Yawn. From an email alert.
Newt Gingrich will win Georgia’s Republican primary, CNN projects based on exit polls.
The victory in Georgia, his home state, will be Gingrich’s first since his victory in the South Carolina primary in January.
All 76 Georgia delegates are tied to the Super Tuesday contest, and the state will award those delegates proportionally. A total of 1,144 delegates are needed to clinch the GOP nomination.
And now Virginia-
Mitt Romney will win the Virginia Republican primary, CNN projects, based on exit polls.
Forty-six of the 49 Virginia delegates are tied to the Super Tuesday contest, and the state will award those delegates proportionally. A total of 1,144 delegates are needed to clinch the GOP nomination.
Mitt Romney will win the Vermont Republican primary, CNN projects, based on exit polls.
All 17 Vermont delegates are tied to the Super Tuesday contest, and the state will award those delegates proportionally. A total of 1,144 delegates are needed to clinch the GOP nomination.
Well at least that’s one seat we won’t have to worry about.
There have been rumblings that Bernie Sanders might draw a serious challenge next year from State Auditor and ex-Democrat Tom Salmon but our newest Vermont poll finds that Sanders is one of the most popular Senators in the country and wouldn’t be vulnerable no matter who Republicans put up against him.
Sanders’ approval rating is 67% with only 28% of voters disapproving of him. That +39 spread ranks him third in popularity out of 85 sitting Senators PPP has polled on, behind only Hawaii’s Daniel Inouye (+46 at 69/23) and Wyoming’s John Barrasso (+44 at 69/25). Sanders enjoys near universal popularity with Democrats (93/5), is extremely well liked by independents (68/25), and even has an unusually high level of crossover popularity with Republicans. 25% of them approve of him to 69% disapproving.
Dear USA, watch and learn. One small step toward single payer, one giant step for mankind:
Every Vermonter could sign up for state-financed health insurance under a bill passed by the House on Thursday that would put the state on a path to a single-payer health care system by the middle of this decade.
It now goes to the Senate. It should pass, but there could be some changes to the bill.
One guess what the GOP reaction was:
[Rep. Thomas Burditt, R-West Rutland] quoted V.I. Lenin, leader of the Russian Revolution and founder of the Soviet Communist Party, as saying “medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism,” adding, “I believe those who are promoting ‘universal coverage’ via government-run and government-controlled medicine know this. What they hope is that the public won’t find out the truth. There is nothing compassionate about socialism. “
Damn that Big Government for trying to keep Vermonters alive. Who do they think they are, making health care accessible to everyone? Shh, don’t tell the public, but this is all an evil socialist plot!
Big Insurance, on the other hand, is generous, inclusive… and by that I mean that they’re self-serving profit-grubbers who give new meaning to the term “death panels”.
More details at Boston.com.
Need some good news? Well, step right up, because there’s a report of a weensy bit of a glimmer of a beginning of an idea by a couple of Vermonters.
See, there was a rally with Vermont labor leaders and others who were showing their support for Wisconsin, in freezing cold weather. The very thought of such a gathering warms me up, but what do I know? They’re in Vermont, I’m in SoCal.
But that’s not important now. What is important is that Sen. Anthony Pollina (D/P-Washington) and Rep. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington) came up with a splendid idea:
They both talked about implementing an income tax surcharge on Vermonters in the state’s two uppermost brackets. Many of those people will see lower taxes — totalling about $180 million — thanks to the extension of the tax cuts that were first put in place by Pres. George W. Bush and were recently extended by Pres. Barack Obama.
The surcharge would raise about $17 million, said Pearson.
The amount would amount to an increase of only eight-tenths of a percent for the top bracket and two-tenths of a percent for the next highest bracket.
A state can dream, can’t it?
D.C., take notes.
H/t: VNDNBRG, Shay Totten
Vermont officials are beginning what promises to be a provocative push for a statewide single-payer health insurance system that would take the place of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the state’s lone congressman said Wednesday.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) told The Huffington Post that his state’s local and national lawmakers were “looking to get a waiver” so as to formally opt out of the federal system. Conversations have begun as to how an alternate health care policy might look like should the waiver be granted, Welch said.
Hey, if we get single payer state by state, or if some states at least influence others, or the entire nation for that matter, I’m all for it.
Teach by example.
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