Vermont's congressional delegation — Typically when Congress engages in epic showdowns over fiscal matters, Democrats and their liberal allies fracture, fight amongst themselves and fold. But as this week's partial government shutdown enters its fourth day, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) remain in lockstep with their president and party leadership.
Randy Brock — Nearly a year after getting creamed in the 2012 gubernatorial election, the Franklin County Republican rejoined the fray last weekend with an epic op-ed trashing Vermont Health Connect. Though Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration disputes Brock's facts, there's plenty of political upside to slamming the roll-out of an expensive, complex, contractor-designed IT system. If he's right, he'll remind us all in a year. If he's wrong, we'll probably forget it ever happened.
Shumlin's gun dance — It takes a talented politician to get Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Vice President Evan Hughes and avid gun control advocate Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson (D-Essex Junction) to take part in the same gun-related press conference. But does the gov's call for storage facilities to hold firearms seized from accused domestic violence perpetrators undermine his argument that "only the feds can take on gun issues?"
Duck-and-cover council — Four days prior to a highly anticipated debate over basing F-35 planes at Burlington International Airport, Burlington City Council president Joan Shannon called it off, citing advice from the city attorney. The reason? Burlington evidently doesn't hold "public officials liability insurance" for the airport. Say what?!
Lead-lined lattes — Vermont Public Radio dropped its news and classical music formats this week for a little bit of heavy metal. As the station's own Steve Zind first reported, Jane Lead-Holm's been trying to poison you for years! Well, not exactly. But next time I fall for Mitch Wertlieb's grandma story, I'm asking for the trip to Ecuador or the iPad — not another radio-active mug!