Who won and lost the week in Vermont news and politics?
Reporters, nukers, lobbyists, spies, Boston cream thighs, Dean, Daysies and douchebags!
Here's the Scoreboard for the week of Friday, Aug. 2:
Cutting your losses — SEIU Vermont director Matt McDonald admits his union was cruising for a bruising in the race to represent 7000 home-care workers. Rather than invest in a "million dollar" GOTV operation — perhaps twice, if there was a runoff — SEIU on Thursday ceded the bargaining unit to AFSCME. Runner-up losers: SEIU gravy train passengers, like Vermont Leads and its lefty allies, who won't be seeing any more cash from Local 1199.
Vermont lobbyists — They took in plenty of cash during the past three months, according to VTDigger's Alicia Freese. How much? During the first half of the year, KSE Partners reported $923,000 in lobbying compensation; Sirotkin & Necrason reported $814,000; McLean, Meehan and Rice $664,000; and Downs, Rachlin Martin $630,000.
The Vermont press corps — Among the victims of Gannett's nationwide layoffs Thursday were 13 employees of the Burlington Free Press — including 21-year veteran Matt Sutkoski and two newsroom staffers hired just last month. We're sorry to see them go. The last thing Vermont needs is fewer reporters.