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State of Vermont Politicians: Archives


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  • Bernie Sanders (4) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Brooke Paige (11) Republican Senate Challenger Vermont
  • Bruce Lisman (11) Vermont Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Christine Hallquist (19) Vermont Democratic candidate for governor of Vermont
  • Greg Parke (2) Republican challenger (2006) Vermont
  • Howard Dean (4) Democrat
  • Jim Douglas (6) Vermont Former Republican Governor (2002-2010)
  • John MacGovern (14) Democratic Challenger for VT Senator Vermont
  • Keith Stern (15) Vermont Republican candidate for governor of Vermont
  • Larry Drown (7) Democratic challenger (2006) Vermont
  • Lawrence Zupan (8) Republican Challenger Vermont
  • Matt Dunne (15) Vermont Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Patrick Leahy (4) Democratic Sr Senator Vermont
  • Peter Shumlin (25) Vermont Democratic Governor (retiring 2016)
  • Phil Scott (42) Vermont Republican challenger for Governor
  • Richard Tarrant (7) Republican Challenger (2006) Vermont
  • Scott Milne (17) Democratic Challenger for VT Senator Vermont
  • Shap Smith (6) Vermont Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Sue Minter (18) Vermont Democratic 8Gubernatorial candidate
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Abortion
    Christine Hallquist: Protect a women's right to choose.
    Keith Stern: Pro-life advocate but will not interfere with settled law.
    Scott Milne: Pro-life; and no free birth control.
    Bruce Lisman: Supports abortion rights and funding for Planned Parenthood.
    Scott Milne: Pro-choice but exact positions are unknown.
    Peter Shumlin: Assist companies doing stem cell research in Vermont.
    John MacGovern: Don't require churches to provide birth control to staff.
    John MacGovern: Opposes abortion in most cases.
    Phil Scott: Abortion isn't a black-and-white issue, but I'm pro-choice.
    Phil Scott: No taxpayer funding for abortion; but ok for family planning.
    John MacGovern: Religious liberty trumps contraception health insurance.
    Richard Tarrant: No litmus tests; majority donít want Roe overturned.
    Matt Dunne: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy
    Lawrence Zupan: Build an opportunity economy, with growth for generations.
    Bruce Lisman: Bring government spending in line with revenue.
    Phil Scott: I won't sign a budget that exceeds reasonable limits.
    Sue Minter: Government can partner with workforce to grow economy.
    Phil Scott: We're spending beyond our means; but cuts instead of taxes.
    John MacGovern: Budget deficit is a moral issue as well as economic issue.
    John MacGovern: Our most serious problem is skyrocketing national debt.
    Peter Shumlin: Get back to fiscal responsibility, post-stimulus.
    Jim Douglas: $17M ARRA investment to expand Vermont employment.
Civil Rights
    Christine Hallquist: Wants Vermont to welcome all groups, including marginalized.
    Phil Scott: Support peaceful march against bias & discrimination.
    Phil Scott: Supports gay marriage and transgender bathroom rights.
    Scott Milne: Opposes affirmative action.
    Sue Minter: Economic security for women via livable wages and equal pay.
    Scott Milne: Supported civil unions in 2000.
    Jim Douglas: Declare Juneteenth an annual tribute to emancipation.
    Jim Douglas: Veto defining marriage as "2 people" not "1 man & 1 woman".
    Peter Shumlin: Define marriage as "two people" not "one man & one woman".
    Peter Shumlin: Define marriage as "two people" not "one man & one woman".
    Phil Scott: Ballot initiative ok; don't legislatively re-define marriage.
    Shap Smith: Define marriage as "two people" not "one man & one woman".
    Sue Minter: Define marriage as "two people" not "one man & one woman".
    Greg Parke: Constitutional gay marriage ban is democracy in action.
    Richard Tarrant: Donít use Constitution on special interest like gay marriage.
    Bernie Sanders: Bushís tracking citizensí phone call patterns is illegal.
    Howard Dean: Egalitarianism implies the legality of gay civil unions.
    Howard Dean: Gays deserve equal rights under the law.
    Matt Dunne: Equal benefits for same sex couples.
Corporations
    Brooke Paige: Streamline regulations to make Vermont "business friendly".
    Phil Scott: Agency of Economic Opportunity: help find qualified workers.
    Patrick Leahy: Amend Constitutional to declare corporations are NOT people.
    Matt Dunne: State manager to help each manufacturer navigate rules.
    John MacGovern: Don't demonize private sector that produces jobs & growth.
    Peter Shumlin: Getting credit to entrepreneurs when they need it grows jobs.
Crime
    Keith Stern: Convicts should serve in same state where sentenced.
    Christine Hallquist: Address racial bias in criminal justice system.
    Brooke Paige: Establish uniform sentencing and incarceration guidelines.
    Phil Scott: Address racial disparities in criminal justice.
    Phil Scott: Close Windsor prison; expand home detention monitoring.
    Scott Milne: Supports the death penalty.
    Phil Scott: Private prisons needed because full cost borne by state.
    Sue Minter: Phase out the use of private prisons altogether.
    Peter Shumlin: Help keep non-violent offenders out of jail.
    Jim Douglas: Mandatory 25 year minimum sentence for child sexual abuse.
    Matt Dunne: More prisons, but more rehab programs too.
Drugs
    Christine Hallquist: Treat opiate crisis as a public health issue.
    Christine Hallquist: Tax retail marijuana for clean water and public education.
    Brooke Paige: Legalize and commercialize marijuana, but not "hard drugs".
    Phil Scott: Make low-level marijuana possession legal for adults.
    Keith Stern: Send drug addicts to treatment & dealers to boot camp.
    Phil Scott: Address opiate addiction via prevention & enforcement.
    Scott Milne: Does not support the legalization of marijuana.
    Bruce Lisman: No legalization now; let's see what happens in other states.
    Matt Dunne: Legalize marijuana quickly; prohibition hasn't worked.
    Phil Scott: No legalization at this time; but I'm not saying never.
    Scott Milne: Pass tougher drug laws instead of decriminalizing.
    Sue Minter: Supports legalizing marijuana.
    Sue Minter: Addicts need treatment, not jail time.
    Bruce Lisman: Decriminalization, but not legalization, of recreational pot.
    Matt Dunne: Create a trusted Vermont brand of legalized marijuana.
    Peter Shumlin: Time to make marijuana well-regulated legal substance.
    Peter Shumlin: Prioritize reducing opioid misuse.
    Peter Shumlin: Address drug addiction as a public health crisis.
    Phil Scott: Supports growing industrial hemp in Vermont.
    Peter Shumlin: War on recidivism: $300,000 for methadone treatment.
Education
    Keith Stern: Give education control back to the local districts.
    Keith Stern: Technical schools train for well-paying, in-demand jobs.
    Christine Hallquist: Supports public schools; does not want them privatized.
    Brooke Paige: Reject Common Core; protect local control.
    Lawrence Zupan: High tuition costs pay for facilities; learn online instead.
    Phil Scott: Statewide funding inserts Montpelier into school decisions.
    Phil Scott: Realign funding toward early care and trades training.
    Phil Scott: $4M to state colleges; low tuition increases thru 2021.
    Phil Scott: Preserve school choice; improve Act 46 school consolidation.
    Scott Milne: Rethink how government funds education.
    Sue Minter: Universal pre-K via public-private partnerships.
    Bruce Lisman: Give school districts flexibility on resources and spending.
    Peter Shumlin: Publicly fund a college savings plan for each child.
    Peter Shumlin: Provide free college courses for low income people.
    Shap Smith: Larger school districts improve quality & control costs.
    Peter Shumlin: Dual enrollment for high school students to state college.
    Phil Scott: Age-appropriate sex education in schools.
    Larry Drown: Strong Public Education.
    Matt Dunne: More funding for public schools & teachers.
Energy & Oil
    Keith Stern: Goal to convert to 75% renewable energy will hurt Vermont.
    Christine Hallquist: Supports Solar Pathways plan of 90% renewable energy by 2050.
    Brooke Paige: Develop alternative energy if affordable and reliable.
    Phil Scott: Tax holiday on hybrids, electric vehicles, & green products.
    Sue Minter: Keep electric rates low to compete in New England.
    Patrick Leahy: Human-caused climate change is accelerating.
    Phil Scott: Combat climate change & reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
    Bruce Lisman: Moratorium on industrial scale solar and wind projects.
    Shap Smith: More programs for LIHEAP and home weatherization.
    Phil Scott: Supports renewable energy investment.
    Larry Drown: Donít drill for oil in our national parks.
    Matt Dunne: Promote alternative fuels and renewable energy.
Environment
    Christine Hallquist: Advocate of environmental protections and mass transit.
    Brooke Paige: Fund program for fertilizer runoff to reduce water pollution.
    Brooke Paige: Farmers are unfairly blamed for fertilizer pollution.
    Lawrence Zupan: New farming technologies improve water quality.
    Phil Scott: $50M for clean-up of our impaired waterways.
    Scott Milne: Lake Champlain is a natural treasure we must preserve.
    Sue Minter: Protect our state's waters, farmland, and forests.
    Bruce Lisman: Restore our lakes and protect our ridgelines.
    Peter Shumlin: VT should divest from coal and ExxonMobil.
    Sue Minter: Led efforts in Climate Preparedness & catastrophic flooding.
    Shap Smith: Our waterways are under threat from decades of pollution.
    Phil Scott: Support local agriculture; they're stewards of our land.
    Phil Scott: Reduce chemicals in consumer goods, when evidence warrants.
    Peter Shumlin: Clean up Lake Champlain: federal waivers & local flexibility.
    Matt Dunne: Supports open space preservation & brownfield cleanup.
Families & Children
    Christine Hallquist: Pass paid family and medical leave insurance.
    Lawrence Zupan: Cost of paid family leave burden falls on small businesses.
    Keith Stern: Paid family leave and $15 hour wage would hurt his business.
    Phil Scott: $800,000 for Guardians ad Litem for kids of drug addicts.
    Phil Scott: $7.5 million for Child Care Financial Assistance.
    Matt Dunne: Paid leave insurance policy to fund FMLA maternity leave.
Foreign Policy
    Scott Milne: US out of the UN, and UN out of the US.
    John MacGovern: Developed energy projects in China and Southeast Asia.
Free Trade
    Phil Scott: Buying local isn't just for hippies anymore.
Government Reform
    Keith Stern: Term limits will slow down path to lobbying.
    Christine Hallquist: Work with state & locals to fix campaign finance system.
    Brooke Paige: Implement ethics and transparency rues for state government.
    Scott Milne: Washington gridlock results from too-long incumbency.
    Sue Minter: Call for transparency and accountability in state agencies.
    Peter Shumlin: Elect President by popular vote, not Electoral College.
    Phil Scott: Keep Electoral College instead of presidential popular vote.
    Jim Douglas: Vetoed campaign donations restrictions & identifying donors.
    Peter Shumlin: Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors.
    Phil Scott: Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors.
    Shap Smith: Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors.
    Sue Minter: Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors.
    Larry Drown: Bring back honesty and openness into government.
Gun Control
    Keith Stern: Supports 2nd Amendment; but some people will commit crimes.
    Christine Hallquist: Ban assault weapons; regulate guns like cars.
    Keith Stern: Vermont won't be Vermont with all this gun legislation.
    Christine Hallquist: Regulate guns like we regulate automobiles.
    Phil Scott: Enforce existing gun laws; Vermont is no gun trafficker.
    Sue Minter: Universal background checks; ban assault weapons.
    Sue Minter: Gun violence has reached a crisis point; more gun safety.
    Bruce Lisman: Protect the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights.
    Scott Milne: Rated 50% by Gun Owners of Vermont.
    Matt Dunne: Strengthen restrictions on the purchase & possession of guns.
    Matt Dunne: Strengthen enforcement of existing state gun restrictions.
Health Care
    Keith Stern: Healthcare the community way through medical cost sharing.
    Christine Hallquist: Wants to lay groundwork for universal healthcare system.
    Brooke Paige: Reject single-payer healthcare and Vermont Health Connect.
    Lawrence Zupan: End mandate; start interstate competition.
    Phil Scott: Replace dysfunctional Vermont Health Connect with subsidies.
    Scott Milne: Promises of cost savings are likely a pipe dream.
    Sue Minter: Focus on containing costs in Vermont Health Connect.
    Bruce Lisman: Repeal the mandate to purchase insurance.
    Phil Scott: Affordable health care? Yes; single-payer? No.
    John MacGovern: Dislikes President Obama's health care act.
    Larry Drown: Healthcare that works for everyone.
    Matt Dunne: State should provide universal access to health care.
    Howard Dean: Universal access for all Vermonters; insure the last 6%.
    Howard Dean: Keep ďcommunity ratingĒ: insure older people at same rates.
Homeland Security
    Lawrence Zupan: Government doesn't provide veterans with proper health care.
    Phil Scott: $500,000 for college scholarships for veterans at UVM.
    Patrick Leahy: End the NSA's bulk collection program.
    John MacGovern: No new F-35 fighter jets at Burlington Airport.
    Bernie Sanders: F-35 fighter planes OK at Burlington Airport.
    John MacGovern: No noisy F-35 fighter planes at Burlington Airport.
    Larry Drown: Maintain strong Armed Forces.
    Richard Tarrant: We must sacrifice some rights & privacy in times of war.
Immigration
    Lawrence Zupan: Stronger immigration controls; enforcement essential.
    Keith Stern: Supports Trump's crack down on undocumented immigrants.
    Scott Milne: No immigrant benefits; no DREAMers; no amnesty.
    Scott Milne: Opposed to the EB-5 program due to poor regulation in VT.
Jobs
    Christine Hallquist: Unions are crucial to the balance of power.
    Christine Hallquist: $15 minimum wage, plus job retraining for displaced workers.
    Phil Scott: Deal with Vermont's shrinking workforce population.
    Patrick Leahy: Raise minimum wage & eliminate gender pay gap.
    Scott Milne: Focus on creating new jobs by changing Vermont's reputation.
    Peter Shumlin: Create Innovation Zones targeted to regional job needs.
    Peter Shumlin: Vermont unemployment rate, 5.3%, is among lowest in America.
    Larry Drown: Jobs in America based on alternative energy industry.
Local Issues
    Phil Scott: Protect Northeast Kingdom economy from EB-5 fallout.
    Peter Shumlin: Tropical Storm Irene recovery: we rebuilt faster & smarter.
Principles & Values
    Lawrence Zupan: Running on principles of life, liberty and private property.
    Christine Hallquist: Monthly town halls and weekly audio broadcasts as governor.
    Brooke Paige: Nominee for Secretary of State (won 4 other nominations too).
    Phil Scott: The right leader at the right time.
    Peter Shumlin: Retiring after three terms to return to the business world.
    Bernie Sanders: Lost campaigns in 1972, 1974 & 1988 before winning in 1990.
    John MacGovern: Runs the Hanover Institute, a Dartmouth alumni group.
    John MacGovern: Served four terms in the Massachusetts legislature.
    John MacGovern: Raised on an organic communal dairy farm.
    Larry Drown: America needs a change in culture as well as politics.
Social Security
    Jim Douglas: Fully fund teacher retirement fund.
    Sue Minter: Fully fund teacher retirement fund.
Tax Reform
    Christine Hallquist: Revamp tax structure and increase taxes on the wealthy.
    Brooke Paige: Vermont should not be the "Land of Endless Taxes".
    Keith Stern: Holding the line won't work; cut taxes and fees.
    Keith Stern: Supports new tax reform and wants Vermont to cut taxes also.
    Phil Scott: Balanced budget without raising taxes.
    Scott Milne: Cap the state-wide property tax in first two weeks.
    Bruce Lisman: Stop taxing retirement benefits & other new taxes & fees.
    Bruce Lisman: Reset our finances and no new taxes.
    Phil Scott: Property taxes shouldn't grow faster than property values.
    Peter Shumlin: Avoid raising taxes; balance budget by cuts & efficiencies.
    Shap Smith: Avoid raising taxes; balance budget by cuts & efficiencies.
    Peter Shumlin: Raise state budget reserve from 5% to 8%, for tough times.
    Greg Parke: Completely eliminate federal estate tax.
    Richard Tarrant: Raise the estate tax exemption but donít eliminate it.
    Bernie Sanders: Capital gains & dividend tax cuts are giveaways to the rich.
    Richard Tarrant: Extend capital gains and dividend tax cuts.
    Matt Dunne: Increase taxes on high earners; decrease property taxes.
Technology
    Keith Stern: Cut spending by $100M and put half into infrastructure.
    Christine Hallquist: Grow the economy by connecting all to fiber optic cable.
    Christine Hallquist: Invest in transportation infrastructure, give access to all.
    Phil Scott: Reform alternative utility regulation; no executive bonuses.
    Sue Minter: Utility rate goal: transparent process & affordable rates.
    Peter Shumlin: Connect VT: $53M for rural broadband & cell service.
    Peter Shumlin: $106M to improve 65 bridges; plus high speed rail.
War & Peace
    John MacGovern: No nation-building in Afghanistan or Iraq.
    Sue Minter: Immediate withdrawal from Iraq instead of surge.
    Richard Tarrant: No specific deadline, but out of Iraq as soon as possible.
    Richard Tarrant: Iraq war is over extending the countryís financial resources.
Welfare & Poverty
    Phil Scott: $35 million housing bond for full spectrum of housing.
    Matt Dunne: Guide corporate partnerships with nonprofit & public sectors.


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