Here's the Scoreboard for the week of Friday, October 25:
Jack Lindley — The Republican party chairman is on the mend after a very close call. In our book — whether he keeps his leadership post or not — that makes him one serious winner. Runner-up losers: Those plotting to oust Lindley while he's still in the hospital. Can't it wait, fellas?
Stealth missions — Remember that whole ICBM-destroying missile defense base proposed for the Vermont National Guard's Camp Ethan Allen? Yeah, that one. Though the Pentagon's top brass say they don't need an East Coast interceptor, the Missile Defense Agency quietly dispatched a five-man team to Jericho last week to check the place out, as the Burlington Free Press' Nicole Gaudiano reported Thursday.
Queen City guns — The Burlington City Council on Monday backed three new gun control measures that would ban firearms in bars, require their safe storage and confiscate them from those suspected of domestic violence. But another proposal — to create a city-sponsored conceal-carry permit — was shot down, and a proposed local assault weapons ban was killed in committee. The big question: Will the legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin get behind any gun-related charter changes?
CGI — The contractor charged with building Vermont Health Connect — not to mention the federal version of the exchange — is fielding plenty of stern phone calls from Shumlin, the gov said Thursday. And from probably every other government official in the country.
F-35 beat reporters — If either side of the pitched battle over basing holds another damn press conference, I'm gonna dive-bomb the lake. Runner-up winner: Political reporters, if Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan bless us with another feisty primary.