by Peter Freyne
H. 520, the big Democratic-backed Global Warming/Climate Change Bill with the $25 million tapping of the Entergy VT Yankee maple, er , nuke, passed the Vermont House this afternoon on an 85-61 vote.
Then why are these people smiling?
That's VT Yankee's top lobbyist Gerry Morris, on the left with the big grin on his gob. The Gerr's a "hired-gun" Montpeculiar business lobbyist of distinction and runs a successful operation with two talented female partners. He's been a daily Statehouse regular for two decades. Knows everybody.
The passage of H. 520 came as no big surprise to the Yankee lobbyist and the Republicans. That's Vermont Rep. Pat O'Donnell with the shoulder bag conversing with Burlington's only Republican Rep. Kurt Wright and other Rs in the huddle outside the chamber immediately after the roll was called.
Maybe the reason "Morris the Cat" and the Republican House movers and shakers are in such good humor after losing the H. 520 vote is the fact they have more than enough votes to uphold a veto by Entergy's best spokesman in the Green Mountain State: Republican Gov. Jim Douglas!!!
Bumped into Gov. Douglas [left, avec security] as he headed for lunch at the Capitol Plaza Hotel today just before noon.
"Just act like yourself," said I
"I always do," said he.
It sure works for him, eh?