Jane Kitchell & Tim Ashe — The approps and finance chairs got their budget and tax bills through the Senate this week relatively unscathed. Both bills picked up bipartisan support from a handful of Republicans each — and both earned nay votes from Sen. Anthony Pollina (P/D-Washington), who evidently isn't going along to get along.
The teevees — The Senate hit the satellite TV industry with a tough new tax Wednesday, but DISH Network and DirecTV aren't taking it lying down. Look for negotiators of a final tax deal to get all weak-kneed once all those couch potatoes pick up the phone to hammer 'em.
Physician-assisted dig-nicide — Sure, the original Oregon-style doc-death bill cleared the House this week, but it remains to be seen whether the Senate will budge. All eyes are on Sens. Bob Hartwell (D-Bennington) and Peter Galbraith (D-Windham), who remain the two likeliest swing votes.
Deb Markowitz & Patrick Berry — The ANR secretary and Fish & Wildlife commissioner still have their jobs, but their reputations took a hit this week when the Associated Press' Dave Gram documented their post-Irene plant-scapades. So much for Marko waging a political come-back and making another bid for statewide office.
Vermont Workers Center — They summoned hundreds of activists to the Statehouse lawn Wednesday for a May Day rally to "put people first." But their presence was barely felt inside the building, where all the budget and tax action was taking place. Why didn't they occupy the Senate and House chambers?