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Vt. lawmakers, gov on collision course over budget - Forbes
Jim Douglas could be heading for a showdown around Memorial Day over the state's taxing and spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. And if the issue remains up in the air through June, the state theoretically could face the start of...
Governor Douglas Wishes Longtime WCAX News Director and Anchor ... - Media Newswire (press release)
(Media-Newswire.com) - Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today wished longtime WCAX news director and anchor, Marselis Parsons well as he plans to retire from Channel 3 later this year. "Over my years in public service, I've known Marselis to be a...
Businesses Worry Liquor Tax Will Cost Vermont - WCAX
The new tax on hard liquor is part of a package of new taxes and expanded fees passed during the closing hours of the Legislature last weekend. Opponents of the tax say that if Gov. Jim Douglas ends up vetoing the budget, they will push lawmakers to...
Vermont Governor Douglas Announces Recreation Trails Grants - All American Patriots (press release)
By admin - Posted on May 13th, 2009 May 12, 2009 -- Montpelier, Vt. – Vermont Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is funding 24 trail projects across the state with $568170 from Vermont's Recreation...
Five states where same-sex marriage is legal - Newsday
Jim Douglas' veto of legalization bill on April 7; same-sex marriages can be performed beginning Sept. 1. State's highest court ruled April 3 that a law limiting marriage to a man and a woman violated equal protection rights; same-sex marriages began...
Governor Will Face Tough Decision On Same-Sex Marriage - WMUR
Jim Douglas vetoed a bill only to watch lawmakers there override his decision. Maine Gov. John Baldacci irritated conservatives by signing a bill into law. "All of this has happened really within the last couple of years," Spiliotes said....
Vt. Legislature Adjourns; Budget Veto Expected - WPTZ.com
Jim Douglas said. Democrats were going it alone on a budget that raises $26 million in new taxes with cuts in spending that Republicans called puny. No one seemed very happy, Ledbetter said. "None of the choices we made were easy. some vters share in...
Vt. Governor Seeks Budget Changes, But No Veto - WPTZ.com
Jim Douglas softened his criticism of the Democratically-controlled Legislature Monday, signaling he wants to avoid "unnecessary confrontation" over the new budget they approved Saturday, and which Douglas says he can not sign....
Timing uncertain on lawmakers' return - Fox44 News
Jim Douglas has said he can't agree with the budget and taxing plans passed by lawmakers. But he would rather have lawmakers make changes to the bill they passed Saturday and avoid the need to veto it. The budget bill hasn't been formally delivered to...
Vermont Lawmakers Pass Stiffer Ban On Industry Gifts To Health ... - Pharmaceutical Business Review
Jim Douglas is expected to sign, would be the most stringent public-disclosure requirement implemented by states so far. Medical products companies would have to make detailed annual public disclosures detailing what kind of payments they're making to...

Jim Douglas

Jim Douglas

James H. "Jim" Douglas (born June 21, 1951) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Vermont. Douglas is a Republican and currently the Governor of Vermont.

In November 1972, Douglas was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives, where he became the House Majority Leader during his third two-year term at the age of 25. He left the Vermont General Assembly in 1979, afterwards serving as a top aide to Governor Richard A. Snelling. Douglas was elected Secretary of State in November 1980, a post which he held until 1992. That year he sought election to the U.S. Senate, but was defeated by Democratic incumbent Patrick Leahy. In November 1994 he was elected State Treasurer, after receiving the endorsement of both major parties.

The governor's principal workplace is at The Pavilion, and during the legislative session the governor often works at a ceremonial office at the Vermont State House.

In the 2002 gubernatorial election to succeed five-term Governor Howard Dean, Douglas defeated Democratic Lieutenant Governor Doug Racine, 45 to 42 percent. The Vermont constitution requires that the state legislature select who is to become governor if no candidate receives over 50% of the votes. Because neither candidate won 50% of the vote, Douglas was officially selected by the legislature as required by the state constitution. Douglas won reelection to a second two-year term in 2004, defeating Democrat Peter Clavelle, 59 to 38 percent.

In early 2005, Douglas announced that he would not run against Democratic-leaning independent Jim Jeffords in the 2006 Senate race. In April 2005, Jeffords announced that he would not seek re-election, which led to speculation that Douglas would throw his hat into the ring against Vermont independent Congressman Bernie Sanders, who had announced his candidacy for the seat. On April 30, Douglas announced again that he would not seek Jeffords' seat, and simultaneously announced that he would run for re-election for governor in 2006. Many pundits believed that Douglas was the only Republican who could possibly defeat Sanders, and his decision to run for governor effectively handed the open Senate seat to Sanders. Douglas was re-elected governor with 57% of the vote over Democrat Scudder Parker.

On May 22, 2007, Governor Douglas signed a landmark civil rights bill banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity by employers, financial institutions, housing, public accommodations, and other contexts. This bill had already passed both chambers of the legislature by a veto-proof majority, so a veto would not have been able to prevent this bill from becoming law. Douglas had previously vetoed a similar bill in 2006.

Douglas decided to stand for re-election in 2008 and ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 9, 2008. His principal challengers in the general election were Independent Anthony Pollina, and Democrat Gaye Symington. Douglas handily won a fourth term.

Douglas became the first governor to meet with President Barack Obama in the White House on February 2, 2009.

On April 6th, 2009 Douglas vetoed the bill allowing marriage for same sex couples in Vermont. The Vermont House and Senate overrode the veto the next day, marking the first time Douglas had been overridden during his tenure.

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Vermont gubernatorial election, 2006

Vermont gubernatorial election, 2006

The 2006 Vermont gubernatorial election took place on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Republican Jim Douglas succeeded in his bid for re-election, defeating Democrat Scudder Parker.

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Vermont gubernatorial election, 2008

Vermont gubernatorial election, 2008

The 2008 Vermont gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2008. Incumbent governor Jim Douglas won for reelection. The gubernatorial primary took place on September 9, 2008.

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Jim Douglas (guitarist)

Jim Douglas (born 13 May 1942) is a Scottish jazz guitarist and banjoist of the swing music idiom born in Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland. He is best known for his work with the Alex Welsh band, which saw him playing with musicians such as Henry 'Red' Allen, Earl Hines and Ruby Braff. His membership of the band ran from 1962 until the group disbanded in 1983.

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Brian Dubie

Brian E. Dubie (born March 9, 1959) is the Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. He is a member of the Republican party.

Brian Dubie graduated from Essex Junction High School in 1977, before attending the United States Air Force Academy. Before graduation, Dubie transferred to the University of Vermont, where he then completed his undergraduate degree.

Brian Dubie's previous political experience before running for lieutenant governor was serving on a Burlington area school board. He won the 2002 lieutenant gubernatorial election due in part to a split liberal vote between Democrat Peter Shumlin and strong third-party candidate Anthony Pollina. He was easily re-elected along with incumbent Governor Jim Douglas in 2004. Though he is known for his laid-back approach to campaigning and is neither extremely popular nor extremely unpopular, Dubie has won a measure of respect from both sides of the aisle due to his initiatives to open increased trade between Vermont and various unlikely foreign trading partners, most notably Cuba. In 2005, a trade commission headed by Dubie agreed to sell cows, milk, and apples to the country in spite of the decades-old United States embargo against Cuba.

Though he is now the lieutenant governor of a U.S. state and in spite of previous service on school boards and other committees before his election in 2002, Dubie's primary job experience is as a pilot. He served in the Vermont Air National Guard and has made a career out of flying for American Airlines as a captain. He also holds the rank of colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Dubie occasionally lends his service to the community by working part-time at the produce counter at Hannaford Supermarkets, a chain of New England based supermarkets.

Dubie was widely expected to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring independent Jim Jeffords in 2006, but ultimately chose to run for re-election to the Office of Lt. Governor.

In August, 2007, it was reported that Dubie is being considered for the position of Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Dubie is married to Penny Dubie and has four children--Emily, Jack, Matt, and Casey. His brother, Michael Dubie, is the current Adjutant General of Vermont.

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Gaye Symington

Gaye R. Symington (born April 20, 1954, in Boston, Massachusetts) is the former Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, the lower house of the Vermont General Assembly. She was the 2008 Democratic nominee for the 2008 Vermont gubernatorial election against incumbent Republican Governor Jim Douglas and Independent Anthony Pollina.

Symington is married to Chuck Lacy, movie producer and former president of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. The couple have three teenage children. Symington attended Williams College as an undergraduate, and holds a master's degree in business administration from Cornell University.

First elected to the House in 1996 as a Democrat, Symington represented the Chittenden-8 district until 2009. As a freshman legislator, she served on the Ways and Means Committee. After the 2002 legislative elections, Symington was elected House Minority Leader in 2003 by her Democratic caucus and led the Vermont Democratic House Campaign (VDHC) in recruitment of Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives in 2004. The Democrats retook the House of Representatives in the 2004 legislative races after four years in the minority.

In January 2005, Symington was unanimously elected Speaker of the House, becoming the second woman to hold the position. In the 2006 elections, the Democratic Party increased its majority in the chamber. There were now enough Democrats, Progressives, and independents in the Vermont House to overturn a gubernatorial veto. Symington won re-election to the post in 2007 without opposition.

In 2008, Symington announced she would not seek re-election to the House of Representatives. In May 2008 she announced she would seek the Democratic nomination for the 2008 Vermont gubernatorial election against incumbent Republican Governor Jim Douglas and Independent Anthony Pollina. Symington finished third in the election with 69,534 votes for 21.7% of the vote by far the worst result for a Democratic candidate in at least 30 years. Symington's campaign was adversally affected when it was discovered she did not fully disclose her family's income . The campaign also failed to capture the endorsements of several major unions, including the states three largest (State Empoyees Assosiation, AFL-CIO, and the Vermont's National Education Association affiliate) which endorsed Pollina.

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Peter Clavelle

Peter A. Clavelle (born May 10, 1949) is a prominent Vermont politician and former mayor of Burlington. He was first elected mayor in 1989, serving seven terms. Prior to his election, he was a community development consultant and public official, serving, among other positions, as Director of Community and Economic Development in the administration of then-Mayor Bernie Sanders. Clavelle was elected mayor in 1989 as a Progressive. He remained in office until 1993 when he lost his re-election bid after giving domestic partners of city employees full benefits . Clavelle returned to the mayors office two years later in 1995 continuing to hold the position until 2006. In 2004, he ran for Governor as a Democrat against incumbent Governor Jim Douglas and four other candidates. In order to run in the Democratic Party primary Clavelle had to change party affiliation as required by state law . Despite some initial buzz and the endorsement of five-term former Democratic Governor Howard Dean, he was defeated, 38% to 59%.

Clavelle received the EPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Clavelle did not seek re-election to an eighth term as mayor in 2006.

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