‘Deplorable’ speech on House floor aimed at Speaker highlights veto problems – VT Daily Chronicle

A Democrat who refused to override Paid Family Leave rose on the Vermont House floor Monday and three times called the behavior and words of House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and other leaders “deplorable.” What will this intra-party pushback mean for the rest of the session, and in November?

“The rest of their bright-and-shiny legislative agenda – aggressive climate change legislation, gun control, commercial cannabis – are all good candidates for a gubernatorial veto. When the 2020 Session began, many observers thought the overwhelming coalition of Democrats and Progressives could force moderate, “Gov. Flip Flop” Phil Scott into accepting whatever bills reached his desk. Overrides seemed likely because even if the Dem/Prog caucus somehow failed to muster the necessary 100 votes, friendly independents and a disaffected Republican or two would probably ride to the rescue.



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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-02-23 10:38:20 -0500
    Hopefully this “push back” against the looney left by an independent minded Democrat leads the way in bringing sanity back to the party, otherwise the race to the left is bound to find an edge to fall off that they can not recover from. And while I am a firm believer in the old saying that “you reap what you sow”, I also believe that this kind of consequence is bound to bring people along with it that don’t deserve it, and that is a shame.