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VDP Launches “7 Questions, 7 Days”

August 4, 2016: Will Phil Scott, Bruce Lisman, and VTGOP Speak Out Against Trump’s Attacks on the Khan Family?

 

Burlington, VT  With less than a week remaining in Vermont’s primary season there are still a lot of unanswered questions over Bruce Lisman’s and Phil Scott’s positions, and how the Vermont Republican Party will conduct itself throughout the campaign. So we are going to ask a question every morning until polls close. While we could easily come up with more than seven, this is a start.

 

Morning 1, Question 1:

Even as prominent Republicans like Senator John McCain finally agree that Trump has crossed the line with his attack on the Khan family, Vermont’s GOP gubernatorial candidates and the Vermont Republican Party remain silent.  

 

Following Donald Trump’s outrageous comments attacking this Gold Star Family, will Phil Scott, Bruce Lisman, and the Vermont Republican Party speak out?

 

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Scott Remains Quiet on Blind Trust Details

August 2, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  With only one week to go until Primary Day, voters are still in the dark over the details of the blind trust Lt. Gov. Phil Scott plans to put into place if elected. Despite assuring the public that he and his attorney have created a plan to counteract the potential conflict of interest created by his ownership stake in DuBois construction, Scott hasn’t released any plans.

 

Maybe he’s not a “plans” guy.

 

Here is what we know so far:

  • Phil Scott has promised to create a “blind trust” so that he is unaware of what state contracts DuBois Construction is bidding on. But that’s not a blind trust. Scott would still be completely aware of where his private profits were coming from and which policies could increase them while he collects a state salary.

  • Scott says only a small amount of work comes from state contracts, but DuBois Construction earns about 10% of its profits from state contracted work, being paid $2.657 million since becoming lieutenant governor in 2011.

  • A similar plan doesn’t seem to pass the sniff test on the national level. Donald Trump has announced his similar plans to put his businesses in a blind trust - a plan experts have called an “unprecedented ethical dilemma.”

  • Nearly 70% of voters believe that Trump should give up his business interests if elected.

 

So here are the questions we still have for Mr. Scott:

  • What are the details of of his blind trust plan?

  • Even if he is unaware of what contracts his company is bidding on, how can he ensure staff does not favor their boss’s company?

  • How can he ensure voters that his policy positions will not be affected by his personal profit interests in the construction industry?

 

Phil Scott claims he will have “nothing, absolutely nothing to do with it,” but we’d still like to hear some details just to be sure.   

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Republicans Nominate Most Radical, Divisive Ticket in Generations

July 20, 2016

 

Montpelier, VT  Last night, the Republican National Convention officially nominated Donald Trump and running mate, Governor Mike Pence, to grace the top of the ticket as their nominee for president and vice president.  Vermont Republicans were among the eight delegations to officially nominate Trump.

 

The Vermont Democratic Party spoke out against this official nomination.

 

“What seemed like a bad dream back in March has become reality,” remarked VDP spokeswoman, Christina Amestoy. “Donald Trump has risen to the top of the GOP by profiting off of fear and hate, proposing ideas that curtail our civil liberties, and degrading women and minorities. And now he's their nominee.”

 

“The choice voters will face in November is clear and it’s up to each of us to decide what vision for this country we want to support,” continued Ms. Amestoy. “Here in Vermont we also need to decide who we want to lead our state - a leader who will stand up to the platform that Trump now represents, or one who will quietly go along without taking a stance.”

 

“Now is not the time for someone who can’t decide what causes global warming, who fails to stand up for the LGBTQ community after a vicious attack, or who doesn’t understand the support workers need,” said Ms. Amestoy “Vermont will not be isolated from the decisions that play out on a national stage. We need leadership who understands that and actively stands for Vermont’s values when they are threatened.”

   

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Scott Stands Alone in Rejecting Minimum Wage Increase

June 2, 2016

 

Montpelier, VT  Out of the five leading candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is the only candidate who rejects raising the minimum wage. When asked on the VSEA candidate questionnaire if they supported a living wage for Vermonters, only Scott refused to support an increase to our state’s minimum wage.

 

“Phil Scott’s rejection of a minimum wage increase is unacceptable,” said VDP spokesperson Christina Amestoy. “Vermonters deserve fair pay for the work they do. No one should have work multiple jobs just to try and live above the poverty line.”

 

This isn’t the first time Scott has refused to stand up for working Vermonters; a few years ago he voted against even an incremental increase that would have raised Vermont’s minimum wage from $7.00 to $7.25 an hour.

 

“For a candidate that preaches affordability, Scott’s refusal to give hardworking Vermonters the ability to make a living wage is outrageous. If he doesn’t believe our families deserve better wages, he doesn’t deserve to serve,” continued Ms Amestoy. “A candidate who hosts a launch party with a $16,000 price tag, but won’t fight to give a working Vermonter the same annual income is the wrong choice for Vermont.”

 

“We are proud of our three leading Democratic candidates who are all fighting for a true livable minimum wage. Vermonters deserve fair pay for their hard work and as Democrats we will continue to push for this.”

   

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Press Release

May 9, 2016

 

Secretary of State Jim Condos Submits 2016 Election Nominating Petition

Shows Broad Statewide Support

 

Montpelier – Secretary of State Jim Condos submitted his 2016 Election Nominating Petition to run for re-election to the statewide seat for Vermont Secretary of State.

 

Secretary Condos’ petition shows broad support from across Vermont with signatures from all 14 counties in Vermont representing more than 125 cities and towns. Condos said his petition has well over the required number of 500 signatures for a statewide office.

 

“I am pleased to have such broad support from Democrats, Progressives, Republicans and Independents across the state,” said Secretary Condos. “My focus on bringing this office forward with successful IT solutions has set us up to provide efficient, good government solutions for the future.”

 

Condos has upgraded the Secretary of State‘s office with a new modern website providing more information to the public than ever. He also has led the successful replacement/upgrades for the Agency’s website, including the Divisions of Corporations, Professional Licensing, and Elections.

 

Condos is especially proud of the improvements to the Elections division – new statewide voter checklist, On Line Voter Registration, improved Overseas & Military Voter reach, Election Day Registration and Automatic Voter Registration. These enhancements will improve the integrity of our elections process.

 

Secretary Condos will continue to strive for good government solutions that improve efficiency and provides excellent customer service. His focus on transparency and accountability remains a pillar of his agenda.

 

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VDP Statement on Donald Trump Becoming the Presumptive GOP Nominee

May 4, 2016

 

Montpelier, VT Today, Donald Trump became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee following the suspension of both Gov. John Kasich and Senator Ted Cruz’s campaigns. Vermont Democratic Party’s spokesperson, Christina Amestoy, responded to the news:

 

“The gravity of what is at stake in November has never been clearer than it is today. The Republican Party has all but officially nominated a man for president who has created a campaign out of fear and hatred,” said Ms. Amestoy. “Donald Trump may have been the punchline of late night comedy in the past, but his candidacy is no longer a joke. His blatant disregard for civil liberties, his promotion of violence, and his horrifying language directed at women and minorities cannot be taken lightly and must be stopped.”

 

“By supporting Donald Trump, the Republican Party has put forward yet another candidate who failed to support American workers, rejects paid sick days and an increase in the minimum wage, supports ending a woman’s right to choose, and is endangering America’s relationships with vital allies around the world,” Ms. Amestoy continued. “In contrast, Democrats will stand together to support our working families, protect our environment, promote a safer world, and ensure equality for all Americans. The choice will be clear and I have faith in the voters that these values will triumph in the end.”

 

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March 18, 2016

Vermont Democratic Party’s Statement on Scott’s Potential Conflict of Interest in State Contract Bidding

 

Montpelier, VT Today marks the end of Sunshine Week - a week dedicated to transparency in government. In recognition of this, the Vermont Democratic Party is asking Lt. Gov. Phil Scott to provide an answer to the potential conflict of interest that would face him if elected governor: his power to award government contracts and his co-ownership of in DuBois construction.

 

“There is no question that there would be a conflict of interest for Lt. Gov. Phil Scott between his construction business and his potential power to award government contracts,” said spokesperson for the VDP, Christina Amestoy. “Over and over, Phil Scott has dismissed this fact, but voters deserve to know how he can guarantee transparency and fair bidding if he refuses to give up ownership of DuBois construction.”

 

At this time, Phil Scott has stated he will not give up his ownership of DuBois construction if elected.

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March 15, 2016

Vermont Democratic Party’s Statement on Scott’s Failure to Lead on Climate Change

 

Montpelier, VT “Across Vermont, we understand the real effects of global warming and the impact it can have. Just this year, the usually warm winter has hurt our ski industry and local businesses will likely feel the effect of a slow season well into next year. This is our reality, and we need strong leaders who recognize it and will take action.

 

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott does not fit that profile.

 

Phil Scott has chosen to back Marco Rubio, a presidential candidate who refuses to acknowledge that global warming is a man-made phenomenon - a fact that the vast majority of the published scientific community has validated. Even when standing in Miami, a city that has seen increased flooding because of rising sea levels, he continued to deny it.

 

In Vermont, we will do our best to take steps to prepare for and combat climate change. But for real change to occur, we need leadership in the White House that is committed to doing the same. If Phil Scott thinks Marco Rubio, a man who replaces scientific fact with an ideological mantra, is that candidate, we should all question whether Scott is the type of leader that’s right for Vermont.”

 

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February 26, 2016

Statement from VDP, Matt Dunne and Sue Minter on Phil Scott’s Endorsement of Marco Rubio

 

Montpelier, VT “Today, the Vermont Democratic Party condemned the Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott for endorsing right-wing Senator Marco Rubio for President. His attempt to slip this by the press indicates that he is acutely aware of the hypocrisy of his endorsement of this far-right, staunchly ideological candidate while he himself attempts to run as a moderate.

 

“Rubio’s positions on women’s health issues are frightening at best,” said Democratic spokesperson Christina Amestoy. “His platform is rabidly anti-choice, limits access to birth control and other health care options that women here in Vermont rely on.”

 

Equally disturbing are Phil Scott’s shared views with Rubio. While Scott runs as a moderate and Rubio attempts to be the “establishment” candidate, they both present a troubling agenda for working families, Vermonters’ health care, and the environment.

 

"Phil Scott's endorsement of Marco Rubio reveals his vision for the future of our country: one in which a woman's right to choose is denied even in cases of rape or incest; where poor and even middle class families lose their health insurance; and where we take no action in the face of catastrophic global climate change,” said Democratic candidate Matt Dunne.

 

“Vermont needs a Governor who will protect a woman’s right to choose and access to quality health care by supporting Planned Parenthood” said Democratic candidate Sue Minter.  “Vermont has always led the way in moving progressive values forward. Marco Rubio is advocating an extreme agenda that would be a significant step backward for women and working families. We can’t align ourselves with these damaging policies - we need to continue to be a state that innovates to find creative solutions to some of the toughest problems.”

 

One thing is certain: Phil Scott’s eagerness to ignore the rabidly anti-women elements of Rubio’s platform and his hostility to working families shows that Phil Scott is just another Republican with the wrong priorities for Vermont.

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February 19, 2016

 

Vermont Democratic Party statement on Kasich Town Hall

 

“Tomorrow, Vermont voters will have a chance to hear Governor Kasich at a town hall event. Throughout his campaign, Kasich has tried to paint himself as the moderate in the race, but his platform reflects the same far-right positions we’ve heard from other national, and even local, candidates.

 

Kasich has been called the most anti-choice governor Ohio has ever seen. He signed legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks, has repeatedly cut funding for clinics, and even banned rape-crisis counselors from referring victims to abortion services. He’ll be back at it again the next few days when he signs a bill defunding Planned Parenthood and preventing $1.3 million from going to cancer screenings, HIV tests, and educational programs.

 

Governor Kasich will no doubt be embraced by our own Vermont Republicans who have refused to stand up for local families. Both Kasich and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott oppose paid sick days for workers who, too often, face a decision between a paycheck and taking care of themselves or a loved one. Additionally, Scott, Kasich, and Bruce Lisman have refused to support a minimum wage increase.

 

Vermont voters will not be fooled. Governor Kasich is not a moderate. His views and those of leadership in the Vermont GOP are out of touch with Vermonters’ views and harmful to our families.”

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