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the Vermont NEA Questionnaire
By John McClaughry
"It’s election season, and
the interest groups are sending out their questionnaires to candidates….
Candidates content to turn $1.2 billion over to Vermont’s public schools
without asking much in the way of accountability will rate high on the
Vermont-NEA scorecard." -- John McClaughry is President of the Ethan
Taxation Without Realization -- Part 3
By Martin Harris
"…In 1978, California voters
adopted Proposition 13, a property tax management system whereby taxes
didn’t go up just because theoretical appraised values went up; a home-owner’s
Fair Market Value would be the basis for his property tax (with, at most
a 2% annual inflation adjustment) as long as he owns it. When he sells,
a new FMV is established by the new sale price. Proposition 13 has been
challenged, legally, again and again by politicians and edu-crats, but
has won every court case…" – Martin Harris is the former president of
Vermont’s Citizens for Property Rights.
are we at war with anyway?
By Kevin Ryan
"…. I feel that we are facing
a choice: Either define what a War on Terror means more carefully, or risk
that effort becoming a pejorative to demonize any activity with which we
have a political problem…" .-- Kevin Ryan resides in Burlington. He
can be contacted at email@example.com
Karen Kerin Is Running For Attorney General
By Karen Kerin
"….I hope people will support
me in my efforts to correct the course of the attorney general’s office
by voting for me in the primary and demanding that there be a series of
televised debates between Sorrell and myself…" -- Karen Kerin is a candidate
for Attorney General
talk taxes with voters
By Nancy Remsen, Burlington
Free Press, August 24
"….Republican Gov. Jim Douglas,
who is seeking re-election and trying to break Democrats' stranglehold
on the state Legislature, outlined proposals Wednesday he said would reduce
property taxes by $35 million a year…."
to target legislators
By Terri Hallenbeck, Burlington
Free Press Staff, August 25
"Several business organizations
have tallied up scores and labeled 57 members of the Vermont House of Representatives
as 'bad for business.' The group plans to spend some $100,000 campaigning
against 10 to 15 of those legislators in this fall's election…. said Joe
Sinagra, executive director of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association
of Northern Vermont, whose organization is one of 12 members of the coalition."
list of 57… "They're making a list, and checking it twice....
Under the banner "Bad for Business" the Vermont Business Coalition and
Political Action Committee today released a list of candidates for the
state legislature that they will seek to defeat at the polls this November."
says he'd focus on early education
By ROSS SNEYD, Associated
Press, August 24
candidate Scudder Parker said Wednesday he'd focus on early childhood care
and education if elected, although he did not offer any concrete proposals
on how he would make them more affordable or better for young families…"
veteran looks to take on Montpelier
Andrew McKeever, Manchester
Journal, August 25
"When incumbent state senator
Mark Shepard announced his intention to run for Vermont's lone seat in
the U.S. Congress last January, his decision set Bennington County Republicans
scrambling to find a new candidate to hold onto his former senate seat
in Montpelier…. party officials are pinning their hopes on Alan M. MacDougall,
63, of Wilmington, a retired consultant, legislative assistant and career
intelligence officer with the federal Defense Intelligence Agency…"
Confirms Run For the State Senate
Herald of Randolph, August
"Stephen Webster confirmed
this week that he is a candidate for election as a Republican to the Vermont
State Senate from the Orange senatorial district…:"
Weekly News Round Up
spurn room, meals tax
By CATE LECUYER, Brattleboro
Reformer, August 24
"Restaurant owners objected
to a 1 percent rooms and meals tax…. Pete Kerber, owner of New England
House, said the extra tax will discourage people from eating out in Brattleboro,
and will hurt his business…. 'Let's tax all fine art galleries,' he said.
'Let's tax all health clubs. How would they feel?'"
and early: Private funding collaborative aimed at jump-starting pre-K programs
By Shay Totten, Vermont
Guardian, Posted August 25
"Come this fall, several
new early-education programs will be in place throughout Vermont, thanks
to a unique collaborative of philanthropists, education experts, and private
foundations…. [The national organization] Pre-K Now has provided
Vermont groups with some technical assistance, but no funding. That could
change soon, however. Pre-K Now is coming to Vermont in late September
to meet with members of the preschool collaborative funded through Child
Care Fund of Vermont to determine what the national organization will bring
Court sends stormwater question back to state
Times Argus, August 27,
"The Vermont Supreme Court
has reversed a Water Resources Board decision that would have required
developers and homeowners near polluted streams to get a federal permit
before being allowed to discharge stormwater…."
Corners: On the Web, Pedophiles Extend Their Reach
By Kurt Eichenwald, New
York Times, August 21
"...Today, pedophiles go
online to seek tips for getting near children — at camps, through foster
care, at community gatherings and at countless other events. They swap
stories about day-to-day encounters with minors. And they make use of technology
to help take their arguments to others, like sharing online a printable
booklet to be distributed to children that extols the benefits of sex with
Low-Tax Economy, Bush Has the Story Right
By Lawrence Kudlow, August
"….Following a meeting with
his economic advisors at Camp David, the president let 'er rip, stating
that: "The foundation of our economy is solid, and it's strong. Because
of the tax cuts we passed, American workers and families and small businesses
are keeping more of the money they earn. And they're using that money to
drive this economy of ours forward." Could he be any clearer?..."
tax that lands like a meteor
Editorial, Seattle Times,
"…Voters can expect a sharp
campaign over Washington's new death tax. The tax hurts family business
and raises an amount of money that is tiny…. The supporters of this tax
argue that it is OK because it applies only to estates over $2 million.
But this is a tax on assets, not cash in hand. There is scarcely a block
in Seattle that does not have $2 million worth of houses on it, and in
business, $2 million is fairly small change…."
GOP up after terror arrests - Dems' advantage in fall vote narrows
By Susan Page and David
Jackson, USA TODAY
"WASHINGTON — The arrest
of terror suspects in London has helped buoy President Bush to his highest
approval rating in six months and dampen Democratic congressional prospects
to their lowest in a year. In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through
Sunday, support for an unnamed Democratic congressional candidate over
a Republican one narrowed to 2 percentage points, 47%-45%, among registered
The Deck Chairs
INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY,
"...In 2000, Lieberman was
the Democrats' choice to balance the ticket, both geographically and ideologically.
A mere six years ago he was the man the Democrats wanted to be the proverbial
heartbeat away from the presidency. That was then. This is now. And now
Lieberman is politician non grata for actually believing that politics
should stop at the water's edge, that our enemies are the Osama bin Ladens
and Hassan Nasrallahs of the world, not Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove..."