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When The Levee Breaks

So in my last post, I resigned from the school board.  For very personal and painful reasons I am living in ward 3 as part of trial separation from ward seven, and can’t hold the office anymore legally.  There are a number of other reasons.  My father, God bless him, is like 103 years old or something.  I’m sensing I need to clear the decks to be with him as much as I can.  My job, whatever it is, is mentally taxing and emotionally draining and now- separation.  And when I say separation from ward seven- that’s obviously a euphemism.  It’s hard for me to talk about my personal life but suffice it to say that in recent weeks events therein have overhelmed my ability to vigorously represent my constituency and so it would have been wrong of me not to resign even if I hadn’t left the ward.  There will be a special election this year in Ward 7 this year to fill at least one school board seat.  As there will be in ward 1 to fill the city council vacancy left by Ed Adrian’s departure September 30.  Miro was promoting Kevin P. Worden on Twitter tonight.  Oh…  that’s the other thing.  Maybe I can blog a little more too now that I’m off the school board.  I am sorry I didn’t cover the AG primary better.  I’ve just felt blown apart this month and I could barely write at all.  A lot has happened that I’ve missed.

September 6, 2012   3 Comments

Quote Me TJ vs. Sorrell Live

11:17am- Kristen Kristin Carlson and Cheryl Hanna grilling TJ Donovan and Bill Sorrell…

on prostests, police actions, etc…

BS- make grand jury invesigation facts open…
TD- Federal law presumes investigations open…

Oh… and it’s over…good show…

August 5, 2012   Comments Off

TJ Donovan’s Website

Click Picture to go to TJ Donovan’s Website.

At the last school board meeting, Joey Donovan and I were trying to figure out how many years ahead of her son TJ I was at BHS.   I think it’s two, but I honestley can’t remember. You cross twenty years past high school, and it sort of gets to be a blur. Well… certain memories are still vivid, just not this particular factoid. The point is I went to high school with TJ Donovan, and I’ve always liked him.  I also think he’s done a very good job at State’s Attorney. Can he beat Bill Sorrell in the Democratic primary on August 28?  I think he can.

May 21, 2012   2 Comments

The Place To Be II

The NPA was a little disorganized, but it worked.  The open forum on Burlington Telecom broke out during the city councilors’ report, and it never stopped, so in essence it took the form of a Q & A with Vince Dober, Paul Decelles and Kurt Wright.  Bob Kiss took part from the audience, answering questions from there.  I spoke with him a bit before the meeting convened and he agreed to do another interview with me.  Sweet.   Hopefully we can set that up soon.

The place, as usual, was a virtual who’s who of hardcore local political types.  In attendance beside the folks I mentioned, Dale Tillotson, Lea Terhune, Karen Paul, Russ Ellis, Bernie O’rourke, Dave Harnett and Loyal Ploof.

I’ll come back to this…

December 21, 2010   4 Comments

Midnight Round-Up

*Jane Knodell has been named the UVM Provost.  That’s the #2 UVM administrator behind the president.  Congratulations to her.

*Jonathan Leopold is on the Board of Trustees  at Burlington College.  Did you know that?  Anybody know how Burlington College can afford the Diocese?  I just don’t see how that’s possible.  Didn’t Burlington College try to buy a much smaller property recently and fail for lack of financing?  Or was that just a rumor?

*Dave Harnett is running for city council from Ward Four.  Will he have an opponent?

*There’s a school board meeting tomorrow night when we will officially find out if Burlington plans on meeting “Challenges for Change.”  Oh the suspense!

*TJ Donovan is taking over the State’s BT investigation.

*Um…oh!  1000 years ago Abenaki Indians used to walk from Appletree Bay to the Intervale  across what is now North Avenue.

*And 3 years ago there was all this…

December 14, 2010   2 Comments

Picks and Predications Election Day 2010

It’s a serious form of exhibitionism to want to tell people who your voting for, but based on this blog’s traffic stats, I’m guessing I find at least 200 voyeurs willing to accommodate me on election day.

I live in Chittenden 3-2 so I’m just going to tick off who I plan on voting for by looking at the sample ballot on the City’s website.

*Constitutional Amendment to let folks register to vote at 17 if they will be 18 by the time the general election rolls around: Yeah, I guess. Hey if that means you turn 17 in January like I did you can vote on Town Meeting in March even before turning 18? Hmmm. I don’t know anymore. Maybe I won’t vote on this.

*For Congress Pick: Peter Welch Prediction: Peter Welch
*For Governor: Pick: Peter Shumlin Prediction: Peter Shumlin
*For Lieutenant Governor: Pick: Steve Howard Prediction: Phil Scott
*For State Treasurer: Pick: Jeb Spaulding Prediction: Jeb Spaulding
*For Secretary of State: Pick: Jim Condos Prediction: Jim Condos
*For Auditor of Accounts: Pick: Doug Hoffer Prediction: Doug Hoffer
*For Attorney General: Pick: William Sorrell Prediction: William Sorrell
*For State Senate: Picks: Philip Baruth and Andy Montroll Prediction: They both win.
*For State Representaive: Pick: Angela Chagnon Prediction: Mark Larson
*For Probate Judge: Skip it.
*For Assistant Judge: Skip it.
*For State’s Attorney: Pick: TJ Donovan Prediction: TJ Donovan
*For Sherriff: Skip it.
*For High Bailiff: Skip it.
*For Justice of the Peace: Picks: Ed Adrian, Terry Bailey, Angela Chagnon, Paul Decelles, Vince Dober, Thom Fleury, Jim Flint, Carmen George, Maggie Gunderson, Selene Hoffer-Shall, Michelle Lefokowitz and Kurt Wright. Prediction: Terry Bailey wins on the strength of this blog’s preceding post.

*Ward Three Special City Council Seat: Vince Brennan has probably already won.  His absence will be felt on the school board.  Good luck on the council Vince!

November 2, 2010   3 Comments

Donovan In Zuckerman Out

TJ Donovan is running again for State’s Attorney and David Zuckerman is bowing out of the race for the Vermont House.  Go TJ.  Thank you for your service David.


The New Moon Cafe event tonight for Philip Baruth’s Vermont senate campaign was nice.  Nice to see Philip and Charity and Steve Benen.  Steve won’t give me Rachel Maddow’s phone number.

Philip seemed a little disappointed that we aren’t seated next to each other on the School Board so I promised to text him the comments I would have made to him under my breath if we had been.  I was probably kidding.

April 22, 2010   Comments Off

Meat Space Moments II

(Re-run from 06.28.07)

Scudder Parker vs. Charity Tensel

Caught in the crossfire of an eye-laser battle between former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Scudder Parker and former Republican city council candidate Charity Tensel, Ed Adrian and TJ Donovan wonder how long their invisible force field will hold out.

Can they survive?

October 8, 2008   Comments Off

Political BBQ 2008

The family and I are just back from the 3rd annual Political Barbecue and Hamburger Summit hosted by Philip Baruth and John Odum. Thanks to our fabulous hosts, the thing was a rockin’ success once again.

The crowd size was similar to those of the last two years, even if its composition was a little different. We didn’t see Charity there, and of course Bill was out of town- but most of the pillars were in attendance- Steve Benen, Jack McCullough, Jay Vos, Julie Waters, JD Ryan, Christian Avard, Neil Jensen, Linda from the Northeast Kingdom, and many many more. There was the whole Brattleboro crew including Steve and Gorty from the radio.

As for politicians, we had Anthony Pollina who genuinely seemed to remember our one meeting 19 years ago in Bernie’s office. “You’re still around?” he asked me. Gaye Symmington was there, and Chris Pearson… Kesha Ram showed up toward the end… Mark Larson was hanging out. Neither Ed or TJ made it, but I guess we’ll forgive them. Selene wasn’t there either- but not because of a birthday party as I mistakenly said in a previous post, but because she had to attend an event in another part of the state with Peter Welch. I heard her dad was there, but I didn’t see him.

We brought a few of Poopsie’s unbelievable grape leaf lamb dolmas which got gobbled up quickly. And the lake was relatively clean too so Poopsie, Koko, Yanna and I splashed around for a while. Poopsie ate a brat. Koko ate a hot dog and I ate a bunless burger with ketchup. Poopsie wouldn’t let Philip toss the leftover watermelon, so I had to find a way to carry it home.

I love the blogger barbecue and have genuinely had a good time all three years. That’s weird for me because I generally hate social events like that- but among the pols and the bloggers, I actually feel like I belong. And that’s special.

Good times. Good times.

June 28, 2008   Comments Off

Jury Duty

Yesterday was the third and final jury draw I had to attend at Chittenden District Court. Once again I was in a pool of potental jurors, and once again I was asked to go back to the gallery and not be a juror. That’s good. I didn’t really want to be picked.

As I was leaving, I saw that guy Ted Kenny. He lost to TJ in the primary for State’s Attorney and is now working as a defense lawyer. He told me he reads this blog. Hey Ted. Nice to meet you.

What else is going on today? Big primary in Pennsylvania. Nice state. Philly has a nice train station and there’s a big football stadium at Penn State in State College. I’ve seen them both in my little life.

April 22, 2008   Comments Off