Tag: Vermont

Define “Historic”


Vermont gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist.

Tuesday’s primary results were hailed as “historic” by a number of media outlets. “Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday” declared the Burlington Free Press. NPR framed the matter with the same word, “historic,” as did the New York Times, ABC, and others. Most were pealing the bells for Vermont’s first “openly transgender” candidate for governor, Christine Hallquist. Hallquist was born male but now prefers to dress as a woman. Her success in the Democratic primary is being celebrated as comparable to the breakthroughs of African-American candidates (here is the New York Times video trumpeting a “night of firsts”).

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast – number 187!!! – for August 16, 2018 it’s the Too Much Preying edition of the show with your holier-than-thou hosts Todd Feinburg, radio guy, and Mike Stopa, AI bot. Welcome, welcome, welcome!

This week we are back into sex. We love to talk about sex. That’s pretty much all we can do concerning sex is talk about it so we might as well enjoy it.

While the November midterms look tough for the GOP congress, Republican governors are the GOP’s 2018 good news–particularly in blue states like Massachusetts and New Hampshire. What’s their secret sauce? We have experts from both those states offering their insights.

And what the heck happened to VT’s Republican star Gov. Phil Scott–who had the biggest popularity plunge ever measured by Morning Consult polling? All the deets are in the podcast.

The Ex-Canary


shutterstock_232955461On Forbes, Ricochet’s own Avik Roy has a good summary of the implosion of single-payer healthcare in Vermont. I’ve been writing about it on my blog, but Avik’s is probably the best summary of why Green Mountain Care’s demise was inevitable. He writes:

What’s remarkable, then, about Shumlin’s attempt at single-payer health care is not that it failed. What’s remarkable is that he wasted the state’s time and resources on something that attempted to refute the laws of arithmetic. That’s four years Shumlin wasn’t spending on making the Vermont economy better for the people who live there. Small wonder that his reelection margin was razor-thin.

If there’s one quote that sums up the whole episode, it’s the one from Anya Rader-Wallack, declaring that “we can move full speed ahead…without knowing where the money’s coming from.” Green Mountain Care attempted to offer Vermonters more generous coverage than they currently had, but couldn’t figure out how to convince doctors and hospitals to accept pay cuts, nor workers to accept tax hikes.

Member Post


“Did you put the milk back? Because I didn’t…” said I as we bounced and swerved along route 9 in Vermont, somewhere between Wilmington and Brattleboro. At the next small town we lurched with our trailer into a Sunoco, nearly clipping a bollard post and thoroughly blocking most of the gas pumps. For the sake […]

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