by Peter Freyne
Who is the mayor of Burlington, Vermont?
Right! Progressive Bob Kiss. Just elected to the 3rd-floor corner office in March. First time we used Instant Run-off Voting. Took this photo on da' Mayor’s street when he was doing a little leaf raking/sweeping a couple weeks ago. Last night was the first big political showdown of the Kiss Era.
Kiss and the Progs on one side vs. Republican Kurt Wright and a few “conservative” Dems on the other. Here's how the local daily described it: "Council Approves Land Sale."
The administration of Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss won a solid victory Monday night when the City Council approved the sale of 199 acres of city-owned land in the Intervale to the nonprofit Intervale Center.
I didn’t go - having computer hassles, as you know, and I actually did watch the Bernie vs. Tyrant, er, Tarrant debate on Ch. 5. Unlike Ch. 3’s debates, the Ch. 5 moderator, Stephanie Gorin, did not let the audience applaud wildly during the debate, and blocked Tarrant’s attempt to play the macho anti-communist bully. Yikes! The most pathetic political candidate performance I have ever seen -= and the most expensive in U.S. history on a per-vote basis.
The rumor is Richie Rich is going through this to qualify to buy an ambassadorship. That explains the new $9 million home on the Florida coast, they say. We shall see.
Hey, how about Richie as Ambassador to Iraq?
Tonight the U.S. House debate on Ch. 5. will be Welchie vs. Marvelous Martha at 8 p.m. Martha’s still trailing in one internal poll we got wind of by 10 points. Imagine if she had a different president and a different campaign staff?
Today is “Inside Track” writing day, so I’m getting the blogging out of the way nice and early - around 7 a.m.!
Here’s a shot Peggy sent from Sunday’s Lite-Gov debate at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common. About 50-60 folks attended. Prog Marvin Malek showed. So did the energetic Democrat Matt Dunne. But Doobie-Doo was missing.
Republican Brian Dubie, the two-term incumbent, is laying real low this time. Interesting strategy, eh?
And on Monday, Dunne was joined by former Lt. Gov. Doug Racine outside the Lite-Gov's office at the Statehouse for a 10:30 a.m. presser. Dubie wasn't there.
That's the whole point. Where is Brian Dubie hiding?
Unfortunately for Dunne, poor press turnout Monday morning. No WGOP, er, WCAX, sorry. No Freeps (they've closed their Montpelier "Capitol Bureau") and the A.P. didn't make it either.
You know, few folks realize how thin the Fourth Estate in Vermont is when it comes to troop strength.
Fortunately for Young Dunne, Louis Porter from the Vermont Press Bureau showed up.
Two weeks from today is the Big Day.