Did Bernie Sanders’ wife violate her husband’s admonitions against “golden parachutes” by taking a $200,000 severance package from the college she resigned from in 2011?
That’s the premise behind a television ad set to hit network airwaves tomorrow. And it’s the latest volley in a long-running political battle between Vermont’s junior senator and a gas-station owner he says is to blame for “artificially” high gasoline prices in parts of Vermont.
The town center of Waitsfield in Mad River Valley is one of those postcard-perfect New England villages. White clapboard houses and shops, nestled on the river bank around a covered bridge. But one of those 19th-century farmhouses is home to something unexpected: the Madsonian Museum. Now, the Smithsonian it is not. But the Madsonian does take a collector’s approach to honoring the beauty and cleverness of industrial design.
“It’s hard for me to acknowledge progress I’ve made sometimes,” Meghan said, “but when I look back and think of who I was and where I was at and what my life was like on a day-to-day basis 301 days ago, it’s like a 180.”
It was early May, and Meghan was sitting in a food court in a mall in Burlington. Stale pop music played through the overhead speakers, and groups of teenagers occasionally wandered by. A routine mid-week scene, but Meghan was celebrating; 300 days earlier, she woke up and, for the first time in a long time, didn’t go straight for the heroin.
The school that canceled its homecoming semi-formal in response to a sexually suggestive dance craze has scheduled a new dance. But twerking won’t be tolerated at Bennington’s Mount Anthony Union High School.
Twerking has been around long enough to make it into online versions of Britain’s Oxford Dictionary. It’s defined as dancing “in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”
The legislature this year set new broadband goals for the state, including an ambitious 10-year objective that would essentially require fiber optic broadband to every Vermont address by the end of 2024.
The Public Service Department now says reaching the goal would cost nearly $1 billion.
The professionally produced 30-second spot features short testimonials from five residents. They tout the second-term governor’s performance on issues ranging from Tropical Storm Irene to college affordability.