Weather forecasters — They're the only reporters anybody wants to hear from these days. Runner-up losers: political reporters, for obvious reasons.
T.J. Donovan — The indictment this week of Winooski Police Cpl. Jason Nokes makes the Chittenden County state's attorney look tough on (allegedly) rogue cops — something that can't be said of erstwhile political opponent Attorney General Bill Sorrell. But by letting a grand jury do the dirty work of criminally charging the cop, Donovan avoids directly antagonizing the law enforcement community. A savvy political move by a guy looking for rematch against Sorrell?
Losers and ties after the break...
The kids — Shumlin had an adorable audience of little kiddies Wednesday when he announced a new public-private partnership to expand access to pre-school in Vermont (They even kept us reporters on our best behavior). Asked during the presser at Williston's Heartworks School whether he worried about the potential health impacts of F-35s on children, the gov said he didn't know enough to comment. But when WPTZ's Stewart Ledbetter asked Heartworks founder Louise Piche how kids at the pre-school react when F-16s fly overhead, she said some are "fascinated," but others "really feel anxiety" and "cover their ears."
Castleton Polling Institute — Vermont's first and only polling outfit came out with the results of a new survey Thursday. Did they measure support for the F-35 in Vermont? Or Shumlin's post-Dodge approval rating? Or any substantive legislative policy matters? No. They asked 629 Vermonters about... quality of life in Vermont. ZZZZzzzzzzzz...
Vermont State Employees Association — Talk about a P.R. misfire. The union lost in the court of public opinion back when 63 of its workers demanded double-time after Tropical Storm Irene. This week, it also lost in the court of the Vermont Labor Relations Board, as the Vermont Press Bureau's Peter Hirschfeld first reported.
Moose — Get out of the road, bro. Runner-up winner: Cats. Stay out of the water, bro. Runner-up winningest: Sharknados. Enough said.