Monthly Archives: May 2010

Pollina to run for State Senate as a Democrat?

Progressive Anthony Pollina attended last night's meeting of the Washington County Democratic Party. Rumors are swirling that he will run for State Senate – as a Democrat.

– Dan Barlow

Galbraith to run for State Senate


Former ambassador Peter Galbraith will run for the Vermont State Senate.He's running as a Democrat for the seat that Sen. Peter Shumlin of Windham County now has (but he's running for governor this year).

He said:

"I was involved in Vermont politics in the '70s. This is my home, and I care about my home."

Galbraith is well-known throughout the state and the world as quite the statesman. But he won't win the Gawker nomination based on this headline: Oil Profiteer to Run for Vermont State Senate.

– Dan Barlow

Burlington Free Press looking for new publisher

Brad Robertson, the publisher of the Burlington Free Press for the last two years, is leaving his job to run some sort of new Gannett publishing venture.

Here's what he had to say to the staff:

My 2 1/2 years living here has changed me in ways that I never thought were possible. Vermont has made such an impact on me personally, sparking my entrepreneurial spirit, teaching me how to care for the planet, supporting local food producers, learning to love a great bottle of wine. But what continues to stand out for me are the people in Vermont that I have had the pleasure of sharing these experiences with.

Here's an idea: Maybe the Free Press – Vermont's largest daily newspaper – could hire a Vermonter for the job next?

– Dan Barlow

Dubie has NOT pulled the business ad

Contrary to some reports, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie's campaign has not pulled a controversial on-line advertisement that one of his Democratic opponents claim is anti-business.

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz – one of five Democrats running in the gubernatorial primary – targeted Dubie last week for running an ad on the New York Times website that pointed out a study suggesting Vermont was the 47th worst state to do business.

That ad disappear for a day or two – prompting the Markowitz campaign to declare victory.

But a new version of the ad popped up today when I read a NYT story. This one makes the same 47th claim and adds, "A leader has a responsibility to be truthful about Vermont JOBS. Waiting for a problem to go away is not leadership. We can do better."

The Burlington Free Press also got official word from the Dubie campaign.

– Dan Barlow

Dubie unveils first campaign ad

This is a brilliant first advertisement for Lt Gov. Brian Dubie, the sole Republican running for governor this year. Who’s his audience for this one? Everyone. Watch for the buzz words: Real, organic and natural. Pure Brian Dubie.
– Dan Barlow

“Get a paper route, Billy.”

Len Britton, a Republican challenging U.S. Sen. Pat Leahy, is getting some blog buzz for his Web videos, including this one where shady government officials drop off a family's national debt check at their home. – Dan Barlow

Shumlin campaign kick-off

Senate President Peter Shumlin – one of the five Democrats running for governor – has scheduled his official campaign kick-off.

Like all gubernatorial candidates, Shumlin had a "soft announcement" months ago. But campaigns these days seem to require the big push with balloons and crowds of supporters.

Here's the details:

Monday, May 24:

12:15 p.m. at the top of Church Street in Burlington

5:30 p.m. at the Putney Tavern green in Putney

-Dan Barlow

Victory for Bernie Sanders


The Senate voted 96-0 today in support of Sanders' audit the Federal Reserve amendment.

– Dan Barlow

“You lie!”

The Republican Governors Association lashed out at Senate President Peter Shumlin today for his comments to Entergy that "this is Vermont, not China."

According to the RGA, Shumlin should have called the country "The People's Republic of China." Seriously. Here's what they wrote:

Since he heads up a student travel company, one might think that Mr. Shumlin would know that “The Republic of China” is a common term for Taiwan, not the country of China, which is known as the “People’s Republic of China.”

But then again, we know that Pete doesn’t like to let facts get in the way of a good political point.  You may recall a similar lack of regard for facts when he told a reporter that Germany gets 30% of its energy from solar, turns out that he was more than a little off and they in fact get less than 1% of the energy from solar.

We can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next.

I know we are still early in the 2010 political campaign, but this may be the lamest attack ever.

– Dan Barlow

Shumlin: This is Vermont, not China

Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin sent out a press release today criticizing Entergy's new censorship policy for videos and photos taken at Vermont Yankee.

Shumlin, a Democrat running for governor, said the rules remind him of China (where the government controls the media) as opposed to Vermont values.

Here's what he said:

These new tactics disguised as ‘guidelines’ more resemble actions of governments like The Republic of China. Entergy Louisiana’s actions make it impossible to believe them when they say, they are committed to being more open and transparent. This is not the Vermont way!

– Dan Barlow