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July 26th, 2010
As Vermont candidates face questions about how to grow our local economy, in Washington the consequences of Bush-era policies — particularly the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, and the rapid escalation in defense spending — are coming home to roost, making it all the more likely that Washington can no longer provide additional stimulus to jumpstart the economy, putting more of an onus on states to provide visionary and bold visions of their own.
President Obama and congressional Democrats passed an extension of unemployment benefits over the objections of Congressional Republicans with a 60-40 vote in the U.S. Senate. On the surface, the battle was about how (not whether) to approve the unemployment benefits: Republicans said they wanted to pay for the expense upfront to avoid adding to the deficit; Democrats said not only would an extension help a struggling national economy, but that it was simply the right thing to do.
House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, met with business leaders in the Capitol last Friday and issued this warning to the nation: Until businesses and wealthy individuals know if the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 will be allowed to expire or be extended, they won’t invest in new jobs.
Well, girls, your mother and I have discussed it, and we both feel it is time that we give you a new privilege. You’re getting big enough now, you both worked very hard in school this past year, and you’ve earned it.
Congressman Peter Welch will almost certainly be re-elected to a third term in November. Like many incumbent House members, Welch has built up a strong political organization with the financial resources to match. Welch’s campaign has already raised more than $1 million. His campaign bank account is 100 times larger than that of any of the three Republicans seeking the congressional nomination in the Aug. 24 primary.
Imagine if you could be transported to a place where, amid balmy midsummer greenery, you could sit in the warm lingering twilight and listen, for free, to live performances of your favorite music. Imagine if also there for the listening were performances of other genres of soulful music that you might otherwise never hear — Québecois reels, Les Paul-style jazz, African worldbeat.
A little more than 10 years ago, the state of Vermont engineered an agreement with the federal Superfund program to remedy an unsightly but very minor pollution problem.
In the Democratic primary race for Lt. Governor, the candidate with a firm grasp of the legislative system, a balanced approach to problem solving and an ability to craft legislation that wins the backing of both sides of the political aisle is Rep. Chris Bray of New Haven.