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The Week Ahead: October 8-14, 2012


Only four weeks until Election Day, and you know what that means — time to start paying attention! Candidates for virtually every office on this year's election ballot face off in debates this week, and many will take questions from voters like you.

Got a newsworthy event for next week's calendar? Email us by Friday to submit.

Monday, October 8

  • At noon today, Attorney General Bill Sorrell is on VPR's "Vermont Edition" to make his "case for reelection."
  • Think Secretary of State Jim Condos doesn't have an opponent this year? Wrong! He's facing Mary Alice "Mal" Hebert of the Liberty Union Party. They debate at 5:25 p.m. on Channel 17 (CCTV). Stream it at
  • At 6 p.m., all four (that's right, four) candidates for attorney general — Democrat Sorrell, Republican Jack McMullen, Progressive Ed Stanak and Liberty Union candidate Rosemary Jackowski — debate live at Channel 17 (CCTV) in Burlington. Stream it at
Rest of the week after the jump...

Tuesday, October 9

  • State auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi hits the "Charlie, Ernie & Lisa" show bright and early at 7:10 a.m. WVMT 620 AM.
  • At noon, three AG candidates (Sorrell, McMullen and Stanak) debate again, this time at the Burlington Free Press offices. Check for a live stream.
  • At 5:25, Channel 17 (CCTV) hosts a live gubernatorial debate in the studio. The actual governor won't be there, but his five challengers will be, including the first appearance of anti-big-wind write-in candidate Annette Smith. Also: Republican Randy Brock, Independent Emily Peyton, U.S. Marijuana's Cris Ericson and the fan fave from last week's gov's debate, Liberty Union candidate Dave Eagle. Stream it at

Wednesday, October 10

  • At 7:10 a.m., Gov. Peter Shumlin is on Charlie, Ernie & Lisa, on WVMT 620 AM. At 8:40, Democratic State Treasurer Beth Pearce joins the wacky morning crew.
  • At high noon, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Republican challenger Mark Donka debate live on Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition." Listen at
  • At 5:25 p.m., three candidates for state treasurer debate on Channel 17 (CCTV): Democrat Beth Pearce, Republican Wendy Wilton, and the Liberty Union Party's Jessica "Jessy" Diamondstone.
  • At 6 p.m., the Vermont Young Professionals host a panel discussion and networking event at Champlain College titled "Why Politics? What Young People Are Doing About Vermont's Future." Young-ish candidates set to appear include: lite-gov candidate Cass Gekas, state Senate candidate Dustin Degree, state Rep. Jill Krowinski and state House candidate Paul Dame. More info.

Thursday, October 11

  • Tonight is "Super Chittenden Senate Night" on Channel 17 (CCTV), with a series of back-to back debates. At 5:15, it's Larkin Forney, Robert Letovsky, Diane Snelling and David Zuckerman. At 6:30, it's Shelley Palmer, Tim Ashe and Sally Fox. At 7:30, it's Ginny Lyons, Phil Baruth and Bob Kiss. At 8:30, it's Richard "Terry" Jeroloman, Debbie Ingram and Sean Selby. Steam it at, or join the live studio audience.
  • At 7 p.m., Leah Bolger, a former Navy vet and the first female president of Veterans for Peace, speaks at St. Michael's College, part of the Peace & Justice Center's "Cost of War" series.
  • At 8 p.m., the candidates for lieutenant governor will debate live on Vermont Public Television: Republican incumbent Phil Scott, Progressive/Democrat Cass Gekas and Liberty Union Party candidate Ben Mitchell. Leather jackets optional. Stream it live at
  • At 9 p.m. is the one and only veep debate — Joe Biden versus Paul Ryan. Let's hope Biden comes better rested than his drowsy boss.

Friday, October 12

  • At noon, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Republican challenger John MacGovern meet for their first debate on "Vermont Edition." Someone please make up a drinking game for the 7 p.m. rebroadcast. Listen at
  • Wondering what those municipal ballot items are all about? Neither are we, but you should probably be an informed voter. Sandy Miller and Rosanne Greco explain the South Burlington ballot items on Channel 17 (CCTV) at 5:25, and Mayor Miro Weinberger and CAO Paul Sisson talk up the Burlington ballot items at 6:05. After that, lite-gov candidates Scott and Gekas debate at 6:55 p.m.

Saturday, October 13

  • At 7 p.m., Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and GOP opponent Randy Brock debate live on WCAX-TV. 

Sunday, October 14

  • All day: Sleep off your weeklong hangover from all those debate drinking games. Rethink whether drinking every time Shumlin calls himself a "country boy" and Sanders says "millionaires and billionaires" was such a hot idea. 



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