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From preliminary results of the 2008 elections, it looks like the Liberty Union Party will no longer have "major-party status" in Vermont. One earns such status by winning at least 5 percent of the vote in a statewide race (Congress doesn't count).

The Progressive Party, meanwhile, will keep major-party status, along with the Democrats and Republicans. Progs won enough votes in the auditor (12 percent for Martha Abbott), attorney general (6 percent for Charlotte Dennett) and treasurer's (7 percent for Don Schramm) races.

The closest the Liberty Union came was Jerry Levy's 4 percent in the auditor's race.

So what does this mean? Not a lot. The Liberty Union Party doesn't have to bother with a primary in the next election and might get invited to fewer debates, though they were not on a lot of people's invite list this year.

- Terri Hallenbeck

With nut jobs like Peter Diamonstone and Jane Newton it's a wonder they get invited to anything. How soon we forget this is the party where Sanders cut his teeth.
Did Karen Kerin pledge her 20ish% to the Republicans or to the libertarians?
Who cares? Yawn.
The legislature should change this law - %5 to be considered MAJOR PARTY is a joke.

It should be at least 10%!!!
Here, here!!!!

As a taxpayer it is not useful to pay for a Progressive primary when they don't have contested races.
If you can't crack ten percent, you're wasting everybody's time.
Martha Abbott should run for Sec. of State - she has some good ideas.
Are you crazy - the current Secretary of State practically is a Progressive.

"Are you crazy - the current Secretary of State practically is a Progressive."

In other words, she's not a Prog, she's a Dem, and your ignorant anonymous ass has got bupkis.

Thanks for clearin' that up, little factually-challenged fella.

Always a pleasure.
You go right ahead believin she is a Democrat........
I voted for Abbott AND Cotello.
Anonymous said...

"You go right ahead believin she is a Democrat........"

Did she not just run and win reelection as a Dem, deduce bag?

That's what I thought.

You can show yourself out now.

Always a pleasure.
Well coop, suposedly you are a man. Your actions say you a spoiled, snot nosed, punk brat.

Need some help with the math on that one little boy?

Here's a hint, Just because someone has the label Dem does not make them a Dem in their actions.

Kinda like you being a 55 year old male does not mean you are a "man" when your behavior shows you to be a punk kid.

Simple enough simp?
So, what you're sayin' - again - is that you're still dumb, you're still scum, your ignorant anonymous ass has still got bupkis and Markowitz just ran - again - and won reelection - again - as a Dem.

Thanks for clearin' that up, little fella.

There was never any mystery about her status or yours, but, thanks all the same, schmuck.

Always a pleasure.
Awwww, cry baby coop is too "frickin'" stupid to come up with a new line so he thinks he's "gonna" impress everyone by trotting out the same lame crap he has been using for months.

Well Coop I can honestly say I'm just as impressed with you as I was back in the day when you called yourself foolonthehill back at the Argus.

A few more years and you might be about as interesting as the fungus you're too lazy to wash off your backside.

Tell you what lard-o. When you get to that point I'll send you a candygram to let you know. Don't put you're good teeth in just yet though. The rate youor going it's going to be a long time coming.

Go have another drink or ten buddy. It's not like it will make you late for work tomorrow. The tube will still be there waiting for you when you fall off the couch at noon tomorrow.

Sleep well crap-sack. Do your family a big favor and don't bother waking up.
Time for Markowitz to stand up and be counted............oh I am sorry she is standing up
ha ha ha
She has the job she is right for...period.
She knows she has to be listed as a Democrat to win - she is not stupid.
Anonymous said...

"She knows she has to be listed as a Democrat to win - she is not stupid."

Ya mean, like Bernie, little nameless-nitwit fella?

In other words, she's a Dem.

Gee, too bad your ignorant anonymous ass can't stand next to her and pray it's contagious, clueless.

Always a pleasure.
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