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WNYT Albany, New York Asks Questions of Vermont Candidates for United States Senator, Cris Ericson Responds

To: Eric Hoppel, WNYT News Director

Answers to questions by candidate Cris Ericsson for U.S. Senator for Vermont



2) What specific steps should be taken to fight ISIS?

Hi! I'm candidate Cris Ericson for United States Senator for Vermont.

First of all, this question presumes that a candidate would agree that steps should be taken to fight ISIS. WNYT presents no facts in evidence to support the basis for this presumption. Just who do you think ISIS is? This is not a football game, where someone declares the team colors and says, "go, fight, win team, go, fight, win!".


Election Season Snapshot - The Long Strange Trip Winds Down

Every now and again, I like to take a step back and see where we are.  So here, three weeks from the presidential elections, are some of the news stories that define our present situation.  Is it a good situation?  I’ll leave that for you to judge.

First, the elections:  Trump made a run at it but as I wrote on a piece of paper on June 10 of this year and still see daily on my dresser, “It’s going to be Hillary.”  In short, it’s all over but the shouting, but boy are they shouting, daily from the headlines.  We happened to catch the 5 o’clock hour on the car radio yesterday afternoon and every newscast led off with a Trump story, strongly anti-Trump at that (not that he doesn’t give people plenty of ammo).


Watch the U.S. Senate Debate Live, Sit in the Audience in Burlington, Vermont!

Oct. 13th and I go outside and find one of my campaign signs has been stolen.

Yesterday, I painted a new one; but I do miss the confiscated one, it was entirely a different design.

The new sign says, "1776 - 1936 Marijuana was Legal."

Vermonters! Watch the U.S. Senate candidates live, sit in the audience Tuesday October 18th @ 5:25

Election Forum at Channel 17 Town Meeting TV in Burlington's Old North End, Tuesday October 18th @ 5:25


Media Bias

Once again, the NY Times has been unfair to The Donald, by reporting the facts.

“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Mr. Trump says. “You can do anything.”

Mr. Trump then elaborated and added, “Grab them by the pussy.”

"I apologize if anyone was offended," Trump. (One of those "if anyone was offended" apologies: as though he does not actually admit that he did anything wrong, except that in the eye of the beholder it might have been interpreted as offensive.)


Mr. First Lady

If Hillary Clinton is elected, America will have broken a glass ceiling with their choice of the first female president.

Her husband will have broken a different glass ceiling. Since the beginning of our country, no man has been allowed to become First Lady.

This historic event will send a message to the world that men, too, can be a hostess to diplomats and world leaders at special dinners.


Brattleboro Early/Absentee Ballots, Voter Registration and Town Clerk Hours

Early/absentee ballots for the General Election to be held on November 8, are now available in all Vermont town clerk's offices. Anyone wishing to vote prior to November 8, may apply for an early/absentee ballot until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7.

Early/absentee ballots may be voted in person in the clerk's office, mailed to the voter by the clerk's office, picked up by the voter or delivered to the voter's residence by two justices of the peace. All voted ballots must be received by the clerk before the polls close on election day in order to be counted. For more information or to request an early/absentee ballot in Brattleboro call 251-8157.


I Can't "See" The Vermont Candidate Information Guide PDF's With My Old Browser, Can You?

Open letter to Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State: Please make pdf's for the Vermont Candidate Information Guide that even old Vermonters with old browsers can "see". Poor people have a legal right to vote, too! Voting is free! People on limited incomes like some senior citizens and some disabled persons, who receive less than $800. a month income, can NOT afford wifi and broadband!

I have an old browser which will NOT open the candidate pdf provided for Vermonters online to learn about my political campaign.

I'm Cris Ericson and I am on the official election ballot Nov. 8, 2016 for United States Senator for the United States Marijuana Party.


Spaceman: Of Roadkill & Governors

Bill Lee Seeks To Be Labor’s Anti-Candidate In 2016 Vermont Governors’ Race

By Dave Van Deusen*

Montpelier, Vermont, 8/23/16- Anyone who grew up in New England or Quebec in the 1970s, any baseball fan really, knows tales of the Spaceman. Pitching for the Boston Red Sox from 1969-1978 and the Montreal Expos from 1979-1982, yarns of Bill sprinkling “marijuana dust” on his pancakes to help him cope with big city bus fumes abound. We Vermonters know him as an adoptive (and eccentric) favorite son, involving himself politically in support of single payer healthcare and endorsing Anthony Pollina’s own 2008 run for governor. Now the Spaceman is running for Governor in his own right; as the candidate of the Vermont Liberty Union Party.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

 Brattleboro State Representatives Forum

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The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast will be held  Friday, September 16,  2016 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

All State Representatives are up for re-election this November 8th. All of the Brattleboro candidates for the House have agreed to attend this Breakfast, give brief presentations and be available for questions. (Come prepared with questions; I will supply index cards to help organize the question and answer section.)


Vermont Summer 2016 Primary Results

Some of the Vermont primary results:

Governor - Democrat Vermont

Sue Minter (DEM)

Matt Dunne (DEM)

Peter Galbraith (DEM)


Amazing! Cris Ericson Got Over 10% of the Vote for US Senator!

Amazing! Cris Ericson got over 10% of the Vote for US Senator!
P. Leahy (i) 89.1% 61,111
C. Ericson 10.9% 7,476

I, Cris Ericson, am so happy to thank Vermonters for giving me over 10% of the vote for United States Senator  competing against U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy,  especially considering that he refused to debate me or meet me in any forum, showing his utter disregard for low income widow women, of which I am one. Just another example of rich people squashing poor people like bugs.

Government is supposed to be of, by and for the people, including low income widow women.


Chess.com Interviews Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein

Chess.com was able to sit down with each of the four major presidential candidates last week as they turned their attention to courting the ever-important chess demographic. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein were all interviewed by Chess.com as they look for votes on the 64 squares.



A Presidential Candidate - Evan McMullin, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson

There are choices beyond Trump and Clinton.

Evan McMullin says  “I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for president.”

"I am running with the only national party that does not take corporate funding,"  says Jill Stein.

"I do believe that crony capitalism is alive and well. It’s Democrats and Republicans that contribute to that. I’d like to be that choice that is not going to succumb to that,” says Gary Johnson


Free Spaghetti Supper with Matt Dunne & PFFV

The Professional Firefighters of Vermont (PFFV) have endorsed Matt Dunne for Governor. Matt is a lifelong resident of Hartland, Vermont. He is an experienced leader with a deep commitment to making Vermont's economy work for all Vermonters. In addition to PFFV, he has earned the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, Rights & Democracy, and the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA). 


End of the Line for Bernie Sanders

After many months of fighting the good fight, and losing, we’ve come to the end of the line for Bernie Sanders.  He was our last best hope, but for whatever reason, people opted for the “safe,” status quo candidate Hillary Clinton.  This may have been engineered, to a large degree, by a party apparatus that opposed his candidacy — the DNC email leak last week made it clear that they were out to get him, and it’s likely the party’s animosity toward Sanders trickled down to local party people across the country.  No wonder people thought there was voter suppression and shenanigans — the Democratic party was at war with its own progressive wing.  But so be it.  


Matt Dunne Candidate for Democratic Governor Nomination at Senior Center Noon Tomorrow

Too late for an "rsvp," but just learned that Matt Dunne will be at the Gibson Aiken Senior Center tomorrow, July 26 at noon.


Gubernatorial Candidate Meet, Greet & Lunch

Gubernatorial Candidate Meet, Greet & Lunch

Where: Senior Meals - Gibson-Aiken Center - 207 Main St., Brattleboro, VT  05301

When: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12 Noon

Who:  Sue Minter, Vermont’s former Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Irene Recovery Officer, and State Representative, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor in the upcoming August 9 primary election.


Will there be lunch?


Which Four Year Show To Watch?

Summer is a time for TV execs to preview fall programming. So it is in politics, too. Conventions are previews for presidencies. What shall we watch for four years? Let's look at the choices.

Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton today, marking the official end of his campaign to become President and the beginning of his more-powerful-than-this-time-last-year campaign for major changes. This leaves us a Coke-Pepsi type of choice. Sorry, we're out of root beer.

Clinton has been laying somewhat low, presumably preparing for the convention and general campaign. It’s certainly hers to lose. She’s got more money, she’s been through the election cycle many times before and has the connections and “ground game” to pull it off. The Clinton network has reach and power.


Sanders Defends Vermont's GMO Labeling Law

WASHINGTON, July 6 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday said legislation that could soon come to the floor of the U.S. Senate would undermine efforts in states around the country to help Americans stay informed about what goes into their food.

“The American people have a right to know what they’re eating,” Sanders said during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “That is why states like Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and Alaska have adopted laws to label goods containing GMOs and why many other states are interested and on the path to do that.”


VT Democratic Party Violates Their Own Platform By Excluding Candidates!

One look at Robert Oeser's list of gubernatorial candidate forums and you can find out that there is one candidate who has been excluded: Cris Ericson was excluded because she doesn't have a $400,000. campaign account, PROVING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN VERMONT IS IN VIOLATION OF THEIR OWN PLATFORM!

Look at the ballot! Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator: Patrick Leahy refuses to participate in a forum or debate with her. Cris Ericson for Governor: Sue Minter, Matt Dunne, and Peter Galbraith have conspired to exclude her from debates and forums. Not one of them is a true Democrat! Not one of them embraces real Democracy!


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