Brattleboro Becomes 6th Vermont Town Calling for Bush Impeachment

Brookfield, Dummerston, Marlboro, Newfane, and Putney, Vermont

Now add Brattleboro to the list of towns passing resolutions calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush.

Today was Brattleboro's annual Town & Town School District meeting and an impeachment resolution similar to the ones passed in other Vermont towns was finally introduced after debating for approximately 6 hours on all kinds of budgetary issues. You would expect people to be fried after all that but what followed was another hour and a half of intense discussion about whether or not town meeting reps should pass it. At approximately 6:20 PM, they did!

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AP Fires Well-Known Vermont Editor

Chris Graff, a well-known Vermont AP bureau chief, has suddenly lost his job.  

Graff is also the father of Garrett Graff, who served as deputy national press secretary on Howard Dean's presidential campaign and, beginning in 1997, was then-Governor Dean's first webmaster, according to his bio at Media Bistro's FishBowlDC.

More about Graff pere on the jump.

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VT-AL: Is Rainville Running?

It seems that something's rotten in the state of Vermont. Philip Baruth of the Vermont Daily Briefing makes an interesting observation about the front runner for the Republican nomination for Vermont's at-large House seat, Martha Rainville. He points to a PoliticsVT post headlined, "Rainville reaches fund-raising goal." According to that story, Rainville raised just over $100,000 for her campaign in the fourth quarter of 2005. Nothing strange about that, right?

Well, as Baruth points out, Rainville is supposedly just exploring a run, and hasn't officially declared. As such, she isn't actually supposed to have any fundraising goals, much less goals in the six-figures. And the Vermont media is apparently giving her a pass on this since she's the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard. As Baruth puts it, "that's the treatment Generals get." And she has certainly taken advantage of that special treatment, with her spokesman even offering up the death of a Vermont National Guardsman as an excuse for why she hasn't yet officially announced her candidacy.

With the exception of a single, perceptive editorial in the Rutland Herald, almost every journalist in Vermont has ignored the ethical problems involved with campaigning while pretending to explore, and campaigning while pretending to explore in uniform -- and campaigning while pretending to explore in uniform with a war raging overseas....

That's what happens the second you let politics into the military sphere: duty becomes mingled with self-interest, how best to shut down a reporter's question, how best to continue the non-campaign campaign.

And conversely, when you let the military into the political sphere, you get something equally unsettling: a major party candidate who can't speak out on the issues of the day -- torture, wireless wiretapping, permanent detention without due process, hasta la vista habeus corpus -- because she's in uniform.

I don't have any problem with those who have served their country nobly in uniform seeking to serve their country in Congress. But I do have a problem with using that uniform as a defense from any and all criticism or as an excuse to flout the law. If Rainville wants to run, it's high time she hang up the uniform and make it official.

Live Blog Discussion with Peter Welch, VT Candidate for U.S. Congress

Join Peter Welch, Vermont Senate President Pro Tem and candidate for U.S. Congress for a "live blog discussion" at Blog for America immediately following President George W. Bush's State of the Union address tonight.

Below is an outline of some of the things Sen. Welch will be listening for in the President's speech.  Following the SOTU, he will discuss the issues facing voters in the November elections with the BFA community.

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SOTUS prebuttal and live blogging tonight by VT Dem. House Candidate

I wanted to post and let interested people know that Senator Peter Welch, the Vermont Dem. looking to fill the seat vacated by Bernie, will post a prebuttal then will live blog on Blog for America.  Sorry if this post doesn't follow site etiquette; I'll try to work on that as we move towards Nov.  If you want more info about Peter, check out his site.   cheers, Will

P.S. Is it just me, or is it a bit funny the myDD's spell check picks out "blog" as a possible misspelling?

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