Democracy is to blame for the recent failure to pass paid family medical leave and a minimum wage increase. I support both pieces of legislation, but I also support democracy. So I understand why some Democrats in office didn’t vote for these bills. They’re listening to their constituents.

I’m grateful to be living in a state where the party can’t tell legislators what to do. In Vermont, a candidate can run under any party as long as they win the primary. That’s a good thing! It puts voters in the driver’s seat. Parties shouldn’t be calling the shots and I’m happy that they’re not.

Republicans take dark money from corporations. Democrats rely on the grassroots work of voters. I prefer the party that works for the people. Remember, we’re only talking about these Democratic holdouts because a majority of Vermonters voted for a Republican governor. We wouldn’t need veto-proof votes if not for Scott.

I’m happy that I worked so hard to elect a veto-proof majority House. Thanks to that majority, we didn’t have to worry about Gov. Scott refusing to sign women’s reproductive rights into law. We just did it. Thanks to collaboration between the Democrats and Progressives, the budget boosted spending on benefits for low-income families, childcare, Medicaid, electric vehicles and broadband.

Our legislators also passed legislation supporting ethnic studies, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, fair and impartial policing, a plastic bag ban, safeguards for Obamacare, protection for pollinators, a 24-hour wait on handgun [purchases] to reduce suicide, measures for clean water, negotiation rights for employees and more.

Huge thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this! We know that you’ll be back at the table in January working on the paid family medical leave and minimum wage increase that Vermonters deserve.

Heather Juliussen-Stevenson

Chair, Rutland County Democrats


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Gary D

Heather... Please tell me what 'Dark Money' helped the Republicans.... Also I must say, your idea of a 'Grass-Root' ogrinaztion is much different then mine: Contributions to Vermont State and Local Elections PAC Contribution Coca-Cola Nonpartisan PAC $125,950 National Education Association $81,295 Vermont Realtors PAC $70,182 Gun Sense Vermont Victory Fund $34,233 Friends of Franklin County Republicans $33,868 Local 693 Plumbers & Pipefitters PAC $26,887 Drive PAC (Teamsters) $24,000 Green Mountain Republican Senators Committee $20,789 Washington County Republican Committee $16,921 Peckham Industries Inc. Vermont PAC $16,000 Caledonia County Republican Election Committee $13,179 HEAT PAC (fuel dealers association) $12,600 Coalition for a Livable City (Burlington based) $11,206 Vermont Conservation Voters $10,734 Vermont Credit Union PAC $9,912 Campaign Research Center (Chamber of Commerce PAC) $8,265 NRA Political Victory Fund $8,258 Eli Lilly & Co. PAC $7,500 Professional Firefighters of Vermont PAC $7,333 IBEW Pac (electrical workers) $7,000 Source: Vermont Secretary of State, Final Campaign Finance Reports

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