Elections

Election Issues

Progressives had a very good election night

One year ago, Progressives challenged Democrats that to keep a Progressive out of the Governor’s race, they needed to pick a candidate who fights for the following three positions:

1) Closing Vermont Yankee
2) A Single-payer health care plan
3) Balancing the retirement and unemployment funds in a manner that is fair to workers

The top two vote-getters support all three of these positions.

In other news, our races went the way we hoped. Anthony Pollina came in just behind Incumbent Ann Cummings in the three-seat Washington County Senate race. Rep. Sandy Haas mounted a write-in campaign and to defeat an opponent in a second primary by a 2-1 margin, securing a two-way race. Tim Ashe came in second in the Chittenden County (six seat) Senate District.

And Doug Hoffer, who wants to run as a Democrat/Progressive won 60% of the vote and could well become the next Auditor.

And in the only contest on the Progressive ballot, our own Marj Power easily beat Liberty Union-ite Boots Wardinski.

Cooper seeks state secretary position

August 4, 2010, Brattleboro Reformer, Chris Garofolo

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Progressive Peter Cooper is one of six members of his party in Vermont seeking a state office.

Cooper, a retired school guidance counselor and current member of Brattleboro's Solid Waste Committee, is running uncontested in the Progressive primary to replace six-term Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, who is running for governor this year.

During an interview with the Reformer, Cooper said he would like to see communities around Vermont take a second look at instant runoff voting (IRV).

Renewed Commitment on the Doors

Door-knocking with Marvin Malek (P/D House-Barre/Berlin) in Section 8 Housing was both exhilarating & disturbing. Exhilarating because, once learning of Marvin's commitment to getting universal health care, resident after resident responded with their story of urgent needs for essential medical services. Yes, most of these residents are on Medicaid, some on both Medicaid & Medicare, but all are subject to the profoundly disenfranchising bureaucratic process required. We heard stories of desperate need for adequate, safe childcare, summer recreation programs, each of which would allow the mostly single mothers to pursue available employment.

The Aggravation of Clean Elections

VPR recently ran a story saying that this year, the Democrats will be turning down Entergy campaign donations, while the Republicans will be happy to accept them. (Full Disclosure: Progressives will not be accepting Entergy money either, and don't anticipate having to send any checks back.) The Repubs defend their acceptance by saying that they don't "tell individual lawmakers how to vote." I guess they will tell them as a group.

The Dems say they won't take Entergy money because it is "not worth the aggravation factor that would result."

Huh?

How about because corporations should not own our elected officials?

Third parties and primary elections

Third parties speak out publicly when the issues that matter are left off the table for discussion or left in the waste basket after discussion. Still, the American system of elections tends to work against third parties. Vermont is not immune from this. I and many others feel that there should be more options, not fewer, for voters. Last session, House Progressives thwarted an attempt to hamper democracy with fewer options, with a quick voice amendment to bill S.122 that came out of House Government Operations as a "strike all" amendment.

Progressive Thought: with Doug Hoffer

Auditor of Accounts candidate Doug Hoffer discusses economic development, livable wages, and the modern role of the Auditor's office, on Progressive Thought with host Richard Kemp.

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