Grassroots citizen activism and the No Nukes movement have won another great victory with Entergy’s announcement that the Vermont Yankee reactor will shut down.
It is closing only because of the fierce non-violent determination of countless activists over the decade who value life and understand the horrible destructive power of atomic energy, as is now being demonstrated so destructively at Fukushima.
Angus King has been polling ahead in the U.S. Senate race in Maine for months now. Tonight, he made the decision final when he was swept to victory in the race by a majority. King joined Bernie Sanders as Independents who will likely caucus with Democrats. Bernie Sanders of Vermont likewise cruised to victory, winning over 70% of the vote.… Read more ...
Vermont requires independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, to submit 1,000 signatures (for statewide office) by June 14. This year, the Justice Party collected over 1,300 signatures to place its presidential nominee, Rocky Anderson, on the November ballot. However, because Vermont requires petitioning groups to first collect the signtures, then submit them to town clerks, then collect them again and take them to the Secretary of State, not all signatures were available by the deadline for submission.
The Progressive Party of Vermont is arguably one of the most successful state-level third parties in the United States, having elected multiple State Senators, State Representatives, etc. Now, the Progressive Party of Vermont is organizing its slate of candidates, especially statewide candidates, for 2012.
On the topic of Progressives, party Chairwoman Martha Abbott of Underhill said she’ll be a candidate for governor, Marjorie Powers of Montpelier is running for lieutenant governor and the party will support Doug Hoffer for auditor.
In These Times has published a rather lengthy profile of the Progressive Party of Vermont which is overwhelmingly positive. The profile covers the party’s origins, multiple election and legislative victories, and the party’s strength in particular areas.
One state where left-leaning voters do have greater choice today – and their own political voice – is Vermont.
Garrett Quinn has written over at Reason about the beginning of the Libertarian Party National Convention. Hopefully there will be more coverage to come from Reason.
The national party leaves it up to the state parties to determine how they pick delegates for the national convention. Most select their delegates at a state convention or caucus, effectively relegating the presidential primary to the status of an irrelevant beauty contest in some states.
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 ...
We recently posted here at IPR that the incumbent Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, a member of the Progressive Party, was not running for re-election. In the aftermath, plenty of challengers have announced, but the Progressive Party has yet to announce a challenger.
After the caucuses, Vermont Progressive Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott explained why her party was still looking for a candidate.
Bob Kiss is the outgoing Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and one of the most well-known elected officials and members of the Progressive Party of Vermont. Kiss is reportedly not going to seek another term as Mayor of Burlington according to this article:
Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss will not seek re-election to a third term.The progressive mayor of Vermont’s largest city announced Wednesday morning in a radio appearance on WVMT that the decision was a “personal one.”Kiss is widely linked to ongoing financial problems plaguing the taxpayer-owned Burlington Telecom utility and a structural deficit in the city’s pension funds.But Kiss, 64, said he sees his six years in office as a “success story” – he says he still enjoys the job every day, and pointed to numerous national accolades Burlington continues to receive for its quality of life.”I’ve done the work, but it’s time to go on to do other things,” said Kiss.
Last night, Ballot Access News appealed for donations and/or pledges to COFOE (the Coalition for Free & Open Elections) for the purpose of making it possible for the Vermont ballot access lawsuit to go forward. In only 12 hours, $615 has been pledged. No money that has been pledged will necessarily be donated unless the goal of $2,000 has been met.… Read more ...