first_imgby Anne Galloway March 29, 2011 Darcie Johnston, a political campaign consultant for GOP candidates, is galvanizing support ‘ and money ‘ for a campaign to kill the universal health care bill that just passed in the House. Johnston started her organization Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, a ‘free’ market group that opposes a ‘single-payer’ style medical coverage system for the state, just a few weeks ago as a Facebook campaign.Her mini movement has ‘ thanks to money from an unnamed source ‘ migrated from the somewhat limited realm of social networking sites to a website and a burgeoning list of 200 donors, ‘friends’ and supporters. Johnston, who is the volunteer prime mover of a faction of disaffected conservatives, rallied the anti-single payer flag and got dozens of opponents of H.202, the universal health care bill, to come to the Statehouse last weekend to decry the evils of government-controlled payment systems for medical care.Johnston has formed a 501(c)(4) to collect anonymous donations for the cause, and just today launched a website featuring a V-shaped, ultra-patriotic logo wrapped in the American flag and crowned with three gold stars.DOYLE POLL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR VERMONT YANKEESen. Bill Doyle, R-Washington, a political science professor at Johnson State College, has released the results of his annual town meeting survey. Though the survey is unscientific, it’s considered to be a indicator of public opinion. This year about 15,000 Vermonters filled out the survey, representing 142 cities and towns. Doyle says it’s one of the biggest responses in the 42 years he’s conducted the survey.Forty-five percent of respondents supported renewing Entergy Corp.’s license to operate Vermont Yankee, while 41 percent said no and 14 percent were unsure.Doyle also asked Vermonters whether ‘physician-assisted suicide’ should be legalized. Fifty percent of those polled said yes; 37 percent said no; and 13 percent weren’t sure.Here is a rundown on some of the ‘yes votes.’Tougher DUI law 75 percentExpand bottle deposit 79 percentPay more for locally grown foods 63 percentRequire use of motorcycle helmets 90 percentGOLD PLATE DINNER FOR DEMSIt’s never too early to start raising money for the next campaign cycle, which is now 13 months away. Gov. Peter Shumlin began tapping donors just eight weeks into his first term as governor. The Democratic House Campaign isn’t far behind. On April 7, Democratic Party devotees will have an opportunity to break bread with House Speaker Shap Smith and three other members of his leadership team at the Chef’s Table in Montpelier for $500 a plate. Want cocktails with that? Donate $1,000 to the party and you can sip away at martinis, too.NRA TARGETS ‘RIGHT’ ANSWERLast weekend the National Rifle Association called my husband (they wouldn’t speak to me) as part of a telephone survey and wanted to know if he was concerned about the bureaucrats taking away his right to bear arms. The caller then played a recorded message from the CEO, Wayne LaPierre. The message? A secret U.S. Senate subcommittee is looking to hit the delete button on the right to bear arms. And they asked what my husband (who happened to purchase a hunting rifle for our son a few years ago) would do about it. My husband wasn’t aware that secret Senate subcommittees could change the Constitution without state ratification.When he replied that he was a proponent of gun control, the caller, a self-professed NRA member, said ‘Oh. That’s alright then. Good-bye.’ Survey completed.It wasn’t clear why the NRA would make such a concerted effort to reach out to Vermonters. Maybe it’s because as Kate Robinson reported earlier this month, Vermont has among the most liberal ‘carry’ gun laws in the nation for the carrying of concealed or visible weapons’in a car or on your person’without a permit. ‘There are no gun licensing or registration requirements, no waiting period to buy a gun, no requirement for firearms safety training before you can buy a gun, private sales do not require records and there are no state laws limiting who can buy a gun,’ Robinson wrote.The bill the NRA was worried about, H.83, which proposed stiffening penalties for gun owners whose guns have been used in teenage suicides, has gone nowhere this year.H. 244, however, a bill allowing Vermont law enforcement officials to use gun silencers was introduced in February.THE GRASS ISN’T GREENER IN VERMONTJohn Gregg reports this week in the Valley News that population growth in towns along the Connecticut River is decidedly lopsided. More people are moving to sort of tax-free New Hampshire (the Granite state does charge a 5 percent tax on unearned income) than the Green Mountain State. Gregg analyzed Census reports as the basis for his story, which appeared in theSunday edition of the Valley News.  Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

first_imgAvery Bradley, 6-2 guard: Any Clippers fan will tell you that the past few seasons have been anything but easy for Bradley, who has bounced around the league since he was an All-Defensive team honoree in Boston. He started to approach his old self during his last stint in Memphis, and Bradley talked about why he thinks that might continue when he joins the Lakers.Jared Dudley, 6-7 wing: The consummate “locker room guy,” Dudley might not play major minutes, but he’s expected to bring value as a 12-year veteran. Pelinka calling him crafty might be a nice way of talking around his unintimidating figure, but Dudley described why he’s had a long career even though he knows he was never “built for speed.”Troy Daniels, 6-4 guard: The way the Lakers have stacked the roster, eventually there’s going to be a guy at the end of the bench. Daniels, 28, might well be that guy, but he’s mentally prepared to accept that role and fight for playing time. On his birthday(!), Daniels described how a career of being overlooked has allowed him to toughen up for those situations and hit big shots when it counts.A COACHING ADDITION WORTH NOTICINGThere’s only one man who has been to the NBA Finals the last five years and has not been a member of the Golden State Warriors during that time: Phil Handy.It’s intriguing, then, that the Lakers have hired Handy to be an assistant on Frank Vogel’s staff, according to an ESPN report. Handy has worked for the Lakers before, as an assistant to Mike Brown. He then went on to join Ty Lue’s staff in Cleveland, before being picked up by the Toronto Raptors in the offseason. He’s won two championships in that span.Handy’s reputation is as a skills development guy: He’s worked extensively with Kobe, LeBron and Kawhi during his career, and having him around speaks to the Lakers’ championship intentions this season, as well as how they want to handle their stars. It will be intriguing as the Lakers draw closer to fully finalizing their staff how roles will be occupied.— Kyle GoonThanks for reading the Monday, July 15 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Linking to the finish …Pelinka’s plan: The general manager spoke to media about assembling the roster, waiting for Kawhi Leonard and explained the team’s cap management now and for the future.From the mind of Frank Vogel: Another key figure in the shape of the team gave insight into how he wants to play next year.Tampering coming to a head: Adam Silver was forced to acknowledge that maybe the NBA’s rules on tampering don’t make much sense.What we still don’t know: I offered a few questions that still need sorting out after the Lakers assembled their roster. Editor’s note: This is the Monday, July 15 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Remember the first five days of July, when Lakers free agency news was trickling out sparsely and seemed to be moving at a glacial pace?Those were the days, huh?The Lakers quickly slapped a roster together after the Kawhi Wait, and last week, the team started the process of introducing the new players to the local media. There are some interesting stories that have come out since they started speaking, but they all came in so quickly, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you missed some of them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSo for our newsletter this week, here is a collection of observations with links to our stories about the new Lakers additions to the roster, in case you’ve been caught by surprise by the uptick in pace:Anthony Davis, 6-foot-11 forward: OK, so you know this one. But the Lakers blew out a Saturday press conference to introduce Davis alongside Rob Pelinka and Frank Vogel. Some things to take out of the proceedings: The Lakers are expecting to build their team around Davis for the foreseeable future, even though he’s technically only under contract for one year, so they’ll have to do everything in their power to keep him next summer. The other factor is that Davis, 26, is ready for something to change about his image after a seven-year career in New Orleans that rarely took him far in the postseason.DeMarcus Cousins, 6-11 center: This is the player the Lakers identify as the “X-factor” of the season, a low-risk, high-upside gamble that, if he can reach his All-Star heights, could profoundly raise the ceiling of the team. People have noticed that Cousins looks slimmer than he did even last season, and he offered a glimpse into his motivation.Danny Green, 6-6 wing: Green was a needed get at his position, and he has championship experience with the Spurs and the Raptors. A 3-point specialist and competent defender, he ate up nearly half of the salary cap money the Lakers had once set aside for Kawhi Leonard. As someone who had to wait for Leonard to make his choice, Green offered a lot of interesting insight on his former teammate’s process.Quinn Cook, 6-2 guard: Another shooting specialist, Cook was expecting to be back on the Warriors next season until free agency developments took him by surprise. But the D.C. native has a good relationship with LeBron James, and that was part of the reason the Lakers were able to pounce on him late in the game. Now he’ll play for the team he loved as a kid.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgJim McGuinness has said he’d never rule out a return to the Donegal job in the future.Jim McGuinness has revealed that he’d never rule out a return as manager of the Donegal GAA Senior team in the future.McGuinness quit as manager a fortnight ago, after an incredible four-year period as manager of Donegal.He’s employed as a Sports Psychologist at Celtic FC, and works closely with the club’s first-team, after gaining an internal promotion from new manager Ronnie Delia. The demands of that job, coupled with the fact he was manager of Donegal for four years, swayed the charismatic Glenties man to quit.He admitted in an interview with Brendan O’Connor on RTE’s The Saturday Night Show that he’d made his mind up he’d be leaving Donegal prior to their All-Ireland final with Kerry.McGuinness transformed the Donegal team from perennial no-hopers to All-Ireland champions within two years.It’s regarded by many as one of the greatest managerial turnarounds in the GAA’s long and illustrious history. When asked by RTE Radio Sport would he ever consider a return, McGuinness refused to rule it out, McGuinness said, “I love my county and I love the people of Donegal.“I love everything about the last five years and what the boys have done and what they’ve given to the county, and I would never rule that out.“I suppose I wanted to give something back to the county. That was the most important thing.“I’m fierce proud of where I come from, and I enjoyed every minute playing for Donegal, and it was an exceptional honour to manage them as well.MCGUINNESS – I’D NEVER RULE OUT A RETURN TO DONEGAL JOB was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:celtic fcdonegalFutureGAAJim McGuinnessjobnewsSportlast_img read more