Once Libertarian Stooge, Now Internet Creeper

Republican House Representative of Northwood, Kyle Tasker, otherwise known as “Two Gun Tasker” has found himself on the receiving end of the law rather than the making end.

According to a story in the Union Leader, Tasker was arrested in an internet sting arranged based on reports of him harassing a young girl online.   Police did the typical perv-lure of pretending to be a child, in this case a 14 year old girl, interested in meeting up with him for sex.  Tasker fell for the bait and instead of finding the hoped for target of his perversion he found himself in the hands of the law.

In addition, following his arrest, officials searched Tasker’s house and found a large quantity of illegal drugs including marijuana, mushrooms and the narcotic addiction control drug, Sedoxone and an arsenal of weaponry.  Tasker, true to form, also had a loaded weapon on his person when arrested.

Of course Tasker’s colorful career as part of the Republican libertarian Bill O’Brien Gang of Fools is over.  House Speaker Jasper had immediately called for his resignation and finally Jennifer Horn has come out to condemn him as well.

Tasker gained his nickname “Two  Gun” after he dropped a loaded handgun from his body holster onto the floor of the house during session.  He mentioned later that he not only carries one gun on his person at all times, but two.  Just in case.

Tasker also gained national notoriety for his comments on Twitter during a protracted debate that lasted days on the house floor over a Domestic Violence funding bill that house Republicans were holding up on political grounds.

Since birds of a feather flock together, Tasker also found friendship among many among the libertarian far-crank branch known as Free Keene.  Most have lobbied hard for the legalization of marijuana and Tasker was noted to be joining them once in a committee hearing on the issue, trying his best to make a cutting edge point by using an electronic hookah to imitate smoking pot during the hearing.

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Free Keeners characterized him as a hero for his supposed act of civil disobedience on behalf of faithful tokers everywhere.  But its worth wondering if the Free Keeners see him as a hero of civil disobedience now, even though Free Keene’s cult leader, Ian Freeman has said often that he believes consent laws should be lifted and sex with minors legal.

Also, just a last interesting note.  Tasker somehow got himself placed on the Committee on Children and Family Law this year where he was serving when he got arrested while attempting to meet a child for sex and  Tasker was serving on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee when he dropped the loaded gun on the house floor!

h/t to susanthe bruce who also notes: “In the UL comment section, Rep. Felonious Max Abramson, (R-FreeState) is castigating the police for setting up a sting. Apparently poor young Kyle was POWERLESS in this situation.  The police forced him to try to solicit sex with a child. He had no choice.”

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Vermin Supreme Joins Libertarians

NH.com has posted that Vermin Supreme, the intrepid candidate from Rockport, Mass who promises free toothbrushes, dental floss and a pink pony to everyone has switched over to the Libertarians from his long-time running with the Democrats.

We think he’ll find himself right at home with the Libertarians who themselves seems by their very existence to make a mockery out of the political process.

Yes! Clinton Violated Election Law!

The internet exploded last night with news that Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton entered four polling places in areas around Boston. People on facebook complained that they were cordoned off and kept from voting as the royal procession of Clinton, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh their assorted security entourage were given way into the polling places.

Major news outlets have hounded the Secretary of State’s office with questions about how they interpret Clinton’s behavior or intentions. Unbelievably, as the Boston Globe quotes, Secretary of State Galvin didn’t seem too bothered by it all explaining, “He can go in, but he can’t approach voters,” Galvin said. “We just took the extra precaution of telling them because this is not a usual occurrence. You don’t usually get a president doing this.”

But Brian McNiff, the assistant for the Secretary had a different take earlier in the day, according to Boston.com, “McNiff was asked if Clinton’s presence would, on its own, constitute a solicitation.

“He’s a well known person. And he’s a spouse of a candidate,” McNiff said. “That should answer the question.”

He declined to further elaborate.”

No doubt he was holding the bullhorn to warn voters of his presence at the New Bedford polling station and the law. “I must stay 150′ from you!” voters did not hear him say.

“By golly is it voting day here? Hey don’t mind me!”

 

Former president Bill Clinton appeared in New Bedford, Mass., on Super Tuesday in support of his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

150′? What do you think?

Unfortunately once Secretary Galvin made his judgment clear to the press, the press then backed off and the dismissal was no more apparent than the top-running story on Google this evening posted by CNN Politics wherein Mr. McNiff, clearly stepping back in line told CNN that “…shaking hands alone isn’t prohibited. Explicit campaigning is what’s banned within 150 feet of a polling places.

“Just meeting people doesn’t constitute campaigning,” McNiff told CNN. “We received no information that anything like that happened.”

Celebrity power to influence? No way!

His office said it reached out to the Clinton campaign Tuesday “just to remind them about the 150 foot rule.”

So long after the fact, long after Clinton and his entourage had paraded through polling places barricaded to enable him to  shake hands, kiss babies and little old ladies, coming into the polling places to thank poll workers, Clinton was kindly reminded of election law.  Just in case this beginner in the ways of electioneering might forge, we suppose.

As Galvin admitted, one doesn’t usually have the experience of a presidential candidate having a spouse that ran the country as president for two terms.  No other presidential candidate or figure has ever had a spouse that just by virtue of their presence sends a message of Democratic and presidential power like Bill Clinton, much less the typical controversy and celebrity.  No other individual, certainly not a first lady, acting in such a close relationship to a candidate has gone and “worked” the polls the way Clinton did.

And on Super Tuesday, one could argue that there was no more contested or symbolic state than Massachusetts.  No other state could, if turned to Sanders, signal their possible defeat in all of New England.  No other state in the union has the legacy of Democratic power and strength than Massachusetts, no other state holds the tradition of establishment liberalism, than possibly California.

The Clintons knew they would have the south in the bag, but they knew that Massachusetts, as shown the night of the election as the returns bounced back and forth between Sanders and Clinton would be a bitter fight to the end.  They also knew they had an advantage; a tag team that could make that personal appearance, jump in the ring at the last minute and put the Sanders campaign in a twist with that final deadly move.

What’s most disturbing remains the fact that despite this flagrant violation of standard election law, officials decide to turn a blind eye.  With Trump’s making his presidential pitch sound more and more like a fascist take-over by an infomercial star and now this, one has to wonder does the slide down the slope get faster from here?

The Democratic National Committee has started a petition with Change.org to demand that Clinton’s forfeit their Massachusetts delegates:

We Demand the DNC Rescind Clinton’s Massachusetts Delegates Due to Breaking the Law!

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Clinton’s Goldman-Sachs Speech Released

Just on Counterpunch: leaked parts of one of Hillary Clinton’s speeches in 2013 before investment firm Goldman-Sachs, a brilliant read and while obvious satire, the sad truth is that the writer doesn’t veer too far from the reality of the neo-liberal agenda/mindset.  The mind-set that brought us the bizarre concept that in order to capture voter share Democrats should abandon the New Deal, fair trade, environmental and labor protection and veer off into the land of imperialist capitalism.

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CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you very much, Lloyd [Blankfein], and thanks to everyone at Goldman Sachs for welcoming me today. I’m delighted to be back among friends, colleagues, collaborators, supporters, kindred spirits…

Let me jump right in. You know, over the past few months, there have been popular concerns about an economy that still isn’t delivering for the majority of Americans. It’s not “delivering” the way that they feel it should, that they feel entitled to. Most Americans that you speak to, speak a populist rhetoric that claims it is stacked for those at the top, that those of you here have it too good.

Read the rest at Counterpunch

 

February 25, 1941

Lesson here: Even occupation cannot stop the people from speaking out and acting out against injustice.

Today in Labor History

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The February Strike begins. It was a general strike in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands by workers against the pogroms and deportation of Jews in Amsterdam. It was the only direct action of its kind during World War II in Europe against the Nazis’ treatment of Jews. The strike is commemorated annually on February 25 at the statue of the De Dokwerker (“The Dock Worker”) in Amsterdam.

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Something to be Thankful For : Struggles, Seeds … and Surprises

A longtime friend, teacher and respected activist, Joe Ramsey, out of Boston sent this article to us to view.  Its published by the magazine Counterpunch and we have the privilege of his permission to republish it here.  When we think about our own efforts at activism which entails a lot of work on persuasion please consider Mr. Ramsey’s thoughts, especially when round the table with folks who possibly may strongly disagree with your points.  Sometimes forcing an agreement at the time, from those who disagree may not always be the best strategy:

Something to be Thankful For: Struggles, Seeds…and Surprises

In a world that often feels like its spiraling towards chaos, here’s something I’m thankful for. Something that gives me–dare I say it–hope.

A former student from two years back stops by during my office hours, unannounced. He’s now a junior, thinking of a senior honors thesis, maybe grad school. I’m not surprised by this part; he was one of the sharpest students in that seminar (“Literature and Society” it was called).  A *very* smart reader, and a good writer, too.

I *am* surprised to see him in my office though.  He often seemed frustrated in our class, annoyed at others for not being as up to speed as he was–like they were holding him back.  (And like maybe I, too, as teacher, was complicit in this.)  At times, he came off to me as conservative and skeptical and maybe even narrowly out for himself, as if he were approaching our course more as a demanding customer, rather than as part of a community.  Like he just wanted his “A” so he could move on.

When the topic of economic inequality came up one day in class, he was that white guy who argued passionately against the idea of raising the minimum wage to fifteen $/hour, because as a trained and devoted EMT *he* hardly made that much…and should fast food workers really get the same pay that a medical professional earns? Wouldn’t giving these lowly service-workers a raise negate all the effort that *he* had put in to bettering himself?

Needless to say, we had us some struggles.

Seeing him at my door, my first thought was that maybe he was hard up for a letter of recommendation.  Some application deadline forcing him my way. I had, after all, given him his “A.”

But now here we are sitting in my office, and he’s leading us into a discussion about critical theory, literature, and marxism, about Jameson and Lukacs, Taylorism and totality. (He’s skeptical; totality seems too seamless and pessimistic). It’s clear that he has been reading whatever he can get his hands on.  And now we’re talking about capitalism and the limited semi-autonomy of the public sphere and cultural works within neoliberalism, and suddenly he turns to me and says:

“Man, that discussion we had in class about the minimum wage, and the way you pushed me to rethink my position…that really had an impact on me…That was really important.”*

And then we go on discussing, about how it’s possible for people to become psychologically invested in positions and identities that actually are not in their own best economic interest–not to mention being ethically problematic–and how this relates to race and to gender and nationalism as well as class…and how maybe it might just be possible for literature, for culture, for classrooms, for people to resist individualism and the cold cash nexus, to carve out spaces for human connection and solidarity.  How maybe the possibility of a fundamentally different kind of world can be glimpsed through the cracks in this one…if we learn how to look for it.

We shook hands goodbye, but I wanted to hug him.seed sprouting sepia

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And this is why I’m thankful:  Because principled struggles with people plant seeds and sometimes these seeds find soil to sprout, even when you don’t expect it.

Because sometimes our assumptions about other people’s social views can prove to be one-sided, or even flat out wrong.*

Because situations change, and surprises happen.

And it hits me: this is why I don’t give up on people who say backwards shit.

And this is why we must defend the humanities.

And this is why we must support and defend public education.

And this is why we shouldn’t reduce people to the flat floor of their weakness: they might just vault from their greatest strength.

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Not just in classrooms, but in our broader social movement, it seems a crucial point to bear in mind.

Our impatient and cynical times encourage us to give up on those who express confused, antisocial, or backward views.  The Twitter-verse entices us to score points at the expense of the problematic and the privileged. Indeed, with so much work to be done, nothing that anyone says seems quite good enough.

And certainly, as events in Minneapolis and elsewhere make clear, there are genuine enemies of the struggle out there, people who cannot be reasoned with, who have declared war on the movement for social justice, who must simply be defeated.  Forces against whom the people must be defended.

Yet it remains crucial to resist the urge to lump those who express bad ideas in with the ‘Enemy’ camp. The temptation to give up on everyday people is a suicidal urge for any moment that seeks truly radical and emancipatory change.  Instead, it behooves us to be patient with those who still might be reached, including even those who argue most vociferously against us.

We must continue to struggle, to be sure–there is no facile optimism here–but patiently and humbly, having faith in the basic decency of people.

If we can work to unite with strengths to overcome weaknesses, rather than focusing on weaknesses to undercut strengths, we all might discover something surprising to be thankful for.

* Note: In a follow-up email, my student clarified the situation further: “I was all for raising the minimum wage,” he tells me, “I think there was just some general anxiety about a) losing my privilege and b) the move away from the emphasis placed on the individual, one in which I felt that my individual accomplishments and “value” might be compromised.” As he added, “I think there’s a weird sort of internal conflict in more typical liberals who still hold individualism as an ideal in society, which is really difficult to reconcile with the desire for significant social change.” Well said. 

Joseph G. Ramsey is an activist and writer living in Boston. He is a contributing editor at Red Wedge, a co-editor at Cultural Logic: an electronic journal of Marxist theory and practice, and a contributing board member at Socialism and Democracy.

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A Cause for Celebration – momentarily

Image from Newsweek magazine.

Certainly not the only thing in this struggle, in fact just a symbolic act.  But oftentimes symoblism has its place and its meaning.  What’s most telling is the crowd’s chanting and its increase in excitement when the guards enter the gated area around the flagpole, which rises in intensity as they get closer to the pulling it down.

All the pomp and circumstance of the military, its worth nothing also, is likened only in ritual, ceremony and archaic superstition, to that of religious ceremonies across the world.  Think about that for a minute.

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We have presented here for your pleasure and contemplation, not only the video of the flag lowering, but also a fitting song, from The Band.  While one would consider their song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” with the telling lines,

” … there goes Robert E. Lee!
Now I don’t mind chopping wood and I don’t care if the money’s no good,
Ya take what you need and you leave the rest, ‘
but they should have never taken the very best.”

Which encapsulates the sacrifice that young ‘white’ men gave and even slaves who were forced into fighting against their own interest.  No poor white in the south had a chance to make it the strict social order that demanded they sacrifice their lives in whatever way necessary to protect the interest of the plantation owner, including mustering in the town square to subvert rebellion; often rebellion of people they traded chickens and vegetables with during the evening, people they cheated when they could because of course, they could.  People they were ordered to treat like animals in a brutal social order that dehumanized everyone.

And with that thought, I give you the song by The Band known as “The Weight” which seems to describe the chaos, hell and confusion that must have ran through the south after Sherman burned his way through.  The burning of a social system that most people would think could only spring from the mind of some creature of hatred and hell has yet to happen though.  We have the weight to deal with, we have a broken social order with injustice that points at the fact that in many ways this country was formed to favor a small minority at the expense and sacrifice of the majority.  While through struggle and rebellion some portion of this country has scratched some portion of justice (however fragile), many still live under the weight of the old regime; the old order.  From public funding allocations to the judge and jury box to neighborhood, from birth to death, this country still thrives on a system an individual’s skin color is the final determinant of what end of the social order they will exist on; the final determinant of their humanity.

Lowering that flag only will begin the process that this country and so many people must undertake to take responsibility for the lives shattered and broken through three hundred years of living hell.  We all must come to terms with the truth.  The southern states that seceded did so to preserve a system in a few could live like aristocrats on the backs of the many to whom they arbitrarily parsed out roles which laid out who would toil for crumbs and who would toil to avoid the lash.

And does not this system still persist, wherein Americans gleefully climb the existing social hierarchy in which the mark of ascension is the number of people one has a right to reduce to nothing?  How can we claim to be the land “of the free” when we continue to hold people hostage inside a system where privileges are handed out to a few and handed down from generation to generation without question or any social obligation.  Where heirs can now become the new crowned princes and princesses, earned on the backs of the American working person, who too often and too increasingly sinks into the depths of poverty likened as a type of wage slavery we have been assured would never happen here.

Many people in New Hampshire and most of northern New England like to think themselves far away from any trace of responsibility for the sins of the south; but the fact remains that any utterance of hatred or racism from anyone anywhere makes that person and anyone who condones such, just as culpable as anyone below the old Mason-Dixon line.  Possibly even the sin of utterances and actions that replicate the old social order consummates an even greater sin as in fact, ignorance of the suffering and the pain of the south should at least cause some restraint in attitude.  But many have seen such isn’t true and people in the north hold just as much virulent racism as those in the south.

It needs to end.  We must lift this weight, this weight of hell, this weight of hate and replace it with redemption, cleansing, reparations and healing.

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You Can Keep Your Queen

The words of a man struggling with what Caitlyn Jenner’s transition means to him. While the popular memes follow the script, many suffer in silence, like millions of women, who Jenner’s co-opting of supposed feminism for a photo-op doesn’t do squat to represent a woman’s experience, struggle or life, but merely mock it, so to says this man does he feel.

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For AO

I never wanted to write about Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner.  I have run from this story for months, trying to stay one step ahead of the monster. Don’t look back.  You can never look back. Through the rumors and tabloid stories, through the interview I stood strong. I persevered as long as I could, but yesterday I broke. I looked back. I can no longer resist. I must write or risk becoming a gibbering fool.  The following is not an analysis of the cover, of Caitlyn herself. It is not an exploration of feminism, class, gender, or celebrity, though all are present. For a better analysis than I could ever conceive, read my friends Aoife , Carly, and Miranda. Brilliant transsexual women, at different stages in their lives, equally affected by Caitlyn’s reveal. This is an exploration of my feelings and the herculean effort to come to terms with the…

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Environmental Concerns About the TPP

As the TPP negotiations continue to wind their way through the legal and legislative system, many of the environmental concerns expressed have largely gone ignored or stayed out of the mainstream of the public’s awareness.  This course of action; of not informing the public or politicians giving people tacit assurances, happened with the NAFTA agreement in the 90’s.  The NAFTA agreement allowed companies to avoid environmental regulation by moving their operations to out of country localities in Mexico that bordered their US market.

In the 90’s, Republicans made little effort to hide this fact and often blamed the over regulatory environmentalist lobby for moving companies out of the United States.  People bought this line and thus the NAFTA trade agreement moved through Congress and became law.  But now after many years the environmental damage of NAFTA is now a generally undisputed fact, even though most people are not aware of the extent of pollution that effects every living creature within its wake.

Now we have a public much wiser to consider the ramifications of these open trade agreements. Most people realize that these agreement enable mutli-national corporations to fatten their pockets while doing sometimes irreversible damage to our vital natural resources.  Mexico and South America has suffered with polluted water ways and land, habitat of humans and animals is constantly threatened and even our own planetary breathing apparatus; forests, are being stripped away permanently for the hardwoods they contain (many taking hundreds of years to grow).

The Citarum River, the biggest river in West Java, Indonesia provides drinking, cleaning and ... / Credits: Reuters

Here are some studies on NAFTA’s affect on environmental regulation and the environment as a result:

NAFTA : 20 Years of Costs to the Community and the Environment

Public Citizen: NAFTA’s Broken Promises, 1994-2013

Multinational Monitor – 1993 – NAFTA and the Environment: Free Trade and the Politics of Toxic Waste

New Report Reveals Environmental Costs of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 2014

According to a short summary from the National Geographic, a leaked copy of the draft TPP already shows the extent to which business interests have trumped preserving the health of people and the planet.   Check out their resport, 4 Ways Green Groups Say Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Hurt Environment

The environmental group 360.org has a petition up based on the very specific and disconcerting charge that the TPP will put into law the ability of fossil fuel producers to sue town, city and state governments that impose environmentally conscious rules or ordinances aimed and cutting fossil fuel consumption.  This of course is translated in market speak as “if climate action hurts their profits”.  In other words, the profits of global corporations matter more than our planet staying alive.  In addition, fossil fuel companies have managed to negotiate that the government should prevent environmental oversight of fracked gas imports.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/12/3669269/pelosi-bashes-fast-track/

Friends of the Earth also points up a couple other troubling areas about the TPP’s possible effects on the environment.

effectively banning the regulation of chemicals used in food production such as pesticides and other compounds and enabling rules and proofs (such as cost-benefit analysis requirements before regulation could be put in place –effectively placing profit before the health of the planet and people) that regulation would not hurt the company’s bottom line.

changes in how regulatory bodies enforce rules in the treaty also effect the ability of any enforcement at all; provide for the ability to corporations to sue municipal bodies for attempts at regulation that slow down their profit stream.  The sweeping of this change is the proposal to install international regulatory bodies that would supersede the authority of United States courts.  This basically would mean that international “tribunals” would come together to install their own regulatory mechanisms and they would only have to follow the lowest-common denominator for the standard to putting in place environmental regulation in the first place.

Public Citizen, a washington watch-dog group also points up the extensive intellectual property protections inserted into the trade agreement. These protections, written by and for global corporations, would mandate the international recognition of genetic patents on living things such as plants and animal life.  This would enable corporations to place ‘ownership’ on living organisms, allow them to create and modify living organisms as they please and allow their marketing worldwide.  This threatens the integrity of our international food supply and most seriously threatens the natural practice of sustainable farming and creates a frightening dependency on corporate commercial power for our food supply.  No group of individuals or corporations should have the ability to control the food supply globally, but this trade agreement will do just.

Already American farmers have suffered the bullying tactics of Monsanto and other seed companies in an obvious strategy to create a captive market for their seed product.  While Monsanto currently uses the court system as a means to force monopoly of their product, the TPP will in fact put into law what they now must fight case by case in court.

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Representation of what the Northern Pass would do to the White Mountains. From steveswhitemountainblog.com

News and notices from Bury Northern Pass:

Concerned About the Northern Pass Project’s Impact on Historic Resources and Scenic Landscapes?

 Critical steps for public input in federal and state review processes for the proposed Northern Pass project are imminent. Now is the time to learn more about how you can speak up for historic resources and scenic landscapes. 

Attend an Advocacy Workshops in June

Special Historic Places, Northern Pass and You

Presented by the N.H. Preservation Alliance and National Trust for Historic Preservation 

with presenters:

Rebecca Harris, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Maggie Stier, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

and special guests from the

N.H. Division of Historical Resources

To Learn More and get dates and times of these workshops go to NH Preservation Alliance, News and Events

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Vermont Underground Power Line Project Passes with Overwhelming Resident Support

VT buried project kicks butt (there’s no better way to say it)
Just one year after Blackstone -TDI’s New England Clean Power Link filed for a presidential permit, the DOE has issued the Draft EIS, which is mostly favorable. NECPL is an entirely underground HVDC transmission project that will run  from the Quebec border 100 miles under Lake Champlain, then 55 miles across VT buried in highway ROWs. It has generated virtually no opposition; indeed, it enjoys community support. The unprecedented speed with which the Draft EIS was issued shows what happens when developers design projects with community concerns in mind, not in spite of them. NECPL is also about halfway through the VT state permitting process.
This project garnered a mere dozen scoping comments v. nearly 8,000, overwhelmingly negative, for NP. The Draft EIS took only a year v. the nearly 5 years that NP’s will have taken when it is finally issued. By one opposition member’s count, NECPL’s total lobbyist expenses are approximately $2,500 while Northern Pass lobbyist expenses just for the year 2014 alone totaled approximately $250,000, not to mention the enormous sums spent on expensive NH and nationwide PR consulting firms, e.g., Scott Tranchemontagne’s Montagne Communications, Erik Taylor’s Elevare, Saint Consulting Group, TargetPoint Consulting, and others.
Selected quotes from the NECPL Draft EIS:
Following construction, the transmission cable would not affect use of the recreation facilities in the Overland Segment, because it would be buried underground in road and railroad ROWs. No permanent aboveground facilities would be constructed along this segment of the proposed Project route that would affect recreational resources. (5-63)
 
Operation of the Project would pose no risk to public health and safety because most of the cable would be buried underground. (5-64)
 
Because the Project would be buried, no long-term impacts to property values would be expected. (5-36)
 
Because the Project would be buried, no long-term impacts to residential property values would be expected. (5-37)
The next step in NECPL’s Draft EIS process is the 60-day hearing and comment phase. Public hearings are on July 15-16, with final written comments due on August 11.
The Draft EIS is posted at http://necplinkeis.com/?page_id=10
News reports:
Union Leader: Dave Solomon,  “Vermont hydro project ‘leapfrogs’ Northern Pass” – http://www.unionleader.com/section/news05#sthash.vnE2Jbb2.dpuf (Read comments on this one.)
Burlington Free Press: Wilson Ring, “Minor harm to lake from power lines.” http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/vermont/2015/06/04/feds-report-champlain-power-project/28501673/
VT Digger: Morgan True,” Environmental study sees little problem with cable under Lake Champlain,” https://vtdigger.org/2015/06/03/environmental-study-sees-little-problem-with-cable-under-lake-champlain/
VPR: Taylor Dobbs,”Transmission Line Under Lake Would Have Minor Environmental Impact,” http://digital.vpr.net/post/study-transmission-line-under-lake-would-have-minor-environmental-impact

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