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Weinberger Wins!

8:16pm Miro Weinberger has won the election for mayor of Burlington!  Congratulations to the mayor-elect…

10:55pm- Time for a little unpacking of the day’s events here in Burlington, Vermont.

*Thank you to Kurt and Wanda  for running honorable campaigns. 

* From a personal standpoint, thank you very much to the 1,392 people who voted to re-elect me to the school board from Ward Seven.  It’s an honor to serve you.  I believe I received the 4th 8th highest vote total in the city behind Miro, Kurt and Bernie O’Rourke. Oddly Bernie was the one school board member with an opponent on the ballot and he got more votes than all 6 of the rest of us who were unopposed.

*Thank you Lauren Glenn, Meghan O’Rourke, Nat Ayer, Jess Wilson and everybody at Channel 17 for hosting election HQ tonight, and to Kathryn Flagg, Paula Routly, Tyler Machado, Cathy Resmer, Andy Bromage and the rest of the crew at Seven Days for inviting me to blog with them there.

* Jay Vos, formally of the wonderful local blog “Blazing Indescretions” tells me that Blogger has deleted his entire blog because they mistook it for spam.  That is upsetting.

*The school budget passed  5359 to 4490 . 

*Council Winners by Ward:  1- Ed Adrian, 2- Max Tracy 3-Rachel Siegel 4-Byran Aubin 5-Chip Mason 6-Karen Paul 7-Paul Decelles  Congratulations all. 

*The council takes a step to the left.  Kurt departs in 4 and is replaced by a Dem.  Berezniak departs in 2 and is replaced by the Prog he Bram beat by 13 14 votes 2 years ago.  Paul Decelles, whom I voted for today, got 54 more votes than ge got last time, yet only won by 97 votes, beating Tom Ayres 52.6% to 47.3%.  Ayres is likely to run again next year when Vince Dober retires from the council.  Ed Adrian envisions a “New New North End” that is solidly Democratic.  Is his vision correct?

 *Chart and numbers stolen from Seven Days:

Burlington Mayoral Race

7 of 7 wards reporting results.
The winning candidate must receive more than 40% of votes to avoid a runoff.

Miro Weinberger (D) 5801 Kurt Wright (R) 3746 Wanda Hines (I) 498

Burlington City Council Races
Ward 1 Adrian (D) 709 Write-ins 0
Ward 2 Tracy (P) 503 Hammerslough (D) 297 Write-ins 0
Ward 3 Siegel (P) 755 Hurley (D) 440 Ruloff (I) 44 Salese (I) 40 Write-ins 0
Ward 4 Aubin (D) 1095 Kenworthy (R) 974 Write-ins 0
Ward 5 Mason (D) 1177 Daigle (I) 453 Write-ins 0
Ward 6 Paul (I) 1118 Write-ins 0
Ward 7 Decelles (R) 965 Ayres (D) 868 Write-ins 0

March 6, 2012   8 Comments

Kurt’s Website

Click Image to go to Kurt Wright’s campaign website.

February 20, 2012   4 Comments

Happy Birthday Kurt!

With just minutes to go before midnight, Poopsie mentions to me that it’s Kurt Wright’s birthday today.  Happy birthday Kurt!  I thought it might be inside info she got from her days working with Kurt at Kerry’s, but she said she got it off the facebook.  Whatever.  At 39, Kurt would be the same age Bernie was when he was elected mayor.  But I have no idea how old Kurt is.

February 7, 2012   Comments Off

Hines Running for Mayor

Andy Bromage is reporting at Blurt that Wanda Hines has confirmed she is running for mayor of Burlington as an Independent. 

Time for a poll:

Who is your choice for mayor?
Wanda Hines (Independent)
Miro Weinberger (Democratic)
Kurt Wright (Republican)
Free polls from

January 5, 2012   2 Comments

Leopold: Ashe and Wright Knew

Here is the video of Jonathan Leopold telling Matty Tanner and “Mike Jones” that the Board of Finance was briefed in May of 2008 about Burlington Telecom’s inability to get financing and of its continued use of pooled city cash in violation of its certificate of public good.  May 2008 was about a year before the story broke and almost a year before the re-election of mayor Bob Kiss.  If Kurt Wright had wanted to, or had been smart enough to, he certainly could have used that information in the last election, and he probably would have won. You may recall that at the time the Board of Finance was made up of the following five people- Mayor Kiss, Chief Administrative officer Leopold and a city councilor from each party.  Democrat Andy Montroll, Republican Kurt Wright and Progressive Time Ashe.

Assuming Kurt Wright is the Republican nominee- he’s going to have to answer for this soon enough, but right now the Democratic party has a choice to make in about a week.  Are you telling me they’re going to be stupid enough to nominate Progressive Tim Ashe with that kind of baggage?  Jesus Christ!  I almost dare the Dems to do it because it would be so comically self-defeating.  First of all, he’s not even a Dem.  Duh.  Secondly he would lose!  Given the choice between Wright and Ashe, many moderate Dems and Indpendents like me would vote for Kurt.  People feel the city needs a change and a shake up.  Tim Ashe loudly proclaimed Kiss, Leopold and BT to be resounding success stories when he nominated Kiss for re-election.  He’s about as far from “change” and “shake-up” as it gets.

And Where’s Lloyd Benson when you need him?  This week the Vermont chapter president of the American Federation of Teachers called Ashe the best choice saying  “Tim Ashe is a young Bernie Sanders.”  That’s like saying The Phantom Menace is as good as the orignal Star Wars.  Ridiculous on its face.   Somebody’s got to say it…

“Senator, I served with Bernie Sanders. I knew Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Bernie Sanders.”

November 6, 2011   9 Comments

Ward 5 Democratic Debate

From the clips I’ve seen it looked like a packed house at Champlain School.  I guess the debate was run by Paul Hochanadel? Huh. Nice one Paul. Anyway Mike Townsend from the Free Press panned it as weak tea. Townsend did mention Ashe saying something about ‘the bloggers…’

“Tim Ashe assured the audience of about 100 that the bloggers were wrong in criticizing him after he made a Johnny-come-lately announcement that he, too, wanted to be mayor.
For the record, Tim Ashe does not have tattoos on his “forearms” and he has never cooked “breakfast for Bob Kiss.””

Tatoos on his forearms? Could he have been talking about this picture I keep recycling?

I kinda think playing all nice and congenial is a bad idea for anybody but Tim Ashe. I mean if you’re going to sit right there and debate him and not mention the fact he was on the board of finance in 2008 and failed to say or do anything when Leopold told them BT was having trouble getting financing… well, I guess that means you don’t really want to win. I mean here’s a quote from the Board of Finance Minutes of May 1, 2008:

“Interim General Manager Chris Burns provided the Board a status report on the operations and finances for Burlington Telecom year-to-date. The Board then reviewed and considered the proposed budget and recommendations for both operations and capital improvements for Fiscal Year 2009. During this discussion, Councilor Wright joined the meeting of the Board by telephone at 5:20 p.m.

CAO Leopold made a motion, seconded by Councilor Ashe, to enter into Executive Session to discuss proprietary issues regarding Burlington Telecom operations and finances the premature disclosure of which could place the City at a substantial disadvantage. The motion passed unanimously. The Board went into Executive Session at 5:30 p.m.
The Board came out of Executive Session at 5:55 p.m.”

You want another one? From the Board of Finance Minutes of November 17, 2008:

“CAO Leopold advised the Board that the City should secure either a Letter of Credit or a short term financing to enable the City to carry the capital funding needs of the Electric Department and Burlington Telecom… “

Tim Ashe was right there when Leopold told the Board of Finance three years ago BT was broke. You might say these quotes don’t prove that, but these are the dates Leopold mentioned on the Matty and Stech Variety Hour when he was making the case that the council was warned. What is up with the three Democratic candidates? Have they done no opposition research?

Maybe they figure it’s a wash, or a non-issue somehow, since Kurt Wright was also right there on the board of finance and also failed to recognize the problem or do anything about it.

October 21, 2011   6 Comments

Kurt Wright Proposes Sale of Burlington Electric Department

Interesting idea Kurt. Let me think about it for a minute…

Ummmm… No. Vetoed. BED works fine the way it is. Thanks.

October 20, 2011   6 Comments


FROM:Haik Bedrosian
TO:Tim Ashe
October 19, 2011 7:10 PM

“Ashe said he’s running as a Democrat but would accept the Progressives’ endorsement if offered…” -from Shay’s Fair Game column today.

Hi again Tim,

For the record, would you please explain or reconcile the quote from Seven Days above with what you wrote to me 47 hours ago (” if i don’t win the caucus, i am out of the race… “) vis-a-vis the possibility of your continuing in the mayoral race even if you are not the Democratic nominee? It appears to be a direct contradiction.

Actually- It’s only a contradiction if we don’t assume Tim Ashe will be the Democratic nominee. The fact that the statement isn’t quilified in the quote is a curiosity. He should have said either “If I win the Democratic nomination, then I would also accept the Progressive one,” or “I would accept the Progressive nomination only if the Democrats nominate me first” or something like that.

For him to tell me “if i don’t win the caucus, i am out of the race…” (sic) and then tell Shay simply that he would accept the Progressive nomination gives me the impression he presumes he’ll win the Democratic nomination.

Maybe he will win the Democratic nomination, but there’s at least an appearance here that he’s counting a second chicken before the first one has hatched.

Are we also to assume the converse? That if the Democrats don’t nominate Tim Ashe, then the Progs won’t either? I guess so, because based on his statement he’d presumably not accept their nomination if that happened, even if the Progs offered it.

So let’s say the Democrats nominate Tim Ashe. If that happens are the Progs going to run Brian Pine or Emma Mulvaney-Stanak and split the left? Kurt Wright probably hopes so.

So this is what I think- If Ashe wins the Democratic nomination, the Progs will nominate him too. Then it’s Ashe vs. Wright. If Ashe does not win the Democratic nomination then the Progs might run somebody else preferring to split the left and elect Kurt elected over an actual Democrat.

So are these our choices to replace Bob Kiss? Already this early we know them? Tim Ashe or Kurt Wright? Oy Vey… forgive me if I don’t start break-dancing.


From: Tim Ashe
To: Haik Bedrosian
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 11:09 PM
Subject: Re: Re:

Do I still need to respond to this or is it now clearer? I would accept the P nomination IF I am still in the race having won the D caucus.

Tim Ashe
State Senator
Chittenden County

FROM:Haik Bedrosian
TO:Tim Ashe
Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:08 AM

Well, that is a response. Thank you, I guess,

And let’s say you don’t win the Democratic nomination, and the Progressives re-nominate Kiss. Under that scenario, whom would you support… the Democratic nominee or Kiss?

October 19, 2011   Comments Off

Welcome Back!

Hello to all my wonderful readers! Please excuse the scarcity of new content on this blog over the last six months. I’ve been holding my tongue since April on the advice of council, and out of an abundance of caution. I had my reasons, but the cone of silence has now been lifted and that can only mean one thing! The 2012 Burlington local election season is on! Thank you for reading Visit this blog often, and follow me on Twitter too!

So this year’s mayoral race promises to be hot!  I was at a meeting with mayor Kiss yesterday in my capacity as a school commissioner and I asked him if he is going to run for re-election.  He told me he’ll be announcing his decision in early November.  What we know now is that there are three announced Democrats competing for their party’s mayoral nomination- airport commissioner Miro Weinberger, state representative Jason Lorber and city councilor Bram Kranichfeld.  Our venerable friend Kurt Wright, the only announced Republican candidate will be making his third run for mayor- and two Progressives other than mayor Kiss- state senator Tim Ashe and former city councilor Brian Pine are considering running.  And you know, I have a suspicion Independent city councilor Karen Paul hasn’t ruled out running either.

Whether Bob Kiss runs for a third term or not, I expect to be doing a third interview with him for this blog before the election.  If you want to read them- the first is here, and the second is here.  You can also read the interview I did with Kurt Wright before the last election here.   I had a pretty good chat with Bram Kranichfeld at party at the Gundersens’ Fairwinds office yesterday, but he would not commit to doing an on-the-record interview for BurlingtonPol.  That seemed a little silly to me.  If he really wants to become mayor, doing an interview for this blog is de rigueur.  I also have tentative plans to sit down for coffee with Miro Weinberger at some point too.  We’ll see how it all plays out.  Between work, family and being on the school board, I’m pretty busy, but I will make time to blog this election and we’re all going to have a lot of fun together over the next five months!  Woot!

Let’s check in with Maverick Media’s Greg Guma over at Vermont Digger and see what he’s saying about the 2012 race.  Comment moderation is now off, so please feel free.

Talk to you soon…

October 13, 2011   2 Comments

The Gates of Demland

Word on the street is that Tim Ashe may storm the Democratic caucus with hundreds of Progs and take both the Democratic and Progressive nominations for mayor. The idea is that this super-fusion monster candidate would be able to crush Kurt 40 to 39 or something.

I have to wonder- Where have the Hinda Millers and the Paul Lafayettes all gone? Isn’t there a real Democrat to nominate? Joan Shannon? Could Joan kick Ashe in the caucus? She’s got some work to do to make up for the Valentines Day thing- but Dems had a lot of nice things to say about Joan when she beat Carina Driscoll way back when. Maybe?

Anyway. That’s not what the poll is about. The poll assmues Ashe storms the gates of Demland with hundred of Progs and bears the one ring.

Me personally in this scenario? I’d probably vote for Kurt because I just know him much better than I know Tim Ashe. Don’t let me bias your vote though. You only get one per browser. I gave you a none of the above choice because I promised Lea, but you really don’t get that choice on the real ballot. You get write-in. You can write-in “none of the above” if you want- but I don’t think it’s any secret that one of the above always wins.

Something tells me “none of the above” might win this poll however, because “none of the above” includes so many more people than either Ashe or Wright. I imagine folks will still be interested to see which of those two gets more votes, even though the poll is not scientific, and for entertainment only.

This is not Brewster’s Millions and I am not Nate Silver, ok people?

Here we go…

For Mayor (Choose One):
Time Ashe (Democratic-Progressive)
Kurt Wright (Republican)
None of the above.
Free polls from

February 10, 2011   4 Comments