Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gray to make run for State Senate Seat

Randy Gray, a 48 year old Springfield Native, will make a second effort to gain one of the Windsor District’s Vermont State Senate seats. Gray is a Republican candidate who identifies himself as more of a right leaning centrist.

He is a strong believer in the “original” Republican values, limited government intrusion; an individual’s freedom is necessary, free enterprise, Constitutional compliance and fiscal responsibility.

Randy will focus mainly on Vermont’s economy and affordability, and the opiate issue. His economic plan includes reducing the business tax to 7% across the board, offering a tax free start up period; work on alternatives to the sales tax. He will make a serious effort to bring a secondary vocational school to Windsor County. “Increasing tax revenue by growing the workforce will, in turn, lessen the burden on all tax payers.” he claims, “this in turn will have an effect on all of the state’s taxes and fees, making Vermont more affordable”. Reducing the budget by charging the State Government to operate more efficiently will have a positive effect as well. Randy opposes any form of a carbon tax.

Gray also has a plan to work toward solving the crippling drug issue. A multi-pronged plan starting with better prevention programs to stricter penalties for dealers. Gray states “The slap on the wrist policy for dealers has to end.” He also feels addicts need more opportunities for rehabilitation, as part of the incarceration process through the Department of Corrections.

Randy extends and invitation to teachers who can offer him solutions to Vermont’s high education costs. He feels Act 46 should be repealed, the law designed to consolidate school districts, remove school choice and local control on a false pretense of lowering costs. You are encouraged to contact Randy via email at: randygray4senate@gmail.com or see his full platform on his website: www.randygray4senate.us.



49 comments :

  1. Yeah, portraying yourself as a "right-leaning centrist" is the new conservative line. I seem to recall him running as a TEA Party candidate last time. I don't see anything in the article that would suggest otherwise.

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    1. And your point is??

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    2. I would prefer honesty; but in the age of Trump, I guess anything goes. Some of us ACTUAL centrists have integrity, and trying to trick us into voting for you is pretty lame!

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    3. If Gray calling himself a "right leaning centrist" is all it takes to trick you, I'd say you have more to worry about than Gray's campaign.

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    4. I'm not worried about Gray's campaign; he'll lose again. I'm just amused by the number of conservatives pretending to be moderates these days; as if that would fool anyone! Sorry guys, we know you too well!

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    5. He wont loose.. He has tons of support..

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    6. You mean like Phil Scott siding with Democrats?

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    7. Gray voted for Trump and is a big Trump supporter, he's far right and not a centrist. Same old song and dance, yawn.

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    8. I'll vote for him. My family will as well

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    9. If Gray is a Trump supporter, he will get my vote...

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    10. Frank Gould5/11/18, 3:55 PM

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      Are you vet if so how can you support trump. His comments and one staff members about John McCain pretty much make me sick

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    11. Thank you, Frank. As a veteran who does NOT support Trump, I am also sickened by his comments on Sen. McCain. I find it truly disturbing that Trump gets so much support from vets, especially Viet Nam vets. For those looking for an electrician, Frank did a very nice job wiring my house a few years ago; HIRE THIS GUY!

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    12. Let me get this straight Frank, Obama and Hillary are more deserving of veteran respect than Trump? Are you aware of Trump's great progress in reforming VA care? What about current military spending that largely went for pay and benefits of our deserving, volunteer soldiers? Please Frank, explain what Trump has done that so harmed you. By the way, may want to read the full history of McCain's reckless, military service and how his father leverage a slot for him at the academy when his grades and leadership aptitude alone were not enough. He is far from a hero. His negligence killed a lot of people.

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    13. Hillary and Obama have nothing to do with this, no matter how much you need to bash them. Trump was a privileged draft-dodger (his father paid a doctor to lie about bone spurs) who has the NERVE to criticise a GENUINE war hero. The only people who don't believe that are disgruntled conspiracy theorists, and outright liars. McCain has more integrity, guts, and HONOR in his little toe than Trump EVER WILL, even if he lives to be a thousand! What has Trump done to harm me? Nothing yet, but only because he has accomplished so very little! He would, if he could, I'm sure. The real harm he has done is to the credibility, safety, and security of our nation. He has emboldened our enemies; the only reason our allies still talk to us is because they know he'll be gone one day. Just what has he really done for you? Not much, I'll bet. The GOP has beaten you all down so hard you dance in the streets over a chump-change tax cut. YAWN, YAWN, YAWN!

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    14. Frank Gould5/11/18, 8:04 PM

      I put Trump on the same level as a draft dodger. John McCain what ever he may or may have not done while in the service, he was still a POW and I have to respect him for that.

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    15. Lt Cmdr USN, ret.5/12/18, 7:38 AM

      McCain fired off a middle while his aircraft sat on the deck of the USS FORRESTAL....sailors died....that's all I need to know about this baboon!

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    16. Lt Cmdr USN, ret.5/12/18, 8:14 AM

      "missle"....autocorrect, duh

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    17. chuck gregory5/12/18, 8:15 AM

      Well, let's see if this changes your mind after all these years: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/john-mccain-fire-uss-forrestal/

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  2. I have known Randy for a few years. He would do a great job and his values are as stated.

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    1. I tend to think that Randy would do an adequate job, I just think that he is running for the wrong office if he wants to get elected. McCormack has been the only Senator on the correct side of two important votes: he voted against Act 46 despite the fact that his party leaders were supporting consolidation, and he voted in favor of marijuana legalization, regulation and taxation which would be a tremendous consensual tax boon for the State. I do not believe he can be tagged for the opiate crisis, that is a bipartisan blunder in Vermont.

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  3. chuck gregory5/9/18, 8:22 AM

    Randy outperformed Dick McCormack in Springfield in the last election.

    He will be helped indirectly by the Koch brothers' money donated to him by the entities they support and by the right-wing issues campaigns (guns, immigrants, welfare, non-whites, socialism) their entities push in Vermont (e.g., Vermonters for Health Care Morbidity and Mortality-- oops, I mean Health Care Freedom), Vermont Watchdog, American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Prosperity, etc.).

    Given the right's skill at cultivating voters' anger, I think he'll outperform McCormack in Springfield again.

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    1. Chuck, I think my 'right wing' anger was cultivated and fertilized by Hillary, Bernie, Welch, McCormack, and leaky Leahy. I guess my Koch brothers money is still in the mail.

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    2. chuck gregory5/10/18, 8:12 AM

      They appreciate your support, even as they poison the soil.

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    3. It may have escaped your attention, Chuck, but outperforming McCormack in Springfield won't be enough for Gray to win the seat. There are enough McCormack strongholds (Woodstock, Windsor, Norwich, Bethel, to name a few) to carry him to another win, and another term of accomplishing next to nothing.

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    4. 7:20: I am angry with the GOP for the deficit. Bush tax cuts for the rich and now Trump tax cuts for the super rich. Trickle down economics does not work for the working class.

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    5. your democratic presidents did nothing to rectify the problems of trickle down. so that means they supported it. both partys believe in it.

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    6. I agree with 8:41, McCormack always runs poorly in Springfield, as Springfield is more blue collar Republican than the rest of the Senate District. Which means that Randy Grey would have had a fighting chance at defeating Bob Forguites had he run for the Representative seat. Why he made a second run at the Senate seat instead of the Representative seat is not at all clear to me. But this is going to be a very messy primary and general election this year.

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    7. 8:41, I'll take "next to nothing" over Gray's pro-Trump, supply-side agenda any day. Even a relatively inefective status quo is better than radical change for the worse.

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    8. so what have the democrats done to stop supply side economics. they helped deregulate the banks after the s&l scandals. they worked to pass trade policies that decimated manufacturing. they abandoned the working class.

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    9. I agree, 10:43, but the Republicans are no substitute. Better to try reforming the Democrats; at least they USED to be the party of working people. The Republicans have NEVER been. The
      Democrats just need a refresher course; the GOP is a lost cause!

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    10. how? i dont have billions and im not part of their club. you really think the dnc would listen. wow unbelievable. the democrats had their refresher course in the last election and instead of learning they blamed everyone and everything for their loss. they are as lost as the republicans.

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  4. Alpin, inclined to agree this election season will be unique. I had identified with being a progressive. But, McCormack's assault on law abiding, gun owners is unprecedented. Not only did he stage no discussion with his constituents, he has declined to respond to any emails. Appears his alliance with Montpelier counterparts runs deeper than those of us in Springfield.

    Our judiciary's revolving door justice system for opiate traffickers is abominable. I have pleaded with McCormack's office to keep these death dealers behind bars. Even went so far as to forward all the known, Windsor county overdose death obituaries. Still, McCormack only pays lips service as the body count grows. Past time waiting for change, and party affiliation matters not anymore.

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  5. Dick McCormack fought tooth and nail for single payer health care for all Vermonters. He's pushing right now for Universal Primary Care, which would make it possible for anybody to see their doctor for treatment before a disease gets too expensive for them to deal with. That alone is reason enough to vote for him.

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    1. thanks for bringing this up. what hes done is forced obamacare on vermonters. when trumpkin repealed the mandate they were devastated, so they made their own up. they are still trying to figure out punishments to inflict upon the workers for not patronizing a private business. some of them are pretty barbaric. like losing your right to drive. see the problem is they think they know whats best for other people. im still trying to figure out why they hate workers so much.

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    2. We Do not want Single Payer Health Care, nor Universal Primary Care, nor Obama Care. We want the Government out of Health Care completely until Medicare or Medicade.

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    3. You might want to talk to Randy Gray about that, Roger.....

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    4. That idiot Gruber was Obama's architect for Obamacare, a complete fail! So what did Vermont do? Hired him to craft state's healthcare system....WHICH ALSO FAILED!!!! Gruber was caught on a hot microphone admitting that Obamacare would pass because "Americans are stupid"

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    5. chuck gregory5/12/18, 8:23 AM

      The Gruber chapter is what you can expect when a major political party decides its winning strategy will be to get its money from America's wealthiest. Gruber was the logical choice of a party whose President said the public option in health care was "off the table," a tactic meant to mollify the megadonors.

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  6. Nor do we want Dick McCormick anywhere near our government, he has been the worst thing for Windsor Co, the only time you see him or hear from him is the Monday and Tuesday before the Tuesday elections standing on the corner my McDonalds waving his banner, vote for me vote for me. I've sent him multiple emails, no reply, I can imagine if I sent him one espousing his views he would have written back.

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    1. Roger, if your E-mails are anything like your blog posts, he probably couldn't understand them. I'm sure gibberish isn't his first language!

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    2. So, Roger, when you talked to Randy Gray about unaffordable health care, what did he tell you?

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  7. Medicare and Medicare should be shut down. The monies in the accounts should be used for the wall. Seniors should have to pay top dollar for med insurance like the rest.

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  8. 7:22 really? Seniors and others that have Medicare have paid into the system. Remember Mexico is going to pay for the wall?

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  9. Americans give money to the governments Medicare fund, owned by the government and the government can do what it pleases with this money. It is not yours or mine. Same with social security. Some how get it into the wall and the top one percenters who hold the wealth in this country.

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  10. Snopes has all the credibility of fake news CNN.

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    1. Philip Caron5/13/18, 12:45 PM

      Here's the navy's official report.

      http://www.jag.navy.mil/library/investigations/USS%20FORRESTAL%20FIRE%2012%20AUG%2069%20PT%203.pdf

      Many people are willing to believe whatever they hear or see if it supports their prejudices; they are less willing to probe for details or check sources. Many politicians and other interested parties are exploiting this - people who are careless with what they believe are being played. The internet has vastly intensified this. While many are currently concerned with the 2nd amendment, I feel the 1st amendment needs to be reconsidered, as it offers a blank check to liars and frauds.

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    2. 100% right, Philip. We wouldn't need to alter the 1st Ammendment to do it, either. It USED to be illegal to lie on TV, until Reagan (and Congress) did away with those laws as part of cable TV legislation in the 80's. The Framers never meant for the 1st Ammendment to protect liars; all that would be required is the political will to make lying illegal again!

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  11. Donny would be in trouble as his nose grows longer than his over hanging hair.

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  12. HEY LET'S THROW ALL THE MONEY INTO THE TEACHERS PENSION FUND. NOW THATS A GREAT IDEA VERMONT. WHAT THE HE11

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