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« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2020, 04:11:39 pm »

Would you vote for Phil Scott over Ed Markey?

Depends on the circumstances. In a presidential election, probably Markey. For governor of a state, more likely Scott. As I've illustrated before nationalizing things changes things, and while Phil has been on the right side of most national issues I've seen, that could change if he was put in a nationalized spotlight. So for that reason probably the liberal Democrat.

Following-up on this: if Bernie were hypothetically appointed to Biden's cabinet & Scott were the Republican nominee in the special election, does this mean you'd likely support whoever the Democratic nominee is over Scott since it's a federal race?

Not necessarily. I don't see why Scott would pivot to the right here, if anything he'd have to pivot further left in order to take the seat, and would have to stake our maverick positions (such as opposing continued leadership of Cocaine Mitch) in order to win a Senate race in Vermont. What I think we'd be looking at is the most left version of Scott possible. Now in the Senate itself where he's in the same caucus as Tom Cotton and Rick Scott and off the campaign trail it's more tricky, but Phil has given me a lot of reasons to trust him.


If Phil Scott ran for Senate in 2022 would you support him? Also what are your thoughts on your current Governor, Andrew Cuomo?

See above for the first question.

Andrew is meh. He's done some good, like making SUNY free for New York's states poorer students, or legalizing same-sex marriage back in the day, responding (mostly) alright to coronavirus, or doing much to expand tourism upstate. But he's also an egomaniac who picks a fight on every little thing with de Blasio, openly muses about destroying public education, and is far too connected with the state's wealthiest.
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« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2020, 04:12:51 pm »

Favourite city or town in Upstate New York? And in the state of Vermont?
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« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2020, 04:15:18 pm »

Favourite city or town in Upstate New York? And in the state of Vermont?
Hmmmmmmmmmmm

Off the top of my head, Saratoga for NY and......Stowe? Putney? Maybe Montpelier I'm not sure. I also enjoyed Brattleboro and of course Burlington.
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« Reply #28 on: September 15, 2020, 09:38:20 pm »

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« Reply #29 on: September 16, 2020, 07:05:40 am »

Rank them:

Phil Scott
Bobby Scott
David Scott
Rick Scott
Tim Scott
Scott (the Atlas Politician)
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« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2020, 08:32:28 am »

Best dem challenger to Phil Scott: Sue Minter, Christine Hallquist, or David Zuckerman?
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« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2020, 12:19:37 pm »

Rank them:

Phil Scott
Bobby Scott
David Scott
Rick Scott
Tim Scott
Scott (the Atlas Politician)

Phil Scott
Scott
Bobby Scott
David Scott
Tim Scott





Rick Scott
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« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2020, 12:21:55 pm »

Best dem challenger to Phil Scott: Sue Minter, Christine Hallquist, or David Zuckerman?

In order of my liking them, well it's mostly the same. They all have their own issues. They are all middling, I suppose on the FF side rather than HP.

In order of challenger strength

David Zuckerman
Sue Minter
Christine Hallquist
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« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2020, 01:10:34 pm »

Favourite city or town in Upstate New York? And in the state of Vermont?
Hmmmmmmmmmmm

Off the top of my head, Saratoga for NY and......Stowe? Putney? Maybe Montpelier I'm not sure. I also enjoyed Brattleboro and of course Burlington.

Don't know how much time you've spent in the Burlington, but do you have a favorite restaurant/shop/spot in the Burlington area?
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« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2020, 04:43:12 pm »

Favourite city or town in Upstate New York? And in the state of Vermont?
Hmmmmmmmmmmm

Off the top of my head, Saratoga for NY and......Stowe? Putney? Maybe Montpelier I'm not sure. I also enjoyed Brattleboro and of course Burlington.

Don't know how much time you've spent in the Burlington, but do you have a favorite restaurant/shop/spot in the Burlington area?

Hmmmm

Burlington Farmers Market I quite liked. But those are all across the state. But you know if I DO go to UVM I will be able to answer this question better in one year's time.
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« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2020, 05:12:19 pm »

Since you've mentioned Putney, what are some of your impressions of the place?
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« Reply #36 on: September 16, 2020, 05:33:40 pm »

You've spoken a little about your background, I was curious if you could expand on it? I believe you mentioned your dad or granddad is from Quebec.
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« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2020, 07:11:45 pm »

Since you've mentioned Putney, what are some of your impressions of the place?

Loved the area! I have a friend there who had a lovely substantial garden/farm, solar powered too Purple heart

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« Reply #38 on: September 16, 2020, 07:19:43 pm »

Thoughts on Phil Batt?
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« Reply #39 on: September 16, 2020, 07:27:29 pm »

You've spoken a little about your background, I was curious if you could expand on it? I believe you mentioned your dad or granddad is from Quebec.

That's a good question. I won't go into too much detail for privacy's sake, but I will provide some detail.

My Dad's side of the family is Irish Catholic, and has lived in Quebec for some 150 years (and for longer for the side of my Dad's family that is French Québécois). My Dad is the only member of his family who lives in the United States. Everyone else lives in Quebec, with some in Alberta and Ontario. My family is English-speaking, some of my relatives speak French, even fluent, and my cousins all speak French to some degree. But my paternal grandfather for instance speaks no French at all. For political purposes, they are all Liberal voters, but I believe some protest voted NDP or Green in the most recent election. One of my relatives has political connections from when he was in a certain government related role, he may vote PC in the next election due to personal connections with the current PC leader.

My Mom's side of the family is Ashkenazi Jews originating from various parts of Eastern Europe (Russia, Romania, Poland, Germany, Lithuania?). My Mom's family has been in the United States I think for around 100 years. However, my family is highly assimilated into American life. Nobody in my family speaks any other language other than a few Yiddish phrases. My maternal family is smaller than my paternal family. For politics, they are mostly typical Democrats. My maternal Grandfather however hates most politicians, and his mother for instance only liked Adlai Stevenson II (or was it HHH I can't remember). Some of my Great-Great-Grandparents and great-Grandparents, I believe were in the CPUSA and were Marxist-Leninists.
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« Reply #40 on: September 16, 2020, 07:28:19 pm »


It's cool that he plays the saxophone (yes I looked that up).
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« Reply #41 on: September 22, 2020, 01:51:41 pm »

There was a new poll that came out recently that asked Vermont voters if Phil Scott challenged Sen. Leahy in 2022, who would they vote for, and Scott led Leahy by a few points.

Do you think he'll run and why?
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« Reply #42 on: September 22, 2020, 02:01:21 pm »

There was a new poll that came out recently that asked Vermont voters if Phil Scott challenged Sen. Leahy in 2022, who would they vote for, and Scott led Leahy by a few points.

Do you think he'll run and why?

That's an excellent question and I'll direct you to my extensive comments here

In short. I would bet that he doesn't. I would say he's more likely to seek a fourth and final term as Governor. However, it's not out of the question. Scott spent 10 years in the State Senate so he's not foreign to legislative as opposed to executive roles. He also is uniquely poised to do so, given that he's the most popular political figure in the entire state. The fact that the poll even asked the question makes me wonder if it's being considered.

So. If Leahy retires, and Democrats have a few seats of cushion for their majority, I could see it happening. But if Leahy runs for another term (keep in mind I do like him, he's a cool dude), or Democrats only have a 50-50 or 51-49 majority, I think it's highly unlikely.

Ultimately it's up to Phil. Does he want to retire when he's done as Governor like Jim Douglas did? Or does he have bigger plans? I don't know.
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« Reply #43 on: September 22, 2020, 02:02:03 pm »

How do you feel about Lake Champlain? How about the areas around the Taconic State Parkway?
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« Reply #44 on: September 22, 2020, 02:13:54 pm »

How do you feel about Lake Champlain? How about the areas around the Taconic State Parkway?

Love Lake Champlain! I've spent time in and around it, and in the lakes nearby in Vermont and Quebec.

The Taconic is one of the nicest places to drive. Little traffic (well at least the last time), and good views.
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« Reply #45 on: September 22, 2020, 02:17:20 pm »

I don't know much about the Vermont GOP these days, but do you believe that they have a path forward post Phil Scott?
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« Reply #46 on: September 22, 2020, 02:22:47 pm »

I don't know much about the Vermont GOP these days, but do you believe that they have a path forward post Phil Scott?

From a glance...no not really. I can't see the future, maybe they have another young moderate in the mold of Phil or Jim Douglas coming down the pipe, but I'm not sure. The current Chairwoman is a crazy person who thinks Biden has advanced dementia, and many of the voters are right wing. I don't know. I know that when Scott doesn't run again, the governorship is flipping without a doubt. I hope T. J. Donovan (D-Chittenden) gets it.
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« Reply #47 on: September 22, 2020, 02:50:42 pm »

There was a new poll that came out recently that asked Vermont voters if Phil Scott challenged Sen. Leahy in 2022, who would they vote for, and Scott led Leahy by a few points.

Do you think he'll run and why?

That's an excellent question and I'll direct you to my extensive comments here

In short. I would bet that he doesn't. I would say he's more likely to seek a fourth and final term as Governor. However, it's not out of the question. Scott spent 10 years in the State Senate so he's not foreign to legislative as opposed to executive roles. He also is uniquely poised to do so, given that he's the most popular political figure in the entire state. The fact that the poll even asked the question makes me wonder if it's being considered.

So. If Leahy retires, and Democrats have a few seats of cushion for their majority, I could see it happening. But if Leahy runs for another term (keep in mind I do like him, he's a cool dude), or Democrats only have a 50-50 or 51-49 majority, I think it's highly unlikely.

Ultimately it's up to Phil. Does he want to retire when he's done as Governor like Jim Douglas did? Or does he have bigger plans? I don't know.


Perhaps he could be in the cabinet of a...Nikki Haley administration?
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« Reply #48 on: September 22, 2020, 03:01:49 pm »

There was a new poll that came out recently that asked Vermont voters if Phil Scott challenged Sen. Leahy in 2022, who would they vote for, and Scott led Leahy by a few points.

Do you think he'll run and why?

That's an excellent question and I'll direct you to my extensive comments here

In short. I would bet that he doesn't. I would say he's more likely to seek a fourth and final term as Governor. However, it's not out of the question. Scott spent 10 years in the State Senate so he's not foreign to legislative as opposed to executive roles. He also is uniquely poised to do so, given that he's the most popular political figure in the entire state. The fact that the poll even asked the question makes me wonder if it's being considered.

So. If Leahy retires, and Democrats have a few seats of cushion for their majority, I could see it happening. But if Leahy runs for another term (keep in mind I do like him, he's a cool dude), or Democrats only have a 50-50 or 51-49 majority, I think it's highly unlikely.

Ultimately it's up to Phil. Does he want to retire when he's done as Governor like Jim Douglas did? Or does he have bigger plans? I don't know.


Perhaps he could be in the cabinet of a...Nikki Haley administration?

Potentially. But I don't see Haley becoming President.
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