by Peter Freyne
Yes, there are still "newspapers" made out of paper. Seven Days is one of them. There's an "Inside Track" column to be written. And I've got several balls up in the air this sunny Tuesday morning as the world, including the Vermont world, continues to turn.
Did want to post the adjacent photo we snapped last Thursday at the Statehouse. That's Burlington developer extraordnaire Ernie Pomerleau, son of Tony, enjoying a light moment with the Democratic state senator from Putney, Peter Shumlin, the man who would be governor.
Hasn't Ernie been a Douglas supporter?
That's Tom Torti, former Douglas environmental secretary and current head of the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, over Ernie's shoulder. Tom's having a chat with Chittenden County State Sen. Jim Condos (D). The gang was heading out for some lunch.
If you get this Tuesday morning and can catch the U.S. Senate on C-SPAN, it's quite a show. The floor debate over outrageous Patriot Act powers granted the Attorney General last year to appoint USAs without Senate approval is being led by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy.
Looks like the tide is finally turning!