Vermont Daily Today

Monday, October 26, 2020 Edition

Questions about residency and voting dogging Dem LG candidate Molly Gray

She’s slow to answer

By Guy Page

Questions about how having lived in Switzerland may affect her constitutional eligibility to serve as lieutenant governor continue to dog Democratic nominee Molly Gray.

Her failure to resolve Vermont residency questions has been met with flack not only from GOP nominee Scott Milne, but from talk show callers and fellow Democrats. 

It all started during the contentious primary campaign, when candidate Sen. Deb Ingram raised the constitutional issue of Gray living in Switzerland in 2017 and 2018. If Gray at any point during that time ceased to be a legal Vermont resident, her candidacy would be illegitimate. Chapter II, Section 23 reads “[RESIDENCE OF GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR] No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor or Lieutenant-Governor until the person shall have resided in this State four years next preceding the day of election.”

After the primary, longtime Progressive Democrat Ingram endorsed Milne. Some Democrats called her a sore loser. But since then six more former Democratic lawmakers and three Democratic municipal leaders have endorsed Milne, including Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan of Dorset. 

Sullivan, a CPA with a law degree, told Vermont Daily Oct. 23 that Vermonters deserve answers about the Vermont residency implications of Gray’s Swiss visa.

“Everyone who plans to reside in Switzerland for more than 90 days must obtain a residence permit,” Sullivan said. “Knowing whether Ms. Gray applied for Permit B for expats who wish to reside in Switzerland for one year or more or another type of permit is important for the citizen voters of Vermont to know.” MORE…..

Unlikely critic of Roe V. Wade: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by Guy Page

By this evening, Amy Conant Barrett will almost certainly be the ninth justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Critics of her opposition to Roe V. Wade, the 1973 ruling legalizing abortion, might be surprised that another longtime Roe critic was none other than the justice she will replace: Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

That’s right. Before ascending to the high court in 1993, RBG criticized Roe. In scholarly writings and public lectures. Not just once, but twice.

Ginsburge wrote in the Jan. 1 1985 North Carolina Law Review that the court “ventured too far….” when it “called into question the criminal abortion statutes of every state. The “heavy-handed judicial intervention was difficult to justify…and appears to have provoked, not resolved, conflict.”

Sounds like she had more in common with friend and fellow Justice Antonin Scalia than just a love of opera. MORE…..

Marxism’s founder used ‘n-word,’ denigrated Jews, misused family maid

by Guy Page

New York Times Magazine writer Nicole Hannah-Jones won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for editing the “1619 Project,” a school curriculum describing America as racist, patriarchal, and oppressively capitalist because white, racist, male capitalists like founders George Washington and Thomas Jefferson intentionally made it so. 

“The people who wrote these founding documents knew they were a lie and they knew they were committing grave hypocrisy when they wrote these words of liberty on the backs of the slave population,” Hannah-Jones claimed at a February, 2019 speech at Middlebury College.  

Not surprisingly Hannah-Jones has a love affair with socialism. She praises Cuba – police-state Cuba! – as the most egalitarian nation in the western hemisphere and says “that’s largely due to socialism.” 

And it is with the cudgel of capitalism that Hannah-Jones bashes Vermont, the first state in the union to abolish slaves and the state with the most Civil War dead per capita in the Union Army. “Vermont had quite a few textile factories. Those textile factories were spinning enslaved-grown cotton,” she told the Middlebury crowd as reported by VT Digger March 1. “So we can’t really draw these neat lines around who was responsible for slavery and who was not. It really was a national endeavor.”

But if rotten founders beget a rotten system, what does that say about socialism? It’s a question mainstream media, academia, and politicians rarely ask. And when did you last hear self-professed socialist rend his/her garments over the awful racist and human rights record of their founder, Karl Marx? MORE….

CDC fine-tunes ‘close contact’ with report about VT prison guard

Vermont prison guard was masked, gloved and never was within six feet of anyone for 15 consecutive minutes – the CDC definition of ‘close contact.’ He got sick anyway

U.S. public health officials are redefining “close contact” based on a case study of a Vermont prison guard who was masked, gloved, and never within six feet of anyone for 15 minutes at a time – yet who contracted Covid-19, anyway.

Until now, ‘close contact’ has been defined as being within six feet of someone for 15 minutes or more at a time. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control report released Wednesday said “public health officials should consider transmission-risk implications of cumulative exposure time within such settings.” MORE…..

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