State of Vermont Archives: on Government Reform


Scott Milne: Washington gridlock results from too-long incumbency

The Pomfret businessman filed petitions to get on the primary and general election ballots, challenging Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving U.S. senator in history. Milne plans to make Washington gridlock and Leahy's 42 years in office top issues. He said Leahy has "never held a private sector job," and contributes to DC partisanship. (Leahy, in fact, worked as a lawyer in private practice in the late 1960s.)

Branding himself a "problem solver" who is fiscally conservative and socially moderate, Milne says he will work with whomever is elected president.

But he acknowledges that he disagrees with many things his party's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, has said so far in the campaign. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, has "gotten better each year he's been in office" and says Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, deserves an up or down vote. Were he in the Senate, Milne said he'd "probably vote to confirm him."

Source: WPTZ-TV NBC-5 on 2016 Vermont Senate race May 26, 2016

Sue Minter: Call for transparency and accountability in state agencies

I am committed to leading a state government that functions well, is accountable to taxpayers, & restores the public trust. As Governor, I will continue the work that I led as Secretary of Transportation making state government responsive, accountable, efficient and innovative.

Transparency and Ethics: Vermonters are entitled to know that the public interest is the first priority in decisions by government officials, and that taxpayer funds are being used effectively and efficiently. This requires transparency and accountability so that Vermonters can be informed about and participate in the decisions that affect their lives. State agencies will set performance measure and develop dashboards to better inform the public about government goals and results. I join with the Secretary of State in calling for the enactment of clear laws relating to ethics, conflicts of interest, and financial disclosure, and the formation of an independent state ethics commission to enforce those laws.

Source: 2016 Vermont gubernatorial campaign website SueMinter.com May 25, 2016

Peter Shumlin: Elect President by popular vote, not Electoral College

Sen. Shumlin SPONSORED the proposed bill:

Vermont legislative summary for S.34:

OnTheIssues explanation: This bill proposes a method to ensure the popular election of the president without requiring a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Electoral College.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 15-10-4; died in House without a vote.

Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.34 Feb 27, 2009

Phil Scott: Keep Electoral College instead of presidential popular vote

Sen. Scott voted NO on the proposed bill:

Vermont legislative summary for S.34:

OnTheIssues explanation: This bill proposes a method to ensure the popular election of the president without requiring a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Electoral College.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 15-10-4; died in House without a vote.

Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.34 Feb 27, 2009

Jim Douglas: Vetoed campaign donations restrictions & identifying donors

Gov. Douglas VETOED a bill on Campaign Finance Limitations:

Vermont legislative findings for S.278:

  • Large campaign contributions reduce public confidence in the electoral process and increase the risk and the appearance that candidates and elected officials will not act in the best interests of all Vermont citizens.
  • Some candidates and elected officials, particularly when time is limited, may respond and give access to contributors who make large contributions in preference to those who make small or no contributions.
  • In Vermont, lower contribution limits have not prevented challengers from maintaining robust and competitive campaigns.
  • Identification of persons who publish political advertisements and electioneering communications assists in enforcing campaign finance limitations.

    Legislative outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Douglas; April 22 override in House 99-51-0; April 25 Senate override 26-4-0.

    Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.278 Apr 25, 2008

    Peter Shumlin: Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors

    Sen. Shumlin voted YES on overriding the governor's veto of Campaign Finance Limitations:

    Vermont legislative findings for S.278:

  • Large campaign contributions reduce public confidence in the electoral process and increase the risk and the appearance that candidates and elected officials will not act in the best interests of all Vermont citizens.
  • Some candidates and elected officials, particularly when time is limited, may respond and give access to contributors who make large contributions in preference to those who make small or no contributions.
  • In Vermont, lower contribution limits have not prevented challengers from maintaining robust and competitive campaigns.
  • Identification of persons who publish political advertisements and electioneering communications assists in enforcing campaign finance limitations.

    Legislative outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Douglas; April 22 override in House 99-51-0; April 25 Senate override 26-4-0.

    Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.278 Apr 25, 2008

    Phil Scott: Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors

    Sen. Scott voted YES on overriding the governor's veto of Campaign Finance Limitations:

    Vermont legislative findings for S.278:

  • Large campaign contributions reduce public confidence in the electoral process and increase the risk and the appearance that candidates and elected officials will not act in the best interests of all Vermont citizens.
  • Some candidates and elected officials, particularly when time is limited, may respond and give access to contributors who make large contributions in preference to those who make small or no contributions.
  • In Vermont, lower contribution limits have not prevented challengers from maintaining robust and competitive campaigns.
  • Identification of persons who publish political advertisements and electioneering communications assists in enforcing campaign finance limitations.

    Legislative outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Douglas; April 22 override in House 99-51-0; April 25 Senate override 26-4-0.

    Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.278 Apr 25, 2008

    Shap Smith: Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors

    Rep. Smith voted YES on overriding the governor's veto of Campaign Finance Limitations:

    Vermont legislative findings for S.278:

  • Large campaign contributions reduce public confidence in the electoral process and increase the risk and the appearance that candidates and elected officials will not act in the best interests of all Vermont citizens.
  • Some candidates and elected officials, particularly when time is limited, may respond and give access to contributors who make large contributions in preference to those who make small or no contributions.
  • In Vermont, lower contribution limits have not prevented challengers from maintaining robust and competitive campaigns.
  • Identification of persons who publish political advertisements and electioneering communications assists in enforcing campaign finance limitations.

    Legislative outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Douglas; April 22 override in House 99-51-0; April 25 Senate override 26-4-0.

    Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.278 Apr 25, 2008

    Sue Minter: Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors

    Rep. Minter voted YES on overriding the governor's veto of Campaign Finance Limitations:

    Vermont legislative findings for S.278:

  • Large campaign contributions reduce public confidence in the electoral process and increase the risk and the appearance that candidates and elected officials will not act in the best interests of all Vermont citizens.
  • Some candidates and elected officials, particularly when time is limited, may respond and give access to contributors who make large contributions in preference to those who make small or no contributions.
  • In Vermont, lower contribution limits have not prevented challengers from maintaining robust and competitive campaigns.
  • Identification of persons who publish political advertisements and electioneering communications assists in enforcing campaign finance limitations.

    Legislative outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Douglas; April 22 override in House 99-51-0; April 25 Senate override 26-4-0.

    Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.278 Apr 25, 2008

    Larry Drown: Bring back honesty and openness into government

    Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.drownforvermont.com Jun 24, 2006

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