Former Governor Jim Douglas says people still ask him how he, a Republican, could be repeatedly re-elected in a liberal state like Vermont. He says the question stems from deep political divisions that see "red states" growing redder and "blue states" turning deeper blue. Douglas reflects on that political trend and how to rebuild a moderate center in his new autobiography, The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State. We talk with Douglas about his book and his career in Vermont politics, on the next Vermont Edition.
This winter, my brother lay in a comma in a San Juan Regional Hospital bed dying from Kaposi’s sarcoma. This fatal type of cancer had spread to his internal organs and was now shutting them down. Rober, as we affectionately called him, had abused heroin for more than thirty years and this was the final result and my last moment with him.
At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, representatives of Vermont’s Republican, Democrat, Progressive and Liberty Union political parties will gather in the wood paneled conference room in the offices of Secretary of State Jim Condos to certify the results from 275 voting precincts across the state.
If all goes according to plan, they will review the results from the primary election and then certify them.
Tropical Storm Irene is phrase we have spoken on this program an uncountable number of times in the three years since devastating floods tore apart a third of the state on this date in 2011. Since then, the name “Irene” has become shorthand for huge issues like disaster recovery, flood plain management, climate change and personal loss.
Rep. Kesha Ram was among the handful of Democratic lawmakers standing next to Progressive Dean Corren at his campaign event outside the Ward 1 polling station in Burlington on Tuesday.
That doesn’t mean he can count on her vote just yet.
“I really like what I’m hearing from Dean Corren. I am glad that he is working on championing single-payer and other issues that are important to us as Democrats,” Ram said. “And he has not directly asked me for my support, but today seems like the start of that request.”
In the Northeast Kingdom, final results of two races for State’s Attorney are still trickling in. One incumbent appears to have lost his job, but another is widening his lead.
In Essex County, former state senator and current State’s Attorney Vincent Illuzzi is leading Julianne Woolard, a public defender for juvenile offenders.
During the campaign Woolard criticized Illuzzi for being too quick to prosecute first-time or juvenile offenders who might turn away from crime if diverted to alternative justice programs, like drug courts.
Voters in Windham County’s democratic senate primary chose incumbent Senator Jeanette White of Putney to run for a seventh term in November. White was the top vote-getter in a four-way race for two senate seats.
"I think it says that people think I listen to their concerns," White says. "I don’t know that they always like the votes that I take, but I think they like the way I approach issues."