Bitcoin politician wants to upgrade democracy in Vermont

By Yaël Ossowski | Vermont Watchdog When Jeremy Hansen ran for political office in 2012, he had no idea his candidacy would spark imaginations across the country. The assistant professor of computer science at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., ran for the Vermont state Senate for Washington County on a bold platform of using online technology to ask every citizen their view on a particular […]

Vermont uses Democratic state rep’s brother to push state health exchange

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org In the effort to promote the new health insurance exchange required by Obamacare, Vermont might have gone a little overboard. In a promotional advertisement posted to its social media accounts, Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance exchange, posted a testimonial featuring Brian D. McCarthy, a father of two from Swanton. Hepraises the exchange. […]

Lonegan-Booker: If blacks stay away from New Jersey polls, could the Republican win?

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org If black voters in New Jersey don’t come out Wednesday in full force for Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker, it could be an easy victory for Republican Steve Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota, in the race to become New Jersey‘s next U.S. Senator. That’s the analysis by one prominent mathematician and political observer who […]

Booker and Lonegan’s New Jersey consensus: The taxes are too damn high

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org TRENTON — One is a tea partyer and the other is a Twitter partyer. One runs New Jersey’s most populist city and the other runs the state’s biggest conservative organization. While they have many conflicting views, Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Bookerand his Republic opponent, Steve Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota and head ofAmericans […]

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