Sen. Claire Ayer — The Addison County Democrat seemed on the verge of defeat Tuesday night when she was unable to draw a 16th vote to support her version of "End of Death with Digni-cide Choices" legislation. But the next day, she pulled not one but two rabbits out of her hat and pushed through a compromise on a 17-13 vote. Runner-up winners: Patient Choices Vermont lobbyists Adam Necrason, Amy Shollenberger, Jessica Oski and the rest of their team.
Sen. Peter Galbraith — Sure, everyone in the Senate seems to revile the non-stop-talking Windham County Democrat, but his digni-cide switcheroo and campaign finance theatrics got him plenty of what he desires the most: attention and press coverage. Runner-up losers: The media — this reporter included — for enabling him.
Shap Smith and John Campbell — After letting their caucuses take votes raising $27 million and $10 million in taxes respectively, the House speaker and Senate president pro tem suddenly sided with Shumlin Tuesday to say those tax hikes weren't necessary after all. Fast-forward to Friday, though, and they seemed poised to go back at it with Shummy. Maybe.
Gun Sense Vermont — The fledgling gun-control group staged a compelling press conference at the Statehouse Wednesday. But talk about too little, too late! With legislators ready to split, the chances for action this year are zilch.
Lawsuits — The House passed two bills this week — GMO labeling and campaign finance — that are sure to draw court challenges if signed into law. But neither appears especially likely to pass this year.
Legislators, lobbyists and reporters — On the upside, Saturday's Statehouse session was cancelled. On the downside, everybody's back next week for at least two more days.
American Federation of Teachers — In a banner year for labor in the Vermont legislature, childcare workers failed again this week to earn the right to collectively bargain.
Sen. Bob Hartwell — For a moment Thursday, when the Bennington County Democrat called for reconsideration of the digni-cide bill he'd supported the night before, it appeared he'd come down with a case of the Galbraiths. But after prompting a minor freakout that he'd re-kill the bill, Hartwell was all, like, never mind.