Can the Democrats Retake the Vermont Governorship in 2008?

Much of the focus of the Democrats' efforts to expand on their 28 to 22 advantage in governorships in the 2008 cycle has thus far been centered on Missouri, and to a lesser extent Indiana -- two red states with remarkably unpopular Republican Governors. (You can read more about these races at the MO-Gov and the IN-Gov tags here at MyDD.) But the Democrats may also have a shot at retaking a Governorship in a distinctly bluer corner of the United States next fall.

State Sen. Doug Racine, a Chittenden County Democrat, is no stranger to statewide politics.

A former lieutenant governor, Racine narrowly lost the 2002 election to Gov. James Douglas in a three-way contest.

Now, like several Democrats, Racine is considering another race against Douglas, a Republican, for the top political job in Vermont.


In Vermont -- where voters have only twice tossed out sitting governors in modern times -- it is daunting to consider a run against any incumbent. But potential candidates also have to consider that if the seat were open there could be a large number of Democrats interested in running.


State Sen. John Campbell, the Senate's majority leader, has also been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate, as have former Sen. Matthew Dunne and former diplomat Peter Galbraith. None has announced their candidacy.

Back in 2002, Racine lost to Douglas by a mere 44.9 percent to 42.4 percent margin, with an independent candidate scoring about 9.7 percent of the vote. Since then, Peter Welch became only the second Democrat in more than 150 years to win a U.S. House race in Vermont, defeating the much-touted Martha Rainville by a comfortable 53 percent to 45 percent margin last fall. (The only other Democrat to have won since 1852 being one-term Congressman William Meyer, who was elected in the Democratic landslide of 1958.) What's more, Vermonters clearly shot down Republican Ritchie Tarrant in the 2006 Senate election, 65 percent to 32 percent, despite the fact that Tarrant spent more than $7 million of his own money on the race.

Of course these results don't necessarily mean that Vermonters are itching to fire Douglas or elect Racine -- or Campbell, Dunne or Galbraith, for that matter. That said, this could be a race to watch this cycle, one that could provide the Democrats with yet another opportunity to pick up a Governorship.

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Voter Disenfranchisement: Politicization at the DOJ Leads To Questionable Voter Purge Attempts

Weekly Voting Rights News Update

This an entry in a series of blogs to keep people informed on current election reform and voting rights issues in the news.

Featured Story of the Week:

Voter Purging: A Legal Way for Republicans to Swing Elections? - AlterNet

Justice Department wants court hearing on Alabama voting system - Associated Press,

"To me, it's a very clear view of the Republican agenda, said former [Department of Justice Civil Rights Division] Voting Section Chief, Joe Rich. "The GOP agenda is to make it harder to vote. You purge voters. You don't register voters. This is ripe for partisan decision making. You pick the states where you go after Democrats."

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Dems need to redeem selves: DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION!

The following is an oped submitted to me by Dan DeWalt. DeWalt is a Newfane, VT selectboard member and the driving force behind Vermont's successful impeachment movement. He wanted me to send it along to all of you at Kos and I hope you all find it helpful.

Take care,

- Brattlerouser

History Doesn't Impeach, it's up to Congress
One of the more ridiculous utterances coming from the mouths of Democrats who refuse to defend the Constitution and hold the Bush administration accountable is that "History will impeach George Bush" so they don't have to. Vermont's Peter Welch has trotted out this "argument", but if he would take a moment to read some history, he would understand that he has it exactly backwards.

More below the fold.

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Fundraising Analysis: The Numbers Tell a Story

by Mark Wiznitzer

The author is a former diplomat whose duties included reporting and analysis of foreign political developments.  The fundraising data reported in this article is from and

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Vermont Senate passes impeachment resolution 16 to 9: House soon to follow!

Big news from the Green Mountain State.

The Vermont Guardian reports:

The Vermont Senate this morning approved by a 16-9 margin a resolution calling on the U.S. House to launch impeachment proceedings of Pres. George W. Bush and Vice Pres. Dick Cheney.

The Vermont Senate is the first state legislative body in the country to call on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings. Impeachment resolutions are currently active in Hawaii, Missouri, New Jersey, and Washington. A measure in New Mexico was quashed earlier this year.

The move comes just days after nearly 150 people from around Vermont converged on Montpelier to urge lawmakers to pass such a resolution out of the House and Senate. The emotionally-charged, 40-minute meeting left backers hopeful that something could happen this session.

Today's resolution was introduced by Senate Pres. Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, D-Windham, and Sen. Jeannette White, D-Windham. The process began last night when Senate Majority Leader Dick McCormick, D-Windsor, introduced a resolution. However, his resolution did not include Cheney. The resolution by Shumlin and White did include Cheney.

The vote took place early in the morning and was over in less than a half hour.

The Senate version now goes to Washington and if the Vermont House passes theirs by the end of the session, expect this to send an even stronger message and send ripples throughout the country and beyond.

As ABC Sports Al Michaels once said, "DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?.

Vermonters do.

For more great coverage check out the rest of the Vermont Guardian story and the one and only Green Mountain Daily.

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