Reps. Willem Jewett and Tess Taylor — At last weekend's meeting of the House Democratic caucus, Jewett (D-Ripton) won without opposition the majority leader post being vacated by outgoing Rep. Lucy Leriche (D-Hardwick. In a contested race for House Dems' number three spot, Taylor (D-Barre) beat Rep. Rebecca Ellis (D-Waterbury) 49 to 37.
Skip Vallee — Gasoline Vallee clearly wanted to pick a fight with Sanders. He succeeded. But what does that do for Vallee other than prompt a bunch of pissed-off Sanderistas to drive on by Maplefields next time they have to fill up?
Rutland County Republicans — Sen. Bill Carris' decision this week to step down from the state Senate comes a couple months too late for Rutland Republicans to take his seat back at the ballot box. Instead, Gov. Peter Shumlin gets to appoint a Democrat to fill the post for the next two years.
F-35 proponents — It's hard to see what politicians backing the basing of F-35 fighter jets in South Burlington gained from their trip this week to Eglin Air Force Base, other than a lot more flack from skeptical opponents. Gov. Peter Shumlin's remark to VPR's Kirk Carapezza that the jets' critics have "fertile imaginations" seemed particularly insensitive to those whose livelihoods are wrapped up in houses on the planes' flight path. And why exactly won't Sen. Patrick Leahy personally meet with F-35 opponents, as they demanded this week?