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Friday, April 20, 2007

What a Day!

420_statehouse Yes, it really happened. Today, the Vermont Senate passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

The story made the "A" wire. In fact, sources say, Democrat Senate president pro tem Peter Shumlin, a co-sponsor, got calls from far and wide including a call from the International Herald Tribune!

With this morning's action, an 180-degree turnaround by Shummy, the Vermont Senate became the first legislative body in the United States of America to have the guts to call for the impeachment of the most corrupt, greedy and dishonest administration in U.S. history. Big Oil and Big Pharma could not have purchased better White House representation!

Unfortunately, Bush and Cheney represent us, too.

So guess what Channel 3, "Vermont's Own," led their Six O'Clock News with tonight?

Would you believe the weather? The nice weather?

I'm not kidding.

Alex Martin
, WCAX-TV heir apparent, was "live" on the Burlington waterfront to tell us what we already knew: it was a sunny day with spring-like temps.

Stop the presses!

Also a bit of a surprise to see "Vermont This Week" on Vermont Public Television lead off tonight with the Nor'easter wind/ rain storm that downed trees and knocked out power in Rutland on Monday as their top story of the week. Brent Curtis of the Rutland Herald was on via phone to say anyone not already reconnected to the power grid, will be by the end of the day on Friday.

Stop the presses!

Gaye_420 And Democrat House Speaker Gaye Symington had her noontime "Brown-Bagger" Friday. Full press turnout. She still won't touch an impeachment resolution with a 10-foot pole. More important things to do.

Obviously she does not realize what Peter Shumlin came to realize this week - the fact that outside the building, support for impeaching the Bush-Cheney Crime Family is strong, wide and deep among the common folk.

And the pro-impeachment grassroots passed the state senate resolution with 16 members in favor and nine opposed. Impeachment supporters are planning a Saturday rally in Burlington's City Hall Park at high noon.

See you there?

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sandy ward

Funny how the impeachment resolution passed in MS Speaker's home town of Jericho, even though she did not vote for it.

A 10 foot pole? I for one, look forward to this being her last term. A Progressive replacement is needed big time in our district!

nate

A chant for tomorrow's gathering?

Hey, GAYE, get out of the way;
LISTEN TO what THE PEOPLE say!

Vermonter

What is the proof that support for impeachment in Vermont is "strong, wide and deep among the common folk," as you say? I have not heard of any polls that support that conclusion. What percentage of Vermonters has stated that they support impeachment?

Eric

Hi Peter, Thanks for your great work as always and best hopes to win your battle. Minor correction to this post...yes impeachment is a big deal, but to those of us in the Rutland area, the storm was a lot more than a one day power loss...Thousands without power for several days and severe property damage... best regards,

Jean

Such a tiny state and yet people up there can't see an hour below to the Rutland area which has been scarily ravaged! Perhaps if more attention had been paid (not word one from you, my dear!) earlier, then impeachment ('bout damned time! Get with it Gaye!!!!!!) would have it's due attention. It's great news, though I am aghast that Bill Carris voted NO -- lotza guts there!! -- and that Campbell from Windsor was absent.

Impeach Bush, yes, and Cheney, too!

Impeach 'em???? Put 'em in jail!

yo

Campbell wasn't absent, he was the presiding officer, and the presiding officer doesn't vote.

RH factor

Not to be conspiratorial or anything you know. click my name, also there is this little gem

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/89728-0

so you think it's over???

What other attention turning (distractions) do we have on the agenda, hmm/

Bob Bolyard

How DO we let Gaye know that what goes on in DC DOES effect us Vermonters as much as anything they do in Montpelier?

As for knowing about the storm's damage to Rutland, WPTZ lead each 6pm broadcast with the story this week. I don't think Peter needs to mention it - check Tom Messner's blog for that stuff.

Jean

The rutland herald listed campbell, d-windsor as "absent from the vote". I took that to mean that s'he wasn't there. That was just a comment. I was puzzled.

Of course peter needn't mention rutland's problem, just not demean or misunderstand its importance to the state, and understand how people might be thinking of other things.

That said, by friday rutland was old news to the point that of course marcellixususus SHOULD have led with the impeachment............and then that sweet sweet weather we suddenly got.........and maybe the news then that most of the power was back on in tinmouth, wallingford, pittsford, brandon and, lest we forget, rutland.

Thanks for provoking this, Peter.

rutland lover

Freyne wasn't complaining about the fact the Rutland storm damage was disccussed on VT public TV's "Vermont This Week," but that on the state's only statewide political TV discussion show, the storm was the TOP story and took up one-third of the program (lots of TV news footage of downed trees and busted roofs)... beating out and getting twice the attention of the Vermont Senate's historic vote Friday morning to IMPEACH President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

'Vermont This Week" is the only political-junkie TV show in Vermont. The storm may have a political angle, but it hasn't been found as yet.

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