by Peter Freyne
Thunder and lightning in the forecast - both inside and outside the Statehouse today!
The Republican governor of Vermont, James Douglas, may well "win" the global-warming battle today, but "lose" the war. Know what I mean?
That is, having his veto of H. 520 upheld today might only fire up the Democrats, Progressives, Independents - and even a few environmentally-conscious Vermont Republicans - to replace him in 2008. In politics, they say, "the action's in the reaction."
The "CW" going in is that Entergy Vermont Yankee's favorite governor has his veto sustained on H. 520, but his veto of the campaign finance bill gets overturned.
We shall see.
Anyway, recognize this gentleman?
I had coffee with him at Uncommon Grounds on Church Street the other day. He was up from Washington where he's the press secretary for a certain U.S. senator who's the champion of "poor people, working people and the elderly."
I did a little item on Michael Briggs in the print "Inside Track" column that's out today, but I didn't have room for the photo.
With Briggs, Ol' Bernardo, er, Sen. Bernie Sanders gets a heavy dose of Capitol Hill experience. He's previously worked for Sens. Paul Simon and Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois and - get this - for Sen. John Edwards!
And before that, he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for 14 years. Mike certainly knows the ropes on Capitol Hill, and he knows he's got a rare and special bird to rep in the person of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Also in the political noise this Wednesday - in the dailies and in "Track" - is antiwar activist and Newfane Selectman Dan DeWalt's promise to field an independent candidate in the 2008 congressional race if Incumbent Democrat Peter Welch doesn't jump on the Bush Impeachment Train.
Welchie had a good comeback when we asked him about it privately after his Monday presser promoting UVM cafeteria use of locally-grown food [including Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream!].