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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Rep. Cindy Weed Responds to Governor Shumlin’s State of the State Address

I believe that we should do everything possible to curb drug use and addiction in Vermont. Addiction not only adversely affects addicts and their families, it threatens the security of our communities and leads to increases in crime rates. Addiction is a growing health care crisis that needs medical intervention,…

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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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Shumlin’s commitment to single payer health care questioned

May 21, 2013; Andrew Stein; VTDigger “The question is: Are we putting off raising revenue to wait for health care reform or is the administration unwilling to raise revenue for any purpose whatsoever?” Pollina asked. Right now, he said, it appears the latter policy is prevailing. “This past session, the…

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May 1st Rally: Now is the time to send a loud message to PUT PEOPLE FIRST!

By James Haslam, Vermont Workers’ Center Check out www.workerscenter.org/may1 For the fifth year in a row over well over a thousand people from all over Vermont will participate in a huge May 1st Statehouse Rally. In 2009, we came to change what was politically possible in healthcare reform. In 2013,…

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Vermont House votes to expand health insurance rights of same-sex couples

March 15, 2013; Alicia Freese; VTDigger Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, who co-sponsored the legislation, said it’s an important step in an “ongoing process” of “peeling back the layers of discrimination.” A federal law limits the level of parity that the Vermont Legislature can achieve in this arena, however. That law…

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