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Zuckerman, Toleno and Legalizing Cannabis

David Zuckerman was in town yesterday, and spoke with groups of democrats and progressives.  At the latter someone asked if there was any way that cannabis reform was going to happen in VT this legislative session.  David, who was being videotaped throughout the event by a representative of th Republican Governors Association, gave a very thoughtful analysis of the state of cannabis reform in the state and country.  He said that the best way for us here in Brattleboro to help make something happen might be to call Tristan Toleno, who is serving as the democratic whip in the House, because in that role Toleno not only counts votes but can push to get certain bills considered.

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10 Signs That You're Fully Awake

(This is not my list)

  1. You know there's no meaningful difference between major political parties
  2. You understand that the Federal Reserve, or international central banking more broadly, is the engine of our economic problems
  3. You know that preemptive war is never necessary
  4. You know that you're being systematically poisoned, how, by whom, and why
  5. You understand that government can never legislate morality, nor should they
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Ain't I Lucky?

Since yesterday (Friday the 24th), I have received no fewer than 9 phone calls from the Past POTUS.

(I'm not kidding)

He has yet to hang around long enough for me to find out what he wants.

Does anybody know?

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District 1 Caucus - Public Invited

Brattleboro District 1 will caucus just prior to Representative Town Meeting on Saturday, March 25 at Brattleboro Area Middle School beginning at 8:00 AM in the Mulitpurpose Room. Representative Town Meeting begins at 8:30 AM. District 1 will be accepting nominations to fill and appoint two town meeting member seats for 1 year.

Any residents from District 1 interested in being considered for this position should be present at Saturday’s 8:00AM caucus. The public is invited to attend their district’s caucus and stay for the information meeting.

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Impeaching Trump

Mr. Trumps' presidency is already an embarrassment and a disaster.  He has clearly violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prevents conflicts of interest.  No doubt there are other allegations against him, but there is very strong evidence against him on this account, and a call is rising all over the country for impeachment. 

There should be no fear of this action because of Mr. Pence.  Trump is not holding him back now.  First thing's first.  We should heed this call in Brattleboro.  

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Trump Dismantles America

To pay for an increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall and school voucher programs, among other things, funding was cut from the discretionary budgets of other executive departments and agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department took the hardest hits. The proposal also eliminates funding for 19 agencies.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting District Caucuses - Public Invited

Brattleboro Town Schoolboard will hold a pre-town meeting information forum on Wednesday, March 22 at Academy School beginning at 6:30 PM in the Music Room. At 6:00 p.m., town meeting members of each district will be available to meet with constituents to offer residents an opportunity to share their views and discuss articles to be voted on at the annual meeting. Also, at that time, Districts 1 and 2 will be accepting nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies for 1 year.

District 1 has three seats to appoint and District 2 has one seats to appoint. District 1 will be meeting in classroom 131 and District 2 will be meeting in classroom 132.

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Official Brattleboro Election Results

Good morning,

Please see attached for the official results from last night’s Annual Town Meeting.

Thank you,

Hilary Francis
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301

hfrancis@brattleboro.org
ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312

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Brattleboro Not-Quite-Town-Meeting Today

It's Town Meeting Day in Vermont.

If you haven't already done so, take some time today to go to the Municipal Center on Main Street to cast your vote for town officers and issues. Polls are open until 7 pm, and we'll have the unofficial results here for you when they tabulated and shared.

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Some Thoughts After Trump's First Address To Congress

After watching President Trump’s first address to Congress, it occurred to me that he and his administration seemed similar to another recent administration, that of Bill Clinton.

Recall that Bill Clinton won by defeating George Bush I and Ross Perot.

Clinton was hounded with accusations of womanizing throughout the campaign, but he won anyway. The GOP turned on the pressure. In their view Clinton snuck into office in a completely unfair, three-way race and he had to be stopped. They were also put off by his lack of decorum - playing sax on Arsenio Hall’s show and talking briefs and boxers with MTV. Clinton, they felt, was crude. Un-presidential.

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Forum Follow-Up: Brandie Starr

Questions remaining at the end of the Selectboard Candidate Forum on BCTV were sent to the candidates. Here are the answers from Brandie Starr, candidate for the one year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

I would like to start this correspondance by saying how great it was to have so many voices from our local organizations at the forum. I sincerely hope that at least one rep from each organization can attend the Selectboard meetings regularly, bringing concerns, ideas, and their perspectives and expertise on these topics. I am also compelled to say, that these are serious and hugely important questions, and we need to really be focused and see how they addressed within the purview of the Selectboard with our Town Charter and Town Governance in its current structure.

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Brattleboro March 7 Local Election Information & Sample Ballot

Below is information that might be helpful to know for March 7th local elections.

Attached is a sample ballot from each of Brattleboro’s three districts. All districts’ ballots are the same except for Town Meeting Members for each district. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 6.

Polling place for all three districts in Brattleboro is the Selectboard Meeting Room, second floor of the Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Room 212, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on March 7, 2017.

The entire back parking lot at the Municipal Center will be reserved for voters on election day. There are handicapped parking spaces close to the back entrance.

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Chariots of Dire

A mile is four times around the track. Each lap can be seen as a year, with a full presidental term of office being a mile.

This administration, after four weeks out of the blocks, has covered a bit more than 100 ft. of that mile.  Pace wins races.

So far stiff headwinds, skipping lanes, some doping, and stalking horses doing their thing. Still holding rallies yet not out of the first turn (which seems weird, kind of like stretching after the race has started).

Any early indications or predictions of how this ends? 

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Representative Town Meeting Article: Indigenous Peoples' Day

We hope you enjoy this interview with Rich Holshuh regarding a Representative Town Meeting article advising Brattleboro change to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

What question would you like Brattleboro to vote on?

To simply change the holiday observed on the second Tuesday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Why is this an issue for Brattleboro?

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview: David Schoales

We hope you enjoy this interview with David Schoales, candidate for Brattleboro Selectboard.

Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard again?

I am running for the three year seat and I want to serve a few more years to help assure the good progress we made over the past four years continues as new members gradually replace us.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

I've served on a day care board, health center board, land trust board, school boards, union boards- lots of experience working with others to get things done that will help my neighbors. I'm a good listener, a strong advocate, I love learning new stuff, and I care a lot about what happens to people.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview: Davey Cadran

We hope you enjoy this interview with Davey Cadran, candidate for the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard?

I am currently running for one of the two open one-year seats on the Selectboard. I previously ran for the Selectboard and I believe that some of the issues facing the town then are still facing us now. Particularly around economic development and a pro-business atmosphere. I have had several conversations with business owners in the community who feel that the town is either outwardly against their business or suffering a form of complacency. They actually want the government to do more. You don't often hear that from business owners.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

Brattleboro is an incredible town that suffers from a lack of good middle-class jobs. Go out and find someone in their late 20's in this town and ask them what they do for work. They will often tell you that they have to string along multiple jobs just to get by.

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Avery Schwenk Withdraws Selectboard Candidacy

A brief message from Hilary Francis, Town Clerk in Brattleboro:

"Avery Schwenk has withdrawn his candidacy for the one year Selectboard seat."

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview: Tim Wessel

We hope you enjoy this interview with Tim Wessel, candidate for the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard?

I’m running for a one-year seat. I feel that this is a good time for me to contribute to the town by serving the community that I have grown to love over the past 17 years of living in this area, and I think I can bring a good listening ear and solid judgment to the board.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

I offer voters a good balance between relative youth and a good amount of experience with town politics and board positions. I served for 11 years on the board of BCTV, and served as President for my final year. I was a town meeting representative for 6 years, and I also served on the BACC board for 5 years. I'm a local fiscal conservative, with the taxpayers' concerns at the forefront of my mind, but I also recognize the need for some creative thinking and smart expenditures when it comes to new revenue sources and making Brattleboro affordable to all.

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

            

                        

Brattleboro Selectboard Candidates Forum

Friday, February 17, 2016
(doors open 7:30 am)

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidates 2017- Schoales Wins!

David Schoales is the only candidate for the one 3-year seat, running unopposed. (Congratulations to him on the easy re-election, assuming there isn't a massive write-in campaign.)

For the two 1-year seats, the candidates are Davey Cadran, Avery Schwenk, Brandie Starr, and Tim Wessel.

Interview questions have been sent to all, including Schoales.

Read Brandie Starr's interview here.

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