Turner: Three key takeaways from Vermont election results

first_imgby Don Turner As I wrote before the election(link is external), this was a very unique cycle in Vermont. The implications were even more far-reaching than I could have predicted. Here are a few top takeaways for Vermont policymakers.1. Governor Scott is wildly popularVoters approved of Governor Scott’s job performance with outstanding enthusiasm and elected to send him back by a 40 point margin, earning him the highest vote total of any governor in Vermont history. His opponent won just 4 out of 251 towns. Some attribute this to the Governor’s outstanding handling of the COVID-19 crisis–but Governor Scott was among the most popular governors prior to the present pandemic. Vermonters trust his steady hand at the helm of state government, his focus on balance, and his commitment to affordability. If there ever were a mandate from a Vermont election, it would be Governor Scott’s re-election.2. The Status Quo in the Legislature Was RejectedIn January, we’ll have a new President Pro Tem, a new Lieutenant Governor, a new Speaker of the House, a new Progressive Caucus Leader in the House, and well more than a dozen incumbents sent home by voters. Clearly, under the Golden Dome, Vermonters weren’t happy. Overall, Vermont Republicans will see a net gain of 4 in the House and a net gain of 1 in the Senate. Vermonters wanted more balance, and they’ll get it in January. The Democrats have lost their supermajority in the Legislature.3. Big-P Progressives Lost OutThe Vermont Progressive Party must seriously be re-evaluating its strategy after this election. Not only did it fail to make gains in the Legislature, but the Progressive Lieutenant Governor and Progressive-Democrat President Pro Tem were replaced with pure Democrats. The Progressive Caucus Leader in the House lost. One might seriously consider whether their unspoken alliance with the Democrats for major offices is working out in their favor–or if it’s just bolstering the Vermont Democratic Party.Whatever way you slice it, this was a significant election with important consequences for our state’s future. But overall, Vermonters have shifted control of the state in a more balanced direction. We can only hope our state leaders are up to the task.This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.last_img read more

NBD Kicks Off One Million Hours of Tree Planting

first_img Share BusinessLocalNews NBD Kicks Off One Million Hours of Tree Planting by: – October 23, 2013 Share On Saturday, October 19th, the National Bank of Dominica Limited kicked off the planting phase of the One Million Hour Tree Planting Project. Over 50 staff members came out to plant trees along the Canefield Highway. The group was joined by employees of Generation of Opportunities, The Canefield Urban Council, Clear Habour, The Forestry Division and Mac’s Plant Nursery.The tree planting project started at the Canefield airport entrance and moved south to NAPA. The One Million Hour Tree Planting Project was the brain-child of Generation of Opportunities (GO) and is being implemented under the GEF Small Grant Programme in partnership with other corporate sponsors. Like the name suggests, the project aims to achieve one million man hours of planting trees, shrubs and flowers in communities around Dominica. This will help prevent soil erosion and protect against the negative effects of climate change, while generally beautifying the island.NBD is a gold sponsor and is the first group to plant under this project since the launch one year earlier, in October 2012. Last Saturday’s planting project contributed the first 172 hours towards the one million hours.Maureen Lander White, head of NBD Staff Activities said that “[they] hoped to set the tone for the upcoming Community Day of Service and create a welcoming environment for visitors and residents of Canefield.” She noted that “NBD had committed to adopt the area from Donkey Beach entrance to the Canefield Airport entrance and in collaboration with the Canefield Urban Council will take up the responsibility, of maintaining the area.”Suzanne Joseph- Piper, Executive Manager for Marketing at NBD said that “the Bank is elated to have come on board with this project. We expect that if the project is executed as planned, it will not only assist in preserving our environment, but also in protecting our country’s brand, which will allow us to build Dominica as a top tourist destination and a beautiful place for us all to live in”. Founder of Generation of Opportunities, Rhoda St. John, thanked NBD for taking the lead in this phase of the project and setting the momentum for other groups to follow. “We are grateful for your (NBD’s) commitment in seeing that the project meets its objectives.” Miss St. John also thanked Josephine Gabriel and Company and Miniya’s for providing (Trois Piton) water to the group. Most of all she thanked GEF Small Grant programme for seeing the need of this project and support to the programme as well as all other sponsors. 19 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Ambris, Blackwood get chance to impress selectors

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Test opener Kieran Powell will get the opportunity for valuable match practice ahead of the upcoming Test series while Sunil Ambris and Jermaine Blackwood have been given a chance to impress selectors again, after being named in a 13-man Cricket West Indies President’s XI squad to face Sri Lanka starting today. The left-handed Powell will captain the side, which also includes fast bowler Miguel Cummins and uncapped batsman Jahmar Hamilton, both of whom were last week named in the squad for the first Test. Though Powell was included in the Test squad, he has been short of runs of recent, and the three-day contest at the Brian Lara Stadium offers him the ideal chance to find some form ahead of the three-Test series. An attractive stroke-maker, the 28-year-old managed just 142 runs from six innings on the three-Test series against England last year, and a mere 82 on two-Test tour of New Zealand last December where he suffered the ignominy of a dreaded “pair” in the last match. He got two half-centuries against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo last October but has not scored another half-century since his return to international cricket following a three-year self-imposed break. While he captained West Indies A to a resounding series win over touring England Lions four months ago, his returns were again disappointing with 128 runs from five innings. Meanwhile, Blackwood will hope to catch the eyes of selectors after being axed for the upcoming series. With just 15 runs from his last five Test innings, the attacking right-hander can keep himself in the selection frame with healthy scores against the Sri Lankans. Ambris will taste high-level competitive cricket for the first time since fracturing his arm on the ill-fated tour of New Zealand. Last year he forced his way into the Test squad with heavy scoring, but then astonishingly trod on his wicket twice in scoring 25 runs in four innings against the Black Caps, to complete the most forgettable of Test debuts. All-rounder Raymon Reifer, who made his Test debut against New Zealand, is also in the President’s XI line-up. The match is the only warm-up fixture before Sri Lanka take on West Indies in the opening Test at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad starting next week Wednesday. SQUAD: Kieran Powell (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Miguel Cummins, Jahmar Hamilton, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Vishual Singh, Jomel Warrican. AMBRIS’ RETURNlast_img read more

Relegation dogfight goes down to the wire as Rovers head to Drogheda

first_imgThere’s one more relegation place to be decided on the final night of the League of Ireland Premier Division season this evening.Finn Harps and Drogheda United have already made the drop, and Sligo Rovers head to Drogheda tonight, knowing that a draw will be enough to guarantee their survival.A win for the Bit O’ Red could see them finish as high as seventh.Craig Roddan and Regan Donelon are suspended tonight, while Micheal Schlingermann again misses out through injury.But the goalkeeper will join Ocean FM’s commentary team for live coverage of the game from kick-off at 7.45pm in United Park in association with McMullen-O’Donnell.If Rovers slip up, Galway United could leapfrog them with a defeat of Dundalk in Galway.St Patrick’s Athletic could also go down if they lose away to Derry City.Rovers boss Gerard Lyttle is warning that there is still loads at stake…Audio Playerhttp://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Rovers-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Roddan says that the Bit O’ Red supporters have played a big part in helping Rovers climb out of the relegation zone ahead of the last game.With just one defeat in their last 11 league matches, Rovers are well positioned to survive, and Roddan says the fans can take a lot of credit for that…Audio Playerhttp://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Craig-Roddan-Clip-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Champions Cork City will be presented with the league trophy following their game with Bray at Turner’s Cross.Finn Harps’ last top-flight game for at least a year sees them journey to Bohemians.And Shamrock Rovers take on Limerick in Tallaght.last_img read more