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NEWPORT NEWS, VA — The Pentagon never told Congress about more than 20,000 hospitalizations involving troops who took the anthrax vaccine from 1998 through 2000, despite repeated promises that such cases would be publicly disclosed. Instead, generals and Defense Department officials claimed that fewer than 100 people were hospitalized or became seriously ill after receiving the shot, according to an investigation by the Daily Press of Newport News.

Written policies required that public reports be filed for hospitalizations, serious illnesses and cases where someone missed 24 hours or more of duty. But only a few of the cases were actually reported; the rest were withheld from Congress and the public, according to records obtained by the Daily Press. Critics of the vaccine, veterans’ advocates and congressional staffers say the Pentagon’s deliberate low-balling of hospitalizations helped persuade Congress and the public that the vaccine was safe.

Withholding the full record contributed to a shorter list of government-recognized side effects for the drug, which gave patients and physicians a false idea of what might constitute a vaccine-related illness or problem. Repeated evidence of the same adverse side effect after a vaccination is one of the most telling signs of a systematic problem, vaccine safety experts say.

The newspaper found three cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, that the military hadn’t reported. The disease destroys muscles and nerves, is always fatal, and rarely hits people younger than 45. One of the three cases involves Navy Capt. Denis Army of Virginia Beach, who died in 2000 after developing symptoms less than a week after his first anthrax vaccination.

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His widow filed the first public acknowledgment of his death and its connection to the vaccine after talking to a Daily Press reporter and learning that she could file a report with the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

Col. John Grabenstein, director of the military’s vaccine agency, said no one from the military intentionally misled Congress or the public. The 20,765 hospitalizations merely followed vaccinations in time, without documented proof of a cause-and-effect relationship, he claimed. However, the data that the Daily Press used to document the underreporting came from an unpublished report that Grabenstein supplied in response to its request.

Quarterly analysis of the vaccine’s effects ended just as the nation’s only manufacturer, BioPort, Inc. regained its license in 2002, after a 1998 shutdown by federal inspectors who found safety and other problems. The decision to discontinue the quarterly monitoring end systematic long-term studies of the health of those who have taken the drug, the newspaper notes. Most studies that the Pentagon cites as support for the vaccine’s safety involve monitoring that lasted no longer than a few months.

After the quarterly reviews stopped, more than a million troops were forced to take the vaccine — until a federal judge ruled last year that the drug had never been adequately licensed for protection against anthrax use in warfare. He ordered the military to make vaccination voluntary. The Pentagon is appealing that ruling. A decision is expected by February.

Tyson’s prayers conflict with deeds

FAYETTEVILLE, AK — Tyson Foods, the meat- and chicken-industry giant, is trying to sell God along with its chickens, beef, and pre-prepared frozen meals, Ad Age reports. The latest step is “mealtime prayer booklets” being distributed for a variety of faiths all over the world.

According to Ad Age, “What started out as the internal manifestation of Tyson’s mission statement — a set of core values that includes ‘striving to be a faith-friendly company’… and ‘to honor God’ … has over the last few years morphed into placing 128 part-time chaplains in 78 plants across the country and, now, the external marketing initiative to play a part in mealtime prayer.”

The prayerful image conflicts with a January 2005 report by Human Rights Watch, “Blood, Sweat and Fear,” which condemned Tyson for some less than godly behavior, including unsafe working conditions at many of its production facilities, and using illegal means to stop union organizing. Tyson workers “contend with conditions, vulnerabilities, and abuses which violate human rights,” concluded the report.

In April, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission successfully sued Tyson Foods and former chairman Don Tyson for filing misleading disclosures, investigative journalist Doug Ireland reports. The SEC found that while Don Tyson was chairman, the company provided an estimated $3 million in personal benefits to Tyson, his wife, their daughters, and three close personal friends.

In August, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a suit against Tyson alleging that its Alabama-based facility maintained a “whites-only” bathroom and that managers sternly disciplined black workers who complained about it, Ireland writes. The U.S. Labor Department has accused the company of cheating its workers out of $340 million in “lost” wage hours.

To underline the irony, Ad Age points to that Tyson’s chairman, the born-again John Tyson, is a sometime drug addict and alcoholic.

Global Notebook is compiled and edited by Greg Guma, co-editor of Vermont Guardian.

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Vermont’s Public Service Board recently held its final merits hearing to consider the proposal by VELCO, the for-profit transmission corporation owned by Vermont utilities, to install an enormous 345-kilovolt transmission line from West Rutland to New Haven, and a 115kv line through Ferrisburgh, Charlotte, and Shelburne — to triple transmission capacity to northwest Vermont.

VELCO calls this the “Northwest Reliability Project” and says this project is needed for “reliability” of the power grid and that without it, the lights in Chittenden County may go out. A compelling argument — yes. But, it’s patently untrue. There is much more that Vermonters need to know.

Expert studies show that conservation can meet our reliability needs. Need proof? California solved its energy crisis in 2001 largely by implementing an innovative program of conservation measures and rate discounts for customers who agreed to save energy. The program averted power outages while lowering customer bills. But conservation was rejected by VELCO because its business is to build transmission lines and sell electricity.

Reliability through conservation is better for Vermonters than building new lines. Conservation reduces electric bills and would keep millions of Vermont dollars in state, rather than shipping dollars south to buy power.

Conservation also works better because building more wires makes us more dependent on other states’ electric systems. The August 14, 2003, blackout spared Vermont because we were somewhat disconnected from the grid. VELCO’s project will make us more likely to join the next blackout.

The VELCO project has profound implications for all of Vermont. What happens will influence Vermont’s economic and energy policies for years to come.

Robert Blohm, an independent transmission expert, was hired by Vermont citizens to explain the long-term implications of building more wires. The real “need” for the NRP is to meet growing demands for electricity in Chittenden County. Specifically, it is to provide power to the big box stores and air conditioning for new homes in Burlington suburbs. Blohm explained that Vermont should be thought of as two “zones”: congested and uncongested, and electricity rates should be set accordingly. Federal authorities require this in other parts of New England.

Unlike the new federal rules, the way rates are currently applied in Vermont, the cost of electricity use growth in Chittenden County is paid for by all Vermonters. If Chittenden County paid its fair share for electricity, its rates would be 10 to 20 percent higher than the rest of Vermont. Residents of Bennington, Springfield, Rutland, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury would pay 10 to 20 percent less, with a corresponding economic boost for these locales. Building VELCO’s NRP would perpetuate this inequity, and the decision to forego conservation will render almost inevitable another huge project of 345kv lines, this one running right into Chittenden County (already planned by VELCO).

Vermont’s Department of Public Service is supposed to protect the “public good” and the interests of all Vermont consumers — not just those living in Chittenden County. But in this case, the DPS has spent the state’s ratepayers’ money on witnesses to cheerlead for VELCO’s wires-only approach rather than rigorously review and challenge the evidence presented by the corporation. Of nearly a dozen witnesses used by the department, only one witness, a landscaper, provided testimony that enhanced the public interest. DPS’ other witnesses marched in lockstep with VELCO, while DPS joined VELCO in suppressing the testimony of experts paid for by ordinary citizens. The key consultant hired by the DPS to evaluate the “need” just recently retired from VELCO, where he planned the NRP.

This project has unfairly trampled on the interests of Vermonters. Towns have been pitted against towns and neighbors against neighbors regarding where to locate the “industrial strength” new lines. Local officials and citizens have been consumed by the demands of this case, with its rapid-fire deadlines and huge costs. So far, Vermont citizens and towns have had to raise more than half a million dollars for witness and legal fees to protect their interests. All in a rush to judgment pushed by VELCO so Vermonters are prevented from carefully considering better solutions such as conservation and rate reform.

There is one aspect of the NRP that will improve “reliability”: It will guarantee reliable profits for VELCO and its owners by perpetuating growth in energy use. That is good for VELCO. It is not so good for Vermonters. But it’s not too late to stop the NRP. Let the Public Service Board, the DPS, and your local legislator know that you want a more local, more energy efficient electricity system that reduces the need for new transmission lines.

Vermont’s Public Service Board recently held its final merits hearing to consider the proposal by VELCO, the for-profit transmission corporation owned by Vermont utilities, to install an enormous 345-kilovolt transmission line from West Rutland to New Haven, and a 115kv line through Ferrisburgh, Charlotte, and Shelburne — to triple transmission capacity to northwest Vermont. VELCO […] Read more

QUANTICO, VA — A Vermont soldier at the center of a national effort to help active-duty military personnel find ways to tell members of Congress they want the United States to pull out of Iraq is now handing out care packages at several military bases around the country that make it easy for troops to speak out.

The care packages include informational flyers and baked goods, as well as copies of the movie, Sir No Sir, a documentary about military resisters during the Vietnam War, and The Ground Truth, which follows soldiers from basic training to deployment to Iraq to their homecoming and reintegration.

“The main purpose of the care packages though, is to carry an appeal for redress in a pre-addressed envelope to the troops,” said Liam Madden, a Bellows Falls native, and U.S. Marine sergeant.

Madden said if 100 care packages can be distributed at each of the bases, he would consider that a success. The idea was kicked around on a conference call regarding the appeal for redress several weeks ago.

An “appeal for redress” is a legal means by which service members can appeal to members of Congress to urge an end to a U.S. military occupation. Under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act, active-duty military, National Guard, and reservists can send a protected communication to a member of Congress regarding any subject without reprisal.

“We saw the holidays as a great opportunity to reach out to the troops and simultaneously show our support and deliver our message to the active duty,” Madden said.

goods, way to speak out against war

There are volunteers working at the following bases: Fort Carson in Colorado; Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona; Dover Air Force Base in Delaware; Groton Naval Base in Connecticut; Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia; and the cluster of bases in southern California, as well as bases near Washington, DC.

“We are working with a few dozen volunteers. Some are getting their first taste of this type of participation,” said Madden. “The project is a coalition of active service members who have submitted appeals for redress, veterans and veterans organizations, military families, and concerned citizens throughout the country.”

Madden said he has not received any hostile responses from his fellow service members or his chain of command.

“I’ve found that very few people support the occupation, but that many have reservations about us withdrawing too quickly or they feel we now owe the Iraqi people our help,” said Madden. “I also get the impression that the idea of being socially and politically involved is something very foreign to most of the fellow service members I’ve encountered.”

Madden hopes the packages will be delivered before the new year, and hopefully before Christmas.

Madden, a 2002 graduate of Bellows Falls High School, is currently stationed in Quantico, VA, after serving in Iraq’s Anbar province from September 2004 until February 2005. He currently has two months left on duty and does not plan to re-enlist.

To date, more than 1,200 U.S. servicemen and women have signed these appeals, which state: “As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq. Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.”

The idea for the redress appeals originated in January when Seaman Jonathan Hutto of Atlanta, GA, was deployed to Iraq.

An old buddy of Hutto’s, who was a member of the G.I. movement to resist the Vietnam War back in the early 1970s, sent him a 30th-anniversary copy of Soldiers in Revolt written by David Cortright. The book chronicles the movement within the military during the Vietnam War who advocated to end that war and bring the troops home. One of the avenues they used was appealing to political leaders in Washington.

By 1971 more than 250,000 of this active duty, servicemen appealed to Congress. Reading this gave Hutto an inspiration to speak out.

During the Vietnam War era, many credits the outspoken words of veterans and active-duty soldiers for bringing about an end to that war, rather than any politician or citizen-led movement.

Madden and others hope that their speaking out will help bring a quick end to the Iraq War.

For more information

The group is looking for contributions to help pay for the packages and is looking for additional volunteers.

To donate, checks can be mailed to: Appeal for Redress Holiday Project, P.O Box 53052, Washington, DC 20009-3052, or at www.appealforredress.org.

The ingredients of the care packages are:

• An appeal for redress in a pre-addressed envelope;
• The “bait,” otherwise known as baked goods and other treats;
• Where they are available we are incorporating DVDs of the films Sir No Sir and The Ground Truth; and,
• Each regional team is in charge of all other “gifts” in the care packages such as informational flyers about the supporting organizations

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WASHINGTON — In an effort to bolster security for the upcoming Iraq elections, Bush administration hardliners have been considering selected military strikes at insurgent training camps in Syria and border-crossing points used by Islamist guerrillas to enter Iraq.

According to former and current administration officials contacted by UPI correspondent Richard Sale, pressure for some form of military action also is coming from interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

One former U.S. intelligence official told UPI, “I don’t usually find myself in sympathy with the Bush neocons, but I think there is enough fire under this smoke to justify such action.”

Gary Gambill, editor of the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, called Syria “the No. 1 crossing point” for guerrillas entering Iraq, adding that Damascus “does nothing about it.”

Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq, recently said that senior Ba’ath Party officials are operating from Syria, where they provide financing and direction to the cells of Iraqi insurgents killing Americans, sparking new discussions within the administration about possible measures against Syria.

U.S. officials said that money, direction, weapons and personnel are flowing into Iraq from Syria, ending up in cities such as Iskanderiya, Baqouba, Latafiya and Fallujah. Damascus also is home to associates of a top insurgency commander now affiliated with al-Qaida, Jordanian Abu Musab Zarqawi, who is responsible for many major suicide bombing attacks in Iraq, U.S. officials said.

strikes still on the table

What worries U.S. intelligence analysts is the seeming weakness of Syrian Pres. Bashar Assad. According to these sources, Assad is “well aware of the U.S. Army on its border to the east, and does not want to antagonize the United States.” But he is surrounded by “the old guard,” rogue members of the ruling circle “who are making millions of dollars” by allowing former Ba’ath officials to shelter in Syria.

One former senior CIA official, usually an administration critic, said, “We should send a cruise missile into southside Damascus and blow the Mukharbarat headquarters off the map. We should first make clear to them that they are the target.”

Is this likely to happen? Former CIA Syria expert Martha Kessler doesn’t think so. “I don’t think the administration can afford to destabilize another country in the region,” she said. Syria has tried, often in vain, to cooperate with the United States, only to be either snubbed or ignored, she explained.

But a chief reason for not moving against Damascus is that any strikes would “destabilize Lebanon,” where the Lebanese Hezbollah movement awaits orders from Iran before launching retaliations against Israeli attacks.

Military policy on gays creates linguist gap

SAN FRANCISCO — The number of Arabic linguists discharged from the military for violating its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is nearly three times as high as previously reported, according to records obtained by the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military.

Center Director Aaron Belkin wants the public to see the real costs of the current policy. “We had a language problem after 9/11 and we still have a language problem,” he told Northern California’s Contra Costa Times last week.

Between 1998 and 2004, the military discharged 20 Arabic and six Farsi speakers, according to Department of Defense data. The military previously had reported that only 7 translators who specialized in Arabic were discharged because they were gay. The updated numbers were first revealed in The New Republic magazine.

The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientation private and do not engage in homosexual acts. Belkin and other advocates argue that such a policy endangers national security at a time intelligence agencies and the military say they don’t have enough Arabic speakers

WASHINGTON — In an effort to bolster security for the upcoming Iraq elections, Bush administration hardliners have been considering selected military strikes at insurgent training camps in Syria and border-crossing points used by Islamist guerrillas to enter Iraq. According to former and current administration officials contacted by UPI correspondent Richard Sale, pressure for some form […] Read more

Federal regulators released their the long-awaited draft report on a proposed power uprate at the Vermont Yankee, but only to the nuclear power station’s owners, not the public — claiming the information it contains is proprietary.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s safety evaluation was also sent Friday to the Advisory Commission on Reactor Safeguards, a quasi-independent panel within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that is scheduled to convene at the Quality Inn in Brattleboro Nov. 15-16 to hear arguments filed by the state of Vermont and the New England Coalition.

Both parties are formally designated as intervenors in the case before the NRC, in which Vermont Yankee officials are seeking approval to increase power output at the plant by 20 percent.

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Federal regulators released their the long-awaited draft report on a proposed power uprate at the Vermont Yankee, but only to the nuclear power station’s owners, not the public — claiming the information it contains is proprietary. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s safety evaluation was also sent Friday to the Advisory Commission on Reactor Safeguards, a quasi-independent […] Read more

BRATTLEBORO — Vermont’s radiological emergency planning has for years been in such disarray that state officials would be unable to monitor radiation fallout resulting from an emergency at Vermont Yankee. Nor could the decontamination center in Bellows Falls adequately protect thousands of southern Vermont residents evacuated there, according to internal state memos and copies of e-mails obtained by the Vermont Guardian.

The 32-year-old reactor “poses the single greatest ‘event’ threat to Vermont,” according to a May 2004 e-mail from Larry Crist, director of the Health Department’s Health Protection Division, to Albie Lewis, head of Vermont Emergency Management — a threat that is heightened by a proposed power increase at the plant, he wrote.

“To be inadequately prepared because we did not have sufficient resources is going to be considered a crime should an event actually occur,” Crist wrote.

It is unclear why the state has annually signed off on the emergency plan required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a component of Vermont Yankee’s operating license. Calls to the governor’s office about that issue were not returned at press time.

Lewis said this week that he was “not familiar” with the documents, which include a five-page memo from Crist citing critical shortcomings in the state’s Radiological Emergency Response Plan, and a warning from VEM’s Lew Stowell that the state can expect to fail a major FEMA drill next spring.

nuclear response plan flawed

In Brattleboro Dec. 22 for a follow-up meeting on a failed Dec. 16 school evacuation drill, Lewis also refused to look at the documents when presented with them in person.

Crist said “a huge amount” has transpired since last spring, when he wrote the communiqués. “At long last we have set the stage for the creation of a professionally staffed and trained … team,” he said in a Dec. 23 phone interview.

But one member of the state’s Ingestion Pathway team — which would collect samples of soil, water, and agriculture products after a radiation release — concluded in a damning post-training critique obtained by the Vermont Guardian that the state is “not ready for a radiological emergency.”

Team members were outfitted with brittle gloves, ill-fitting dust masks, 1950s-era survey equipment “prone to dead batteries, loose wires and stuck gauges,” and “thin, cheap Grand Union kitchen trash bags” in which to collect irradiated samples, the state employee wrote after participating in training Nov. 4-5.

Trainers talked about “side-stepping safety requirements” by referring to team members as “volunteers,” he wrote.

The state has never had adequate personnel to carry out the emergency response plan, Crist wrote in February, and for years has played something of a shell game, juggling a “bare minimum” of some 11 qualified personnel where at least 60 are necessary.

“This was the same strategy employed for all other facets of the plan and was successful because FEMA never tested all components of the plan simultaneously,” according to Crist’s memo. “The flaw in this approach was that had there been a real event, the state would have been faced with the impossible task of assigning 11 trained health personnel to cover some 60 different roles simultaneously.”

Since the documents were written, 20-25 members of the state hazardous materials team have been designated as the state plume team, which is responsible for mapping the radiation plume footprint immediately following a release, Crist said in the interview.

However, with 25 people in place and 60 needed for both teams, the state appears to remain short-staffed, and it would take HAZMAT team members up to six hours to reach the “hot zone.”

Crist said Dec. 23 that three state departments, Health, Agriculture, and the Agency of Natural Resources, will supply a total of 14 employees for the Ingestion Pathway team. He said that all employees have been designated, but not all have been trained.

As recently as late October, internal e-mails between ANR employees indicated that the state continues to seek volunteers for the team, and is considering altering job descriptions to require state employees to staff the teams critical to the plan.

The e-mails also indicated that the employees were considering filing a grievance with their union over a possible change in their job descriptions.

Although planning has moved forward since the series of high-level memos and e-mails were exchanged last spring, preparation appears to remain inadequate as Vermont Yankee owner Entergy Corp. proceeds with a proposal to increase, or uprate, the power output by 20 percent.

In May, Crist wrote to Lewis: “Given the recent events at … Vermont Yankee (stress cracks in piping, missing spent fuel rod pieces) and the real possibility of similar events in the future ( … the uprate will stress the physical facility even more than it currently is being stressed) it’s imperative that the administration understand our potential vulnerability.”

The e-mail continues: “For over five years now we have attempted to get both Vermont Yankee and the Legislature to recognize that our level of preparedness, although steadily improving, has not met the requirements contained in the [Radiological Emergency Response Plan]. We are now at the point where we can no longer gloss over our shortcomings in the hope that ‘things will get better next year.’”

Asked if he believed the plan was now sufficiently staffed and funded to handle an emergency, Lewis said that “the RERP is a living document. We are constantly looking at ways to improve the entire plan.”

As better technology becomes available, the state seeks to employ it, he said.

“There is a certifiable plan in place,” Crist insisted on Dec. 23. “The challenge is to make sure you have the resources, both monetary and personnel, to meet the requirements in that plan. That’s a very tough challenge.”

Crist’s February memo also identified serous problems at the reception center in Bellows Falls, to which residents of the emergency planning zone, including preschoolers, schoolchildren, and the elderly and infirm, would be evacuated.

The center failed a 2001 FEMA drill, but passed during a follow-up retest of portions of the drill. Crist wrote that, since the 2002 retest, “In short, we have a reception center that is not meeting basic readiness requirements and, more importantly, is staffed by local officials who do not appear to believe that they are accountable to either Health or VEM.”

He recommended that responsibility for the center be shifted either to Entergy or to the local communities.

Crist said on Dec. 23 that problems at the reception center stem from the fact that “it has never been completely clarified who actually is responsible” for the center’s overall operation. He noted that the center, which would be set up at Bellows Falls high school, is designed to handle only 15 to 20 percent of the population of the 10-mile emergency planning zone. The expected number of cars alone would overwhelm parking capacity, he acknowledged.

The state hopes to resolve the problems by establishing a second reception center to the west, possibly in Bennington, Crist said.

One anti-nuclear activist called the planning problems “a dereliction of responsibility to the people of Vermont.”

“To permit the plant to continue running when these emergency response measures are not in place is a huge hypocrisy,” said Ray Shadis, technical advisor to the New England Coalition, which closely monitors Vermont Yankee. “They treat it as if they’ve got all the time in the world to pony up some kind of fill-in-the-blanks, demonstrable plan, but looking at the facts, you cannot say they’re serious.”

BRATTLEBORO — Vermont’s radiological emergency planning has for years been in such disarray that state officials would be unable to monitor radiation fallout resulting from an emergency at Vermont Yankee. Nor could the decontamination center in Bellows Falls adequately protect thousands of southern Vermont residents evacuated there, according to internal state memos and copies of […] Read more

Paraguay officially the Republic of Paraguay is a landlocked country in central South America, bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the

Capital and largest city‎: ‎Asunción‎; 25°16′S 5…
Government‎: ‎Unitary presidential constitutional …
Calling code‎: ‎+595
Demonym‎: ‎Paraguayan; ‎Guaraní‎ (colloquial)

They want nothing more than to secure Bolivia’s natural gas wealth for U.S. corporations. And the U.S. military buildup in Paraguayan the past month has fueled speculation that U.S. intervention to forcibly put down such democratic uprisings may be in the near future.

So great is the supposed US interest in the Tri-Border area that the Vermont Guardian hinted at the planned establishment of an American military base in the vicinity, an allegation that Paraguay later denied. The Vermont Guardian echoed the characterization of Tri-Border area a possible springboard for Islamic terrorism.

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BURLINGTON — A Progressive lawmaker today will introduce a formal resolution in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush.

Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, claims support from at least a dozen lawmakers, including Democrats, Progressives and one independent, and expects to have more co-signers before handing the resolution into the House clerk later today.

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The following legislators have signed onto the resolution as of early Tuesday: Rep. George Cross, D-Winooski; Rep. Winston Dowland, P-Holland; Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln; Rep. Steve Green, D-Berlin; Rep. Sandy Haas, P-Rochester; Rep. Jason Lorber, D-Burlington; Rep. Jim McCullough, D-Williston; Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington; Rep. Kathy Pellett, D-Chester; Rep. Daryl Pillsbury, I-Brattleboro; Rep. Dexter Randall, P-North Troy; Rep. Ann Seibert, D-Norwich.

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BURLINGTON — A Progressive lawmaker today will introduce a formal resolution in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush. Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, claims support from at least a dozen lawmakers, including Democrats, Progressives and one independent, and expects to have more co-signers before handing the […] Read more

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