Tag Archives: Burlington

In race for Burlington, VT mayor without a Progressive Party nominee, third parties and independents still play large role

On VTDigger.org, Greg Guma takes a look at how people and groups ranging from outright independents to Vermont’s independent, democratic socialist, close-with-the-Progressive-Party Senator Bernie Sanders to a former Green Party candidate are playing a role in the race for Burlington mayor.  It’s the first time since 1991 that the Progressives haven’t fielded a candidate, yet the city continues, in a sense, to function as a multi-party system. … Read more ...

Vermont Progressive Party: Vermont’s Progressive Era Turns 30

Toward Freedom, Greg Guma via Vermont Progressive Party:

“It’s time for a change…real change.” That was Bernie Sanders’ slogan in his 1981 campaign for Burlington Mayor. The race had begun as a long shot, but Sanders had turned his shoestring operation into a real challenge. Nevertheless, even on Election Day, March 3, 1981, the incumbent and his Democratic old guard still predicted a decisive victory.… Read more ...

Vermont Progressives Denounce Walker-Style Bill

Vermont Progressive Party:

Kurt Wright Brings Wisconsin Governor’s Attack on Labor to the Green Mountain State

Burlington, VT—Burlington Progressive Party Chair Abby Russell today denounced a bill that would severely hurt workers’ rights in Vermont. WCAX reported state representative and city councilor Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) introduced a bill that would take away teachers’ right to strike in the event that contract negotiations fail.… Read more ...

Vermont Progressives criticizes school consolidation and supporting Lockheed Martin

Below are two excerpts of blog posts from the Vermont Progressive Party website.  Read the full post by Morgan Daybell here.

Ultimately, the push for consolidation (as enacted last year under Act 153) may close down the schools that the DOE is now celebrating. And promises in that bill that a new district “shall not close any school within its boundaries during the first four years” after the merger is really telling boards like ours: “enjoy the next four years; after that you are gone.”

The last four years have left many school board members feeling embattled–not by voters, who largely rejected former Gov.

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Two Progressive Party state representatives on Vermont Public Radio

Representatives Sandy Haas and David Zuckerman, who were elected as Progressives and caucus with the Progressive Party in the state legislature, were interviewed on Vermont Public Radio.  Listen here.  The program description:

Vermont’s Progressive Party holds five seats in the House of Representatives, and major party status in the Fall 2010 elections. 

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VTDigger.org: Progressive Party ‘is in serious condition’

After some pretty tough losses at the polls in local Burlington elections – the geographical base for the Vermont Progressive Party – VTDigger.org published a piece about the hard times the party is currently facing.

“This is not their death knell,” says Garrison Nelson, a political scientist at the University of Vermont and longtime observer of Burlington politics (he was present at now-U.S.

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Election nixes IRV for Burlington, sets back Progressive Party

Although official results are not available yet, it is expected that in Tuesday’s election in Burlington, Vermont, city voters got rid of the instant runoff voting system they had been using since 2006 and voted one Progressive Party politician out of office.  The Progressive Party has two seats on the city council, as do two independents. … Read more ...

Progressive Party member to leave Burlington City Council

Burlington City Councilor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, a Progressive from Ward 2, will be leaving her city council seat on December 15.  She is moving from the ward, so she can no longer represent it.  There will be two Progressives on the Burlington City Council after she leaves.  The mayor of Burlington, Bob Kiss, is also a Progressive. … Read more ...

Working Families Party starts building Vermont chapter

H/T to d.eris on this one.  The Burlington Free Press reports that there might be yet another progressive third party in Vermont.  Read the full story here.

Brush said he didn’t expect the party to run candidates, at least not many in the next election. Rather the party would look over candidates from Vermont’s other parties for those who support positions important to the Working Families Party and offer endorsements and support.

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IRV battle heats up in Burlington, Vermont

Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is a voting reform measure endorsed by groups such as Fair Vote. IRV is often cited as helping third parties have a better chance to win. In Burlington, Vermont, the election for Mayor is done through IRV. Now, the community is having an argument about the pros and cons of the system.… Read more ...

News from Burlington, Vermont

On March 3, there will be local elections throughout Vermont.  Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, is one of the more third-party-friendly places in the nation.  It has instant runoff voting for local elections, a Progressive Party mayor, and in one city council race this year either an independent or a Green is guaranteed to win. … Read more ...

Five candidates compete for Burlington, Vermont mayorship

Citizens of Burlington, Vermont will vote on March 3rd for their next mayor (or they will keep the current mayor).  The mayor right now is Bob Kiss, a member of the Progressive Party.

The candidates running are currenty City Council member Democrat Andy Montroll, independent Dan Smith, Green James Simpson, current City Council President Republican Kurt Wright, and Bob Kiss is running for re-election, as previously reported here.… Read more ...