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Moe Robinson, Editor

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

   
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DEAN FOR PRESIDENT

Vermont Press Bureau's Tracy Schmaler reported today that Governor Howard Dean has decided to run for President of the United States in 2004.

 “We still haven’t changed the plan. He probably won’t have an official announcement until January when he is out of office,” Kate O’Connor told Schmaler. “We’re doing this because there’s been a lot of support, and we wanted to be a little bit more honest about it than other candidates are being.”

ABC.com wrote today, "While a Gov. Howard Dean source tells us that the Rutland Herald lead today, that Dean has made up his mind to run for president in 2004, is wrong—Dean has not made 'any firm decisions' —Dean will indeed be mailing papers to the FEC today to establish an exploratory committee, Dean for America, making him the second possible presidential contender to do so (after Al Sharpton)."

Click here to read the entire ABC.com story

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SORRELL WINS ONLINE POLL

Between May 22, and May 29, www.politicsvt.com conducted an online poll asking, "If the election for Attorney General was today, who would you vote for?"

Current Attorney General William Sorrell won the poll with 39% of the vote, the Republican nominee followed with 31%. A total of 99votes were cast. 

Since www.politicsvt.com launched on January 22, 2002, the site has quickly become a fixture of politics and government in Vermont, attracting over 100,000 pages viewed each month from people seeking current and reliable information about campaigns, elections and politicians in the Green Mountain State. 

Click here to view past poll results

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IDEAS AND OPINIONS HAS BEEN POSTED

 Ideas and Opinions by James Ehlers has been posted.  Ehlers column appears every Tuesday.

Click here to read Ideas and Opinions

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MOVEMENT CHART

Politicsvt.com is proud to announce a new weekly feature.  We will post the weeks politics movement each Friday. 

Click here to view this weeks movement chart.

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JEFFORDS ONE YEAR LATER

One year ago today, Vermont's junior senator changed the balance of power in the US Senate.  Jim Jeffords (I-VT) who was barely know outside of Vermont shook the world with his announcement at the Radisson Hotel in Burlington. 

Jeffords announced he was leaving the Republican Party and becoming an Independent. 

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RUMOR MILL

We have gotten a lot of e-mail asking when the rumor mill will return.  The Rumor Mill has been merged with the Robinson Report and will be updated on Mondays.

Starting today, politicsvt.com will have a new feature. Every Friday we will post our Movement chart.  This chart will list who is Vermont is up and who is down.  Check back later today for the first edition. 

Make sure to check out the Robinson Report on Monday's for all the gossip in Vermont.

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DOUGLAS MAKES IT OFFICIAL

Flanked by a number of Republican Legislators, State Treasurer Jim Douglas officially announced his candidacy for Governor.  Douglas made the announcement on the steps of the capital.  

Click here to read Jim Douglas remarks.

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PRESS RELEASES

Politicsvt.com press releases section has been updated. 

Click here to view the updated releases.

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RACINE NO SHOW FOR GUBERNATORIAL FORUM

Today, the Vermont Business & Industry Technology Conference held a Gubernatorial Candidates Forum & Luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington.  Scheduled to be at the forum were Republican Jim Douglas, Democrat Doug Racine and Independent Con Hogan. 

Sources tell politicsvt.com that Racine was not at the forum.  According to Racine’s website he was scheduled to “deliver the keynote address at the "Successful Aging Conference," Killington Grande Hotel, at 12 noon.   The Vermont Business & Industry Technology Conference website listed Racine as attending the candidates forum & Luncheon at the Sheraton from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. 

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DEAN VISITS IOWA FOR 5TH TIME

Governor Dean was in Des Moines, Iowa yesterday blasting President Bush.  Dean told fellow Democrats not to make pre-September 11 intelligence a political issue. 

"Are there mistakes that were made in his administration? Of course. Are there screw-ups in the FBI? Of course," said Dean. "But I don't think this is a great political avenue to go down for the Democrats."

Click here to read the entire Des Moines Register story.

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HILL TO RUN FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Yesterday, Middlebury attorney Cindy Hill announced that she will seek the Progressive Party nomination for Attorney General. 

Hill made the announcement on the steps of the Supreme Court in Montpelier.  If Hill is successful in winning the Progressive Party nomination she will face incumbent William Sorrell in November.

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SPAULDING CALLS FOR SPENDING CAP

The race for the Democratic nomination for State Treasurer is beginning to pick up.  Jeb Spaulding today called on his primary opponent to cap spending  for the Democratic primary election.

In a letter to Ed Flanagan, Spaulding outlined his reasoning and asked Flanagan to join him in a spending cap of $85,000.

Spaulding said, "Vermonters would be well served by keeping spending on this election in check so that it doesn't become a consultant and media driven spending contest. I believe Vermonters want to hear from and see candidates on the streets, not just on the radio and TV." 

Click here to read the entire Spaulding Press Release

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ROLL CALL SAYS VT WILL NOT HAVE A COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL RACE IN NOVEMBER 

 

An influential Capitol Hill newspaper that watches congressional elections listed Vermont's Congressional race as, favoring incumbent to win re-election.  Roll Call writes that congressman Sanders seat is "Safe  Independent," saying that "The Race essentially ended there when Sanders opted not to run for Governor in 2002.."

 

Click here to read the Roll Call story

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NEW ROBINSON REPORT

Read this week’s Robinson Report updated on May 13th. 

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MUNT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION

 Chittenden County Senator Janet Munt has decided to seek a third term to the State Senate.  In an e-mail to politicsvt.com, Munt wrote, "I am planning to run again for Senate from Chittenden County."

Munt, 79, a Democrat, is currently serving her second term in Montpelier.

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NEWS STORIES

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LOCAL

Former School Board member pleads to misdemeanors

Area family survives Amtrak crash

UVM’s annual pot party a bust

Paper mill closed; workers denied pay

VERMONT

No end in sight for state’s budget gap

Bill allows for early disciplining of doctors

Bill allows for early disciplining of doctors

Democrats laud Jeffords’ move

Dean close to entering race for White House

House, Senate reach agreement on scaled-back arrest bill

Reapportionment woes resurface

Senate approves spending $400,000 for two weeks of overtime pay

Middlebury lawyer seeking AG’s post

State House negotiations continue; Adjournment due this weekend?

Survivor? Vermont woman falls short

Former officer guilty of sexual exploitation

Sharing pool may vanish

Agreement reached on body piercing bill

IBM top official confirms company plans changes

Dean to discuss funding with school officials

NATIONAL

Carter speech draws mixed set of reactions

Sharon is dealt setback by Likud

Nevada loses nuclear waste fight on Capitol Hill

Sharon in Washington for talks

Supreme Court limits reach of ADA

Arafat, Israel back Bush plan to end siege

Bush meets with Saudi prince

After deaths, many Canadians question role in war

U.S. friendly fire kills four Canadians

Powell delays Arafat meeting

COLUMNS

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