I wanted to share information with you about a few upcoming events:
First, please join us for an evening forum discussing "The Future of Alternative Energy in Vermont" featuring State Representative Margaret Cheney, Jeff Wolfe, CEO, groSolar, David Blittersdorf, President/CEO, AllEarth Renewables, Michael Dworkin, Vermont Law School Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment.
Monday, March 12 from 6-8:00pm, Marion Cross School, 22 Church St, Norwich, VT. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Fauna Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-229-1783 with questions or RSVP here.
Second, tickets for the reception with President Obama on March 30th are selling quickly. We strongly encourage anyone interested in attending to purchase tickets now as the event is expected to sell out soon. Tickets can be purchased here.
Town Meeting Day is just 15 days away. Some Vermont communities have contested municipal elections, but every Vermont community will play host to the Presidential primary. We strongly urge you to participate and cast a ballot in the Democratic primary. In order to serve as a delegate to the the Vermont state convention and Democratic National Convention, you must cast a Democratic ballot in this year’s primary. For more information about the delegate selection process, see our website.
State Street News
Sierra Magazine interviewed Governor Shumlin for a profile that focused upon the Governor’s views on the environment and work in Vermont’s Irene Recovery. You can read the piece here.
Vermont’s Congressional Delegation
Dummerston couple Frances Herbert and Takako Ueda are facing Ueda’s potential deportation. Herbert and Ueda have a legal, same-sex marriage in the state of Vermont, but because federal law does not recognize their marriage, Ueda’s been denied a spousal green card. Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and Congressman Welch are urging the Department of Homeland Security to re-evaluate its policy and allow foreign same-sex spouses to remain in the United States.
The delegation also introduced legislation this week to extend a safety net for Vermont’s dairy farmers. The legislation would extend the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) for another year (the contract is currently set to expire in September). MILC helps dairy farmers maintain operations when milk prices drop below $16.94 per hundredweight.
Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Leahy, on the importance of bullet-proof vests for police officers. Schirling called them wise and necessary investments. The Committee held a hearing to discuss the effectiveness of a program implemented by Leahy in 1990: The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant program, which provides grant funding for community police forces to purchase the vests.
Last Monday, Congressman Welch unveiled bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that will provide rebates for homeowners who invest in energy efficient improvements, saving them money, creating jobs and reducing harmful carbon emissions. Later on Monday, President Obama backed Welch's effort, urging Congress to pass the legislation so he can sign it into law.
Thank you for your continued support of Vermont Democrats!