Monthly Archives: June 2010

Tea Party politics in Vermont

You don't see this kind of language used in Vermont politics too often anymore, but the Rutland Herald ran a letter this week from a local man accusing Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Steve Howard of being a "marxist."

Here's what he said:

He says he wants it structured to ensure Vermonters pay even more than they do now “according to their ability to pay.” Where have we heard this before. It is the heart of the Marxist philosophy. “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” The quote from Karl Marx himself.

It's going to be a long – and silly – election year.

– Dan Barlow

Frank to raise money for Vermont Dems

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass, will be the star power at a fundraiser this month for the Vermont Democratic Party.

Frank will be joined by U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., at the June 27 event in Burlington. The $50 door fee will go to support the election of Democrats in the Green Mountain State in the November election.

Here's what the party has to say:

Congressmen Frank and Welch understand the importance of this year’s election.  They’ve seen firsthand the difference between fighting the dangerous policies of the Bush administration and supporting President Obama’s progressive agenda.

– Dan Barlow

Matt Dunne launches campaign ad, has a baby

It's a busy week for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne.

Last Friday, we launched his first major campaign ad – a biography piece – and on Monday he announced that he and his wife, author Sarah Stewart Taylor, had a baby girl. Her name is Cora Leah Lawrence Dunne.

Entergy (finally) announces Hebert departure

Last week the Vermont Press Bureau reported that Curt Hebert, the vice-president of external affairs for Entergy, had suddenly left the company. Hebert is the main flown to Vermont this year to try and salvage Vermont Yankee's reputation amid several scandals.

On Monday, Entergy made the news official via press release. When we spoke to the company last week they would only say that Hebert is no longer with the company. Now, they are painting the departure as amicable.

Here's the quote from J. Wayne Leonard, the Entergy CEO:

We thank Curt for his successes and resolve over the years. He was never reluctant to take on new challenges, nor shy about expressing his opinion or that of the company's. We wish him well in the future.

– Dan Barlow

Internet meme origins


Did the annoying "Bros icing Bros" internet meme begin in Vermont?

The New York Times today says maybe.

-Dan Barlow

Unintended consequences


This unfortunate choice of cover the new issue of Vermont Catholic Magazine has become the laughing stock of the Internet over the last few days.

Here's Gawker's take.

And Huffington Post.

Seven Days too.

– Dan Barlow