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Cc: Lofy, Bill; GPS; Maclean, Alex 
Subject: Re: NGA/DGA press with GPS featured: 

Great! Gps was not the formal "speaking program" after white house mtg but fielded question 
impromptu and his quote lead the others the press! (because was different and thoughtful) 
Sent from iPhone Feb 24, 2012, 3:19 PM, "Allen, Susan" 

Sue 
LOS ANGELES TIMES: 

'Cheer up' Michael Memoli 
February 241 201211:31 a.n1. 
Reporting from Washington-

Most the state executives are the nation's capital this weekend for the annual winter meeting the National Governors Assn. It's meant nonpartisan gathering, where the shared message typically one that laments gridlock Washington contrast with progress being made the state 
But election year, the partisan lines are more sharply drawn. The group Democrats, whose 

numbers were thinned the 2010 midterms, had their own meeting Friday with President Obru;na and members his economic team the White House. 
Officially, the White House said the meeting was part "ongoing discussion with Democratic governors about the ways that the federal government and the states can Work together create jobs and grow the economy." 
"We all feel personal responsibility partner with the president order accelerate our jobs recovery," Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Democratic Governors Assn. chairman, told reporters after. 
But also had the feel pep talk. Dannel Malloy, first-term governor Connecticut, called "one the most inspirational meetings he'd ever attended." 

"The leader the free world has done something that president has done long time, and that back-to-back years manufacturing job growth the United States --something that many would have thought just few years ago was absolutely impossible do," said. 
The governors ca,n play important role prominent surrogates for the president's reelection campaign their home states. Colorado Gov. ,John Hickenlooper called his state the classic "purple state," and predicted Obama would again carry this fall. 

And now, many feel they have positive case make his behalf when comes jobs, Shumlin and Malloy particular indicated. 
"If the American voters vote jobs, this guy going win with 75% the vote," Malloy said. 

BLOOMBERG: 

Revenue Eases Recession Budget Pain U.S. Governors Gather William Selway and Mark Niquette 
(Updates with Vermont governor's comment sixth paragraph.) 

Feb. (Bloomberg) --For the past four years, U.S. states struggled close more than $500 billion budget shortfalls caused the recession, ushering tax increases, spending cuts and clashes with public-employee unions. 
With the economy recovering, officials gathering Washington today for the National 
Governors Association winter meeting are beginning face welcome choice: how spend 
extra money. 

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, whose state rebounding with the automobile industry, may use possible $670 million surplus hire state troopers whose ranks thinned during the past 

decade. Colorado may set more aside for education. New Jersey's Chris Christie seeking cut taxes and bolster underfunded pension. 
"After extremely difficult period when revenues were crashing and series cuts had made quickly, state budgets are stabilizing," Scott Pattison, the executive director the National Association State Budget Officers Washington, said telephone interview. "In some cases you're beginning see improvement revenues coming ahead forecasts." 

After the Storm 

State tax revenue has been rising the fastest pace since 2006, before the housing-market collapse, U.S. Census figures show. the three months through September, the first qnarter most states' fiscal years, such collections rose 5.6 percent from year earlier, the seventhstraight gain. That outpaces the 1.6 percent revenue growth states assumed when drafting their budget plans, according Nov. report the NGA and the National Association State Budget Officers. 
Vermont Governor Peter Shurnlin, who today joined Democratic governors meeting with President Barack Obama the White House, said the revenue increases are evidence economic tnrnaround. The national unemployment rate January was percent, down from high percent October 2009. 
"We've been having tough budgets," Shurnlin told reporters. "We've had make tough choices. 

Still, states' tax collections have yet fully rebound 2008 prerecession levels, and budgets more than half are smaller than 2008, according the November report the Governors Association and budget officers. 
"State policy makers have good reason feel optimistic about the recent and positive economic news," said Kil Huh, who follows budgets for the Pew Center the States. "But when comes budget matters, there may reasons hedge. There's stress still lurking state budgets.'' 
Ohio Governor John Kasich, Republican, said that with the exception of$2 million promised children's hospitals for research, doesn't plan increase spending this year. Tax receipts for fiscal 2012 are running $147.1 million ahead projections, according the state Office Budget and Management. 

"This economy still roller coaster," Kasich told reporters Columbus yesterday. "We're not going the business spending money." 
Illinois Budget 

The increase collections hasn't lifted all states from their troubles. Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who passed record tax increase last year, this week proposed increasing spending $800 million, including percent jump for schools. With billion backlog 
unpaid bills, still proposed $2. billion cut Medicaid.  California, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown counting tax increase next year forestall cutting $4.8 billion from planned spending for schools. 
Even so, any revenue increase welcome shift. When Michigan's Snyder took over last year, his first budget contended with $1.5 billion deficit. The state now looking surplus. New Jersey, Christie proposed $32.l billion budget Feb. that would cut income taxes percent and raise spending $2.4 billion over the budget signed June. The governor's 

budget would more than double $1.1 billion the state's pension payment and increase school 

aid $213 million. 

Colorado Governor John H;ickenlooper has recommended restoring previously proposed cuts over two years that include $97 million for primary and secondary education and $30 million for college financial aid. 
"We are able recommend all this because the economy has shown welcome improvement," 

Hickenlooper said press statement. 

--With assistance from Chris Christoff Lansing, Amanda Crawford Phoenix, Terrence Dopp Trenton, Jennifer Oldham Denver and Roger Runningen Washington. Editors: Stephen Merelman, William Glasgall contact the reporters this story: William Selway Washington 

Mark Niquette Columbus contact the editor responsible for this story: William Glasgall 

BOSTON GLOBE: 

Governor Deval Patrick praises Barack Obama's economic achievements Tracy Jan, Globe Staff 
WASHINGTON --Governor Deval Patrick and his Democratic colleagues today lavished praise President Obama and his economic record, following what Patrick characterized "productive and encouraging" meeting with the president and his economic team. 
"This president who saved the auto industry from extinction, the financial industry from self destruction and the economy from depression," Patrick told group reporters gathered front the White House. 
The governors were town for the National Governors Association winter meeting. Patrick was joined governors from Washington, Connecticut, Vermont, Colorado and other states tout Obama'sjobs record--hailing less than three times eight minutes the 3.7 million jobs that have been created over the last two years. 
"These Republicans running for president are depressing," said Vermont Governor Peter 
Shumlin. "Cheer up. We've got some good news: great president creating jobs and 

governors who are seeing job creation their core revenue." 
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire spoke about Obama's visit last week the Boeing company, where she said his policies focused increasing manufacturing jobs are happening the ground. She commended his recent tax proposals offer tax incentives for corporations keep jobs America. 
"The president understands where America can get those middle class jobs going again," 
Gregoire said. 
Dan Malloy, governor Connecticut, cast Obama hero for creating back-to-back years manufacturing job growth. 

"What see America its way back because made election decision few years ago that turned out really quite extraordinary," Malloy said. "This president accomplishing things that quite frankly most people didn't think were possible." 

Amid all the flowery talk, there was one moment tension when reporter grilled Patrick how reconciled his role the president's campaign ambassador 'lvith his role pumping the mortgage bubble when served board holding company for Ameriquest Mortgage, controversial subprime mortgage lender. 

"It was work was asked help them deal with some their fair lending issues and I'm proud that work," Patrick responded. don't think anyone proud that part the housing crisis which was caused those so-called liar loans." 
Tracy Jan can reached 

Follow her Twitter @GlobeTracyJan. 

THE HILL: 
Democratic governors discuss bypassing Congress with Obama Alicia Cohn 02/24/12 03:02
President Obama met with group Democratic governors Friday and discussed plans work around Congress toward policy goals. 
Gov. Jack Markell, the Democratic governor Delaware and the vice chairman the National Governors Association, told The Hill that the meeting was "very good" and said many the governors were responsive ideas about bypassing Congress. 
"There was sense that none should wait, can't wait for things happen 
Congress," Markell said the meeting. "We're going what can [now]." 

Obama has positioned himself against Congress runs for reelection, arguing lawmakers are failing solve the country's problems. "Where Congress won't act, will," said October 
when rolling out series executive orders aimed creating jobs. 
Markell said the conversation with Obama did not dwell Republican opposition the 

president's legislative proposals. 
The tone the meeting was positive, Markell said, and the governors agreed that the Obama administration has been "terrifically responsive" their state governments. 
The Democratic governors discussed the three major job goals from Obama's State the Union address: building manufacturing, training workers and increasing American-made energy. 
"We had great conversation very focused, not surprisingly, jobs," Markell said, calling jobs the "biggest issue for all the room, matter where come from." noted that although they did not discuss the election, the sense the room was that focusing jobs Democrats' best chance win the fall. That the message the Democratic Party has been sending full force this season, ranging from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DFla.) Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who slammed the GOP presidential candidates Friday CNN for failing mention jobs the most recent debate and instead talking about "divisive cultural issues." 

Markell said the discussion with Obama steered clear the transportation bills that are being 
fought over Congress, though "it's certainly something governors feel strongly about." The meeting, which lasted about hour and fifteen minutes, took place the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and involved more than dozen Democratic governors and several 
members the Obama administration. 
Governors present included Govs. Jerry Brown (Calif.), Jay Nixon (Mo.), O'Malley, Christine Gregoire (Wash.), Bev Perdue (N.C.), Peter Shumlin (Vermont), Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii), 
Deval Patrick (Mass.) and Pat Quinn (Ill.). 
The governors are town for the annual winter meeting the National Governor's Association. Markell, who attended the meeting for the first time vice chairman the NGA, also talked the level bipartisan cooperation between the governors, which said contrasted with what has "not been great level cooperation between members Congress." 
"We don't really care. where idea comes from it's good idea," said. 

Governors from both parties will meet with the president Monday. 
London, Sarah 
From: Richards, Alyson Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 5:29 To: London, Sarah Subject: 
FW: Dem govs doing press white house Attachments: 
Photo 
From: Richards, Sent: Friday, 12:49 To: Wengroff, Ariel; Allen, Susan Subject: Dem govs doing press white house 

Just came out meeting with president. 
Dems are overseeing job growth, still long way go, but moving the right direction. 
Bolstering manufacturing, adding jobs, putting veterans and long time unemployed work, 
etc ... 

London, Sarah 

From:  Richards, Alyson  
Sent:  Friday, March 09, 2012 5:30  
To:  London, Sarah  
Subject:  FW: Another pie  
Attachments:  photo.JPG; ATT00001 txt  

Photo 
-----Original Message----From: Richards, Alyson Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:49 To: Wengroff, Ariel; Allen, Susan Subject: Another pie 

London, Sarah 

From:  Richards, Alyson  
Sent:  Friday, March 09, 2012 5:30  
To:  London, Sarah  
Subject:  FW: Gps answered question outside white house  
Attachments:  photo.JPG; ATT00001. .txt  

Photo 
-----Original Message----
From: Richards, Alyson 
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:54 

To: Wengroff, Ariel; Allen, Susan Subject: Gps answered question outside white house 
who growing jobs, Governors seeing job growth their

London, Sarah 
From: Richards, Alyson 
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 5:30 To: London, Sarah Subject: FW: Gov DGA Attachments: photo.JPG; ATT00001 txt 
Photo 
-----Original Message----From: Richards, Alyson Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 2:01 PM. To: Wengroff, Ariel Subject: Gov DGA 
Talking about growing jobs. 

We're focused education because we're starting have jobs and now need sure have people trained fill them 

Public service board denies decision delay Yankee future 

VERNON, Vt. The Vermont Public Service Board has denied request from the owners Vermont Yankee delay decision the future the nuclear plant. January, federal judge ruled that the Vernon reactor can stay open, but the plant still needs issued new permit from public service board. 
Earlier this week, Entergy appealed the judge's ruling, saying the court didn't address the possibility that the state could close the plant denying permission store radioactive waste site. Entergy asked the public service board delay its decision, but the board says its review will continue. 

The search for new superintendent the prison South Burlington 
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. The search for new superintendent the prison South Burlington. The Corrections Department says David Turner notified officials few days ago that was stepping down for personal reasons. Turner has been the superintendent the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility since May last year. The commissioner praised Turner's performance and says his resignation has nothing with recent report criticizing the facility's conditions. Bob Arnell will serve interim superintendent for the next couple months --while Corrections launches nationwide search for Turner's replacement. ''This job incredibly hard. haven't always been successful getting good applicants. We. did raise the salary level awhile back but don't know that will enough compete with other organizations whatnot," said Andy Pallito, the Vermont Corrections Commissioner. Pallito says the job pays max salary BO-thousand dollars. 
Irene's impact Town Meeting Day Susie Steimle 
MONTPELIER, Vt. Town Meeting Day fast approaching and Tropical Storm Irene will feature prominently the agendas. 

Taxes those hard hit towns are expected up, but not more than cents. 
Irene recovery officers met with lawmakers Thursday answer questions and offer financial 

reassurance. They passed out packets lawmakers from towns that face tight budgets this 
Most the hard hit towns have completely exhausted their budgets for Irene-related repairs and will raising town taxes pay for the damage. However, state recovery officers reminded them Thursday that property taxes will not surpass three cents their grand list. repairs cost more than 

that, the state will foot the remainder the bill. Many towns have yet see Federal Emergency 
Management Agency reimbursements either. The public assistance reimbursement for the state expected total $165 million; only $20 million that has shown up. The state anticipates FEMA will pay percent town public assistance bills white individual towns and the state will each 
  
contribute percent. 

bridge construction affect your grand list more than cents. After that the state pays and that's 
huge," said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont. 
"For many towns and many Vermonters Irene happened long ago and it's longer part their 
lives but want everyone know there's lot Vermonters who are still really need and were 
reaching out them," said Sue Minter, Vermont's Irene recovery officer. 
Shumlin says plans attend many town meetings possible Tuesday. 
For many select boards this especially stressful Town Meeting Day they're tasked with 
presenting budget while facing significant debt and lot financial uncertainty. 

Note errors .in the story, pointed out Sue Minter --Biggest concern that she inferred that towns tax rate increased more than $.03, the state would pay the rest. tried clear that only about the FEMA-eligible expenses cost more than what $.03 would raise. The Governor's comments are correct, but Susie's could easily mis-interpreted. She also said the state would pay $165 million. That number the estimate overall FEMA Public Assistance cost, which would paid fed (not state) either 75% 90%. 

Vt. Senate gives initial vaccination bill 
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval bill that would end the philosophical exemption that allows families skip childhood immunizations for their children. 
But the bill advanced senators left religious exemption intact, meaning parents opposed immunizations still could avoid their children having the shots. Sen. Kevin Mullin, chief sponsor the bill, said the portion Vermont children getting all six required immunizations before entering kindergarten had dropped from 93% the middle the last decade 83% 2010. said other states that have gotten rid the philosophical exemption have seen immunization rates climb back up. Critics called the measure infringement parental rights. needs final Senate approval before 

moving the House. state buildings Waterbury renovated SUSIE STEIMLE WATERBURY, Vt." 

Three buildings have been completely renovated the Waterbury Office Complex. The Public Safety building, Weeks building and the 8-9-10 south building renovations were contracted before Tropical Storm Irene. The storm postponed the project, but the state decided continue renovations, like replacing windows and updating the heating systems even though the future the complex not clear. The state still pays for heating and electricity throughout the complex maintain the buildings until decision made. Workers are hoping the newly renovated spaces encourage the administration rebuild there showing what the rest the complex could look like. 

"Growing here town and I've worked here for many years and it's part the town. It'd 
shame see go," said Andy Metayer, the Waterbury complex clerk. 
The lead consultant what with the Waterbury office complex expected release potential 
plans the administration March 

Shumlin tells GOP 'Cheer Up' SUSIE STEIMLE 

WASHINGTON Gov. Peter Shumlin has message for the Republican Party--"Cheer up!" The phrase caught attention the National Governors Association conference. reporter overheard Shumlin say he's tired the doom and gloom in. Washington, D.C. So, the Democratic Governors Association created some buttons pass out the weekend event. "We're seeing Vermont. We've got great president creating jobs, governors are focused creating jobs, are making progress, stick with what we've got. Cheer up, will OK," said Shumlin1 D-Vermont. The national press corps has been reporting that the Shumlin administration created these buttons before the weekend. WCAX News confirmed Thursday that was not the case. 

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -The Vermont House has given preliminary approval legislation that would push the state toward the goal recycling and composting solid waste, with little possible going landfills. The bill would authorize the Agency Natural Resources write rules mandating recycling materials ranging from batteries paper. And says waste haulers must offer recycling additional charge. The bill would prioritize disposal organic waste. Food shelves would get first dibs the material left over but still useable food. Next down the list would agricultural uses, including animal feed. Then would come composting and finally the material could sent methane digester for energy production. The House advanced the bill unanimous voice vote Thursday. 

Vt. Common Cause launches campaign money database 
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -The good"government group Common Cause Vermont has set 
database campaign contributions made candidates the state during the 2010 election cycle, 
and it's urging the state something similar. 
Wally Roberts, executive director the group's Vermont chapter, says Vermont behind many other 
states that lacks searchable online database that allows visitors see easily which candidates 
are getting how much money from what sorts groups. 
Roberts says record amount was spent the 2010 gubernatorial campaign between Democrat 
Peter Shumlin and former Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie. says the current campaign finance system, which candidates' raw reports are posted the 
secretary state's website, make tracking and comparing the. money difficult. 
London, Sarah 
From:  Wengroff, Ariel  
Sent:  Monday, February 27, 2012 3:39  
To:  Allen, Susan  
Cc:  EXE  
Subject:  Re: Pie and blurb  

Thanks! 
Ariel Wengroff Special Assistant the Governor 109 State Street Montpelier, 05609 
Office: 802-828-3333 Cell: Feb 27, 2012, 2:4.2 PM, "Allen, Susan" wrote: -----Original Message-c From: Richards, Alyson Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 2:08 To: Wengroff, Ariel Cc: Allen, Susan Subject: Pie and blurb Governor Shumlin speaks reporters the White House after meeting with the President  Sent from iPhone 

London, Sarah 
From: Allen, Susan Sent:. Monday, February 27, 2012 2:42 To: EXE Subject: FW: Pie and blurb Attachments: 

27, 2012 2:08 reporters the White House after meeting with the President 

London, Sarah 

From: 
Sent: 
To: 
Cc: Subject: 
Wengroff, Ariel Monday, February 27, 2012 12:54 Trombley, Shana Allen, Susan; EXE Re: GPS national media: 
Haha agree! 
Ariel Wengroff Special Assistant the Governor 109 State Street Montpelier, 05609 
Office: 802-828-3333 Cell: Feb 27, 2012, 12:48 PM, "Trombley, Shana" wrote: love that GPS defining the national message! And effort stay message back home think should all sport smiley face buttons when gets back. 
From: Allen, Susan 
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 12:43 

To: EXE 
Subject: GPS national media: 
Times 
Photo: Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia Republican, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont Democrat, (right) speak with U.S. Secretary Agriculture Thomas Vilsack during panel discussion the National Governors Association meeting Washington Sunday. (Associated Press) 
Governors weigh presidential race 
Democratic governors are bullish President Obama' re-election prospects, citing the improving economy and Republican nominating contest that has exposed deep divisions the party's base. 
Republican governors insist Mr. Obama vulnerable, but they say they are coneerned the 
prolonged primary race has alienated independents and may have badly damaged the eventual 
nominee. 
Den10cratic enthusiasm and Republican apprehension were both display the winter meeting annual four-day conference where 

Many Democratic governors seemed almost giddy about Mr. Obama's chances winning second term. 
They pointed the improving employment figures, which have helped raise state revenues after years painful budget cuts. The national unemployment rate stood percent January, down from ahigh percent October 2009. 
"These Republicans that are running for president, they're depressing. Cheer up!" Vermont 
Gov. Peter Shumlin said after Democratic governors left White House meeting with Mr. 
Obama. "We've got some good news: great president creating jobs, and governors who are 
seeing revenues rebound." 
Even Democratic governors some typically toss-up -or "purple" -states said they like Mr. Obama's chances. 
"In purple state people want see results and they also want see level collaboration and teamwork. think going win Colorado," the state's governor, John Hickenlooper, said. 
Meanwhile, virtually Republican governors were willing predict their party's nominee 
would prevail November. 
Many lamented the drawn-out nature the nominating process, which the early front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has been weakened the intense scrutiny his wealth, business practices and shifts issues well the unwillingness conservative voters rally behind his candidacy. Many conservatives have coalesced recently around former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Mr. Romney's latest rival the contest moves primaries Arizona and Michigan Tuesday and contests March don't know anybody who thinks you started out design good process pick president 
you'd choose exactly what have now," said Indiana Gov Mitch Daniels, Republican and 
former White House budget director who explored presidential candidacy but ultimately 
decided against run. 

Another Republican, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said wasn't concerned that social issues had become part the presidential campaign, saying such topics are top concerns for many 
Republican voters. But Mr. who hasn't endorsed primary candidate, said the 
discussion would shift once nominee chosen. 
"It will the economy, the economy, the economy and will jobs, jobs, jobs. And think that's exactly where should be," said. 

HUFFINGTON POST: 

Democratic Governors Tell Republican Governors 'Cheer Up' The Huffington Post John Celock 

WASHINGTON --The nation's Democratic governors have been telling their Republican counterparts "cheer up" Monday morning, the states' chief executives head the White House for meeting with President Barack Obama. 
which delivered during press conference following meeting that 
"We're saying eheer up; we're making progress. We're getting results," Shumlin told The 
Huffington Post Monday. 
Shumlin and his Democratic colleague, Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn, said that they are tired the "doom and gloom" that the Republican presidential candidates have been referencing during the campaign and they wanted Republicans look what they term the Obama administration's accomplishments. This includes the creation of3.5 million new jobs during Obama's term, they say. 
The buttons were created Shumlin over the weekend and distributed Democratic governors 
during breakfast meeting Monday morning, prior the National Governors Association's 
closing session. The Democratic governors could seen sporting the buttons during the quick 

session during which the governors adopted new policy statements for the group. 
"We're trying keep the Republican governors happy," Quinn said. 
Republican governors the meeting appeared good mood, with many seen smiling and engaging upbeat conversations with.their Democratic and Republican colleagues. 
CORRECTION: Initially this article stated that the buttons arose out Gov. Peter Shumlin's message President Obama during meeting the Democratic governors had with the president. The article has been updated reflect that the buttons arose out Shumlin message Republican governors during press conference.following that meeting. 

SACRAMENTO BEE: MICHAEL MEMOLI 
Tribune Washington Bureau 

gaps and tough decisions loomed. year later, there broad sense among the state executives that they have stepped back from 
the precipice. What being fiercely debated here this political year just how much credit 
the federal govermnent, and President Barack Obama particular, deserves for the turnaround. 

WASHING TON --The nation's Democratic governors have been telling their Republican counterparts "cheer up" Monday morning, the states' chief executives head the White 
Democratic governors were wearing buttons labeled "cheer up" during the National Governors Association closing session Monday and kept them they boarded buses for their group meeting the White House. The buttons come out ofVermont Gov. Peter Shumlin's 
which delivered during press conference following meeting that Democratic governors had with Obama this weekend. 
"We're saying cheer up; we're making progress. We're getting results," Shumlin told The 
Huffington Post Monday. 

Shumlin and his Democratic colleague, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, said that they are tired the "doom and gloom" that the Republican presidential candidates have been referencing during the campaign and they wanted Republicans look what they term the Obama administration's accomplishments. This includes the creation of3.5 million new jobs during Obama's term, they say. 
The buttons were created Shumlin over the weekend and distributed Democratic governors during breakfast meeting Monday morning, prior the National Governors Association's closing session. The Democratic governors could seen sporting the buttons during the quick session during which the governors adopted new policy statements for the group. 

"We're trying keep the Republican governors happy," Quinn said. 
Republican governors the meeting appeared good mood, with many seen smiling and engaging upbeat conversations with their Democratic and Republican colleagues. 
CORRECTION: Initially this article stated that the buttons arose out Gov. Peter Shumlin's message President Obama during meeting the Democratic governors had with the president. The article has been updated reflect that the buttons arose out ofShumlin message Republican governors during press conference following that meeting. 

GREAT IDEA! 

Governors weigh presidential race 
Democratic governors are bullish President Obama's re-election prospects, citing the improving economy and Republican nominating contest that has exposed deep divisions the party's base. 
Republican governors insist Mr. Obama vulnerable, but they say they are concerned the prolonged primary race has alienated independents and may have badly damaged the eventual nominee. 

They pointed the improving employment figures, which have helped raise state revenues after years painful budget cuts. The national unemployment rate stood percent January, down from high percent October 2009. 
''These Republicans that are running for president, they're depressing. Cheer up!" Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said after Democratic governors left White House meeting with Mr. Obama. "We've got some good news: great president creating jobs, and governors who are seeing revenues rebound." 

Even Democratic governors some typically toss-up -or "purple" -states said they like Mr. Obama's 
chances. 
"In purple state people want see results and they also want see level collaboration and teamwork. 
think going win Colorado," the state's governor, John Hickenlooper, said. 
Meanwhile, virtually Republican governors were willing predict their party's nominee would prevail November. 
Many lamented the drawn-out nature the nominating process, which the early front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has been weakened the intense scrutiny his wealth, business practices and shifts issues well the unwillingness conservative voters rally behind his candidacy. Many conservatives have coalesced recently around former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Mr. Romney's latest rival the contest moves primaries Arizona and Michigan Tuesday and contests March don't know anybody who thinks you started out design good process pick president you'd choose exactly what have now," said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Republican and former White House budget 
director who explored presidential candidacy but ultimately decided against run. 
Another Republican, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said wasn't concerned that social issues had become part the presidential campaign, saying such topics are top concerns for many Republican voters. But Mr. who hasn't endorsed primary candidate, said the discussion would shift once nominee chosen. 

"It will the economy, the economy, the economy and will jobs, jobs, jobs. And think that's exactly 
 
where should be," said. 
HUFFINGTON POST: 

Democratic Governors Tell Republican Governors 'Cheer Up' 
The Huffington Post John Celock 

WASHINGTON --The nation's Democratic governors have been telling their Republican counterparts "cheer up" Monday morning, the states' chief executives head the White House for meeting with President Barack Obama. 

Democratic governors were wearing buttons labeled "cheer up" during the National Governors Association 
closing session Monday and kept them they boarded buses for their group meeting the White House. 
The buttons come out Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin's governors which delivered 
during press conference following meeting that Democratic governors had with Obama this weekend. 

"We're saying cheer up; we're making progress. We're getting results," Shumlin told The Huffington Post Monday. 
Shumlin and his Democratic colleague, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, said that they are tired the "doom and gloom" that the Republican presidential candidates have been referencing during the campaign and they wanted Republicans look what they term the Obama administration's accomplishments. This includes the creation 3.5 million new jobs during Obama's term, they say. 
The buttons were created Shumlin over the weekend and distributed Democratic governors during 
breakfast meeting Monday morning, prior the National Governors Association's closing session. The Democratic governors could seen sporting the buttons during the quick session during which the governors 
adopted new policy statements for the group. 
"We're trying keep the Republican governors happy," Quinn said. 

CORRECTION: Initially this article stated that the buttons arose out Gov. Peter Shumlin's message President Obama during meeting the Democratic governors had with the president. The article has been updated reflect that the buttons arose out ofShumlin's message Republican governors during press conference following that meeting 

SACRAMENTO BEE: 

WASHINGTON --When the nation's governors gathered Washington year ago, state budget gaps and 
tough decisions loomed. year later, there broad sense among the state executives that they have stepped back from the precipice. 

What being fiercely debated here this political year just how much credit the federal governn1ent, and 
President Barack Obama particular, deserves for the turnaround. Emerging from meeting with the president and his economic tean1 the White House Friday, one Democratic governor called the Republicans' tone "depressing." "Cheer up!" Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin implored. "We've got some good news great president creating jobs. And governors who are seeing job creation and, therefore, revenues." "I'm cheerful," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican, responded Saturday. "As American, I'm delighted see the unemployment rate going down. But I'd suggest you tliat has more with Republican governors." McDonnell and Republican Chris Christie ofNew Jersey were elected 2009, replacing Democrats. 2010, Republicans picked six additional governorships claim the majority. The political gains were attributed part the lingering unease about the economy, and dissatisfaction with the president's response. But now the economic news improving. The Bureau Labor Statistics reported January that the unemployment rate had declined states during the month January, and held steady more 

continuing long-term improvement trend. According the National Conference State Legislatures, budgets enacted states last year closed cumulative. shortfall $91 billion, and through the fall, new gaps were "'practically nonexistent." Democrats say the foundation for that improvement was laid the aggressive federal response the problem 
 the form the economic stimulus package. think it's fair say that the president and his administration kept this country from going off the cliff," 
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Sunday. "We wouldn't have made nearly good shape through this 
recession had not had the stimulus money support our education efforts, support infrastructure efforts that could keep people working." 
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels ofindiana, serving the final year his second term, countered that the
called recovery the weakest ever from serious recession. 
"And his policies are manifestly part the problem," said the president. budget and State the 
Union (address) that doesn't even mention debt. He's really left the field wide open the issues that ... people 
will insist central." 
"There's real disconnect between the states and the federal government," said McDonnell, who chairs the 
Republican Governors Association. "Governors have balance budgets time without excuses, without 

delay, are held directly responsible for jobs and energy policies their states. And yet see, least see, 
from this president lack leadership jobs, spending, debt, the economy." 
Governors both parties have taken dramatic steps balance their budgets, but Republicans triggered some 
the most high-profile battles. Scott Walker Wisconsin now faces recall election after joining with the 
Republican Legislature curtail the rights state unions collectively bargain. Ohio voters overturned 
similar legislation last fall. Christie has become conservative sensation for the successful fight his state 
rein the powerful teachers union. 
Some those fights will work the president's benefit next fall, Democrats contend. 
"All them took hard right turn. You've seen the people's reaction. They wanted more jobs, they didn't want 
unions banned. They wanted more jobs, they didn't want teachers and police officers and firefighters lose 
their pensions," Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association, said 
interview. "We've all had make tough reforms, including pensions, but the people aren't going reward 

these guys for their right-wing ideology. And it's become apparent, believe, voters." say the economy improving spite Obama "is not compelling message," added Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Democrat "They basically thought they could get away witl1 totally negative message. That's not very good place the economy getting better." 

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Gov.: GOP Field 'So Depressing' 

Washington for the National Governors Association, annual four-day conference top state executives. fair, Shumlin wasn't talking about the quality the candidates, but that they ought giddy about President Obama's chances winning second term, which seemed the feeling among Democratic governors. "We've got some good news: great president creating 
Democratic governors are bullish President Barack Obama's re-election prospects, citing the 
improving economy and Republican nominating contest that has exposed deep divisions the 
party's base. 
Republican governors insist Obama vulnerable, but they say they are concerned the prolonged 
primary race has alienated independent voters and may have badly damaged the eventual nominee. 
Democratic enthusiasm and Republican apprehension were both display the winter meeting 
the National Governor's Association, annual four-day conference where states' top executives 
gather discuss policy and trade ideas best practices but where politics always close the 
surface. 

years painful budget cuts. The national unemployment rate stood 8.3 percent January, down 
from high percent October 2009. 
''These Republicans that are running for president, they're depressing. 

Cheer up!" Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said after Democratic governors left White House meeting 
with Obama. "We've got some good news: great president creating jobs, and governors who are seeing revenues rebound." 
Even Democratic governors some typically toss-up, "purple," states presidential elections, 
"In purple state people want see results and they also want see level collaboration and teamwork. think going win Colorado," the state's governor, John Hickenlooper, said. Meanwhile, virtually Republican governors were willing predict their party's nominee would prevail November. Many lamented the drawn-out nature the nominating process, which the early front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has been weakened the intense scrutiny his wealth, business practices and shifts issues well the unwillingness conservative voters rally behind his candidacy. Many conservatives have coalesced recently around former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Romney's latest strongest rival the contest moves primaries Arizona and Michigan Tuesday and contests March don't know anybody who thinks you started out design good process pick president you'd choose exactly what have now," said Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, former White House budget director who explored presidential candidacy but ultimately decided against 

run. 
Daniels said would not consider jumping into the race even Romney were lose Michigan. 
Some Republican leaders have said privately that Romney does not prevail Michigan state 
where was born and grew and where his father served governor -the defeat could serve opening for party heavyweight like Daniels join the field. 
Daniels, who has not endorsed candidate, said didn't believe potential Romney loss 
Michigan indicated unremitting problems with his candidacy. would require church-affiliated employers include birth control part employee's health insurance coverage. The decision drew outrage from Catholic. bishops and other religious leaders, and Obama eventually retooled the requirement say health insurers, not the religious groups themselves, must pay for the coverage. Many Republicans, including the leading presidential candidates, slammed Obama for what they called government infringement religious liberty. But their hard line risked making the candidates look though they were anti-birth control ... particularly Santorum, Roman Catholic who has said believes contraception harmful women. The problem was further compounded when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, rising Republican star 
widely considered contender for the vice presidential nomination, backed controversial bill that would have required women undergo vaginal ultrasound before receiving abortion. McDonnell backed down this week, asking the bill's sponsors require less invasive ultrasound procedure instead. But the controversy drew national attention and scorn from women's groups. 

Pennsylvania Republican Gov. John Corbett said wasn't concerned that social issues had become part the presidential campaign, saying such topics are top concerns for many Republican voters. But Corbett, who hasn't endorsed primary candidate, said the discussion would shift once nominee chosen. 

was forcefully.confronting Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell during POLffiCO forum about the Virginia legislature's push for bill that would require women take ultrasound before having abortion. Meanwhile, O'Malley set sign bill this week make Maryland the eighth state the country recognize gay marriage. "If the Republicans continue against diversity, continue against civil rights, think they will continue the party yesterday," said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. "If the Republican Party 
continues say equality, diversity and dignity, they will dinosaur party." 
While President Obama's initial -it has since been revised cover birth control health insurance packages initially sparked political firestorm, also resurrected much more divisive debate that polls now show favors Democrats. Quinnipiac University survey released late last week found that more than half Americans support the president's revised plan and that more than two-thirds think birth control should covered under insurance plans. "The way it's sort unfolding the GOP side, it's actually good for the Democrats," said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, the prior DGA chairman. Added California Gov. Jerry Brown: think the Republicans are hurting themselves. But worse, they are hurting the country." 

Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire suggested that the lurch the right the top the ticket will hurt Republican candidates down ballot, including Attorney General Rob McKenna, moderate who striving become the first GOP governor the Evergreen State years. "In sharp contrast the president coming week ago, going the Boeing Company, talking about manufacturing, jobs, getting people back work ... they're talking about setting women's health care back years, they're out touch with where state is," she said. When questions about these same hot button social issues were posed Republican governors, their inclination was quickly pivot the economy and blame Democrats for distractions. "These are Democrats that are just blowing smoke because they can't defend the actions this administration," said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, when asked about his colleagues' critiques. "The most important issue jobs and they want put the focus other issues. But can tell you governor, focus jobs.'' Asked whether social issues could have bigger-than-expected role the presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker demurred. think those are sideshows any those issues, Democrat Republican. think the real 

issue about the economy," said. think the most powerful message that whoever the nominee is, will ultimately have is, that the current status this country, and many our states, focused too much empowering the government try get involved economic development." Maine Gov. Paul LePage cut off discussion the topic social issues immediately after was broached. "I'm not part that debate. only want talk about jobs. they want talk about jobs, I'm interested," said. "If they want talk about something else, they've got the wrong guy. don't care about it. It's not issue." 
VOICE AMERICA: 

Economy Top Obama Meeting With Governors KENT KLINE 

The U.S. economy will likely the main topic President Barack Obama meets Sunday and Monday with most America's state governors. Many the state leaders are reporting progress. 
Some state executives have brought sense optimism the National Governors Association meetings Washington. 

outlook. 

"Manufacturing adding jobs. know that there are jobs that are now starting come back 
the United States, and know that there are more jobs created increase exports," 
said. 

America's economic recovery. 
Most state constitutions require balanced budgets, and falling state revenues have forced many 
governors make difficult and unpopular choices. 
However, Governor Peter Shumlin, the Northeastern state Vermont, says that many states, unemployment down and revenues are up. "We have got some good news-a great president creating jobs, and governors who are seeing job creation and therefore revenues rebound," said. 
Some Republican governors also say the economic picture has brightened, including Governor Dave Heineman, the Central state Nebraska. get sense that most governors are feeling little bit better, that their budget pictures have improved. will say this, because have gone through for seven years: Controlling spending critical, but invest the most important priorities," said. 

Many Republicans say was cost-cutting Republican governors that has caused the economic resurgence their states. 
And some states are still struggling, including the most populous state, California. Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has projected billion deficit this year, although the economy appears showing signs revival there too. California were independent nation, has been estimated that its economy would the ninthlargest the world. 

President Obama will host formal dinner for the governors Sunday, and will hold meetings with the state executives Monday. 

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BURLINGTON FREE PRESS: 
Report: Worms Vermont women's prison scathing report group women's advocates describes worms shower stalls, insufficient number 
toilets and inadequate number jobs available for inmates the South Burlington prison. 
Among the complaints: "There are worms the shower." 
The report also cited inadequate heat and hot water times. 
The rep01t was issued eight women who represent various organizations that work with female inmates. The 
report comes six months after the state moved the female inmates from prison with too much space St. 
Albans one with not enough South Burlington. 

Gov. Peter Shumlin, responding the report Tuesday, said some the information was inaccurate outdated 
and the other issues are being addressed. 

State officials admitted, though, that there are larvae from sewer flies the showers, problem that has 
plagued the prison for years. "The issue insects not new for this building and does occur other buildings our system," Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito told legislators e-mail response the report. Pallito said.the state Buildings Department has system for cleaning the shower drains and has ramped that schedule up. Plans are the works remove old tile and resurface those areas, said. "ls perfect facility? No," said Susan Bartlett, the governor's special assistant for Corrections issues and 

 
leading driver moving the women South Burlington. "The work the maintenance issues ongoing." Bartlett said the state will replace the spotty heating system the summer, but didn't make sense the winter. She said plans are also place give two jail cells make room for more toilets. 

The report raises broad spectrum issues that the authors say were generated the move South 

Burlington, where there less space for programs, jobs and facilities. 
Alongside the physical issues with the facility, the report cites lack work for the women. The St. Albans 
facility offered full-time jobs and training positions, the report said, while South Burlington the 145 
women have access just jobs. 
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The work that available lacks the long-term educational benefits the work St. Albans, the report said. 
"Six months into the transition, there are disturbing signs that we're not only falling short the Governor's 
vision, but are track erode decade's worth progress our work with incarcerated women," the repo1t 
states." Immediate steps must taken ensure the health, safety and human dignity Vermont's 
incarcerated women." 
Bartlett responded that the Women are being offered work outside crews that they were not offered St. 
Albans. 

Clearly miffed the report, Bartlett said, felt .like we've been working with these groups good faith. 
didn't feel like there were lot suggestions that they were trying helpful with." 
The report was the work Susan Onderwyzer the Lund Family Center, Dolly Fleming Mercy 

Com1ections, Wendy Love the Vermont Commission Women, Karen Tronsgard-Scott the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence, Tiffany Bluemle Vennont Works for Women, Jane Van Buren Women Helping Battered Women and Marybeth Redmond and Sarali Bartlett writinginsideVT. injunction for Franklin County Town Meeting prayer 

ST. ALBANS Vermont Superior Court judge St. Albans said Tuesday unlikely he'll rule whether religious invocation the annual Franklin town meeting constitutional. 

The woman, Marilyn Hackett, says the prayer the start the annual meeting violates the Vermont Constitution's protection against forced participation religious worship. Just week before the annual town meeting, lawyers for Hackett and the to.WU made their respective cases Superior Court Judge Martin Maley Dan Barrett, American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing Hackett, said religious prayer violates the Vermont Constitution and violates her rights public accommodations because the prayer discriminates the basis creed. Jim Carroll, attorney for the Town Franklin, said the prayer does not compel Hackett anyone else 
attend religious ceremony, since she and others can leave the room during the brief prayer, then return fully participate Town Meeting. Plus, the invocation has secular purpose: encourage participants reflect the gravity and solemnity the proceedings. Barrett asked for injunction preventing the prayer this year's town meeting, since ruling the entire case won't come until later this year. However, Maley said would out town from tonight through Monday, and won't have the time decide whether injunction necessary. After the hearing, Hackett said she would Town Meeting this year, regardless whether the injuction was granted. 

Database debate: House bill differs with Shuinlin who can access opiate prescription records 
Gov. Peter Shumlin's proposal give law enforcement direct access confidential Health Department database part effort confront the prescription opiate abuse crisis has hit stumbling block the House. Shumlin, his State the State address January, said wanted the Legislature pass bill that would allow select team three Vermont State Police investigators access the Vermont Pres cription Monitoring System, which tracks the dispensing medications like OxyContin and other opiates around the state. Instead, the bill sponsored Rep. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, chair the House Human Services Committee, would limit access the state's Public Safety commissioner, who would seek the data via request the Health commissioner cases where there was "serious and imminent threat person the public." "The Prescription Monitoring System was originally developed tool for health care," Pugh said Monday. "It was not developed public safety instrument. will continue take testimony the bill thisweek and then vote it." law, the database cannot accessed police. Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn and others have argued that access would help speed criminal investigations "pill shoppers" and doctors improperly 
prescribing the medications. present, police can obtain prescription data going from pharmacy pharmacy. Flynn said Monday that the plan outlined Pugh's bill was cumbersome. said became law, the change could result him and Health Commissioner Harry Chen being subpoenaed into court case-bycase basis explain the reasoning for their sharing database information. "It doesn't sound like we'll have all that much direct access with this bill," Flynn said. also said he's had 
hard time convincing lawmakers that the information the database does not violate privacy protections. 
"When you get prescription, it's not written out you," Flyun said. "It's written the pharmacist, who then 
give the medication you. That record subject disclosure under the law." 
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Pugh said she was aware Shumlin' desire give police access the database but said she had decided 
approach the issue from health care perspective. 
"He's the governor the state Vermont, and that's separate branch government," she said. "We put the 

epidemic have prescription misuse." spokeswoman for Shumlin did not immediately respond request for comment Monday. 

The bill also seeks require that all physicians check the database before prescribing controlled drugs and 

The Republican presidential primary race will show its face Vermont after all. will the form former 
New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu. 
Sununu due appear Wednesday :45 a.m. news conference the St.atehouse Montpelier 
campaign for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Vermont's primary next Tuesday. 
Sununu will appear with state Sen. Randy Brock, who Republican candidate for governor, and Sen. Vince 
Illuzzi, R-Essex/Orleans, according news release from the Romney campaign. 

According the Buffington Post, Shumlin had buttons made that said "cheer up," reference what and 
another governor referred the doom and gloom espoused Republican presidential candidates. 
Here are links the Buffington Post article and related.article from USA Today. 
http ://www,huffingtonpost. com/2012/02/2 democratic-governors-republican-govemors-cheer

None this has dissuaded Sorrell. 
Asked Monday was running this year, said: definitely am." 
Sorrell said has never faced primary challenger his seven previous races and said doesn't know 
will this time. 

"Oh, you know, there are rumors," said. 
Whether it's consumer protection, criminal enforcement, environmental law civil rights, Sorrell believes 
has served Vermont well. 
"I'm proud record," said 

"If have primary then Democratic voters will have chance decide whether they want continue office not," said. 
NEWPORT EXPRESS: 
Starr Wants Cards for Immigrant Workers Christopher Roy NEWPORT CITY -Vermont lawmakers are working identification card for legal immigrant workers. That's the word Sen. Robert Starr North Troy, who serves the Senate Committee Appropriations and Senate Committee Agriculture, brought Monday's Legislative Breakfast the Eastside Restaurant. "These are for people who came here legally but they are constantly harassed when they the store shopping, when they for medical help even when they congregate and they have day off visit each other," said Starr. "The law enforcement people seem give them hard time about their residency and all that." There are about 1,500 immigrants working dairy farms the state, Starr said. "We don't need have 

people come here, work hard and abused anybody," said Starr. 
The card will similar format driver's license. 
The card doesn't sit well with Pam Ladds, who identifies herself part the percent and immigrant. 
"If you give immigrant ru1 card, bit like giving feather chicken and saying wave this front the fox ru1d won't hurt you," said Ladds. 
"Instead looking the immigrant, how about looking the law enforcement who are over zealous, who 
frequently can abusive." 
hnmigrants are stopped frequently, said Ladds, who doesn't carry identification when she walking and 
questions what will happen she gets stopped without her card. think we're the same page this issue," answered Starr. "Most the law enforcement people that are 
giving these folks hard time are federal employees." 
This something federal legislation has deal with, said Starr, who said agrees with Ladds. 
"The problem not with our immigrfil1ts that come here, it's basically with our police and the way they're 

trained handle these situations," said Starr. said legislators have been told police treated fil1 American 

citizen badly when she was transporting some immigrants medical appointments. However, it's not the local state police that are the problem. "It's mainly federal law enforcement people that are giving these people hard time." Rep. Sam Young Glover, who serves the House Committee Commerce and Economic Development, said his committee passed bill that allows recipients Workers' Compensation claim receive their payments electronic pay card. Testimony revealed that percent Vermonters don't have bank account, Young said. Last week lawmakers debated healthcare bill that sets healthcare exchange, something. the state required part the federal Affordable Care Act. "If don't it,. the federal government will for and we'll have use their system," said Young. "We'd rather have our own system." Chet Greenwood asked Young how his party could pass bill when doesn't know what will cost what will cover, the case the healthcare exchange. said there are 40,000 uninsured Vermonters. Greenwood also said not everyone who goes through the exchange would eligible for tax credit. the exchange, said Young, private insurance carriers would offer their services. The cost would about the same now. Young also said three quarters Vermonters would get reimbursable tax credit. Starr said didn't support the healthcare bill when lawn-iakers 
started set last year because didn't know much about it. 

Wright's legislative voting record not easy describe 

MONTPELIER -As the Legislature was about take vote 2009 bill legalize same-sex marriage, Rep. Kurt Wright said was undecided, weighing arguments from constituents for and against the intensely personal issue. When came time vote, Wright, the only Republican legislator from Burlington, went against many members his party and voted favor same-sex marriage. few days later, when lawmakers voted again whether override Republican Gov. Jim Douglas veto the bill, Wright differed from his party's governor and voted for the override. The measure passed without vote spare and same-sex marriage became law Vermont. 
The vote was one indication that defining Wright's legislative record not easy describe 
Burlington voters trying decide March whether should the city's next mayor. faces 
independent Wanda Hines and Democrat Miro Weinberger. has chosen not pursue leadership roles within the Republican caucus within the Legislature's committee structure, but frequent speaker during House floor debates, often providing succinct summary his party's stance. his years Montpelier, Wright has championed bills that might described traditionally 
Republican, backing law-and-order measures, trying outlaw teacher strikes and repeatedly 

proposing citizens right initiate referendums. has also sometimes signed onto bills few other Republicans did, including effort elect the 

president through popular vote, legalizing medical marijuana and protecting affordable housing. 
"He's complicated character," said former Rep. David Zuckerman, Burlington Progressive. "He's tea party Republican," said, adding, "He's Jim Jeffords. He's not about leave 
the party." 
Mindful Burlington's overall liberal streak, Wright has tried hammer home during the mayoral 
campaign that partisan Republican. "I'm ending straying from the party quite bit," 

Voting record 
Wright won election the Legislature 2000, Republican representing Burlington's most conservative area, the New North End. He's easily won re-election five more times, remaining the only Republican sent Montpelier from Burlington. 
For all but the first four his years the Legislature, Wright has been member the minority party, with Democrats amassing increasingly large majority. was, noted, more fun being part the majority. 

Wright said Republican because believes the basic philosophy lower taxes and smaller government, but doesn't see issues Republican D.emocratic nature. 

constituency, which more liberal than that virtually all other Republicans the House. 
"You know his vote going different than most his caucus members," Turner said. 
"He's centrist," said Rep. Patrick Brennan, R-Colchester. "He's not quick take sides. studies 
every situation. He's willing entertain all points view." recently Thursday, Wright went against his party. voted for the health-care exchange and 
against Republican amendment that sought require theShumlin administration produce 
funding plans for the exchange and proposed government-funded health-insurance coverage 
before the November election. Wright said afterward that didn't think the information would 
available then. 

Wright can also counted on, however, stand the Republican Party some the most 
partisan issues. 
Last year, for example, Wright voted against the bill that set the framework for pursuing single
payer health care system, against the 2012 state budget bill and against allowing childcare workers unionize, all initiatives the Democratic majority. 

"We've rarely voted the same way," said Rep. Johannah Donovan, D-Burlington, who started the Legislature with Wright 2001. 
Rep. Jason Lorber, D-Burlington, who'd sought the Democratic nomination for mayor this election cycle, pointed bills that Wright introduced that would have made illegal for teachers strike. called the measure "way out step with Burlington values." 

Some Democrats give Wright credit, though, for votes against his party, notably the same-sex 
marriage bill and veto override, but also some energy issues. 
Last year, Wright joined Democrats the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee which serves supporting proposed 55-cent surcharge electric bills fund the state's Clean 
Energy Development Fund, which provides incentives for renewable energy projects. 
"He saw the value the Clean Energy Development Fund," said committee Chairman Tony Klein,
East Montpelier. 

The surcharge was headed for passage the House when Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin pulled 

fast one and announced had another idea and would reject the 55-cent plan. Democrats 

grumbled about Shumlin's move, Wright rose the floor criticize the governor's intrusion. 

Republicans winced while Democrats silently cheered, Wright noted. 

Klein, who emphasized was not weighing the mayoral race, said gives Wright lot 

credit for his same-sex marriage vote. "The defining moment for terms what kind human 

being think Kurt Wright the marriage equality issue," Klein said. 

Others have noted that while they appreciated Wright's support the issue, was reluctant 

convert the cause. 

"If was conviction, would have been there from the beginning," said Zuckerman, same-sex 

marriage supporter. 

Wright conceded that earlier his career would probably have voted against same-sex marriage. 2001-02, was co-sponsor bill that defined marriage between heterosexuals. 

Wright discounted the notion that his change tune was political calculation. said the decision 

was hard. said heard from people both sides with arguments found compelling. was back and forth it," said. "Ultimately, came decision that was the right thing 
do." 

Voting against the marriage bill and override would have been politically easier, Wright contended. "It 
was not fun time after that," said. got lot really nasty stuff." 
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Wright's role the Republican minority the House has dwindled size, there was plenty opportunity for 
someone who was interested rise within the ranks the caucus. Wright chose instead work 
the periphery party leadership, speaking certain issues without taking formal role. 
Turner said Wright would have had hard time serving Republican leader because would 
require him adhere more closely the Republican line. 
"It would have been hard for him role," Turner said. "We're the loyal opposition." 
Wright said decided not seek leadership position, both because strays from the party more than leader should and because his work the time and energy his work Burlington City Council take. 

Even members the minority party, other Republicans the House take leadership positions 
within committees. Brennan, who has been the Legislature one term less than Wright, chairman the House Transportation Committee. Rep. Carolyn Branagan, R-Georgia, also for one less term 
than Wright, vice chairwoman the House Ways Means Committee. 
Wright has served three committees during his tenure 
 
Affairs, House Government Operations and House Natural Resources Energy. 

"I've been happy with any committee," Wright said. 
Klein, his current committee chairman, said Wright active member and knowledgeable about the issues. "He's always been thoughtful. He's always engaged," Klein said. 
Wright said has concentrated other efforts working behind the scenes legislation that 
doesn't always have his name attached. think you make changes the extent you can working with others," Wright said. "Rather than getting your name hundreds bills like focus few things." 
Among the efforts cited were increasing penalties for drunken driving, allowing schools share 
information with other schools about teachers let under suspicion, and making Vermont 
property owners need declare hom.estead declaration only once. 
Defining legislator's effectiveness with empirical data difficult do. Many bills are introduced and few pass each year. Sometimes the content one bill ends attached another. 
During his years the Legislature, Wright has been the lead sponsor half-dozen more bills 
each year. has seen just three pass into law intact -not unusual count compared 
colleagues all parties. Bills that passed with Wright's name the lead sponsor include doing away with the law that 
prevented bar patron from buying more than one drink time and carrying one back table 
for friend, and requiring photos new Vermont driver licenses. Vermont faced several cases convicted sex offenders completing their prison sentences without 
treatment 2006-06, Wright was lead supporter civil commitments, controversial approach 
that would allow the state hold certain offenders indefinitely. Douglas supported the bill, but the 
Democratic majority the Legislature was firmly opposed. 
Though the measure never passed, Legislature later passed tougher sex offender laws, which Wright cited indication his work influenced the debate. 

Similarly, Wright said, backed tougher penalties for drunken driving and for eluding police. Eventually, the Legislature boosted those penalties. 
Wright had tried sought allow schools share information about former teachers with other schools without success. The idea caught after teacher Hyde Park was let under suspicious circumstances then hired Colchester, Wright helped attach the measure another bill. 
"He was able take other legislators and get them understand the importance," said Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe. 

Lorber, who lost bid last year the Democratic nominee the mayor's race, argued that Wright has little show for legislative record over years. 
"He hasn't been successful leader any legislative initiative that I'm familiar with that initiated the last several years," Lorber said. 
Political friends and foes alike concede that whatever their differences, Wright someone they have 
work with. 
"He's open and accessible," Brennan said. consider Kurt friend. think he's good man," Donovan said. Just not man she'll vote for 
she's supporting Democrat Miro Weinberger. 
"You can sit down and talk him and he'll listen," said Zuckerman, who said wasn't endorsing 
anyone the mayor's race. 

For the past four years, U.S. states struggled close more than $500 billion budget shortfalls 
caused the recession, ushering tax increases, spending cuts and clashes with public-employee 
unions. 
With the economy recovering, officials gathering Washington today for the National Governors 
Association winter meeting are beginning face welcome choice: how spend extra money. 
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, whose state rebounding with the automobile industry, may use 
possible $670 million surplus hire state troopers whose ranks thinned during the past decade. 
Colorado may set more aside for education. New Jersey's Chris Christie seeking cut taxes and 

bolster underfunded pension. 
"After extremely difficult period when revenues were crashing and series cuts had made 

quickly, state budgets are stabilizing," Scott Pattison, the executive director the National 

Association State Budget Officers Washington, said telephone interview. 
"In some cases 
you're beginning see improvement revenues coming ahead forecasts." 
After the Storm 
State tax revenue has been rising the fastest pace since 2006, before the housing-market collapse, 

U.S. Census figures show. the three months through September, the first quarter most states' 
fiscal years, such collections rose 5.6 percent from year earlier, the seventh-straight gain. That 
outpaces the 1.6 percent revenue growth states assumed when drafting their budget plans, according Nov. report the NGA and the National Association State Budget Officers. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who today joined Democratic governors meeting with President Barack Obama the White House, said the revenue increases are evidence economic turnaround. The national unemployment rate January was 8.3 percent, down from high percent October 2009. "We've been having tough budgets," Shumlin told reporters. "We've had make tough choices. But this president helps create jobs --or jobs are created our states --revenues are coming back and things are looking up." Fiscal officers states and Puerto Rico think revenue "stable" and should meet fiscal 2012  

estimates, according survey October and November the National Conference State Legislatures. 'Fairly Optimistic' Officials states said they were "concerned" about meeting projections, while seven states are "optimistic" because collections exceed projections, according the report. "I'm fairly optimistic for the spring tax collection period, barring something unforeseen," said 

Pattison. "There's continued, gradual improvement." The three-day NGA event starts today and features governors-only meeting with Obama the White House Monday and black-tie dinner with the president and Michelle Obama Feb. 26. There will private meetings among governors and their staffs and public-policy sessions including tomorrow's opening panel: "Growing State Economies." Michigan, where the unemployment rate dropped 9.3 percent December from high 14.1 percent August 2009, the state ranked second for economic health from 2010's third quarter through the same period 2011, according the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation States. trailed only oil-booming North Dakota. 
 
Stress Lurking 

Still, states' tax coliections have yet fully rebound 2008 prerecession levels, and budgets 
more than half are smaller than 2008, according the November report the Governors 
Association and budget officers. 

 
"State policy makers have good reason feel optimistic about the recent and positive economic news," said Kil Huh, who follows budgets for the Pew Center the States. "But when comes budget matters, there may reasons hedge. There's stress still lurking state budgets." 

2012 are running $147.1 million ahead projections, according the state Office Budget and Management. "This economy still roller coaster," Kasich told reporters Columbus yesterday. "We're not going the business spending money." Illinois Budget The increase collections hasn't lifted all states from their troubles. Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who passed record tax increase last year, this week proposed increasing spending $800 

million, including percent jump for schools. With billion backlog unpaid bills, still proposed $2.7 billion cut Medicaid. California, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown counting tax increase next year forestall cutting $4.8 billion from planned spending for schools. Even so, any revenue increase welcome shift. When Michigan's Snyder took over last year, his first budget contended with $1.5 billion deficit. The state now looking surplus. New Jersey, Christie proposed $32.1 billion budget Feb. that would cut income taxes percent and raise spending $2.4 billion over the budget signed June. The governor's budget would more than double $1.1 billion the state's pension payment and increase school aid $213 million. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has recommended restoring previously proposed cuts over two years that include $97 million for primary and secondary education and $30 million for college financial aid. "We are able recommend all this because the economy has shown welcome improvement," 
Hickenlooper said press statement. --With assistance from Chris Christoff Lansing, Amanda Crawford Phoenix, Terrence Dopp Trenton, Jennifer Oldham Denver and Roger Runningen Washington. Editors: Stephen Merelman, William Glasgall contact the reporters this story: William Selway Washington wselway@bloomberg.net; Mark Niquette Columbus mniquette@bloomberg.net contact the editor responsible for this story: William Glasgall 
BLOOMBERG: 
Brewer Plans Skip National Governors Association Dinner White House 
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who faced off with President Barack Obama airport tarmac last month, won't attend the National Governors Association annual black-tie dinner the White House tomorrow. Brewer said interview today that she had scheduling conflict. "I've just decided wasn't going going because had some other commitments had attend to," Brewer said. Jan. 25, Brewer, Republican, greeted the Democratic president Phoenix with letter asking for meeting Arizona's economy and suggesting they visit the U.S.-Mexico border. The two talked closely for several minutes and Brewer was photographed with her finger pointing Obama's direction. She later said she habitually talks with her hands. "The tarmac issue was little distorted rather than reported probably the way that actually happened," she told reporters today. The National Governors Association dinner highlight its annual winter meeting, said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Republican. "When the president the United States invites the governors come formal dinner, you don't turn him down, OK?" Branstad said. "My youngest son going with me. It's nice honor. I'm not going deny that for son." 

Florida's Governor Rick Scott, Republican who frequent Obama critic, will fly into Washington tomorrow for the dinner after skipping the NGA's meetings health care and other topics. 

(Reporting From The NGA) more inclusive role for governors, the policy direction the 
National Governors Association, part the vision the current co-chairs the NGA the group 
holds its annual winter meeting Washington Speaking during the opening news conference, Governor Dave Heineman(R-NE) said and co-chair 

feel more pressure find their way forward without help from Washington. also comes most states continue struggle out the recent recession. While governors spoke the economic downturn the past tense, during day one this year's conference, was also clear that the possibility another downturn, slip backward, very much the forefront thinking for most state leaders. The first day the conference was devoted almost completely jobs and economic growth. During the first session, governors heard from Jim Clifton, the chief executive officer Gallup, who said that the real national unemployment rate not the eight ten percent range; closer twenty percent. Clifton added the more troubling statistic that sixty percent the unemployed say "they room full state leaders with vested interest painting much rosier outlook the national economic condition, Clifton's view the world, through survey research, was least bit disheartening. the same time, confirmed that the number one job anyone government right now come with policies and programs that help raise the level employment. separate interviews with various news media outlets covering the NGA meeting, the overwhelming policy priority articulated governors job creation. 

WASHINGTON -Governors attending annual meeting this weekend will take the theme "Growing State Economies," initiative they hope will boost hiring and create jobs their home states. But Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has made jobs the centerpiece his administration, will not the gathering. Florida, along with Texas, Ohio and Idaho, one four states whose Republican governors have declined pay annual membership dues the National Governors Association. Scott one just handful U.S. governors not going the annual meeting -46 governors from U.S. states and te.rritories will attendance. Scott will Washington, though. and his wife, Ann Scott, will fly Sunday for 
what many governors and their spouses consider the highlight the annual weekend Washington: black tie dinner hosted the president and first lady the White House. The dinner not affiliated with the NGA. Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said that when the governor took office last year, asked all his agencies examine the value the association memberships being paid for the state. "Gov. Scott did the same and determined the NGA membership was not appropriate 
expense for the state .of Florida this time," she said. The amount the state's NGA membership dues were not disclosed the NGA Scott's office. NGA dues range from $22,000 $176,000, depending the size the state. Instead, Scott chose member the Republican Governors Association, which relies corporate donors and part donations from hundreds wealthy conservatives who donate the group for access events featuring GOP governors . Unlike the NGA, strictly policy-based organization, the RGA's primary mission help elect Republicans governorships throughout the nation. Democrat governors have similar political arm. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Republican, has long been skeptic the NGA's value his state. Texas, which left the organization 2002, was paying about $135,000 dues. 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who dropped his state's membership 2010, decided would rather not spend estimated $10,000 travel. Even governors haven't paid their dues, all state and territorial governors technically remain members the 104-year-old organization. But they're only considered "members good standing" their dues are paid up, the organization said Friday. 

Kaiser Health News reported last year that the NGA has stopped helping Florida, Ohio, Idaho and Texas implement the new health care law because they dropped their memberships the organization. All four states are among the states suing overturn the law. 

WASHINGTON POST: 

Who'd believe it? Some governors face fallout from improving economy. Michael Fletcher, Published: February 

The fiscal crises that ignited pitched partisan battles states across the country the recession's wake are beginning ease, leaving Republican governors several crucial swing states struggling overcome the political damage caused past efforts repair their budgets. the National Governors Association gathers for its winter meeting here Washington, the economic landscape some long-suffering states improving, lifting tax revenues and, some cases, allowing for small surpluses. But the forceful budget action taken last year Republican governors Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida, including severe spending cuts and moves curtail the collective bargaining rights public employees, have left them deeply unpopular the economy 
has improved. This may make more difficult for the GOP win these states than appeared just few months ago, find growing numbers Americans who believe the economy has begun recover. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faces recall election the coming months, just over year after his move curtail collective bargaining rights for most public employees the state brought him national attention, well huge protests. Florida, opinion polls found Gov. Rick Scott the least popular governor the country, after initiated deep cuts state education aid last year. Ohio Gov. John Kasich struggling with one the lowest approval ratings any governor the country after voters November overturned law end collective bargaining rights for that state's public employees. addition cutting bargaining rights for government workers, Kasich, supported deep reductions state aid local school districts, while pushing series tax cuts that provided the largest benefits Ohio's wealthiest taxpayers. Like the other Republican governors, Kasich said his moves were necessary repair the state's finances. Kasich boasts that closed the state's yawning budget gap without raising taxes. But with the state's economy now improving, voters have grown impatient with austerity, and his approval rating now stands percent "Kasich has badly damaged the Republican brand Ohio," said Dale Butland, communications director Innovation Ohio, progressive think tank based Columbus. 
The economic rebound also poses political problem for GOP presidential candidates, 
who are staking much their case against President Obama what they call his 
mishandling the economy. 
Kasich has mostly remained the sidelines GOP presidential candidates have come 

through Ohio advance its March primary, which will one the closest watched Super Tuesday contests. Although overall, state tax revenues remain below pre-recession levels, there has been marked economic improvement the nation's Midwestern manufacturing belt, where jobless rates are typically below the national average. Ohio, the unemployment rate December, the latest month for which statewide statistics are available, was 8.1 percent, well below the national rate 8.5 percent for that month. some areas the state, unemployment moving toward pre-recession levels. The rebound manufacturing that has led the national recovery has driven jobless rates down heavily populated northeastern Ohio, home some 10,000 factories. The 

jobless rate Cuyahoga County has tumbled 7.1 percent, down from 
9.9 percent over the past two years. Lorain County, the unemployment rate 7.3 percent and Lake County, joblessness has declined 6.6 percent. Astro Manufacturing Design, custom manufacturer that makes precision products from beds for CAT scanners torpedo parts, business booming. The company's Eastlake plant now has 165 workers, more than did two years ago. Jobs are returning from China, and sharp increase aerospace and medical equipment work has transformed company that once survived mainly making parts for automobile assembly lines. "We could grow another workers could find qualified workers," said Rich Peterson, Astra's spokesman. "When politicians talk about the bad economy around here, they are really talking about the past. Things are getting much better.'' Although polls show voters remain anxious about the economy, the improving landscape 
has undercut some the harshest criticism Obama's economic stewardship, while making harder for political leaders defend steep budget cuts. "Last year was going very difficult year for any governor," said Curt Steiner, Republican political consultant based Ohio. After tough campaign, Kasich found himself situation where had "to make some difficult and unpopular decisions." some cases, governors are moving reverse those cuts. Saying the worst his state budget crisis over, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) using projected percent increase revenues raise state aid public schools and higher education. Florida, Scott has proposed reversing course and wants increase state aid education the current spending plan. But not every state has the luxury strongly rebounding revenues, making more pain necessary. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Democrat, earlier this week proposed budget that cuts services, reduces pensions for state employees and slashes Medicaid costs. Those proposals come year after imposed state income tax increase that raised the rate 
from percent percent. 
Meanwhile, California's Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed increasing sales 
taxes, while raising state income taxes for families making more than $250,000 year 
close budget gap. 

And while many state economies are improving, voters still worry that the gains recent months can slip away. "The whole issue gasoline prices fire right now," 

 London, Sarah 
From: Allen, Susan 
Sent: 
To: Allen, Susan 
Subject: MEDIA CLIPS FOR SATURDAY, FEB. (FINAL): 

BURLINGTON FREE PRESS: 

Obama's Burlington visit moves UVM, Grace Potter perform 
President Barack Obama moving the l.ocation his Vermont visit accommodate more people, 
and adding headline local musical act the bill. 
His March trip Burlington had been scheduled for the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center 
Williston Road, but campaign officials said Friday that "overwhelming response" has prompted 
move the University Vermont's athletic complex campus. 

The president's re-election campaign also says singer and songwriter Grace Potter and her band, The 
Nocturnals, will performing the event. The presidential campaign stop set for UVM multipurpose facility that part the athletic complex Burlington. 
Tickets for the event range price from $100 for general admission high $7,500 for photo 

opportunity with the president. The campaign also announced Friday that lower-price tickets will 
available. 
"As part the campaign's Gen44 program, tickets for students and grassroots activists start $44," 
Obama's campaign said statement. 

Lawmakers surprised news Vermont State Hospital layoffs 

The Shumlin administration began the process Friday layoff state workers who formerly staffed 
the now-closed state psychiatric hospital. 
The announcement led the Senate delay final action bill authorizing investments replace 
services previously provided the Vermont State Hospital Waterbury. Flooding from Tropical 
Storm Irene forced closure the 54-bed hospital. 
"This took lot people surprise," Sen. Vincent Illuzzi, R-Essex/Orleans, said. plans offer amendment next week that would require the hospitals now providing high'level psychiatric care make for the loss the state hospital hire state hospital workers. Those workers would 
retain their status and benefits state employees. 
The hiring requirement would affect Fletcher Allen Health Care, Brattleboro Retreat and Rutland 

State Human Resources Commissioner Kate Duffy said the state needed initiate the layoff process 
now because the private hospitals want shift away from having state employees helping staff their 
psychiatric units. They have said they would welcome state employees apply for jobs. 
"Our state hospital employees deserve better than put unemployment lines," Conor Casey, 
spokesman for the Vermont State Employees Association, said: 
The union wants the Legislature take some action stop the layoffs. 

Governors flank Obama job growth pitch BYRON TAU 
Democratic governors joined President Barack Obama Friday full 2012 campaign mode, defending the president's record the economy. The governors, who met with Obama while town for this weekend's National Governor's 
Association conference, touted job creation -long considered Obama's top political vulnerability political strength. They pointed particularly growth the manufacturing sector. "He wants ensure all across America don't give manufacturing jobs," Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire said. "There was tendency service jobs and say that's our future. Our future manufacturing and service." Gregoire said that Obama's recent visit the Boeing factory Everett, Wash. was pitch perfect economic message. Gregoire said that resonated much better than recent Rick Santorum visit that 

focused the candidate's opposition gay marriage -which she recently signed into law. "To those come state: Come visit, come understand before you start talking about some policy that doesn't resonate Washington State," Gregoire said. 'The president came out and talked 

about manufacturing job, visited the Boeing company. That's the right kind message. you want get voters, and you want inspire, that's what should done." "The leader the free world has done something that president has done long time and that's back back years manufacturing job growth the United States -something that many would have thought just few years ago absolutely impossible do," Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy told reporters. And they didn't shy away from taking shots the candidates the other side. never try predict the wisdom the electorate, but he's working very hard being the best president could possibly have," Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said. personally, especially looking the Republican-land, persuaded that without any doubt all, he' the best president could possibly have." Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin went farther. "These Republicans that are running for president are depressed," Shumlin said. "We've got some good news great president creating jobs. And governors who are seeing job creation and therefore revenues." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper flatly predicted that Obama would carry his home state Colorado state Obama won 54to 2008, but which seen the balance for this year's election. think jobs are something that they're really attuned to," Hickenlooper said about western voters

One the Democratic governors who met with President Obama today had sunny but taunting message for his Republican opponents. "Cheer up." "These Republicans that are running for president are depressed," added Peter Shumlin, the governor Vermont. "We've got some good news --a great president creating jobs. And governors who are seeing job creation and therefore revenues." The current unemployment rate 8.3%, but many Republicans point out that has been over for the longest period time since the Great Depression. 
Obama spoke with group Democratic governors today about the economy, including his proposals use the tax code encourage businesses keep jobs the United States. also can't help but think little politics was discussed. The Democratic state executives are Washington, D.C., for the annual meeting the National Governors Association. The president and first lady Michelle Obama will host White House dinner for all the governors Sunday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest read out this morning's meeting between Obama and the Democratic Governors Association: 

The president was eager continue the ongoing discussion with Democratic governors about the ways that the federal government and the states can work together create jobs and grow the economy, conversation that will continue Monday when the president meets with the full National Governors Association. 
One the ways that, the president laid out the State the Union address and has reiterated many times since, accelerate the growing trend in-sourcing where companies are bringing jobs back the United States and making additional investments right here i.n America. The president will discuss his proposals support in-sourcing, including tax incentives encourage business investment the United States and investing 21st century infrastructure. 

Richards, Alyson 
From:  Frank Bergold [bergold@DGA.net]  
Sent:  Thursday, February 23, 2012 4:38  
To:  Richards, Alyson  
Subject:  RE: Chair's Dinner  

Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 4:32 To: Frank Bergold Subject: Fwd: Chair's Dinner 
Frank, 
Governor Shumlin great with that. Please note email -Allison Richards another state employee! 

Best, 
Aly 

Sent from iPhone 
Begin forwarded message: 
From: "Richards, Allison" 
Date: February 23, 2012 4:09:42 EST 
To: "Richards, Alyson" 
Subject: FW: Chair's Dinner Alyson, 
More correspondence for you ... Hope that all well with you. 
Jllison 
From: Frank Bergold 
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:19 
To: Richards, Allison 
Cc: Erin Gorman 
Subject: Chair's Dinner Ally-Steve Janson with Pfizer requested sit Gov. Shumlin's table the Chair's Dinner tomorrow night. wanted run that you make sure was ok. 
Thanks! 

Frank 
Frank Bergold 
Deputy Finance Director 
Democratic Governors Association 
1401 Street NW, Suite 200 
Washington, 20005 (202) 772-5622 (202) 591-5199 (202) 471-3535 

London, Sarah 
Subject: FW: NGAIDGA Schd (Thur, Feb Mon, Feb 27)-
From: Trombley, Shana 
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 1:07 
To: EXE; GPS 
Subject: NGA/DGA Schd (Thur, Feb -Mon, Feb 27) 
NGA/DGA 2012 Winter Meeting 
February -February 27, 2012 
Bill Lofy, 
Aly Richards, 
DGA Contact: 
Ian Walton, Democratic Governors Association (direct) 
23rd 2012 Schedule Air Flight 3405 Departs BTV: 5:13pm Arrives DCA: 6:55pm 
Hotel (conference) 
J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, 
Hotel Monaco (accommodations) 
700 St. 
Confirmation: 
GPS:... 
Shawn McGarvin: 
Chris Scrodin: 
Aly Richards: 
Bill LofyJlml!S (arrives 24) 
with David Catania Tomate, 1701 Connecticut Ave, Intersection Connecticut and Street 
Contact: David Catania 
24th 2012 Schedule 
10:00 -ll:OOam with President Obama 
The White House 
1:30 -DGA Roundtable Discussion 
The Capital Hilton 
1001 16'h Street, 
GPS the first panel but not the second one. 
1:30 -PANEL The Road Create Jobs 
Participants include: Heyward Donigan, President CEO ValueOptions Mary Kay Henry, President SEIU William H.C. Chang, CEO Cloud Beam Seth Goldman, CEO Honest Tea Tom Fanning, CEO Southern Company Jonathan Berger, CEO Great Lakes Dredge Dock 
Governor O'Malley Governor Beshear Governor Quinn Governor Schweitzer 
with Candidate for Governor 
The Capital Hilton 1001 16'h Street, Massachusetts Room 
Contact:. Elisabeth Pearson [pearson@dga.net] Pam (Hassan's finance director) 

3:00 PANEL The Road Economic Growth Our Communities 
6:30 Participants include: 
Tom Buffenbarger, President JAM 
Barry Rutenberg, Chairman the Board NAHB 
Warner Baxter, CEO Ameren Missouri (awaiting confirmation) 
TBD, CEO affiliate with Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association (awaiting confirmation) 
John Manzoni, CEO ofTalisman Energy (awaiting confirmation) 

Governor O'Malley 

Governor Abercrombie 

Governor Malloy 

Governor Nixon 

Governor Perdue 

Governor Tomblin 

DGA -Chair's Dinner 
8:30 -12:00am  Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Iron Horse Taproom 507 Seventh Street  
zih 2012 Schedule  
7:30 -9:00am  Governor  Business  -Democratic Governors Association Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, Salon 
9:00 -lO:OOam Session Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, Salon 111 
10:05am Governors for the White House 
Avenue Grill Exit Street G.overnors must use transportation provided NGA 
10:20 -with the President 
The White House Media Availability will immediately follow the White House 
1:15 -Lunch White House Mess 

Shana Trombley Scheduler 

Attached the additional briefing for the Panel Discussions and the White House. The White House briefing laid out chronologically with background information and biographical information for each portion the meeting. There are talking points the end the briefing for the stakeout press conference after the meeting. 
Kate Hansen and Mark Giangreco from our press shop are cc' this email you have any specific questions about the stakeout. 

For the staffers meeting their boss the stakeout: Please arrive the Northwest Gate Pennsylvania Ave and 
Jackson Place (17th Street) noon. You will allowed the grounds 12:1 Opm meet your boss 
12:15/12:20pm. will the gate for any troubleshooting and Mark will inside the stakeout. 
Lastly, everyone could tonch base with the departure your boss from the White House 1:30pm EST, the Secret Service asking for specifics for each Governor. 
Please let know you have any outstanding questions! 

Erin 
Erin Gorman 
Democratic Governors Association 
1401 Street, NW, Suite 200 
Washington, 20005 

Updated 2/21/12 -Subject Change

DGA Events Briefing Memo National Governors Association Winter Meeting February 24-27, 2012 
To:  Democratic Governors  From:  Erin Gorman  
DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION  DGA Contacts Schedulers  Roshan Patel Kelly Berens  
Security Detail  
Jobs,_ Opporturitty, Now. 
OVERVIEW  

The Democratic Governors Association hosting several events during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting Washington, DC. These events include meeting with Democratic Governors and President Obama, policy discussion focused jobs, multiple receptions, and Governors Only business meeting. Additional briefings will provided for the meeting with President Obama and the Panel Discussions. 
This year, NGA runs from February 24-27 and attire for all DGA events business. Attendee lists broken down event are attached the end this briefing. 
CONTACTS. 
There DGA staff contact listed for each DGA event the details each event, however, please find 
additional contact information for all DGA staff here: 
Erin Gorman Executive Assistant 
Roshan Patel National Finance Director 
Kelly  Berens  Events Director  
Ian  Walton  Policy Director  
Frank  Bergold uty Finance Director  bergold  
Anna  Cleveland  Finance Assistant  
Dan  Sena  Political Director  
Elisabeth  Pearson  Campai Director  
Bharat  Krishnan  Deputy Political Director  
Kate  Hansen  Communications Director  
Mark  Giangreeo  Deputy Comm. Director  
Ben  Metcalf  Chief Operating Officer  
Donna  Tappin  Director Operations  

DGA OFFICE