Shumlin’s sixteen month old campaign begins today

by Rob Roper Today is the day Peter Shumlin begins acknowledging that he has a campaign for re-election. If that’s a weird way of putting it, it’s because Shumlin has been acting weird about his reelection campaign for sixteen months. For some reason he has been denying that his campaign even existed, despite the fact…

Big political money flows to Democrats

by Robert Maynard Whenever money in politics becomes an issue, the media and the left cannot resist conjuring up the imaginary boogeyman of the dreaded Koch brothers as an unlimited money supply for right wing causes.  In an earlier True North Reports piece, I pointed out how figures on the left pointed to the possibility…

Rules for Opinionators

by Martin Harris With due respect to author/minister Robert Fulghum, his 1988 book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” is about as comprehensive as a reader might wish with regard to interpersonal skills, but a bit lacking with regard to technical skills, some of which were taught in the 12 following…

The Left’s Campaign to Destroy the First Amendment

by John McClaughry President Obama’s remark that he believes that Congress should “seriously consider” a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC will doubtless spur ever more fanatic efforts by inaptly-named “liberals” to do just that. First, let’s understand the issue. In 1907 Congress prohibited corporations from contributing to…

VHCF comments on DVHA Benchmark plan and plan design recommendations

by Jeff Wennberg Georgia Maheras, Esq. Executive Director Green Mountain Care Board 89 Main Street, Third Floor, City Center Montpelier, Vermont 05620 RE: Comments on benchmark Essential Health Benefits plan selection and plan design recommendations Dear Ms. Maheras: Vermonters for Health Care Freedom offers the following comments in response to the recommendation of the Department of…

Vermont: Local-Vore Yea, Local-Burn, Nay; But No Dirksen

by Martin Harris In a paraphrase of a relatively new but well-known Kemp-Friedman aphorism, Vermont’s official position towards Natural Gas –“import it, don’t produce it”– you might explain Vermont’s no-known-reserves categorization as the logical result of a well-known anti-business, pro-green-energy, high-tax intensive-regulation political environment. Indeed, K-F were right: whatever you tax, and regulate, and disparage,…

The Arrogance of Power

by Robert Maynard You know someone is drunk on power when they have the audacity to sue someone for the use of their own land.  That is exactly what David Blittersdorf is trying to do according to the Vermont Digger: On Friday, Georgia Mountain Community Wind LLC. (GMCW), a company whose majority owner is David…

Governor Shumlin, you didn’t rebuild that

by Rob Roper Governor Peter Shumlin is about to embark on a four day, twenty-two town tour of Vermont for the anniversary of Hurricane Irene. It’s part of what he’s calling a “Commemorative Celebration” – a pretty odd choice of words for a natural disaster that caused so much pain and loss for so many…