Morgan Daybell

Morgan Daybell

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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Shumlin's Decision to Scrap Single Payer a Betrayal of Vermont's Working Families

Governor Peter Shumlin abandoned single payer healthcare yesterday right when political leadership was needed most to push Vermont and the country forward. He broke five years of campaign promises to Vermonters that he would not rest until we had single payer healthcare. Yet when things got tough and politically challenging, he gave up and walked away.

The Vermont Progressive Party did not run Progressive challengers against Governor Shumlin in the last three cycles, in large part because of his unwavering promise to lead on single payer. While we are outraged by Shumlin’s broken promises, we are not terribly surprised. Progressives have long raised the same challenges Shumlin is now using as his excuses for why we can't move ahead on single payer. We have long pushed for discussions about how we can equitably fund our new system, and live up to our promise of healthcare as a human right. But rather than work through these issues or scale back the project, Shumlin decided to scrap it entirely (and with it, many Vermonters' hopes of a just and accessible healthcare system).

Governor Shumlin only seems concerned about the projected future economic burden to businesses, not the burden that working people are bearing right now. There are significant and meaningful steps Vermont can take as we transition to a fully publicly financed health system-- a system that doesn't punish working families who can't afford the high costs of health insurance premiums. We can't be afraid to examine ways to fund a more fair, more efficient, universal system of healthcare delivery (like they have in virtually every other country in the industrialized world). Vermont needs leaders who aren't afraid of having these tough conversations, who aren't too scared to stand up for what's right. We owe that to the people of our state. Anything less is a betrayal of all Vermont's working families who struggle with the costs of healthcare every day. 

Vermont Progressives have built the strongest third political party in the country over the last 30 years, largely due to our unwavering commitment to reforming healthcare and economic justice. Our current elected legislators remain committed to finding a path forward. We are not backing down, despite this crisis of leadership. Vermont has a proud history of being out in front, despite the risks of opposing interest groups. We should stick with the Vermont tradition of having a difficult but honest discussion with our citizens.

Looking ahead, the Progressive Party will continue to find candidates to run for statewide and legislative office in 2016 who are unwavering in their commitment to comprehensive, universal health care. We increased the number of Progressives in the Statehouse in 2014, and we look forward to building off that momentum.

Vermonters want to see political leaders who stand up for the issues that matter to working people and don’t back down just because the debate heats up. Vermonters deserved better from Governor Shumlin. We aim to give it to them. It is clear that now, more than ever, Vermont needs a third party with a strong spine that will stand up where our current leaders have fallen down.

Vermont Progressive Party State Committee Meeting Minutes 5/31/2014

Vermont Progressive Party State Committee Meeting Minutes
Statehouse Cafeteria, Montpelier, VT

Meeting called to order at 1:00 pm. Approximately 80 state committee members and VPP members were in attendance.

Coordinating Committee Vacancies
The Chair, Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, explained the vacancies and the process under VPP bylaws for filling the seats. The Coordinating Committee had two vacancies – Vice Chair since Selene Colburn stepped down in April and one of the At-Large seats when Lee Madden stepped down in February. Under VPP by-laws the Coco may appoint temporarily until the next state committee meeting. The Coco appointed Morgan Daybell (Montgomery) as Vice-Chair and Christian Hanley (Brattleboro) as the At-Large Member at its April meeting.  The State Committee unanimously elected Morgan Daybell as Vice-Chair in an uncontested race. There were three candidates for the At-Large Member seat - Christian Hanley (Brattleboro), Shawn Jarecki  (Pittsfield) and Jason Batchelder. Shawn Jarecki was elected to the At-Large seat.

Statewide Candidate Nominations/Endorsements
Discussion moved to sorting the differences between nomination and endorsement, discussion of the process. The State Committee (SC) can nominate and endorse candidates. The nomination process is outlined by state law and is required for placement on the primary ballot and for use of a Party label on the general election ballot. Individuals may still collect the required number of signatures and be placed on the Progressive primary ballot without the VPP nomination. Endorsements are an act of the VPP to show support for a candidate in the election. It can be granted under VPP by-laws, which were reviewed with SC members.

Auditor- Doug Hoffer is seeking the SC endorsement as a D/P on a campaign of continued audits of state programs, increasing transparency, insuring the efficiency and efficacy of healthcare and pressing for more whistleblower protection. Motion by Marge Power to nominate for the ballot and to sanction a write in campaign, second by Martha Abbot and approved by acclamation of SC. Motion to endorse by Martha Abbot, second by Morgan Daybell and approved by acclamation.

Treasurer- Don Schramm nominated by Liz Blum, second by Chris Pearson and nominated by acclamation.

Secretary of State- Ben Eastwood nominated by Marge Powers and second by Glennie Sewell. Jim Condos nominated by Gary Case, second by Jessica Falker. Jim Condos was not present at the meeting. Ben Eastwood nominated by majority voice vote.

Attorney General- Ed Stanak nominated by Martha Abbott, the nomination was declined. Shawn Jarecki nominated by Ben Eastwood, second by Ellen David Friedman, nominated by acclamation. Note: After the state committee meeting concluded, Shawn declined the nomination.

Lt. Governor- two candidates seeking an endorsement. Dean Corren would run as a straight Progressive, endorsement so moved by Chris Pearson and seconded by Marge Powers, endorsed by acclamation.  Dean Corren is collecting signatures for placement on the Progressive primary ballot and did not seek a formal nomination. John Bauer would run as a Democrat/Progressive D/P, endorsement moved by Jessica Falker, second by Gary Case. Mr. Bauer gave a brief speech. A member made a motion to call the question after some vigorous debate. Peggy Sapphire seconded motion to call the questions. The motion to endorse Mr. Bauer was defeated by a voice majority with 5 abstentions.

Governor-Marge Powers moved to close without a nomination for governor, second by Ben Eastwood, motion approved by voice vote with one abstention.

SC member Tom Kingston recommended that the SC nominate all endorsed candidates, seconded by Cindy Weed and approved by voice vote with one abstention.

Staff Recognition
Special thanks and recognition to Robert Millar as State Coordinator who is moving on to run for State House.

Legislative Update
Five of our elected legislators discussed the legislative session: Representative Chris Pearson-discussed the effort to raise minimum wage and the process the bill took to approval of a raise over three years. Representative Sandy Haas-discussed mental illness and the courts and provision for pretrial services. Representative Cindy Weed-discussed equal pay for women, workplace retaliation prevention, childcare worker unionization and the earned sick day bill that did not pass this session. Representative Susan Hatch-Davis-Tried to kill the school governance bill, recognizes the problems but believes a better bill should be passed. Senator Anthony Pollina-State Bank his primary issue, tried to begin the effort by moving 10% of state funds into VETA, lots of opposition from both Dems and Reps.

Platform Review
Ben Eastwood, chair of the Platform Committee, took the floor to discuss the process for platform breakout discussion groups. SC broke into small groups to discuss in the first session: energy & transportation; public participation in government; criminal justice; military affairs; state economy; gun control issues (not a plank); government reform. The second session the SC broke into small groups to discuss: education, housing, healthcare, agriculture, taxes, industrial wind, civil rights.

A motion was made to close meeting at 3:15 PM, and seconded, approved by acclamation.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Brimmer, Secretary.



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