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November 30, 2012

The Scoreboard: This Week's Winners and Losers

Scoreboard.newThe Scoreboard took a week off to bask in turkey and stuffing, but today it's back in full force.

Here's our list of the week's winners and losers in Vermont news and politics:


Crepe Debate — First, a disclosure: I love me a good crepe. Also, I love getting paid! All that aside, the debate that erupted this week in social media, the blogosphere and even in the good ol' lamestream media about Skinny Pancake's exemption from Burlington's living wage ordinance has been fascinating to behold. First reported by the Burlington Free Press, #crepegate found a new home in the comments section of Green Mountain Daily, where Democratic State Auditor-elect Doug Hoffer and Skinny Pancake founder Benjamin Adler engaged in a spirited and edifying (and edible?) exchange. Good on 'em for hashing it out in public.

Ex-Candidates — Turns out losing ain't that bad. This week, defeated lieutenant governor candidate Cassandra Gekas got a gig at the Department of Vermont Health Access, while defeated state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi seems headed for a lobbying job at the Vermont State Employees Association. Lesson: Next time you need a new job, run for statewide office.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters — Near the end of a tough year for the Waterbury java giant, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters announced impressive third quarter earnings Tuesday, prompting a serious surge in the company's stock price. Analysts cited strong growth in its K-Cup packet and brewer sales. We'll drink to that.

Losers after the break...

Tie Score:

Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell — The good news for Campbell? He handily defeated Sen. Ann Cummings (D-Washington) for the Democratic nomination to the post he currently holds. The bad news for Campbell? Now the poor dude has to run the Senate for the next two years [That is, if he beats Sen. Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) in a vote before the full Senate in January]. Runner-up Winner: The press, because we get to watch him try.


The Vermont House —The legislature lost one of its own, Rep. Greg Clark (R-Vergennes) in a tragic accident Friday morning. The Mount Abraham Union High School teacher will be remembered as a gregarious, conscientious and beloved legislator and educator, the Addison Independent reports. Our condolences to Clark's family and friends.

Gov. Peter Shumlin — The Federal Emergency Management Administration's decision to deny Vermont the funding it sought to relocate the state psychiatric hospital and other state office buildings leaves a gaping hole in the budget. It's also a huge blow to the Shumlin administration, which for months assured lawmakers and the press that it would succeed in obtaining a 90 percent match for the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Runner-up Winner: for breaking the story.

The F-35 — All that hubbub about basing the F-35 fighter jet in Burlington may end up being a moot point. As the New York Times reported this week, the plane's development is behind schedule, "troubled with technological flaws," and the fighter jet is facing concerns about its short flight range. Worse yet for the plane's backers, the Times reports, "With a record price tag — potentially in the hundreds of billions of dollars — the jet is likely to become a target for budget cutters."

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