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Vermont Progressive Party gets new ED

The Vermont Progressive Party has a new executive director. Robert Millar, who has worked for the past several years on Bernie Sanders’ 2012 reelection campaign, will fill a post vacated after the November elections by Morgan Daybell. According to a release sent out by the VPP this afternoon, Millar served on the Winooski School Board from 2010 to 2012 and has been a Progressive Justice of the Peace in Winooski since 2010. “I am pleased that we were able to find someone who has both experience in, and a commitment to, our organization and an appreciation of the role we play in Vermont politics,” VPP chairwoman Martha Abbott said in a written statement. Millar called the Progressive Party “one of the strongest, most important, liberal movements in the country and I’m proud to have been a part of that movement for the last several years.”

“The Progressive Party has been a part of the political landscape in Vermont for over 30 years, providing a voice for the working class and the many others whose voices were not being heard in the other two parties,” Millar said. Continue Reading →

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After losing Prog recount, Annette Smith announces write-in candidacy for governor

The preliminary results are in for the Progressive gubernatorial primary recount, and it looks all but certain that party stalwart Martha Abbott will stave off a challenge from write-in candidate Annette Smith. Abbott clung to a one-vote victory after the first tally, but the recount revealed an apparent transcription glitch in Westfield that resulted in an erroneous 53-vote jump for Smith, who serves as executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment. The new unofficial count is 381-340, though the results won’t become official until a judge signs off on them tomorrow. Paradoxically, however, while the winner of the recount has bowed out of the race for governor, the loser used the occasion to formally announce her candidacy. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Progressive Party gubernatorial recount slated for Thursday

Recounts of ballots for the Progressive Party’s gubernatorial primary will occur in courts across the state starting at 9 a.m. Thursday. State officials had determined candidate Martha Abbott defeated write-in challenger Annette Smith 371-370 on Thursday after a canvassing committee corrected official results from Tuesday. Elections officials will recount ballots in the Progressive Party by hand, unless otherwise notified, in county superior courts. Judge Robert Bent issued the order Friday, which requires two election officials to transport all ballots cast in the primary election from their city or town to each of their respective county clerks. The secretary of state’s office anticipates issuing a press release with the results, which could be declared Thursday or Friday. Continue Reading →

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GOP chairman now alleging election fraud by Shumlin, Progs

He doesn’t have any evidence to support the claim, other than the somewhat bizarre circumstances surrounding the apparently erroneous counting of votes in the Progressive gubernatorial primary. But Jack Lindley, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, just fired off a press release  alleging “collusion” between Gov. Peter Shumlin and Progressive candidate Martha Abbott. Lindley says he’ll withhold the Republican signature on today’s updated report from the canvassing committee. The committee is, at Jim Condos’ behest, recertifying results in the Prog gubernatorial primary. The new results show Martha Abbott winning by a single vote over anti-mountaintop-wind activist Annette Smith. Continue Reading →

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Write-in candidate Annette Smith plans for recount

MONTPELIER – Write-in candidate Annette Smith said she now plans to request a recount, which was previously not an option. When primary results were certified Tuesday, Progressive Party candidate Martha Abbott was officially declared the winner. Abbott defeated Smith 371-354, and Abbott ended her campaign as governor later that day. Smith was not eligible for a recount, though, because the 17-vote difference wasn’t close enough. A 2 percent difference from the total amount of votes cast was required, which Smith missed by two votes. Continue Reading →

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Abbott declared winner, but controversy over Prog gubernatorial nod continues

Progressive gubernatorial candidate Martha Abbott today celebrated victory in her party’s primary, then immediately declined the nomination. According to the state Canvassing Committee, whose job it is to declare winners and losers, Abbott managed to fend off a surprise write-in campaign launched on behalf of anti-ridgeline-wind activist Annette Smith. Smith isn’t ready to concede the race just yet – more on that later. But Abbott today withdrew from the race, and urged her supporters to get behind Gov. Peter Shumlin. “After talking with Progressives throughout the State, it is clear that most want to stay out of the Governor’s race this year,” Abbott said in a written statement. “Gov. Shumlin has shown that he is fully committed to implementing a single-payer health care plan and to closing Vermont Yankee, priorities which Progressives have worked on for decades. Continue Reading →

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