midst for a transparent consensus builder with the wisdom to recognize how important it is for the Legislature to focus deeply on the issues driving inequity in Vermont.
With the increasing infection rate, Vermont lawmakers seem more likely to reconvene virtually, rather than in-person, when the legislative session begins in January.
Some Democrats say they would support permanently expanding the vote-by-mail system. Others say the move could be prohibitively expensive.
Rep. Charlie Kimbell, D-Woodstock, has joined the group of lawmakers seeking to lead the House as speaker. Rep. Cynthia Browning, who lost her independent run for reelection, is also considering a run.
Majority Leader Jill Krowinski and Sarah Copeland Hanzas, chair of the Government Operations Committee, plan to put their names forward if the speaker fails in her recount bid.
The South Hero Democrat acknowledged, however, that “flipping18 votes” is “unlikely.”
Republicans flipped six seats, compared to three that went the other way for Democrats and Progressives.
Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, lost her Grand Isle House seat on Tuesday, coming in third by a mere 18 votes.
Legislative races throughout the state will offer new insight into how politics is changing at a local level, through seat counts and the people Vermonters are choosing to represent them.
While the postcards are being investigated by Capitol Police, lawmakers say they are often the target of vitriolic emails and phone calls and even have been accosted when taking their trash to the dump.
House Speaker Mitzi Johnson came within 174 votes of losing her seat to a Republican in the last election. Her supporters are worried this year’s race may go in the other direction.
The letter, reminiscent of calls by right-wing activists for a “trial” of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, has spurred a police probe. The Capitol Police Chief says there is no imminent threat to Mitzi Johnson.