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,…

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Press Release: Burlington Progressive Party Endorses Goodkind for Mayor, Candidates for City Council

Sunday evening Progressive Party members voted at their Burlington caucus to endorse Steve Goodkind as the Progressive candidate for the 2015 mayoral race. The Party also endorsed candidates for at least half of the upcoming city council races. Prior to the vote, Goodkind addressed the approximately 60 caucus participants, speaking about…

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Progressive Senator Named Legislator of the Year

    I’m excited to have been recognized by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) as Legislator of the Year! I’m being honored for my work in passing laws that support socially responsible businesses and my leadership role in the passage of the GMO labeling law. When announcing the award they wrote:…

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Union Member Recruitment by Vermont Progressives

  Written by Steve Early (originally published on www.SocialPolicy.org) “We will stand by our friends and administer a stinging rebuke to men or parties who are either indifferent, negligent, or hostile, and, wherever opportunityaffords, to secure the election of intelligent, honest, earnest trade unionists, with clear, unblemished, paid-up union cards in their…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Former Progressive State Rep to Run for Lieutenant Governor

May 8, 2014; Andrea Suozzo; VTDigger It’s been 14 years since Dean Corren left the Vermont House. But with the state moving ever closer to providing universal health insurance coverage, he says it’s time to get back in the game. “I think this one of the most exciting times since…

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As Vermont Goes, So Goes the Nation?

April 5, 2014; Molly Worthen; New York Times “Three years ago, Peter Shumlin, the governor of Vermont, signed a bill creating Green Mountain Care: a single-payer system in which, if all goes according to plan, the state will regulate doctors’ fees and cover Vermonters’ medical bills. Mr. Shumlin is a…

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Will the House balk at holding an earlier primary?

March 31, 2014; Nancy Remsen; Burlington Free Press Robert Millar, executive director of the Vermont Progressive Party, worries about making changes to the process so late in an election year. Many Vermonters wouldn’t be aware of the schedule change — which obviously isn’t yet official, he said. And the change…

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