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November 9, 1988
George Bush won the state's 3 electoral votes. With 94% of the vote counted, Bush led 52% to 48%. Rep. James M. Jeffords, a moderate Republican who has been the state's only House member for 14 years, easily kept the seat of retiring Sen. Robert Stafford in the GOP column. Jeffords defeated Democrat William Gray, a former U.S. attorney making his first run for statewide office, 70% to 30%. Democrat Madeleine Kunin won a third 2-year term as governor by making her best showing yet.
July 1, 2006
Re "Greenland's Ice Sheet Is SlipSliding Away," June 25 Change begins with information. Widespread education about the problem coupled with ways in which we, as concerned citizens, can begin to reduce our own carbon dioxide emissions is a vital beginning. But this global crisis demands strong leadership. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) has introduced the Safe Climate Act, which by 2050 would cut emissions to 80% of 1990 levels; Sens. James Jeffords (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.
November 10, 2002
What a difference eight years makes. In Tuesday's midterm election of George W. Bush's first term, Democrats lost two and perhaps three Senate seats and lost the one-seat advantage achieved when Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont became an independent within a year of being elected as a Republican. They also lost three seats in the House of Representatives, rather than gaining the seven seats required to gain control of that body. Eight years ago, in the midterm elections of Bill Clinton's first term, Republicans gained nine seats to take control of the Senate and an astounding 54 seats to take control of the House.
June 10, 2001
The Gingrich-Lott tyranny over the American electorate is finally over, and we can start Fourth of July celebrations early ("Senate's Under New Management," June 6). Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott epitomized worst-case democracy with their culture of corruption, hate, bigotry and betrayal. We owe the final act of recovery to one man who stood up to their threats to our rights to be free and individual. Sen. James Jeffords epitomizes the very strengths of democracy with his efforts to restore a culture of integrity, morals, honor and ethics to all politicians in both parties.
Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont has received multiple death threats since announcing last week that he is leaving the Republican Party, a move that gives Democrats control of the Senate, an aide said Thursday. Erik Smulson, Jeffords' press secretary, said the threats had been received at the senator's offices in Washington and in Montpelier, Vt. Smulson declined to provide additional information about the threats except to say that the matter has been referred to the U.S. Capitol Police.
May 28, 2001
Re "Senate OKs Tax Relief," May 24: Perhaps the hoopla over Sen. James Jeffords' realignment to independent was timed to try to obscure the fact that 12 Democratic senators voted along with all the Republicans for President Bush's tax reduction for rich people. At a time when more money is needed for the Women, Infants and Children and Head Start programs, when Medicare and Social Security need to be financially reinforced, when the Reagan-Bush national debt needs to be paid off, 12 Democrats chose to give nearly half of the $1.35 trillion to the richest 1%. In doing so, those senators clearly demonstrated that the Democratic Party is not an opposing force to the self-serving Republicans.
May 30, 2001
I am one who thinks the government could have used the tax refund to better advantage elsewhere. I would like to suggest something that is very radical. Please consider giving all or part of the refund to a church or a charitable organization where it can be put to good use. David S. Eicher Glendale Attention Al Gore voters: Please send your tax rebates to someone who voted for President Bush. Greg Paull San Diego In the spirit of bipartisanship, leveling the playing field, uniting, not dividing, and compassionate conservatism, I urge everyone to donate the rebate from George W. to the Democratic Party.
In a last-ditch effort to keep Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont from bolting the Republican Party, GOP leaders dangled a series of enticements, including chairmanship of the prestigious Senate subcommittee on maple syrup, and, in their final offer, the top-secret formula for Strom Thurmond's orange hair dye. In the end, however, the Democrats' package was too good to refuse. In addition to a $52.7-million signing bonus (making Jeffords the highest-paid senator in U.S.
April 7, 2001 | From the Washington Post
The Senate approved a bipartisan measure Friday to restore $4.5 billion in funds for climate change programs over the coming decade that the Bush administration had sought to cut. The amendment, offered by Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and James M. Jeffords (R-Vt.), covers a broad range of international and domestic programs that study and address problems associated with the Earth's rising temperature.
May 14, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general launched an investigation this week into the way the agency developed its controversial proposal to regulate mercury emissions from power plants. The inquiry follows a request from members of Congress last month who expressed concern that the agency failed to study a range of regulatory options for controlling mercury and relied on language provided by industry lobbyists.
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