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Sen. Leahy's Comment on the Las Vegas Shooting

"Vermonters today are feeling the shock and sorrow that the entire country is feeling about the massacre in Las Vegas. We want all of these victims and their families to know that our hearts are broken and we stand in solidarity with them and with all of the people of Las Vegas. We are still learning the facts, but it's painfully clear that yesterday will go down as one of the darkest days in our nation's history.

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Congressman Welch's Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

"WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to the deadly shooting in LasVegas:
“I know I join all Vermonters in reacting with horror and utter disbelief to the slaughter of innocent life in LasVegas early this morning. It’s hard for any of us to imagine the sheer terror experienced by concertgoers running fortheir lives, unsure of the depraved shooter’s location. It’s hard to imagine the inconsolable grief being experienced by thefamilies of the victims. And it’s hard to fathom the inaction of Congress in the face of so many mass shootings in thiscountry.

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Sen. Sanders Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Monday in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas:

"My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims and all those wounded in the horrific Las Vegas shooting. I also want to thank the first responders who did an outstanding job responding to this tragedy, saving many lives.

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Kushner Using Private Emails/Server

Jared Kushner is reported to have used a private email account and a personal server to send/reply to e-mails while working on White House business. Other White House aides have also used private accounts.

From Politico: "Kushner uses his private account alongside his official White House email account, sometimes trading emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and others about media coverage, event planning and other subjects, according to four people familiar with the correspondence. POLITICO has seen and verified about two dozen emails."

Private emails and server use can help avoid the Presidential Records Act.

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Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities will meet in the Town Clerk’s office at the Municipal Center on Tuesday, September 26, at 10:00 AM to discuss polling hours for the upcoming November 7 Act 46 vote.

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Senator Sanders Introduces Medicare For All

Here's the video Seantor Sanders released announcing Medicare For All.

And a link if you can't see the video here: https://youtu.be/Qy_rOan5hxM

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Maybe Mexico Will Pay For The Wall

...if we can agree on a suitable route.

With Donald Trumps vaunted negotiating skills, surely he can work out an agreement that Mexico can accept: say a route along the top of the green area on the map, below. The wall would clearly demarcate California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona as well as certain portions of Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Colorado, as Mexican. 

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Fire and Fury

Looks like Donald Trump just threatened to nuke North Korea,

Quote: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.

They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.

 Kim Jong Un is cruel and dangerous but not crazy according to Jim Michaels of USA TODAY ( Aug. 2, 2017)

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Protests.. Or Lack Thereof

What's with the lack of protets?

I don't really understand. I guess people are not angry enough? What has to happen to make people get motivated and get out there on the streets? I would have thought that after Trump pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accord there would have been calls from enviromentalists and concerned citizens to do another big march on DC to show how much we care about global warming and climate change. Instead... crickets. Or when they were a single vote away from taking away millions of peoples health care so they could cut taxes for the rich. Or when we found out that Trump Jr. had a meeting with the Russians with every intention of colluding...

It's hard to understand. I know that protests don't necessarily change much (to say the least), still I feel that's one of the tools we have the ability to use as civilians living in the United States. We must use this tool and try to convey our levels of discontent with the current administration.

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Trump versus Bush

Did you ever think you'd miss George Bush?

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Let's Talk About Trumpcare.

I received an email from Robert Reich. In it, he states: “Trumpcare, at its heart, is not a health care bill. It's a bill to take away health care from the middle class, the elderly, the sick, and the poor—and hand the money to special interests such as insurance companies and Big Pharma. It's a moral atrocity.”

Bloomberg says “Put Trumpcare Out of Its Misery”

Good on Senator Sanders. He’s actively fighting this bill.

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Panhandling Discussion Tuesday 7/11 During Selectboard Meeting

Panhandling in Brattleboro is an issue that I heard a fair amount about as a candidate, so this Tuesday evening I'll be helping to facilitate a discussion about concerns and moving toward some possible solutions for our town. You are welcome to join us at the Municipal Center to share your your thoughts, or just watch the discussion on BCTV.

Joining us will be the three authors of this insightful piece that appeared in The Commons: Josh Davis of Groundworks Collaborative, Police Chief Mike Fitzgerald, and DBA President Michelle Simpson-Siegel.

The meeting begins as always at 6:15 pm in the Slelectboard Meeting Room, but we have a few other agenda items first, so it's likely that this discussion will happen closer to 7 pm or so.

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Naomi Klein's Five-Step Plan To Counter The Coming Shocks

Trump is this sort of rolling shock—every day there’s some shocking news

  • StepOne: Know what’s coming.

(We can expect them to impose some sort of state of exception or emergency where the usual rules of democracy no longer apply)

  • StepTwo: Get out of your home and defy the bans.

(There is only one way to respond: Disobey en masse)

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Donald Trump's Healthcare Platform (2+2=4)

"Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the
Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by entirely partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan President in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices.

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Stunning Turn of Events

In a stunning turn of events, Republicans are poised to lose the House of Representatives in 2018.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, voters prefer a Democratic majority by 54 to 38 percent!

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When Sun & Mercury Are In The Same Sign, Same Number of Degrees, Expect a Major Political Announcement!


When the Sun & Mercury are in the same astrological sign, the same number of degrees, then you can expect a major political announcement!  Of course, Washington, D.C. is just about close to the same astrological timing, so also look there for a major news announcement about 11 a.m.


June 21 at 11 a.m. in Montpelier, Vermont,  the Sun will be in zero degrees Cancer and also Mercury will be in zero degrees Cancer.  This indicates that we should expect a major political announcement! 

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Ode to Donald Trump

When I was hungry, you cancelled my food stamps

when I was thirsty, you diverted chemicals into my water

when I was sick, you tripled my insurance rates

when I was naked, you raped me & blamed me because I was naked.

when I was in prison, you enslaved me to corporations

when I was a stranger with brown skin you deported me

from the lonely you took away social programs

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Gov Vetoes Marijuana Bill

There is a lot of conversation going around about the Governor's veto. It is indeed on the veto session for June 21. But there is no way the General Assembly will override it. While we do have the votes in the Senate to do so (2/3 is needed, that means 20 in the Senate) but the House does not have the votes. It only passed with about 80+votes and they would need 100 to override. So the bill is dead until next January when we will see if there is any compromise he can live with.

His two concerns seem to be driver safety: we do not have a road side test but we know that people were arrested for drunk driving before there were breathalyzers and we know that the best road side test in Drug Recognition Experts (which we have and the bill would have allowed more to be trained).

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Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Crazier!

I had thought that the Saturday Night Live skit with Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes outside a White House window was just SNL, over-the-top humor. 

Then I saw a Washington Post newstory, which not only described Spicer hiding in White House bushes to avoid reporters' question about the firing of FBI Director Comey, but then -- upon being discovered by reporters demanding answers -- Spicey agreed to take questions only on condition that the press room lights would be turned off so that no one could film him. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/10/as-trump...

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Donald Trump vs The Establishment

On Nov. 13, 2016, Candidate Donald Trump gave a great speech. Too bad it was all a lie.

 (You Tube link - https://youtu.be/_uJ6djc12l8)

Here’s the transcript:

(The best part is the last 2 sentences)

Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt, political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people.

The Washington establishment, and the financial and media corporations that fund it, exists for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself.

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