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Commentary: American Politics Gone Insane

by John McClaughry Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution in Washington. He is himself a bona fide liberal, or at least, what passed for a thinking liberal a decade ago. He is a sharp commentator on American politics, and has given us a brilliant and timely essay in the July-August […]

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Vermont’s Greenhouse Gas Mandate: Costly, Symbolic Environmentalism

by Jonathan A. Lesser, PhD. Vermont, along with 19 other states, has a long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction mandate. The original mandate, signed into law in 2006, called for a 75% reduction below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. In 2011, then- Governor Shumlin raised the goal to a 90% reduction by 2050, something which the […]

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Commentary: So, Second Homeowners Can Vote In Vermont

By Rob Roper There is a vote fraud case in Vermont, currently in the Essex Superior Court, in which a family of second homeowners from Connecticut (parents and two adult children) registered to vote in the town of Victory, and did so. Their votes likely altered the outcome of a local election, which was decided […]

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Commentary: Martyrs to the Clean Water Act (August, 2017)

by John McClaughry Among the most notable martyrs to the Clean Water Act are names that few recall:  Ocie and Corey Mills, John Pozsgai, John Rapanos, and most recently, John Duarte. All of them were dragged into years-long battles with the Federal government – notably the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Commentary: The Partisan Battle over ObamaCare (August, 2017)

by John McClaughry Democrats and Republicans in Congress are in full combat over the future of ObamaCare. Three of the key issues they’re debating are Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate, and the Cost Sharing Reduction. Medicaid is a joint Federal-state program to provide essentially free health care to the poor. The Feds cover from 50 […]

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Commentary: Scott’s Climate Action Commission (August, 2017)

by John McClaughry  Gov. Phil Scott has created a Vermont Climate Action Commission, in support of his commitment that Vermont will shoulder its share of the U.S. obligation under the Paris climate agreement. This is the Obama agreement which, to the horror of the climate action boosters, President Trump excused us. It’s worth tracing the […]

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Commentary: Allowing Illegal Votes Is Voter Suppression (July, 2017)

By Rob Roper We can all agree that baring someone who is eligible to vote from doing so is a grave injustice. It robs a citizen in our representative republic of their voice in the process of governance. This is unacceptable. However, allowing somebody to vote who is not a legally eligible voter has the […]

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Commentary: Freedom and Community Revisited (July, 2017)

by John McClaughry Over the holiday weekend , rummaging through old file boxes in the barn, I came across a folder of my five-minute commentaries aired on WDEV radio thirty years ago. Most of them dealt with issues now long forgotten, but the final one in 1988, entitled “Vermont’s Future”, got my attention. So here […]

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Commentary: Governor and Legislature Agree on Tax Increase – Next Year (June, 2017)

By John McClaughry  The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what – and what lies ahead. In January Gov. Phil Scott strongly urged a budget with no tax rate increases. To their credit, the Democrats in the legislature obliged, […]

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Commentary: Climate Resolution Is A Farce Upon A Farce (June, 2017)

By Rob Roper The last thing the Vermont House of Representatives did before leaving town was pass H.R. 15, a resolution “strongly opposing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement… and recognizing Governor Phil Scott’s enrolling Vermont in the U.S. Climate Alliance.” It passed 105-31. Hey, look at us! We love the environment unlike […]

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