Who won and lost the week in Vermont news and politics? These guys:
Bipartisan bong rips — Plenty of Rs got down with the Ds and Ps as the House voted 98-44 to decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana. Runner-up losers: Vermont political columnists who are running out of fresh — or dank — pot jokes.
Burlington Democrats — After a weeks-long stalemate, the other guys blinked first and Democratic council president Joan Shannon kept her job. Remember: their promise to turn over the presidency to a non-D next year only applies if the council remains split 7-7. Runner-up loser: Councilor Karen Paul, who pissed off members of her fragile coalition, prompting them to cut a deal with Shannon.
Losers after the break...
Jack Thurston — The NECN reporter's hard-hitting questions prompted a major television star to storm out of an interview earlier this week. Except that the star in question was Montel Williams, who hasn't been heard from since Oasis topped the pop charts.
Jim Condos — Vermont's secretary of state got a little spanking from his old friends in the Senate Wednesday as they voted 29 to, um, 0 against his plan to move up primary elections by three weeks. He was spotted chewing them out for the vote outside the Senate chamber the next day.
VTel — Another state grant from the Vermont Telecommunications Authority to Springfield-based VTel is on the ropes, reports VTDigger's Nat Rudarakanchana. So much for that great hire back in January!
House committees — More drama in House Speaker Shap Smith's fiefdom this week, reports VTDigger's Anne Galloway. You know something's wrong when you have to schedule a "decorum session."