Tag Archives: Vermont

Trying To Make Sense Of The Senate

  There are times elected representatives make what most consider indefensible votes because their Party or financiers strong arm them into it.  Those are definite problems in our political system and I for one do not defend them.  However at … Continue reading

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The Endorsement Of Kay Hagan

Last night Kay Hagan won the North Carolina Democratic Senatorial Primary by a wide margin.  Technically the preceding sentence is a prediction because I am writing this article the day before the Primary for publishing the morning after.  I am … Continue reading

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Unconstrained Danger

I spent a good part of Saturday in a resolutions committee meeting debating the placement of semi-colons.  (While an exaggeration, it’s not that much of a stretch.)  I guess I was put on that committee because I am nerdy enough … Continue reading

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Too Much Money

The lowest possible annual salary for a United States Senator is $174000.  That is just the base pay; it doesn’t include benefits and allowances.  Yet on Wednesday the United States Senate filibustered a bill which would have raised the minimum … Continue reading

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A Dozen That Need To Go

There are currently 18 states that have rejected the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and have no alternate plans.  Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia are not included in the 18 because they are exploring other options.  In Tennessee’s case I’m being very … Continue reading

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Kiss Your Congressman – Lose Your Job

To hear the Republicans tell it the war on women is a fantasy concocted by the Democrats.  In fact a few have gone so far as to say it is the Democrats who have launched a war on women.  This … Continue reading

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Rumors For A Reason

I make no secret of the fact that I am a big fan of Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders.  It would be fair to say that he is my favorite Senator.  Remember, I am a Democrat because I am a … Continue reading

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Surprise, Surprise

Last week a story broke that received very little attention but could actually help solve one of America’s larger, but mainly unnoticed problems; the problem of incarceration.  America has the highest incarceration rate in the world at 716 per 100,000 … Continue reading

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Less Than Great Expectations

As part of the agreement that reopened the government and averted breaching the debt ceiling the House and the Senate formed a conference committee to attempt to negotiate a compromise budget bill.  The committee has a deadline of December 13th; … Continue reading

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Do What You Can

The United States has an incarceration problem.  Monday Attorney General Eric Holder took a small, but hopefully impactful, step down the path of solving it. 

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