Why Can't We All Just Get Along!?
Welcome back to all you students who trekked home for Thanksgiving. Today marks the beginning of the hellish two-week sprint to the end of the semester. Now's the time when words like "library," "Adderal," and "my damn professor" begin circulate more frequently in the university lexicon.
But mark this date:
Seven Days will be hosting a live debate between some important Progs and Dems following up on some voter concerns raised in the November election. Seven Days political columnist Shay Totten will moderate.
Here's the names:
Donkeys — Rep. Johanna Leddy Donovan, D-Burlington, Jake Perkinson, Chairman, Burlington City Democrats
Moose — Rep. David Zuckerman, P-Burlington, Jane Knodell, City Councilor, P-Ward 2
Here's the details:
This Thursday at 7 at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center down by the waterfront at Lake and College.
I'll be liveblogging from the event with Seven Days Online Editor, Cathy Resmer.
Some more details, for the Facebook uninclined
In the most recent election Democrats and Progressives slugged it out (at least electorally) in several House races throughout the state — with one particularly charged race in the Queen City.
These races opened up some old wounds, and as a result many Vermont voters, post-election, still want to know whether the parties can work together, or if they'll remain stuck in a time-warp circa 1981.
Here are a few questions the election fracas raised:
• Should the two parties merge?
• Should the two parties create a joint primary system, perhaps utilizing IRV?
• Should the Democrats not run candidates against incumbent Progressives (and vice versa)?
• When they do compete, can they do so civilly?
• Has the Democratic Party become a more comfortable home for progressives?
• Has the Progressive Party run its course?
• Should Democrats be the only opposition to Republicans?
• Do Democrats need to change their party platform to address Progressive concerns?
• Are Vermont's Democrats comparable, ideologically, to the national party?
• With the Vermont GOP on the wane, will Democrats become more moderate?
• Should Progressives run in Democratic primaries (or vice versa)?
• Do the party's relationships differ in Burlington than they do outside of Burlington?
There is plenty of seating at the Film House, so bring a friend and your questions (no rotting fruit or veggies please). The first part of the forum will feature questions from the moderator. The rest of the questions will come from the audience.