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Tea Party Tactics Have No Place in Vermont

As many of you have heard by now, Vermont Republicans are lying to our seniors about Medicare. Yesterday voters in Addison and Rutland counties received mailings that claimed Progressive and Democratic candidates running for House plan to take away Medicare. Not only is this completely untrue, it's not even possible: Medicare is a federal program administered by the federal government-- state representatives don't make decisions about it.


So let's set the record straight, shall we?


Vermont seniors will NOT lose their Medicare benefits when we transition to a single-payer healthcare system (or as we like to call it, "Medicare for all!"). Medicare is the most successful universal healthcare program in our country-- we want to expand this access to more people, not take it away! We believe that everyone should have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare as a human right. Progressives are committed to making sure our single-payer system will be funded equitably (not on the backs of poor people, working people, and seniors on fixed incomes).    


It's very clear this mailer is a last-minute scare tactic straight out of the Tea Party play-book (no doubt funded by out-of-state, corporate money from sources like American Reynolds and Koch Industries). It's dirty politicking, and it's NOT how we do things here in Vermont.

Help us stand up against the influence of Tea Party dollars in our state elections:

1. Please get out and vote on Tuesday! Polls are open from 7am-7pm.

2. Make a donation so we can continue to fight on behalf of Vermont's working families! The Progressive Party doesn't accept corporate contributions (never have, never will) because we're tired of big money running elections in this country. We survive on your dollars and cents. Please contribute today.

 


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Sen. Leahy Endorses Dean Corren for Lt. Gov

Dean Corren Endorsed by US Senator Patrick Leahy

BURLINGTON, VT – In a year when voter turnout could be low candidates for statewide office are pushing every advantage possible. Endorsements are no exception and Dean Corren, who is running for Lt. Governor and a Progressive/Democrat, just landed a big one.

Senator Patrick Leahy has leant his support to the top two Democrats for state office, saying, “Peter Shumlin and Dean Corren have the experience and vision to lead Vermont.  I support their commitment to Vermont's families as they work to protect our environment in the face of a changing climate and ensure Vermonters receive safe, affordable health care.”

Corren, a former four-term legislator from Burlington is in his first race for statewide office. Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch have both already endorsed Corren.  Sanders is in Corren’s latest television ad saying, “Make the right choice for Lt. Governor: I’m voting for Dean Corren.”  In that ad, he joins former Governot Madeleine Kunin, VDP Chair Dottie Deans, and a group of other women leaders of Vermont.  Early in the campaign Governor Peter Shumlin decided to back Corren.

In his professional work, Corren is a clean energy expert who has the backing of the Sierra Club, Vermont Conservation Voters and renowned environmental activist Bill McKibben.  He also enjoys support from all of the state’s major labor unions as well as the Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund PAC.

“Certainly, having earned the support from all three members of our Congressional delegation is an terrific boost,” said Corren.  “These endorsements send a clear message that my values and positions are far more closely in sync with our fellow Vermonters.  I look forward to working alongside them as Lt. Governor.  We have many challenges to address and it will help to have a Lt. Governor with a close working relationship to our delegation in Washington.”

Visit www.deancorren.com for more information about the Corren campaign, including how you can help. 

 

Progs back Corren, rebuff Bauer for Lt. Gov.

June 2, 2014; Terri Hallenbeck; Burlington Free Press

MONTPELIER – As the Progressive Party State Committee met Saturday in the Statehouse cafeteria, two candidates for lieutenant governor stood up and asked for the group’s endorsement.

Both men touted Progressive ideals. Only one of them was a Progressive.

If you thought that might make for a few awkward moments, you would be right. In the end, the non-Progressive was politely but resoundingly rebuffed.

Dean Corren of Burlington and John Bauer of Jeffersonville are both hoping to unseat two-term Republican incumbent Phil Scott.

Corren, a former state legislator, is one of the founders of the Progressive Party and the party’s highest-profile candidate for statewide office. Bauer is an avowed Democrat who probably would have been wise to spend his time Saturday campaigning almost anywhere in Vermont except in front of a roomful of Progressive Party faithful who were passing petitions for Corren.

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Progressives Announce Slate of 21 Candidates

June 1, 2014; Anne Galloway; VTDigger

The Vermont Progressive Party will have four statewide candidates, three incumbent senators and 14 House candidates running for office in the 2014 election.

The Progressive party, one of four state major parties, announced its slate on Saturday — well ahead of the Vermont Democratic Party and the Vermont GOP, and the June 12 filing deadline for candidates. While the Democrats are fielding a preponderance of incumbents, the Republicans have announced some House and Senate candidates, but have yet to declare who will be running for statewide office, including the gubernatorial race. The Vermont Liberty Union Party, which gained major party status in the 2012 election, is also fielding a slate of statewide candidates and a candidate for the House of Representatives, who may be the sole contender for Rep. Peter Welch’s seat.

Progressive Party officials touted the “real growth” in the number of candidates since 2012.

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Progs face staffing change, focusing on leggie races

May 27, 2014; Terri Hallenbeck; Burlington Free Press

It might seem like bad timing for a political party to be losing its executive director and trying to hire an elections director right now, just as the election action is picking up.

“It’s not ideal,” conceded Progressive Party Chairwoman Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, “but we are using this as an opportunity to get focused on next four or five months.

“There’s really no good time,” said Robert Millar, the party’s departing executive director. His last official day as full-time director is June 13, the day after the deadline for Vermont candidates to file petitions for this year’s election.

Millar might be one of those filing a petition, he said. He said he’s thinking of running for a state House seat in the two-seat district that covers Winooski and a wisp of Burlington. Incumbent Democrat George Cross is not running for re-election.

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How to Get a “P” - A Quick Summary of the Party Nomination & Endorsement Process

First, you need to understand the difference between an endorsement and a nomination. In the simplest terms, the difference is that a nomination is determined by state statute and procedures, while an endorsement is controlled solely by our party bylaws and procedures. More importantly, a nomination affects how party labels will appear next to a candidate's name on the General Election ballot, but an endorsement will not.

The standard and most straightforward way to be nominated by the Party is to win the Progressive Primary, either as a write-in or as a listed candidate. As a write-in, a candidate must get more votes than a listed candidate, OR, if there are no other listed candidates, get at least half as many votes as they would have needed signatures to get on the Primary ballot. For example, a candidate for State Representative needs 50 signatures to get on the primary ballot, so they would need 25 votes to win the primary as a write-in.

The other way to get the Party's nomination is to have a district committee fill an “anticipated vacancy” by holding a meeting by the filing deadline for the Primary (June 12th this year). The odd thing about this is it has to be done before we even know for sure who will be running in our primary. It's also a little confusing on the Senate and House level, as the District Committee isn't necessarily the same as a Town or County Committee. Burlington, for example, is divided into several House Districts, while other House Districts are made up of multiple towns. And Senate Districts do not correspond exactly with counties (so a Chittenden County Committee member from Colchester would not be a part of the Chittenden Senate District Committee, as Colchester is part of the Chittenden-Grand Isle Senate District).

District Committee meetings must be warned in writing to all members in the district at least 5 days before the meeting. At the meeting, the District Committee must elect officers (as with Town Organizing) and then can fill anticipated vacancies. On the state level, the Party's State Committee will address “anticipated vacancies” at our meeting on May 31st. It's important to remember that no matter who a Committee nominates (or endorses), the results of the primary take precedence. But although who we endorse (or choose not to endorse) has no binding control over who can run as a Progressive, it allows a party to publicly show support or lack of support for a particular candidate.

By our bylaws, endorsements are controlled by the appropriate Party Committee (Town, County, or State); there's nothing about “district committees.” At our May 31st meeting, it's likely that the State Committee will endorse all the candidates that it nominates to fill “anticipated vacancies” in the statewide slate. However, it should be noted that there is nothing that says they have to, or that they must only endorse one candidate for each office.

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