The Scoreboard took a couple weeks off to drink eggnog, hang out under the mistletoe and watch C-SPAN on New Year's Eve (just kidding!). But don't worry: It's back with a vengeance in 2013.
Just as we did last year, we'll deliver a list each Friday of the winners and losers in Vermont news and politics. As always, we've consulted with a wide range of people as clueless as we are — and totally arbitrarily aggregated the results below.
So, without further ado, here's The Scoreboard for the week of Friday, Jan. 4 (oh, and all those weeks we missed):
Vermont's Congressional Delegation — On the upside, they dodged a bullet by not having to vote for an Obama/Boehner "grand bargain" that included cuts to popular entitlement programs. On the downside, they had a lousy New Year's Eve and caved on their promises to raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year. The really bad news? They'll have a bunch of tougher votes in the months to come.
Nepotism — As the Rutland Herald's Gordon Dritschilo reported Friday, recently-resigned Rutland County senator Bill Carris' son, Tracy, is out of the running for his dad's seat. Gov. Peter Shumlin will have to choose one of three candidates — Eldred French, Cheryl Hooker and Robert Baird— to fill the vacant seat.