Join us for our annual Convention on Saturday, November 20th, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. We will be meeting at Burlington High School at 52 Institute Road in Burlington. Help celebrate our victories, and chart the course ahead for the next two years.
At our meeting, we will:
* Discuss the role of Progressives and the future of wind power in Vermont;
* Discuss the work ahead in the fight against corporate personhood;
* Hear from Chris Pearson, Anthony Pollina and Doug Hoffer about their view of the election and where we are as a result;
* Introduce our 2011-2012 Progressive State House caucus and learn about their agenda for the upcoming session; and
* Fill the vacancy of Assistant Treasurer.… Read more ...
Vermont’s Progressives, largely avoided the lurch to the right witnessed across the country with Tuesday’s general election.
All five Progressive incumbents seeking re-election were returned to office. Brattleboro Representatives Sarah Edwards and Mollie Burke ran unopposed. This will be Mollie’s second term in Montpelier, and Sarah’s fifth, making her the senior member of the Progressive caucus.… Read more ...
Vermont Public Radio has an excellent radio interview on the continued role of the Progressive Party in Vermont Politics. From the accompanying article:
One third of the Progressive Party’s legislative candidates are also running as Democrats this year. And Martha Abbott, the Party’s gubernatorial candidate, has dropped out of the race to help the Democrats.
I am entering the Democratic Primary for Washington County State Senate and expect to run in the general election under the banners of the Democratic and Progressive Parties. To unify voters, I will also reach out to the Working Families Party, Republicans and Independents.
Folks in Washington County have a good idea of who I am and where I stand and were very supportive in 2008.… Read more ...
The 40-year-old [Morgan] doesn’t come across as a politician of any stripe; he is a soft-spoken spokesman for the third major party in Vermont, and he has the unenviable task of fielding questions on the touchy issue of whether the Progressives are election spoilers rather than a “keep’em honest” corrective to Democratic candidates who are unwilling to take strong positions on issues that matter to the Progressives.
The Washington publication Politico reports independent candidates “are poised to run serious campaigns for governor in at least a half-dozen states, a development that threatens Democratic fortunes in some of the bluest and most progressive-minded states in the nation.” In New Jersey, polls suggest independent Chris Daggett, “a moderate former Republican who once worked as deputy chief of staff to Gov.… Read more ...
The 2008 election is the first election since 1988 in which no independent or minor party candidate won a statewide election. However, there is one statewide race in 2008 in which an independent appears to have placed ahead of a major party nominee, and also one U.S.
Buried deep within its news coverage concerning Ralph Nader‘s stops in Vermont today, Fox 44 News offers a sole paragraph within a longer report stating about how (here; video clip available, plays in IE browser, not Firefox):
Nader touched on state politics as well, throwing his support behind independent candidate for governor Anthony Pollina.
Independent Vermont Gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina secured the endorsement of the Vermont State Employees Association Saturday, in what the Burlington Free press characterized as a blow against his Democratic opponent, Gaye Symington:
The union, which represents about 8,000 state workers, cited Pollina’s work on labor issues as an activist, as well as specific support he’s offered this year as the Douglas administration launched efforts to cut 400 state jobs through attrition.