Two House candidates are weighing in on the nationwide race riots that started after George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died of a heart attack when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest.
About 60 supporters gathered Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park to hear Republican gubernatorial candidate John Klar criticize Gov. Phil Scott over a possible mail-in election, his handling of the Black Lives Matter protests, and the constitutionality of his lockdown orders in response to COVID-19.
The event was billed by organizers as a peaceful, socially-distanced event in which all participants were asked to wear masks. It remained calm and peaceful throughout. Virtually everyone wore masks. But attempts to keep social distancing failed as the crowd swelled.
“We have an opportunity to do something better for society,” Scott said. “The alternative is to do what? Do we do mass arrests? [Require protesters to] to disperse? What we saw in Washington is an affront to what we stand for. That’s not the best way to handle things.”
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At one point Gov. Scott said rallyers are being “encouraged” to socially distance, but will not be required to comply “due to their constitutional rights.”
In Vermont’s capital city, wearing a mask in most public buildings is no longer optional. It’s the law. The City Council of Montpelier last night passed an ordinance requiring the wearing of masks inside public facilities for the duration of the Covid-19 state of emergency.
Massachusetts State Police are looking for Antifa activity in small towns in Berkshire County on the Vermont border, according to a memo from the Pittsfield, MA mayor to her City Council leaked to public radio station WAMC and reported last night.
The number of candidates for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor rose to five with the surprise announcement of Scott Milne of Pomfret.
Vermont GOP candidates for office may have an opportunity to promote their fiscally conservative messages as businesses and personal freedoms continue to be suppressed during the ongoing coronavirus shutdown.
A candidate swap has taken place among Republicans seeking to become Vermont state treasurer — H. Brooke Paige is no longer running for the office, and Carolyn Branagan, a former state senator for the Franklin district, is preparing to run.