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A Presidential Candidate - John Kasich

John Kasich has decided to run for the presidency of our great nation:

“I have decided to run for president of the United States.”

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A Presidential Candidate - Scott Walker

Scott Walker has heard the call and is running to become president of the United States.

"Now, I am running for president to fight and win for the American people."

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Unknown Vermonter?

Who is this guy?

He is a well-known Vermont personality.

Several times he ran for office on the Liberty Union ticket, but he lost.

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Senators Call on FCC to Probe Cable, Broadband Prices

WASHINGTON, July 10 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and three colleagues today asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate “ridiculous prices” for cable and broadband services.

“Consumers in our country have little or no choice in their Internet and cable provider,” Sanders wrote in the letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “As a result, these companies are able to charge ridiculous prices and add hidden fees onto a customer’s bill,” he added in the letter also signed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.). “It’s no wonder the American public rank these providers last in customer satisfaction,” the senators said.

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A Presidential Candidate - Jim Gilmore

(I almost missed this one.)

Jim Gilmore thinks it is his time to become your president.

“I bring to the table experience that others don’t have.”

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A Presidential Candidate - Jim Webb

Jim Webb has decided that it is his time to lead the nation as President of the United States:

"I understand the odds."

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The Declaration of Independence

I thought it might be nice to re-read the Declaration of Independence, to look again at how this country of ours began.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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A Presidential Candidate - Chris Christie

Chris Christie has the idea that it is his turn to become president of the United States.

"America is tired of hand-wringing, of indecisiveness ... in the Oval Office. And that is why, today, I am proud to announce my candidacy.”

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Welch Issues Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Peter Welch today issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to make same-sex marriage a right in all 50 states:

“The wall of marriage discrimination in America has finally come down. The Supreme Court affirmed today what Vermonters recognized years ago -- that the quality of love between two people is more important than their gender,” Congressman Welch said.

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Rep. Welch Decides To Stay In Congress

When Peter Shumlin announced he wouldn't be running for Governor again, Rep. Peter Welch announced he would consider becoming the next governor. 

He's decided  — to run for Congress again.  Here is the statement:

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A Presidential Candidate - Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal has announced his intention to become the next President:

"I’m running for President of the United States of America. Join me."

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Sanders: Corporate America Wins Again

WASHINGTON, June 23 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) expressed deep disappointment today after the Senate voted 60-37 to cut off debate and advance legislation that would grant President Barack Obama powers to complete a major Pacific trade accord.

“The vote today – pushed by multi-national corporations, pharmaceutical companies and Wall Street – will mean a continuation of disastrous trade policies which have cost our country millions of decent-paying jobs,” said Sanders, who voted no.

“American workers deserve a trade policy that works for them and not only for the CEOs of major multi-national corporations. We cannot continue trade policies which outsource jobs to low-wage countries overseas and lead us into a race to the bottom,” Sanders added.

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Sen. Sanders' Statement on Charleston Church Shootings

WASHINGTON, June 18 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on the killing of nine people by a white man at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina:

“The Charleston church killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation. This senseless violence fills me with outrage, disgust and a deep, deep sadness. The hateful killing of nine people praying inside a church is a horrific reminder that, while we have made significant progress in advancing civil rights in this country, we are far from eradicating racism. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and their congregation.”

Contact: Michael Briggs: (202) 224-5141

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A Presidential Candidate - Donald Trump

Donald Trump has told the world that 2016 is the year he should become U.S. president.

“I am officially running for president of the United States. We are going to make our country great again.”

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A Presidential Candidate: John Ellis Bush

John Ellis “Jeb” Bush has decided that today is a good day to begin campaigning to become the next president of the United States.

“I’m a candidate for president of the United States of America.”

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Statement of Congressman Peter Welch In Response to Governor Peter Shumlin's Announcement That He Will Not Seek Reelection

WASHINGTON—Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) released the following statement in response to Governor Peter Shumlin’s announcement that he will not seek a fourth term as governor:

“Governor Shumlin has been compiling an extraordinary record of service as Vermont’s 81st governor.

“He led us through the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, mobilizing Vermonters across the state to help one another and to rebuild Vermont to be stronger than before the storm. He was a resolute advocate for marriage equality. And, thanks to his bold leadership, the Vermont General Assembly became the first state legislature in the country to make marriage equality the law of the state.

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A Presidential Candidate - Rick Perry

Rick Perry has decided that the time is right to run for president.

“Today I am running for the presidency of the United States of America.”

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A Presidential Candidate - Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Chafee has heard the call and realizes it is his time, too, to run for president.

“I enjoy challenges, and today we have many facing America. Today I am formally entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president.”

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Bernie Sanders To Be At Strolling of the Heifers

SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS will march in the annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade in Brattleboro VT on Saturday, June 6.

The Parade starts at 10 AM sharp, up Main Street. After the parade, Sanders will speak from the Gazebo at the Brattleboro Common at approximately 11:15 AM.

Here's Bernie in winning form at the milking contest a few years ago.

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Half of Older Households Have No Retirement Savings

Sanders Cites GAO Study in Push to Expand Social Security

WASHINGTON, June 2 – A new study prepared for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) found that more than half of all American households with someone 55 or older have no retirement savings.

The Government Accountability Office study was requested by Sanders, the lead sponsor of legislation to increase Social Security benefits.

“This report makes it clear that there is a retirement crisis in America today. At a time when half of all older workers have no retirement savings, we need to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits so that every American can retire with dignity,” Sanders said.

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