Former and future state legislators endorse Matt Dunne for governor

first_imgVermont Business Magazine According to the Dunne Campaign, Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for governor, has received endorsements from more than six dozen current, former and future state legislators, including dozens of people Matt served with during the eleven years he spent in the House and Senate. Matt announced the endorsements at a press conference at the State House, where he was joined by many of the individuals backing his campaign for governor.“I am so humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve received this week, but this is about much more than our campaign,” said Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for Governor. “This is a movement of people who are energized and ready to work hard for the progressive values that will make Vermont stronger: raising the minimum wage to a living wage, universal healthcare and banning corporate money from our elections.”Last week’s announcement is the third in a series of endorsements Matt has received this week, building out a growing roster of support from past, current and future state legislators. On Tuesday, he was endorsed by dozens of former state legislators. On Wednesday, current candidates — future legislators — endorsed Matt for governor.Matt was endorsed by: Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth, Chittenden CountySenator Dick McCormack, Windsor CountySenator Mark McDonald, Orange CountyRepresentative John Bartholomew, HartlandRepresentative Steve Berry, ManchesterRepresentative Tim Brigland, ThetfordRepresentative Robin Chestnut-Tangerman, Middletown SpringsRepresentative Kevin “Coach” Christie, HartfordRepresentative Alison Clarkson, WoodstockRepresentative Dan Connor, FairfieldRepresentative Susan Hatch Davis, WashingtonRepresentative Bill Frank, UnderhillRepresentative Gabrielle Lucke, White River JunctionRepresentative Barbara Rachelson, BurlingtonRepresentative Donna Sweaney, WindsorRepresentative Tommy Walz, BarreRepresentative Sam Young, GloverRepresentative Teo Zagar, Barnard“This is a special moment in Vermont’s history. Bernie Sanders started a movement that has brought new voices into the process, people are empowered and they will be voting — and voting for a progressive vision that will move our state forward. I look forward to working with this dedicated group of public servants to make that vision a reality,” Matt said.Previously, Matt was endorsed by:Former State Senators: Mary Ann Carlson from Bennington CountyMatt Choate from Caledonia CountyDon Collins from Franklin CountyHinda Miller from Chittenden CountyCheryl Rivers from Windsor CountyJudith Stephany Ahearn from Chittenden CountyFormer State Representatives: Sandy Baird from BurlingtonJoyce Barbieri from WallingfordChuck Bohi from HartfordGordon Bristol from BrattleboroCarol Buchdahl from GeorgiaJack Candon from NorwichDiane Carmolli from Rutland CityAndrew Christiansen from East MontpelierWendell Coleman from LondonderryMichel Consejo from SwantonThomas Costello from BrattleboroBarbara Grimes from BurlingtonChristopher Healy from NorwichSteve Hingtgen from BurlingtonCheryl Hooker from Rutland CityMargaret Hummel from UnderhillMichael Klopchin from ClarendonAlysia Krasnow Butler from CharlotteJerry Kreitzer from Rutland CityDoris Lingelbach from ThetfordMary Mazzariello from Rutland CityAnne Mook from BenningtonDonny Osman from PlainfieldMary-Ann Parizo from EssexDexter Randall from NewportAnn Seibert from NorwichErnest Shand from WeathersfieldAndrew Snyder from PittsfordBob Stannard from ManchesterSheila Vowinkel from HartfordPerry Waite from PawlettLinda Waite-Simpson from EssexCindy Weed from EnosburgJeff Young from St. AlbansCandidates: Josh Aldrich, candidate for State Representative from BerkshirePaul Belaski, candidate for State Representative from WindsorCaroline Bright, candidate for State Representative from GeorgiaSue Buckholz, candidate for State Representative from QuecheeJill Charbonneau, candidate for State Representative from MiddleburyEd Clark, candidate for State Representative from GuildhallSelene Colburn, candidate for State Representative from BurlingtonMari Cordes, candidate for State Representative from LincolnScott Garren, candidate for State Senate from Rutland CountyFaisal Gill, candidate for State Senate from Chittenden CountyDave Hinckley, candidate for State Representative from SpringfieldJay Hooper, candidate for State Representative from BrookfieldConor Kennedy, candidate for State Senate from Windsor CountyMichael McCarthy, candidate for State Representative from St. AlbansRob Millar, candidate for State Representative from WinooskiKorrine Rodrigue, candidate for State Senate from Rutland CountyDavid Yacovone, candidate for State Representative from MorristownStatements in Support of Matt’s Candidacy: “I’m supporting Matt Dunne because he has always had his finger directly on innovation, whether it’s nationally, or here at home in Vermont. Back in the 1990s Matt was brought into the Clinton Administration, which was big on innovation. Bring it forward to the 21st century, and Matt finds himself at Google, which is the center of innovation for the entire planet, even as we speak,” said Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth. “I’m confident that Matt can bring those ideas, that energy, that capital, back to Vermont and help us jumpstart our economy in a way that it hasn’t hummed in 25 years. So, please join me. I think Matt is exactly what we need at this moment.”“I know Matt is the right choice for the future of Vermont,” said Paul Belaski, candidate for State Representative from Windsor.“I urge Vermont voters to support Matt Dunne for governor in the Democratic primary on August 9. One of the biggest problems facing Vermont is the need for robust economic development to create jobs that will allow our young people to stay here,” said Charles Bohi, a former State Representative from Hartford. “Because of his long years working for Google, Matt Dunne has had unique exposure to this new form of communication. He also has been ‘present at the creation’ of many technical innovations that are essential for Vermont’s continued economic growth. For that reason, I hope that Vermont voters will nominate and elect Matt Dunne to the governor’s office.”“I am proud to enthusiastically endorse Matt to be Vermont’s next Governor,” said Caroline Bright, candidate for State Representative from Georgia. “He is innovative, practical, and fiercely committed to true Vermont values.”“I admired Matt’s work ethic while serving with him in the legislature,” said Diane Carmolli, former State Representative from Rutland City. “It was clear to me he was dedicated to improving the State of Vermont.”“Matt and I have worked together in past years and his ingenuity, creativeness, and commitment to the community are exactly what Vermont needs in a Governor,” said former State Senator Matt Choate from Caledonia County. “He is a native Vermonter and has spent his career helping to make the lives of Vermonters better. We need his dedication and his skills leading the state in the years ahead.”“Matt and I co-sponsored universal healthcare legislation in the early 1990s, because we share the belief that healthcare is a human right,” said Andrew Christiansen, a former State Representative from East Montpelier. “That policy priority is as relevant today as it was back then, maybe even more so. Matt has the experience and the leadership skills to make universal healthcare a reality in Vermont, which is why I’m proud to back him for Governor.”“I am supporting Matt Dunne because he has demonstrated political courage. Every politician talks about fighting and having courage but Matt has demonstrated it,” said Faisal Gill, candidate for State Senate from Chittenden County. “Running as a minority in Vermont is not an easy task. Running as a Muslim is even harder. But I am really encouraged when I hear Matt talk about racial equality and Vermont welcoming all. With Matt as governor, I know that he will he able to tackle the tough issues facing Vermont with courage and he will look out for ALL Vermonters.”“I support Matt because of his forward-thinking vision for improving healthcare, education, and technology across the state,” said Cheryl Hooker, former State Representative from Rutland.“I am supporting Matt because I appreciate the open and honest conversations he had with fellow legislative members in committees and on the house floor,” said Mike Klopchin, a former State Representative from Clarendon. “Many of those conversations were joining me and others in fighting to support veterans when they return home from war. As a veteran myself, I appreciate his support of the vets.”  “I am thrilled to throw my support behind Matt Dunne in his campaign for Governor of Vermont. I served with Matt in the Vermont State House from 1999-2000, and was impressed from day one by his grasp of the issues and his ability to work with all the differing viewpoints and personalities in the building,” said Alysia Krasnow Butler, a former State Representative from Charlotte. “I’ve watched his career from afar and continue to be impressed by his commitment to Vermonters and the issues that are most important to them, while looking to the future for his children’s generation. I have told all of my Vermont relatives and friends to support Matt in this election. He truly is the best person to lead Vermont forward.”“I’m endorsing Matt Dunne for Governor because I know that he’s the leader we need to build a better future for Vermont’s children and young families,” said Michael McCarthy, a former State Representative from St. Albans who is running again this year. “No one should have to work 40, 50 or 60 hours a week and still be in poverty. Matt supports increasing the minimum wage, paid family leave, and reforms that will make it easier for young Vermont families to find quality childcare when they are at work.”“I am supporting Matt Dunne for Governor because of Matt’s leadership skills, his ability to be a visionary, and his work experience – Google, AmeriCorps – which allows him to have a wider view of today’s markets,” said Anne Mook, former State Representative from Bennington. “Matt has realistic goals for the state. He understands that in order to improve our job market, our education system needs to meet the skill set needed for Vermont’s future jobs. No company will relocate here if we do not have an educated workforce combined with the technology needed; it is part of his vision.”“I have always appreciated Matt very much,” said Dexter Randall, former State Representative from Newport. “I respect Matt’s integrity – the work that he’s done is always honest, and I’m very sure that if Matt is elected as our new governor that he will do his very best to put Vermonters first.”“I am pleased to support Matt Dunne for Governor. I know he shares my progressive values and will do all that he can to advance the struggle for economic and social justice, to move us toward universal health care, and to protect our environment,” said Cheryl Rivers, former State Senator from Windsor County. “I have seen first hand his honesty, his determination, and his extraordinary ability. I also believe he will bring administrative competence along with strong leadership.”“I was proud to serve with Matt in the legislature,” said David Yacavone, former Morristown State Representative, who is running again this year. “He is smart, hard working, cares deeply about Vermont and most importantly he will reach out and listen to others before making a decision.”“The one candidate who has the vision and the ability to be the governor we need is Matt Dunne,” said Jeff Young, former State Representative from St. Albans. “He understands the state and knows how to get stuff done – that’s why I am supporting Matt!”Last month, Matt was endorsed by the Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO, the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA), a majority of the Burlington City Council, Rights & Democracy and the Upper Valley Young Liberals.Source: Dunne Campaign 7.7.2016last_img read more

Grafton likely not ready for critical turbine vote

first_imgby Mike Faher/The Commons(link is external) Town officials in Grafton say they may not meet a developer-imposed deadline to vote on the controversial Stiles Brook Wind Project proposal. Developer Iberdrola Renewables has said it will abide by the results of a November vote from Windham and Grafton residents on whether the 28-turbine Stiles Brook plan — which would be the state’s largest turbine site — should proceed. While Windham has committed to a November 8 vote, Grafton Selectboard Chairman Ron Pilette says he doesn’t think residents will have all the information they need by Election Day. The vote could be postponed, officials have said, until later this year or early next year.Pilette acknowledged, though, that Iberdrola might ignore any Stiles Brook vote not held in November.“There’s always been that possibility. So certainly, we’re running a certain risk,” he said. “On the other hand, that November date is something that [the developer] just told us to do.”Iberdrola spokesman Paul Copleman said the company still is considering whether it would heed the results of a later vote.“We stand behind what we’ve been stating publicly for more than a year now — that we would honor a fair vote by the two towns’ legally registered voters in the November election, as there is no better opportunity to hear from Vermont residents than a presidential general election,” Copleman said.A protracted struggleIberdrola has been working for years to develop the Stiles Brook project, which would be located on forested land owned by New Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands Ltd.The turbines would be capable of producing 96.6 megawatts of renewable power in a state that places a high priority on boosting its renewable portfolio. Additionally, Iberdrola has promised that the project will pump a combined $1 million annually into the two towns’ coffers.But there has been fierce opposition among some residents who question the project’s impacts on the environment, property values, and human health. Iberdrola has battled back, saying those critics are spreading false information.The company could bypass the towns entirely, since it’s up to the Vermont Public Service Board to issue a certificate of public good for Stiles Brook. But Iberdrola has committed itself to heeding a legal, Australian Ballot election in November in each town.The company also has said it is waiting to file for a state certificate of public good until after the towns vote.On Sept. 6, however, Grafton’s Selectboard voted 3-1 to send a letter to Iberdrola advising the company that “we may very well not be ready to vote in November,” Pilette said.“What we want to know is, will they honor the results of the vote even if it is later?” Pilette said.The reason for the delay, Pilette said, is that Grafton’s town plan is in the final stages of revision. Currently, he said, the plan is a decade old and “has all of two lines about renewable energy.”Working on a new planWith the Legislature having passed a law this year that gives towns the opportunity to have greater influence on energy siting, Pilette said a new plan is critically important in Grafton.Furthermore, he said the plan likely will include town-endorsed energy principles that may help guide voters in their decision about Stiles Brook.“I really think it’s absolutely necessary to have the town plan in place before we vote,” Pilette said. “I don’t think we’d be doing our due diligence [without a plan].”A draft of the new, revised town plan wasn’t available for the Sept. 6 Selectboard meeting. Pilette is hoping the majority of the Grafton Planning Commission’s draft document will be ready in the coming weeks, though the energy section of the document may not be done until early October.That leaves little time for review and possible revision before Election Day. Asked about a Stiles Brook vote on Nov. 8, Pilette said, “I don’t think we’ll be ready.”From Iberdrola’s standpoint, a postponed vote “seems to be a delay tactic designed to lower turnout,” Copleman said.“Does the Grafton Selectboard think that as many people will show up to vote during the holiday season as they would on Election Day?” Copleman asked. “The majority of both towns’ Selectboard members seem to be working to undermine fair and equitable elections, so we need time to evaluate our options.”Input from othersIn addition to Australian Ballot votes on Stiles Brook, both towns also are soliciting input from nonresident second-home owners, who cannot participate in formal, legal balloting because they aren’t full-time residents.The turbine opposition group Friends of Windham has announced plans to mail surveys about the wind project to all nonresident property owners. Those surveys are due to be returned to the nonprofit by Oct. 7 and will be opened and counted by the Selectboard.In Grafton, the town is sending Stiles Brook surveys in separate mailings to residents and nonresident property owners, Pilette said.“This will be the opportunity for us to hear from the nonresident taxpayers, and to get a sense from everyone on whether they’re still undecided or need more information,” he said.Originally published in The Commons issue #374 (Wednesday, September 14, 2016).(link is external)last_img read more

Phil Scott named state co-chair of Northern Border Regional Commission

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano were in Newport Wednesday to announce that Scott will serve as the Commission’s first state co-chair. Created in 2008, NBRC is a federal-state partnership with a mission to help alleviate economic distress and encourage private-sector job creation throughout the northern counties of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Since its inception, the Commission has awarded just over $30 million, which has leveraged $87 million to support 155 grants across the four states.In Vermont, it’s funded 44 projects in the amount of $7.8 million. Vermont’s NBRC territory includes communities within Grand Isle, Franklin, Orleans, Essex, Caledonia, and Lamoille Counties. Vermont’s Congressional Delegation has been crucial to securing funding for the program.“While the cities and towns across the Northern Border Region are unique, we face similar economic and social challenges,” said Scott. “We share forest-dependent communities in need of new opportunities, communities struggling through major changes in rural manufacturing and an outmigration of working-age Vermonters. The work of this Commission and these grants help foster growth in our Northern Border communities, which is so important to my Administration’s work to expand economic growth across the entire state.”During the Commission’s January meeting in Hanover, New Hampshire, Scott was elected by representatives of the governors of Maine, New Hampshire and New York to serve as the Commission’s first state co-chair. Scott will work with the federal co-chair to set the Commission’s agenda and help the Commission hire an executive director and support staff.”I am very pleased to be joined by Governor Scott in leading the NBRC. As the NBRC’s first state co-chair, Governor Scott’s background and passion for economic development is a perfect match for the NBRC’s mission and we’re lucky to have his leadership,” said Scarano. “It’s been especially gratifying to work with the Governor’s team of economic and community development professionals who have made job creation and worker retention a priority. With Governor Scott joining me at the helm, the NBRC federal-state partnership is off to a great start.”Representatives of the Vermont Brewers Association also showcased a recently released mobile application that turned the organization’s long-time brewery passport program into an interactive mobile app. The app was funded, in part, by a $46,000 NBRC grant last year. Kingdom Brewery owners Brian and Jenn Cook said nearly 70 percent of their visitors used the passport program. Scott and Scarano also announced that the NBRC is seeking applications from public bodies, non-profit organizations, or Native American tribes for projects that will directly or indirectly result in job creation and positive economic impact. The application is available at www.nbrc.gov(link is external). Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent by Friday, March 30, and applications are due Friday, May 11. The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development will hold an informational session for interested applicants on Thursday, March 15 from 1-3 p.m. at the Agency’s offices at 1 National Life Drive(link is external), 6th Floor, Montpelier, Vermont. Please contact Katie Corrigan at Katie.corrigan@Vermont.gov(link sends e-mail) or 802-272-1420 for more information or special accommodations.last_img read more

18th JNC to fill a circuit vacancy

first_img 18th JNC to fill a circuit vacancy The 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee is now accepting applications to fill a circuit vacancy created by the resignation of Judge J. Preston Silvernail.Applicants must have been a member of The Florida Bar for the preceding five years, a registered voter, and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time he or she assumes office.Applications can be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website, or obtained from the office of Philip F. Nohrr, JNC Chair, 1795 West Nasa Blvd., Melbourne 32901 or Daniel J. Gerber, JNC Vice Chair, Lincoln Plaza, Suite 1400, 300 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 32801.Ten copies of the completed application and attachments must be delivered to Nohrr or Gerber no later than noon, July 15. 18th JNC to fill a circuit vacancy June 15, 2013 Regular Newslast_img read more

Five ways money can buy you happiness

first_imgThe Washington Post: You have probably heard and maybe even embrace the idea that money can’t buy happiness. I’ve said so myself numerous times.But behavioral scientists and researchers Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton argue this is not exactly true. Money, if you spend it right, can buy happiness.So what’s the right way?“Shifting from buying stuff to buying experiences, and from spending on yourself to spending on others, can have a dramatic impact on happiness,” Dunn and Norton write in “Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending”. Dunn is an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Norton is an associate professor of marketing at Harvard Business School.Truthfully, I needed a break from all the dreary talk about the federal government shutdown and concern the country might default. So “Happy Money” is the Color of Money Book Club selection for this month.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Four common mistakes parents make when praising their kids

first_imgThe Globe and Mail:Everybody wants what’s best for their kids. We know we should be helping to build their self-esteem and boost their resilience. Problem is, our efforts might be doing more harm than good.Multiple studies have shown that certain types of praise can actually harm children, whether it makes them shrink from challenges or suffer a loss of motivation to try new things. The latest research even shows that what seems like a natural tendency to heap praise on certain kids will backfire.…In a study to be published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers at Ohio State University found that this strategy can backfire. Children aged seven to 12 with low self-esteem who received inflated praise – “That drawing is perfect!” “You did super good!” – were more likely to avoid new challenges. Inflated praise sets high standards and kids with low self-esteem may steer clear of difficult tasks out of fear of falling short, the researchers said.Read the whole story: The Globe and Maillast_img read more

Going places

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Bedfont Scientific named Technology Business of the Year

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LU sounds out the market

first_imgOVER 100 companies from the private sector have been sent a Market Sounding Paper by London Underground after registering their interest in the Public-Private Partnership announced by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott on March 20 (RG 5.98 p289). Responses were required by mid-September and LU was to ask ’a cross-section of respondents’ to meetings ’to discuss the way ahead’, with other interested parties asked to give their answers to ’specific questions’.Due to start in spring 2000, the PPP will involve a public-sector LU Operating Company retaining responsibility for safety, fares, train and station operation as well as signalling and network control. The company will be owned by Transport for London, which as an executive arm of the yet to be created Greater London Authority will replace London Transport. Infrastructure provision and maintenance will be the responsibility of one or more private-sector companies.Representatives of the civil engineering, infrastructure maintenance, financial and consultancy sectors have registered an interest in the PPP, as well as utilities and companies involved in project management and property development. Those already active in Britain’s rail sector include Adtranz, Bombardier, First Engineering, GB Railways, Railtrack and WS Atkins. LU’s power supply passed into private hands on August 16 when the Seeboard Powerlink consortium began a 30-year Power contract under the Private Finance Initiative (RG 9.98 p570).CityLink Telecommunications Ltd has been selected as the single bidder to install and manage a new communications system for LU, comprising a digital radio system based on the Tetra standard and an optical fibre network for telephones, data transmission and video. Responsible for financing and managing the Connect project, worth £1bn over 20 years, CityLink is owned by Racal Telecommunications, Flour Daniel International, Hyder, Charterhouse Bank and Motorola. olast_img read more

Security experts ponder Gulf of Guinea terror threat

first_imgSecurity experts from West Africa, France and the United States gathered in Abidjan on Tuesday for talks on beefing up anti-terrorism measures at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.The Gulf of Guinea is the northeasternmost part of the tropical Atlantic Ocean between Cape Lopez in Gabon, north and west to Cape Palmas in Liberia [photo:File]The three-day seminar seeks to identify terrorism risks in the Gulf of Guinea – the vast expanse of water stretching from Liberia to Gabon – and any link with terrorists in the Sahel.The Gulf of Guinea is one of Africa’s hotspots for crime, ranging from piracy, armed robbery and illegal fishing to oil theft and trafficking in stolen goods.Participants will discuss measures such as specialised counter-terrorism units, pooled intelligence and private security companies,the organisers, the Ivorian-based Institute for Interregional Maritime Security (ISMI), said.last_img read more