North Archives 07/31/06
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wing group holds meetings to raise taxes
By Kevin Ryan, Burlington
"Burlington -- On Monday,
July 24th, I attended the Burlington meeting of Vermonters for a Fair Economy
and Environmental Protection (VFEEP)..."
Need for Vision
By Robert Maynard, a
native Vermonter who now resides in Williston. He has been active
in the Vermont Republican Assembly, Citizens for Property Rights, Vermont
Taxpayers Alliance, Vermonters for Better Education and FreedomWorks-Vermont.
"With election season upon
us, one would think that we would be engaged in a serious debate over the
direction our state is taking. In particular, one would assume that the
Republican Party would be just itching to have such a debate....
Right to Life plays role in striking down Vermont’s campaign finance scheme
By Sharon Toborg, an
attorney for and member of Vermont Right to Life.
"On June 27, 2006, the US
Supreme Court held in Randall v. Sorrell that Vermont’s draconian
campaign finance scheme, which includes extremely low contribution limits
and mandatory expenditure limits, is unconstitutional."
Week in Review
tells supporters to abandon Bush impeachment idea
July 24, 2006, Rutland
PUTNEY, Vt. --Vermont's
lone representative in the U.S. House is discouraging supporters from seeking
impeachment proceedings against President Bush…. Supporters of the impeachment
movement were undeterred by Sanders' advice….
Vow Defiance Of State's Registration Rule
By ROBIN SMITH And JACOB
L. GRANT, Caledonian Record, July 26, 2006
…. Calling the Vermont Agency
of Agriculture's livestock premises registration rule a fascist or Nazi
plan, the three dozen livestock owners at a hearing at the state office
building in Newport City said they would destroy their animals, or pay
fines rather than put their names and addresses on a state registry…."This
is the first step in the government controlling everything," [Amber] Chambers
said…. [Hal Bill would] like to see the Department of Fish & Wildlife
try to tell hunters they can't shoot or handle wild birds….
rekindle wealth debate
By Darren M. Allen Vermont
Press Bureau, July 27
…According to the National
Conference of State Legislatures, Vermont's prebate system is one of the
most generous property-tax adjustments in the country. Most states cap
benefits at no more than $1,500…. The governor, for his part, said he will
reintroduce legislation next year seeking his original $4,000 cap. He can
expect a fight again, [House Speaker, Gaye] Symington said.
Valley News, 7/27/06
The three Republicans running
for Windsor County's three seats in the Vermont Senate appear to agree
on at least one theme…. they said they are especially concerned about property
taxes under Vermont's Act 60/68 education finance system. "I wasn't prepared
for the sticker shock that we got," Gaysville Republican Kent Butterfield
said of the recent 20 percent increase in his tax bill…. "I just felt it
was time to step in and represent the average person and do what I could
to try to lower some of these expenses that have got to be hitting hard."Windsor
Republican John MacGovern,… said he had called for repeal of Act 68 in
his 2004 run for the state Senate and would do so again….The third GOP
candidate, Quechee real estate agent Anthony Paino, also said he would
like to make "serious changes" to the tax system….
eyed run against Jeffords as a Democrat
By Shay Totten, Vermont
Guardian, July 26
From her opening salvo into
Vermont politics and at just about every public appearance she makes, Martha
Rainville likes to talk about how she was courted by both Democrats and
money may have benefited Rainville supporter
By Wilson Ring, Associated
Press, July 27
Less than two months after
receiving $4,000 in political donations from a Florida software developer,
then-Adjutant Gen. Martha Rainville asked Vermont's two U.S. senators for
help on a $10 million appropriation that may have benefited the man's business….
the Record Straight: Rainville Supported Projects Not Companies - Project
Was Longstanding Rainville Priority - Efforts Were Praised By Leahy &
Democrat Party Misrepresents Story for Partisan Ends
says engineering background makes him best for energy
BY Wilson Ring, Associated
Press, July 20
Republican U.S. House candidate
Mark Shepard says his background as an engineer makes him best qualified
to help guide the future energy and environmental policies of the United
States…. He said the best way to find solutions to the nation's energy
problems and clean the environment would be to eliminate government subsidies
to energy producers, from huge oil companies to alternative energy technologies,
like wind and solar. "I think we could have a level playing field between
different energy sources by not subsidizing energy sources," Shepard said."
Let the market play it out and the people will decide…."
Would have voted for flag-burning amendment
By David Gram, Associated
Press, July 26
Republican U.S. Senate candidate
Richard Tarrant, surrounded by about 20 Vermont military veterans, said
Tuesday he would have voted last month in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution
to ban desecration of the American flag….
Tide: Tax cuts are good for everyone--and everyone knows it but Washington
By Pete Du Pont, July
"John F. Kennedy believed
that "an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough
revenue to balance our budget, just as it will never produce enough jobs
or enough profits." So he proposed income tax rate reductions, which the
Democratic Congress enacted the year after JFK's death. Back then, Democrats
were for them: more than 80% of Democratic senators and representatives
voted for the Kennedy tax cuts.
"My, how times have changed….
Opposing tax cuts has become the mantra of the liberal left…. Mr. Bush
signed the most recent tax cuts into law in the spring of 2003…. In the
2 1/4 years before the 2003 tax cuts, economic growth averaged 1.1% annually;
in the three years since it has averaged 4% per year, and in the first
quarter of this year it was 5.6% on an annualized basis. Inflation-adjusted
per capita GDP has grown 7.8% from 2003 through the first quarter of this
year. According to the government's establishment survey, in the 36 months
since the tax cuts became law, 5.3 million new jobs have been added to
By John Stossel, July
"…. Most public schools
are far from outstanding. America's government schools have rigid one-size-fits-all
rules that reward mediocrity. Despite raising per-student spending to more
than $10,000 (at least $200,000 per classroom!), test scores have stayed
flat. On international tests, Americans now lag behind students from less
developed nations like Poland and Korea that spend a fraction as much money
on education. The people who run the international tests told us, "the
biggest predictor of student success is choice." Nations that "attach the
money to the kids" and thereby allow parents to choose between different
public and private schools have higher test scores. This should be no surprise;
competition makes us better…."
Education Victory in the Sunshine State
By Julie M. Quist, July
"The Florida legislature
took a firm step toward restoring some factual accuracy into the current
perversion of teaching our nation's history. Judging from the reaction
of the education elites, you would think these founding principles were
"The new Florida
requirements (pdf pp. 22-23) state: Members of the instructional staff
of the public schools shall teach ... the following: (a) The history and
content of the Declaration of Independence, including national sovereignty,
natural law, self evident truth, equality of all persons, limited government,
popular sovereignty, and inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property,
and how it forms the philosophical foundation of our government. Florida
schools are now also required to teach: The history, meaning, significance,
and effect of the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and
amendments thereto, with emphasis on each of the 10 amendments that make
up the Bill of Rights and how the constitution provides the structure of
our government. And, The nature and importance of free enterprise to the
United States economy.
"Most parents believe teaching
these foundational principles is a staple of U.S. history and civics. As
Minnesotans discovered when their social studies standards were rewritten
in 2004, however, the universities and schools of education have joined
with the political left to censor these fundamental cornerstones of our
free nation from the classroom, and they won't willingly restore them….
Weighs New Prohibition: Bad-for-You Fats
By Monica Davey, New
York Times, July 18
"….Edward M. Burke, who
has served on the Chicago City Council since 1969,… is pressing his colleagues
to make it illegal for restaurants to use oils that contain trans fats,
which have been tied to a string of health problems, including clogged
arteries and heart attacks….Under Mr. Burke’s proposal, establishments
that failed to remove 'artificial trans fats' from their kitchens would
be fined $200 to $1,000 a day…."