News October 29

Senator Sanders

‘It is Sanders' Time' Sen. Bernard Sanders "has emerged as a leading spokesman of the left during the ongoing economic crisis. Vermonters have always valued the consistency and authenticity of Sanders' message that unchecked corporate power is a menace to the nation. The abuses of Wall Street and the willingness of Congress to serve as enablers for those abuses have been the cause of a historic economic collapse and a broader trend of damaging economic inequality. The concentration of wealth at the top has weakened the economy and stifled opportunity. Sanders' warnings about these trends were not heeded, but now his message is resonating across the country, and he has become a popular figure on the left. It is Sanders' time," an editorial in the Rutland Herald declared. LINK

Not-So Grand Old Party "If you can name the Republican opponents of Rep. Peter Welch and Sen. Bernie Sanders ... you[‘re] paying much closer attention to the campaign season than the average voter ... Neither is mounting a serious challenge .... That partly reflects the popularity of Welch and Sanders -- a status that stems largely from the fact that both have served the state well. But it also speaks to ... the weakened condition of the Vermont Republican Party," the Valley News editorialized. LINK

Students and Democracy Sen. Sanders will take a detour from his campaign trail today to attend a "Voter's Fair" organized by Barstow Memorial School students. Starting at 12:30 p.m., students will participate in a mock election after they have become "informed voters" by filling out a scavenger hunt while viewing the different booths at the fair, according to teacher Bob Myers. Then, at 2 p.m., Sanders will arrive after his event at Castleton State College to speak to the student body, the Rutland Herald reported. LINK

Bennington Bus Hub Sen. Sanders was in Bennington Saturday to commemorate a new transit center. The hub for Green Mountain Express buses underwent a $1 million renovation. The project was partly funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development community loan and a Federal Transit Administration earmark secured by Sanders totaling approximately $326,000m the Bennington Banner reported. LINK

F-35s "The Vermont Air National Guard is a key driver of Vermont's economy with 1,500 jobs currently attributable to its strong presence ... I fully appreciate the serious concerns expressed by some Vermonters about the environmental impact of the F-35. ... Sen. Leahy, Sen. Sanders and I brought the Federal Aviation Administration to Vermont to meet with municipalities and airport officials to learn about available federal resources that can mitigate the impact of increased noise," Rep. Peter Welch wrote in the Burlington Free Press. LINK       

Energy Future "We should all be proud of the progress we have made in the movement toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy, but much more needs to be done. The scientists tell us that if we do not reverse global warming, more and more damage will be done to our planet in terms of floods, drought and extreme weather disturbances. The United States today has not only the opportunity to lead the world in cutting carbon emissions, but also in creating millions of good paying jobs as we transform our energy system away from fossil fuels," Sanders said in a column posted by Op-Ed News. LINK

Rock 'n Roll A recent dust-up over the Barstool Blackout show at Memorial Auditorium and the resolve of Burlington officials to vet shows booked there has precedent. In 1982, the youth concert bureau called for a lifting a concert ban. A story quoted then-Mayor Bernie Sanders as saying, "I really detest the rock and roll business" and the music, the Burlington Free Press reported. LINK

National

Hurricane Sandy Hundreds of thousands of East Coast residents moved to higher ground on Monday, and cities announced shutdowns that typically occur after several feet of snow, as the mammoth storm system known as Hurricane Sandy conspired to assault the most populous part of the United States. Sandy strengthened before dawn and stayed on its predicted path toward Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, The Washington Post reported. The Washington region's entire public transit system ceased Monday operations. Steady rain was falling throughout the Washington area, with winds of about 20 miles per hour and some gusts up to 30 mph. The winds will gain strength throughout the day. Hurricane-force gusts of 60 mph to 70 mph are considered likely starting Monday afternoon and continuing through Tuesday evening. LINK

Vermont 

State of Emergency Gov. Peter Shumlin declared a state of emergency Sunday ahead of the storm's arrival to give Vermont access to National Guard troops and federal emergency response funds if needed. Some Vermont schools have canceled classes as Hurricane Sandy approaches, and others are planning short days. The University of Vermont canceled classes and other activities as of 4 p.m. Monday, The Associated Press reported. LINK