So who won and lost the week in Vermont news and politics?
Big boxes, prisons, pandas, tans, Republican unity, Putney nudity, Waterbury canneries and.... Vermont Health Connect. Duh.
Here's the Scoreboard for the week of Friday, November 8:
Jeff Davis — With an assist from Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont's biggest big-box store developer won a promise this week from the Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council that both will drop their opposition to his proposed Derby Wal-Mart. In exchange, developer Jeff Davis agreed to pony up $200,000 to the Preservation Trust for remediation efforts in Orleans County, while the state promised to appropriate another $500,000 for downtown tax credits. Davis also pledged to refrain from proposing future Walmarts in the state until 2020. Runner-up loser: VNRC executive director Brian Shupe, who spent years fighting Walmarts while working at Smart Growth Vermont, and looked visibly pained at the deal's announcement Wednesday. He called it "bittersweet."
Gov. Peter Shumlin — Terry McAuliffe's narrow victory in Virginia's closely watched gubernatorial race gave Shumlin an important victory in his first year as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. And because he and the DGA effectively distanced themselves from the only other guber race in the country — New Jersey Republican Chris Christie's reelection romp — they avoided taking blame for the loss. Runner-up winner: Vermont's own Robby Mook, who solidified his credentials as one of the top political operatives in the country.
Corrections Corporation of America — A few months ago, the state extended its contract with the nation's largest prison corporation for another two years, as Seven Days' Mark Davis reported this week. Under the agreement, Vermont will continue to send up to 660 inmates and $34 million to Kentucky and Arizona.
Miro's tan — A year after JetBlue eliminated its nonstop Florida flight out of Burlington International Airport, Mayor Miro Weinberger on Tuesday heralded the arrival of Allegiant Air, a low-cost airline that plans to offer twice-a-week service to Orlando. Hey Miro, you pack the sunblock; I'll bring the Coronas.
Burlington — For the first time since 1997, a Burlington Police Department officer discharged his service weapon Wednesday afternoon, killing New North End resident Wayne Brunette. As the Vermont State Police investigate the incident, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.
Republican unity — The knives are out in advance of Saturday's Vermont Republican Party leadership elections. With GOP chairman Jack Lindley out of the running, will former Bernie foe John MacGovern really lock up conservatives' support — or will Team Scott take the day? Runner-up loser: Mark Snelling, who managed to offend both Scott and Campaign for Vermont founder Bruce Lisman in a single day, prompting him to apologize to the latter, if not the former.