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  •  VT-GOV: VT Progs considering challenge to gov (2+ / 0-)
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    The Vermont Progressive Party isn’t champing at the bit to make a run for the governor’s seat in 2014, but party leaders say their displeasure with Gov. Peter Shumlin might leave them no choice.
    http://vtdigger.org/...
    •  More on the VT Progressive Party (5+ / 0-)
      In 1981, Bernie Sanders (now Vermont’s junior Senator) was elected mayor of Burlington, beating a conservative “old boy” Democrat. Bernie brought the best and the brightest into City Hall and implemented many reforms that were simply modern good government. He empowered a range of citizens to have a direct voice in city government: from students, to the poor, to the elderly.
      http://www.progressiveparty.org/...
    •  Am I the only one (3+ / 0-)
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      Who found the section where they state the progressive party will max out at 3-7% in future elections a bit premature.  

      I mean I know third parties come and go in many states but in a liberal state when the challenge an incumbent Dem from the left I don't know that I'd write them off so early on...especially without an announced candidate.

      "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

      by rdw72777 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:22:28 AM PDT

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    •  Can't understand what they view him doing wrong (4+ / 0-)

      it's mostly just innuendo and abstract concern (notably they doubt his dedication and supposed lack of commitment to certain causes).  The only actual policy issue that he's not being liberal about is developmental disability programs and remaking the tax code.  Other than that, I'm really puzzled by their angst.  Is there something I'm missing?

      "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

      by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:58:40 AM PDT

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      •  I remember Doug Tuttle saying (3+ / 0-)
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        that the VT Republican party ranged from conservative to Rockefeller Republican, the VT Dems ranging from centrists to progressives, and the VT Progs ranging from progressives to full-on socialists.

        "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

        by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:09:13 AM PDT

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      •  This link (4+ / 0-)

        has a pretty good summary of some of the issues he's having with the legislature, although as I said yesterday, I'm not sure whether to be amused that the who guy is simply proposing what appears to be a cut in the growth of the state match (!) of the federal EITC to roll back into child care subsidies (!) is now towards the center of Vermont or jealous that Vermont has a serious legislature.

        And as far as taxes in general go, I'm really not sure what the big deal is. The state doesn't appear to be in some sort of horrible fiscal shape.

        "At this point, if the president came out in favor of breathing, [Republican leaders would] tell their caucus members to hold their breaths."--Jared Bernstein

        by bjssp on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:30:28 AM PDT

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