Minutes – February 2014 State Committee Meeting

February 8, 2014; 1:00 pm, 
North End Studios, Burlington In attendance: Approximately 60 people attended, with another several guest speakers. Welcome: Emma Mulvaney-Stanak Emma opened the meeting and thanked everyone for attending. She offered up an instant poll for State Committee members to answer a survey question on paper or…

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Vermont signs $2.8-million software contract

february 3, 2014; Nancy Remsen; Burlington Free Press MONTPELIER — When the first campaign finance reports for the 2014 election are filed in July, the office of the Secretary of State hopes candidates will be able to submit their reports electronically if they want. Electronic filing of contributions and spending…

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Press Release: Progressive Party Statement on Burlington City Progressive Caucus

On Sunday evening, over fifty Burlington Progressives gathered at the East Avenue Co-housing to endorse candidates for the 2014 Town Meeting Day election.  In addition to endorsing candidates, those gathered heard about March ballot items, redistricting, Moran Plant redevelopment, and more from currently elected Burlington Progressive City Councilors Vince Brennan,…

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Democrats, Republicans overwhelmingly back campaign finance bill in House vote

January 9, 2014; Anne Galloway; VTDigger In the brief House debate Thursday, independents and Progressives complained that the bill gives the major parties — Republicans and Democrats — an unfair advantage. The Vermont Progressive Party is not tied to a well-heeled national party machine, and independents have no party backup.…

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The Democratic Vistas of 2014: Five Reforms to Make Our Politics Matter

January 1, 2014; John Nichols; The Nation Common Cause and other groups are working in states across the country to end the absurd practice of gerrymandering local, state and federal election districts—which makes too many elections for too many important offices uncompetitive. The Working Families Party in New York and…

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Minutes – November 2013 State Convention

November 9, 2013; 1:00 pm, 
Capital City Grange, Berlin In attendance: 125 people Welcome: Martha Abbott Martha started the meeting at 1:15pm and thanked the VT State Employees Association for sponsoring the lunch, Elizabeth Skarie for ice cream, Tina Scanlon for organizing the raffle, the current CoCo members and Robert…

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Minutes – August 2013 State Committee Meeting

1. Opening Remarks from Party Chair, Martha Abbott Martha Abbott reviewed the agenda and noted highlights of what the Party has achieved in recent years, including pushing state towards single payer health insurance, getting corporate money out of politics, raising the level of discussion around the creation of a state…

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Progs Seem Eager to Take on Shumlin … If They Can Find the Money and the Candidate

August 11, 2013; Kevin J. Kelley; Seven Days The absence of some of the party’s brightest stars didn’t prevent Vermont Progressives at a meeting on Saturday from considering a race next year against Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. The 40 Prog faithful who gathered on a dazzling August afternoon in Bethel’s…

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Progs ponder possible candidate

August 10, 2013; Kyle Midura; WCAX The next statewide election is more than year away, but Vermont Progressives are already doing political calculus. About 40 people attended the party’s state committee meeting in Bethel Saturday. Party members debated the merits of challenging Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin in next year’s election.…

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Will a Prog Run for Gov? Nope.

August 8, 2013; Paul Heintz; Seven Days “Should Progs challenge Shumlin in ’14?” That’s the question Burlington Free Press reporter Terri Hallenbeck put to Vermont Progressive Party leaders in Tuesday’s paper. The occasion for the query was the Progs’ upcoming state committee meeting (at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bethel…

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Should Progressives challenge Shumlin in 2014?

August 5, 2013; Terri Hallenbeck; Burlington Free Press When members of the Vermont Progressive Party gather Saturday for their state meeting, they will openly discuss the burning issue of the day: Should they challenge Gov. Peter Shumlin in next year’s election? Here’s the dilemma: Progressives kind of like Shumlin, at…

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August State Committee Meeting – Proposed Agenda

Vermont State Committee Meeting August 10, 2013; 1:00 pm Town Hall, Bethel REGISTRATION (12:30 PM) STATE COMMITTEE (1:00 PM)  Welcome: Martha Abbott (5 minutes) Keynote – The Effect of Annual Budget Cuts on Vermonters (40 minutes) *Speakers: Paul Cillo & Sen. Anthony Pollina Resolutions: Martha Abbott (20 Minutes) *Justice for…

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If Progressives challenge Shumlin in 2014, it’s the governor’s own fault

June 14, 2013; Alicia Freese; VTDigger The Vermont Progressive Party isn’t chomping at the bit to make a run for the governor’s seat in 2014, but party leaders say their displeasure with Gov. Peter Shumlin might leave them no choice. “We’ve stayed out [of the past two elections] in sort…

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