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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.

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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.

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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.)

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Vermont Summer 2016 Primary Results

Some of the Vermont primary results:

Governor - Democrat Vermont
99% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING

Sue Minter (DEM)
35,835
51%

 
Matt Dunne (DEM)
26,561
38%

 
Peter Galbraith (DEM)
6,573
9%

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

Amazing! Cris Ericson got over 10% of the Vote for US Senator!
http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/senate/vermont
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.

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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.

https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-com-interviews-trump-clinton-johnson-stein

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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

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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). 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

Q&A:

Will there be lunch?

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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.

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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.”

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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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Links to Help you Decide & Vote in the August Primary [Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast List]


​Vermont Candidates On Community Health: Gubernatorial Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb6l9CrZPrE

​Southern Vermont economy gets eye of gubernatorial hopefuls
https://vtdigger.org/2016/06/28/southern-vermont-economy-gets-eye-of-gub...

VT Governor's Candidate Forum - Brattleboro American Legion 6/28/16
​​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj6_5-l8Ego​

On line: VPR Meet the Candidates page
http://digital.vpr.net/post/meet-candidates-governor-vermont#stream/0

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Absentee Voting Starts Friday June 24th? Yikes! I'm On The Ballot, And Who Knows Who I Am?

Absentee voting starts Friday June 24th? Yikes! I'm on the ballot, and who knows who I am?

The majority of media have blasted across Vermont that there are only 3 Democratic Party candidates for governor - NOT true! There are 5! If you want to see all five Democratic Party candidates for governor of Vermont for the very first time together, then please attend the Democratic Party debate tomorrow, Thursday, June 23rd being held at the Congregational Church, 77 Main Street, Springfield, Vermont starting at 6 PM for socializing with everyone, with the debating starting at 7 PM.

This is the first time you will see me with the other candidates, and as of today, June 22nd, I have NEVER met any of them. I was certified by the Secretary of State Election Division on May 3rd, and now over 6 weeks later, ONE DAY before absentee voting starts, I'm finally included in one candidate forum with all of the other Democratic Party candidates.

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Pre-Convention Politics

The latest twist in the presidential campaign season comes primarily on the GOP side, with regular, traditional GOP members freaking out about Trump as their nominee. So much so that delegates to the Republican convention are being given a nod and wink to, if they want, maybe, perhaps, just change their support come convention time. (But not you Democrats! Stay in line!)

Others are reporting push polls testing Paul Ryan and Kasich against Clinton. President Ryan?

Clinton, meanwhile, has called for those under FBI investigation to not be allowed to purchase handguns. This comes while she is under investigation by the FBI.

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Bernie and the Revolution

All along, Bernie Sanders has been telling us that he is seeking nothing less than “a political revolution” — a complete change in the way America operates with regard to its people and the world.  As it turns out, he’s not the only one. Over 25 million people cast a vote for change in the recent primaries on both sides of the political spectrum, or about 65% of voters.  How individuals define “change” differs from right to left, but in the end, both sides are united in their disenchantment with the current state of government and the continued unravelling of their hopes and dreams.

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Will Patrick Leahy Lose Aug. 9th Primary After Giving Super Delegate Votes To Hillary Clinton?

Will US Senator Patrick Leahy lose the Aug. 9th primary after giving his super delegate votes to Hillary Clinton?

Cris Ericson (D) vs. US Senator Patrick Leahy (D) Vermont primary election Aug. 9th.

Will Bernie fans revolt against Patrick Leahy for giving super delegate votes to Hillary Clinton?

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The Final Primary - D.C.

Just a little shout-out to my ol’ stomping ground of D.C. As a former resident of Washington, let me say that Sanders staying in until D.C. has voted is appreciated. It won’t change anything, but residents of D.C. are accustomed to being overlooked and ignored with all things political, which is very strange for such a political city.

The fact that he’s made statehood for D.C. his final campaign issue before the convention is also appreciated. The district has license plates that point out the irony of taxation without representation. Politicians are opposed because it will give Democrats extra seats on Congress, but this former resident says it shouldn’t be about balancing politicians. It should be about about giving everyone in the county representation in Congress.

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