Libertarian Feliciano the anti-Shumlin candidate in VT governors race

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Elections, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Dan Feliciano

Of all the candidates seeking to become governor of Vermont, Libertarian Dan Feliciano arguably represents the starkest contrast to the policies of Gov. Peter Shumlin. In this interview with Vermont Watchdog, Feliciano pulls no punches in discussing Shumlin’s record, and he warns Vermonters of the economic consequences of adopting single payer health care.

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State tax rankings loom large in blue state governors’ races

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Elections, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Blue state governors are fighting for their jobs as voters on both sides of the political spectrum appear willing to consider Republican challengers. Newly released state tax rankings may help explain why.

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Occupy Shumlin protest offers songs to frack by

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

The arrest of 64 anti-fracking protesters who occupied Gov. Peter Shumlin’s offices in Montpelier on Monday failed to change the governor’s mind about a 41-mile pipeline set to deliver clean-burning natural gas energy to Vermonters. The event did, however, contribute to the ever-growing catalog of songs to frack by.

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Dems say talk of Gov. Shumlin Medicare takeover a ‘scare tactic’

By   /  October 27, 2014  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Obamacare, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

It’s OK for Gov. Peter Shumlin to talk with feds about a possible state takeover of Medicare in Vermont, but it’s “a scare tactic” if the public talks about those talks.

That’s the insinuation by supporters of single-payer health care as a hot debate rages over the governor’s recent meeting with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to discuss the future of Medicare in Vermont.

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Taxpayers stripped of $117,521 for naked hippie commune research

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Government Waste, News, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Courtesy of Vermont Historical Society

Americans will soon get the full monty on the hippie commune movement that invaded Vermont in the 1970s, thanks to a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Campaign finance ruling trouble for single-payer group Vermont Leads

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Elections, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell agreed with a state court ruling this week that the Republican Governors Association violated Vermont campaign finance law in 2010 by accepting contributions of more than $2,000.

The opinion doesn’t bode well for single-payer advocate Vermont Leads Inc., which is under investigation for a similar violation in this year’s campaign.

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