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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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CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

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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CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy

Vermont Democratic Party Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

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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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CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy

Vermont Democratic Party Communications Director

 

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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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www.vtdemocrats.org; P.O. Box 1220 Montpelier, VT 05602; (802) 229-1783; Printed in house

 

CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy

Vermont Democratic Party Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

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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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www.vtdemocrats.org; P.O. Box 1220 Montpelier, VT 05602; (802) 229-1783; Printed in house

 

CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy

Vermont Democratic Party Communications Director

(802) 448-4239

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

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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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www.vtdemocrats.org; P.O. Box 1220 Montpelier, VT 05602; (802) 229-1783; Printed in house

 

 

CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy

Vermont Democratic Party Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

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February 3, 2016

 

Vermont Democratic Party statement on Senate passage of Paid Sick Days

 

“We applaud the Senate for joining with the House is passing Paid Sick Days legislation. As a Party, we believe that by choosing to invest in Vermont workers, we can make our state stronger. This legislation will benefit both workers and the businesses that employ them. If the Paid Sick Days bill is signed into law, working Vermonters will no longer have to choose between taking care of themselves or a child and receiving a paycheck.

 

The divide between those that support investments that strengthen our families and those who look to cut them will become obvious as we head towards November. We commend the Senate for this bipartisan effort and are thankful that Lt. Gov. Phil Scott did not cast a deciding vote. Given his repeated opposition to Paid Sick Days legislation it’s clear what side he falls on.

 

Voters will have a choice in November: candidates who choose to invest in our families or those that choose to leave them behind. If Lt. Gov. Phil Scott becomes the Republican nominee, he will be the candidate representing the latter.”

 

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CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy

Vermont Democratic Party Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

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January 29, 2016

 

Statement by State Treasurer Beth Pearce on the 7th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

 

“The following is a statement by State Treasurer Beth Pearce:  

 

January 29th, marks the 7th anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act - a landmark bill signed by President Obama aimed at guaranteeing equal pay for equal work across genders. And while this was a strong step in the right direction and a needed public acknowledgement of the disparity that exists, it’s been 7 years, and more needs to be done.

 

In Vermont we value a job well done. We believe that those who work hard deserve compensation and that the compensation should be fair and equal across genders. But the paychecks women in this state take home compared to men do not reflect this. Right now, Vermont women make about 84 cents to every dollar Vermont men make. That translates to an average yearly income of $46,911 for men and $39,322 for women (AAUW, 2014).

 

This gap isn’t just numbers on a page. This has a real impact for our families across the state. Female workers may have a harder time paying off the student loans they took on to get the high-skilled jobs we’re working to foster in Vermont. They may have less financial flexibility to invest in a pension plan that will help guarantee them dignity in retirement. And for the single parent households in this state, single moms are bringing home an average of $5,000 less to help support their kids.

 

The lack of security and opportunity that the gender wage gap creates doesn’t just affect the wage-earner, it has consequences for our state’s entire economy. From the amount invested back into state businesses through the purchase of goods and services, to the level of reliance families have on state programs that need to be funded with tax dollars, equal pay is just good public policy.

 

As we kick off 2016, it’s time to speak up and make sure this issue gets the attention it deserves. Vermont is currently ranked 10th in the nation on the equal pay issue: not the best, not nearly the worst. But we can do better. This should not be a partisan issue, but a matter of both good economics and fairness. In a state where we believe we are at our strongest when we give equal opportunity and equal recognition for those who show up and work hard, we need to make sure we’re holding up our end of the bargain with Vermont women.

 

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CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy

Vermont Democratic Party Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

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January 26, 2016

 

 

Vermont Democratic Party statement on Phil Scott’s Record on Paid Sick Leave

 

“In an interview with VT Digger on Monday, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott said he hadn’t decided where he stood on the issue of paid sick leave, but he seems to be forgetting the record he’s laid out for himself on the issue. Because it’s pretty clear to us that Phil Scott doesn’t believe it’s worth prioritizing Vermont workers’ well being.

In case he forgot, here are four times he opposed implementing paid sick days for Vermonters, and one weak attempt to walk his record back:

October 2014 Debate: Scott Answered “No” When Asked if Businesses Should Have to Offer Paid Sick Days to Employees. Scott was the only candidate to oppose required paid sick days for employees in the October debate. [VT Digger, 10/14/14]

 

 

February 2014 Chamber of Commerce Event: Scott Opposed Legislation Requiring Paid Sick Leave Calling it Counterproductive for Good Businesses. Scott told the audience that paid sick leave is just “one more thing that gets in the way of us being able to do what we do best, and do what we do best for our employees.” [Brattleboro Reformer, 2/10/14; VTDigger.org, 2/4/14]

 

 

December 2015: Scott Said “Paid Sick Leave is Something That I Think Would Fall Into That Category Of ‘We Don't Need That Right Now.’” Following his campaign announcement, Scott told WPTZ reporter that paid sick days aren’t necessary for Vermont workers.  [WPTZ, 12/3/15]

 

 

January 2016 Article Reporting that Paid Sick Leave Legislation was “Poised for Passage This Year in the Vermont Legislature” Noted that Scott “is Not in Favor of a Paid Sick Leave Law.” [VTDigger, 1/3/16]

 

 

January 2016: VT Digger Reported “Scott Says He Hasn’t Decided Whether He Will Support the Paid Sick Leave Bill. Scott attempted to walk back his record of oppositions and states, “I like the direction it’s going, and I’m happy to take a position on it once it’s out of committee.”  [VTDigger,1/26/16]

 

Just like his flip-flop on welcoming Syrian refugees to our state, it looks like Phil Scott is scrambling to correct his record on paid sick leave to finally align with what Vermonters really want.”

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CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy

Vermont Democratic Party Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 25, 2016

 

Vermont Democratic Party statement on Bruce Lisman’s Budget Response

 

“We’re used to hearing Republicans claim they support working families without ever offering up any proof. But even this common claim sounds particularly empty when it’s coming from someone who made his money on Wall Street. It seems that former Bear Stearns executive, Bruce Lisman, is confused about who makes up our workforce.

 

The Governor’s plans to increase the registration fee on mutual funds, currently the lowest in New England, doesn’t hurt working families, it invests in them. By making Wall Street corporations pay a little more, every child born in Vermont will have a $250 saving account to help prepare them for college and give them better chance at a secure future. This will come as a welcome relief to Vermont college students, 65% of whom will graduate with $29,060 in debt. It will come as an even bigger relief to those who cannot afford a higher education at all.

 

If Lisman thinks more Vermonters are worried about mutual funds than their children’s education, he doesn’t understand Vermont priorities. Mr. Lisman may have retired from Wall Street, but it's clear his loyalties still remain with big business, not working families.”

 

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