Category Archives: Progressive Party of Vermont

Vermont Progressive Party Officials Endorse Bernie Sanders for President: “Give ‘em Hell, Bernie”

Bernie Sandersby Gene Berkman, Independent Political Report

BURLINGTON, VT— Earlier today Progressive elected officials publicly endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. Continue reading

Burlington Free Press: Final Results: Corren Wins Democratic Nomination

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(The following was originally published in the Burlington Free Press.)

Progressive Dean Corren did indeed win the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, with 3,874 votes over Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, who received 1,895, final primary election results released Tuesday SHOW.

The results came Tuesday after members of three major political parties joined Secretary of State Jim Condos in certifying results of the Aug. 26 primary. Write-in totals had been unavailable until then.

The newly released numbers also clarify that Libertarian Dan Feliciano received 2,093 write-in votes for the Republican nomination for governor. That put him far behind Republican Scott Milne, who received 11,486, or about 72 percent of the vote. Steve Berry totaled 1,106 votes and Emily Peyton had 1,060. Democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin also received 108 votes in the Republican primary.

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The Republic: Vermont Progressive Party’s Corren Seeks Democratic nod for Lt. Gov. as Well

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(The following was originally published in The Republic.)

MONTPELIER, Vermont — Dean Corren looks in good shape to pick up both the Progressive Party and Democratic nominations for lieutenant governor in the Vermont primary.

The former state representative from Burlington is running unopposed on the Progressive ballot and as a write-in candidate in a Democratic primary that has no other declared candidates.

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Social Policy: Union Member Recruitment by Vermont Progressives

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(The following was originally published in Social Policy.)

Like much labor rhetoric, past and present, Samuel Gompers’s warning to the Democrats and Republicans contained more bark than bite. When progressive labor activists tried to break with the two-party system in the early 1900s, the American Federation of Labor president rarely backed them, no matter how “unblemished” their union record, if they campaigned under the banner of the Socialist Party. He preferred, instead, to stick with mainstream politicians, often in need of “a stinging rebuke,” but rarely receiving one because of labor’s still strong tendency to embrace the “lesser evil” on any ballot.

In 2012–14, deepening labor disillusionment with the performance of Democratic office holders led “intelligent, honest, earnest trade unionists” around the country toenter the political arena themselves, as candidates for municipal office.2 Rather than being ignored as the work of marginal “spoilers,” some of these insurgent campaignsby shop stewards, local union officers, and rank-and-file activists actually won substantial union backing, while generating valuable publicity for key labor causes.

In Seattle, city council candidate Kshama Sawant, a community college professor who belongs to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), won support from a majority of central labor council delegates. Sawant used her campaign to promote the “Fight for Fifteen” in fast food, affordable housing for Seattle workers, and the anti-corporate agenda popularized by Occupy Wall Street. By defeating a well-connected centrist Democrat, who was a longtime incumbent, she became the first socialist elected to a Seattle municipal body in more than a century.3

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Seven Days: Corren Calls for Expanding Public Election Financing

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(Dean Corren is the Progressive Party candidate for Lt. Gov. of Vermont. The following was originally published in Seven Days.)

The first Vermont political candidate in a decade to secure public financing says he thinks all state elections should be funded by taxpayers.

Standing in front of Burlington’s iconic “Democracy” statue Thursday afternoon, Progressive lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Dean Corren argued that public election financing is the only way to reduce the influence of money in politics.

“Let me make my position clear: Big money is the opposite of free speech,” he said. “And when it dominates our elections, it is the opposite of democracy.”

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