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Old 01-21-2010, 05:13 PM
 
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Hey everyone.Just have some questions for all you Vermonters.I may be moving to Vt for work & want to get familiar with the politics & just different facts about the state that might be helpful for a interview for a job I would love to have there.Me & my wife visit VT frequently & think its a beautiful state ,so if anyone has any political or any other input please let me know.I want to learn all about the beautiful state of VT that I can.Thanks everyone.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:30 PM
 
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Very left. Anyone claiming that there is political balance in VT has their head in the sand. If you don't agree with the politics and ignore them you will likely be happy.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Live - VT, Work - MA
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What area of VT are you speaking about?
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:06 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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State politics tend to be mostly insanity. Locally, some areas are quite good (by that I mean more libertarian or somewhat conservative).

Even if you disagree now on libertarian or conservative being good, you won't once you see your tax bills. The far-left state politics means there's high taxes, lots of regulations, few good paying jobs...
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:53 PM
 
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You may want to attend a town meeting. I heard these get quite exciting. You can also watch them on public access on tv here.
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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You may want to attend a town meeting. I heard these get quite exciting. You can also watch them on public access on tv here.
Town meetings can be fun. I miss them since I moved down here where there isn't one (just a ballot).
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Brandon VT
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Gypsy is right, VT politics tend to operate on a small scale.

As a whole and at the legislative level, VT is liberal. Individuals tend to be more libertarian, and this increases as you extend to more rural areas. There seems to be a stereotype that all VTers are liberal hippies, and while there certainly are such types they are greatly over-exaggerated in the media. On the same token, you won't find many extremely religious conservatives here either.
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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State politics have become increasingly liberal in the last thirty years, with Democrats and Progressives/Independents having a 100-50 edge in the House and 23-7 edge in the Senate. Within these large majorities, of course, there is considerable variation from the very liberal to pretty conservative.
Local politics can be highly variable, and in most towns not focused on political parties. Most of the cities and larger towns have gone from holding a town meeting to determining municipal and school budgets and local elected officials by Australian ballot. I've never lived in a town with a town meeting, and I've kind of missed out on that.
A lot will depend on what part of the state you want to live in and what kind of work you're looking for. Most of the newspapers in the state have web pages. The ones that I go to daily or weekly include the Burlington Free Press, The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and Burlington's Seven Days.

Lots of municipalities also have web pages to give you a sense of what's going on.

There is also a significant and lively blogosphere, particularly on the left.
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:42 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Not to forget, for newspapers with websites, the Caledonian Record for the NEK: Denied:1up! Software ()
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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State politics tend to be mostly insanity. Locally, some areas are quite good (by that I mean more libertarian or somewhat conservative).

Even if you disagree now on libertarian or conservative being good, you won't once you see your tax bills. The far-left state politics means there's high taxes, lots of regulations, few good paying jobs...
Disagreeing with the far left lunacy here certainly doesn't mean that the answer is libertarianism or conservatism.
Libertarianism is great, but it's like communism, it only works on paper (at least the extreme version).
Conservative= Christian theocracy= unconstitutional. Period.
Ideology is dead.
Moderation is key.
Confronting problems on an issue by issue basis without a set of unbreakable rules would make VT, and the US, a much better place.
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