Here's the Scoreboard for the week of Friday, Oct. 11:
Vermont's congressional delegation — Still no polls in Vermont (come on, Castleton!), but national surveys suggest that Sen. Patrick Leahy's, Sen. Bernie Sanders' and Congressman Peter Welch's no-compromise stance on the government shutdown/debt ceiling impasse remains popular in these parts. Runner-up winner: VPR's "Vermont Edition," which schlepped down to D.C. this week to broadcast a rare, three-way interview with Vermont's tres amigos.
David Blittersdorf — The wind magnate and AllEarth Renewables chief got cheeky this week by billing ISO New England $5490 after the regional transmission authority bumped his Georgia Mountain turbines offline. Runner-up winner: UVM, which is accepting a million-dollar donation from Blittersdorf for an endowed professorship on Friday afternoon.
Burlington Free Press reporters — Who will soon have one of the sickest views in the city from their new Bank Street digs. Note to Seven Days editor/publisher overlords: Where's my damn window?!
Guns in Burlington — The Burlington City Council's ordinance committee scratched a proposed assault weapons ban Wednesday, but advanced four other new gun-control measures. Councilor Rachel Siegel (P-Ward 3) said she switched sides and opposed the ban to make the package more palatable to state lawmakers, who'd eventually have to sign off on a charter change. But will the legislature — and governor — say yes to any gun-control measures?
Green Mountain glass — On the upside, a good old Vermont company — Simon Pearce — won a $5 million contract to provide the State Department with high-end glassware for U.S. embassies around the globe. On the downside, those are your tax dollars hard at work.
Calendar 2.0 — The Champlain Valley Superintendents Association scrapped a controversial proposal this week that would have shortened summer vacation and added more time off throughout the year. Now the big question is whether the supers will spend the next year doing a better job of selling their plan — or just give it up.
Vermont's Democratic and Republican parties — Here in Vermont, we're all about high-minded civic discourse, amiright?! Well, you wouldn't know it if you read this week's inane, dueling press releases from the state's two biggest political parties. Any chance the party hacks would consider crawling back into their holes 'til next fall?
Vermont Health Connect — Gov. Peter Shumlin maintains that the roll-out of Vermont's new health insurance exchange is going just swimmingly. But insurance brokers, small-business owners and state-designated "navigators" don't allagree. Also, what's up with those paper applications?