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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Progressive Legislative Roundup

Aptil 18, 2014; Bob Kinzel; VPR When the 2014 legislative session started, leaders in the Progressive Party were expressing concern with some of the policies of Governor Shumlin. How do they feel about the Governor now as the session winds down? We’ll talk with the House Progressive Caucus leader, Burlington…

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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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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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Press Release: Progressive Party Concludes 2013 Reorganization With A Bang

On Saturday, Progressives gathered at the Capital City Grange in Berlin for the final stage of the 2013 reorganization process, their State Convention.  Over 125 people attended the event and 73 ballots were cast by State Committee Delegates in the election of a new Coordinating Committee at the Convention.  To…

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The Vermont Progressive Party: A Model for Change

The recent government shutdown in Washington makes clear that the Republican and Democratic parties are no longer capable of running a functioning government.  Nor are they capable of representing working people, or anyone else who does not have a corporate PAC behind them.  The two “brand name” parties have proven…

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2013 Statewide Convention – Proposed Agenda

Annual Convention and State Committee Meeting November 9, 2013; 1:00 pm Capital City Grange, Berlin REGISTRATION & LUNCH (12:30 PM) CONVENTION (1:00 PM)  Welcome: Martha Abbott (10 minutes) A special video message: Prof. Bill McKibben (15 minutes) Divesting from the Fossil Fuel Industry: 350.org & Student Activists (40 minutes) CoCo…

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Press Release: Progressive Party Statement on Burlington City Committee Reorganization

On Sunday evening, as part of the biannual reorganization process required of all Vermont major parties, over fifty Burlington Progressives gathered at the Integrated Arts Academy to elect a new City Committee and Steering Committee to lead the Burlington Progressive Party for the next two years.  In addition to the…

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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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Progressives strategize for 2014 elections though gubernatorial bid unlikely

August 11, 2013; Alicia Freese; VTDigger Even those supportive of fielding a candidate acknowledged the party’s monetary and manpower limitations would make that role less than enticing. Marge Power, who herself made a bid for lieutenant governor in 2010, declared, “If we can get sacrificial lambs, at least, I think…

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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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