September 18, 2011
Fighting Bob Fest The speaker list included prominent politicos like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, WMTV-TV in Madison, Wis., reported. A favorite among progressives nationwide, Sanders said “the problems facing our country today are in many ways more severe than at any time since the Great Depression,” pointing to increasing income inequality, high unemployment and the millions of Americans without health care, wisconsinpolitics.com reported. LINK and VIEW
Harkin Steak Fry Sen. Tom Harkin is getting ready for his annual steak fry today. This year marks the 34th time the Iowa Democrat has hosted the event. Special guests include Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont and Paul Begala, a former advisor to President Bill Clinton, WOI-TV in Des Moines reported. VIDEO
Irene The Senate approved legislation to allocate additional federal disaster relief funds to Vermont. Sen. Sanders said the Senate has approved $6.9 billion for emergency disaster assistance following Irene, the Brattleboro Reformer reported.
Obama to Propose Millionaires Tax President Obama on Monday will call for a new minimum tax rate for individuals making more than $1 million a year to ensure that they pay at least the same percentage of their earnings as middle-income taxpayers, administration officials told The New York Times. LINK
Displaced Families Gov. Peter Shumlin said 1,500 to 2,000 Vermont families might have been displaced from their homes by the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Irene, theBurlington Free Press reported. LINK
John Curran, 54 The award-winning journalist and Vermont bureau chief for The Associated Press died Saturday. The husband and father of three was stricken with an apparent heart attack while mowing the lawn at his Montpelier home.