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LET THE READER BEWARE:

Heres a disturbing development: Propaganda delivered directly to my mailbox — and that of all local residents, apparently — over the weekend.

Its an important reminder to always check the source of information. While Epoch Times claims to be breaking through the suppression of Big Tech by delivering real news and honest journalism, in fact this is an assault on the truth and an assault on journalism.

Epoch Times is an extreme right-wing international newspaper and media company affiliated with the Falun Gong religious cult. Learn more at the articles below.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/24/technology/epoch-times-influence-falun-gong.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Epoch_Times

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We get these in ME too. I generally put directly into the circular file!

Yeah, I got one of those in my mailbox too

Wowzah! Thank you so much got the heads up!

They actually did a pretty good job of rendering a surface appearance of actual journalism, with perhaps an investigative edge, but beneath that surface image, it's borderline Q-anon.

Got this “newspaper” once before. Could see it was extreme right-wing but did not know cult connection.

And it's important to know that the extravaganza Shen Yun is also a propaganda arm of the same ground. It is beautiful, no doubt, but there is a strong message in the production.

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MAKING VERMONT WORK FOR FAMILIES

Today H.66, a bill to create a statewide family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) program, was referred to the House Committee on General and Housing. I’m excited to be among 103 sponsors of this bill.

Supporting all families through this universal program is a top priority for the House Democratic caucus. Along with our work on childcare, we are delivering on our promise to help all families thrive across our state.  

Supporting caregivers and helping to meet families basic needs creates healthy, resilient communities.  The creation of an FMLI program also assists Vermont businesses in recruiting and retaining employees to build a thriving and equitable economy.

After four years on House Education, this year I’m ranking member in General & Housing. Can’t wait to start taking testimony!
Every Vermont representative and senator has an official page on the General Assembly website. You can read our bios, see our committee assignments, and follow the bills we sponsor and our voting records. Check it out — it’s an excellent resource! Here’s my updated page for the new 2023-2024 biennium. You’ll see more bills and votes once things get rolling. 

https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/single/2024/30945

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Thanks for being transparent

CONSTITUENT COFFEE HOUR: SATURDAY ON ZOOM with Reps. Kath James, Seth Bongartz and Mike Rice >>>

Please join us for an online constituent coffee hour this Saturday, January 21, from 9 to 10 am on Zoom. We'll share updates from the first few weeks of the 2023 legislative session, answer questions, and discuss your ideas and concerns!

Seth and I welcome all residents of our Bennington-4 district (Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and northwest Sunderland). We'll be joined at this meeting by Rep. Mike Rice (Bennington-Rutland district: Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Mt. Tabor and Peru).

We had a lively crew at our first meeting on January 7 at Charlie's Coffee House. See below for our 2023 schedule, which includes in-person meetings across our district and a few Zoom get-togethers for good measure.

All meetings are held on Saturdays from 9 to 10 am. To attend a Zoom meeting, email me (KJames@leg.state.vt.us) at least 30 minutes prior for the link.

Constituent Coffee Hours: 2023

January 21: Online meeting (Zoom)
With Rep. Mike Rice

February 4: Wayside Country Store
3307 Vermont Route 313, West Arlington

March 4: Bonnie and Clyde’s
13 Old Mill Road, East Arlington
With Rep. Dave Durfee

March 4–7: See you at your annual town and school meetings!

March 18: Online meeting (Zoom)
With Rep. Mike Rice

April 1: Charlie’s Coffee House
39 Bonnet Street, Manchester Center

May 13: Wayside Country Store
3307 Vermont Route 313, West Arlington

May 20: Online meeting (Zoom)
With Rep. Mike Rice

June 3: Bonnie and Clyde’s
13 Old Mill Road, East Arlington
With Rep. Dave Durfee
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CONSTITUENT COFFEE HOUR: SATURDAY ON ZOOM with Reps. Kath James, Seth Bongartz and Mike Rice  data-recalc-dims=>> Please join us for an online constituent coffee hour this Saturday, January 21, from 9 to 10 am on Zoom. Well share updates from the first few weeks of the 2023 legislative session, answer questions, and discuss your ideas and concerns! Seth and I welcome all residents of our Bennington-4 district (Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and northwest Sunderland). Well be joined at this meeting by Rep. Mike Rice (Bennington-Rutland district: Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Mt. Tabor and Peru). We had a lively crew at our first meeting on January 7 at Charlies Coffee House. See below for our 2023 schedule, which includes in-person meetings across our district and a few Zoom get-togethers for good measure. All meetings are held on Saturdays from 9 to 10 am. To attend a Zoom meeting, email me (KJames@leg.state.vt.us) at least 30 minutes prior for the link. Constituent Coffee Hours: 2023 January 21: Online meeting (Zoom) With Rep. Mike Rice February 4: Wayside Country Store 3307 Vermont Route 313, West Arlington March 4: Bonnie and Clyde’s 13 Old Mill Road, East Arlington With Rep. Dave Durfee March 4–7: See you at your annual town and school meetings! March 18: Online meeting (Zoom) With Rep. Mike Rice April 1: Charlie’s Coffee House 39 Bonnet Street, Manchester Center May 13: Wayside Country Store 3307 Vermont Route 313, West Arlington May 20: Online meeting (Zoom) With Rep. Mike Rice June 3: Bonnie and Clyde’s 13 Old Mill Road, East Arlington With Rep. Dave Durfee" data-querystring="stp=dst-jpg_p720x720&_nc_cat=110&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=IMlorn-2oskAX8r1vnU&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.xx&edm=AKIiGfEEAAAA&oh=00_AfAq3ccmWJswzbSahwIdhJ_EUO0EoY0f03zonNCo2rDR1w&oe=63DD58D1" data-ratio="1200" class="cff-multi-image" />
Deadline today!

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I have to say, this year everything was super easy!!

Yesterday in committee, I learned about a relatively new program that provides free landlord-tenant mediation for income-eligible Vermonters — folks who qualify for Reach Up or earn 80 percent or less of Area Median Income. The landlord and tenant work directly with a professional mediator to resolve disputes and come to mutually agreeable solutions, without the stress of going to court. The program is run by the Vermont Landlord Association, which provides many other resources. Heres the link -- check it out and please share!

https://vtlandlord.com/mediation-program.php

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Great idea!

Great to know!

This session, Im ranking member of the General and Housing Committee. We got down to work this week with introductory testimony from important partners like the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) and Capstone Community Action. 

Over the past several years, the legislature has invested more than $375 million into housing and housing services. Committee priorities this year include: 

• Follow-up and oversight of investments already made
• Continued funding of programs that support housing: building more housing, making more rentals available, helping folks buy, helping Vermonters who are unhoused, and providing services that support housing in all ways.
• Examining landlord-tenant laws and the rent and eviction processes

Our committee also considers matters related to labor, so we’re looking forward to working with other relevant committees on Family and Medical Leave Insurance
CONSTITUENT COFFEE HOUR: JOIN US!
Saturday, January 7: 9 to 10 am: Charlies Coffee House

Please join me and Reps. Seth Bongartz and Mike Rice for our first constituent coffee hour of the 2023 legislative session! Well be at Charlies Coffee House in Manchester (39 Bonnet Street) this coming Saturday, January 7, from 9 to 10 am. See you there! Mike Rice for State Representative

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Looking forward to it!

The 2023 session is underway! Yesterday we re-elected Rep. Jill Krowinski to her second term as Speaker of the House, took our oath of office and received our committee assignments. I’ll be serving as Assistant Majority Leader (Whip) and ranking member of the General and Housing Committee, as well as the House and Joint Rules committees.Image attachmentImage attachment

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I’m so proud of you, Kath!

What great committee assignments, and you're going to be a great whip! Thank you for all that energy you give!

Great assignments!! Here’s to a good session!

Congratulations. May your will be guided by your heart for the families and constituents you serve.

Congratulations onward and upward 💛

Look at you go!!! Congrats kath!

Fabulous!!

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Heading back up to Montpelier as soon as my packing pile passes Rosie’s inspection. The 2023 session starts tomorrow! Stay tuned for committee assignments and more. 😀

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Thank you for your hard work & sacrifices. We are all better off for you being you!

Does Rosie go with you?

Here’s to a successful session, Kath!

Rosie has a job to do too!

Much work

Off to do good things!!

Hi Judy Murphy!

Thank you!

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The 2023 legislative session begins on Wednesday. Read our newsletter to save the dates for our regular constituent coffee hours that start next weekend! We hope you will join us. Plus: Important resource guide, housing task force application. - https://mailchi.mp/leg.state.vt.us/coffee-hours-resource-guide

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Sounds y’all had a great holiday! ❤️

Colorful for sure!!!

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ARPA RECOVERY GRANTS: LEARN MORE!

Excellent meeting today at the Manchester Community Library with almost a dozen high-ranking leaders from the Scott administration to talk about the many grant programs that are up and running, or in the works, using federal ARPA stimulus and recovery dollars. A full house with attendees from town and county government, businesses, nonprofits and community service agencies. The first stop to learn more is our own Bennington County Regional Commission, as well as the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. Over the past two years, the legislature has allocated more than $1 billion to help across a wide range of sectors, including water and sewer, economic development, hospitality, the arts, agriculture, housing and much more. Reach out to the BCRC to learn more.Image attachment

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What does the acronym stand for? Please and thank you.

Thanks for attending. Great turnout and know progress will be made.

Sorry, I didn't hear about this one.

RETURNING TO THE LEADERSHIP TEAM!

Full house in the statehouse yesterday as the Democrats gathered to select our 2023-2024 leadership team and brainstorm priorities and policies for the upcoming session! Rep. Jill Krowinski will return as Speaker and Rep. Emily Long as Majority Leader. I’m excited to be returning to the leadership team as Assistant Majority Leader (Whip). In this job, I’ll work closely with the Speaker and Majority Leader — and all 104 members of the House Democratic caucus — to bring the best possible legislation to the floor, with the broadest possible consensus. The session starts January 4!

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Thanks so much for stepping up Kath! You are going to be great.

All best wishes!!

Fabulous!! ❤️

Most incredible day! Congratulations and looking forward to an equally incredible session.

Congratulations!!

Congrats Kathleen.

Good luck!!

Lotta serious issues to work on

Congrats!!

Congratulations and good to know that you'll still be on the leadership team. Looking forward to a good, productive session. Happy holidays!

You’re one of the many awesome women who are saving our country! 👍❤️

Onward with all the good conversations and work!!

Congratulations!!! It’s so exciting to have such a rockstar team at the lead!

I LOVE how many women are in office!! #thefutureisfemale

Congratulations Kath! This is great news!

Thank you for representing us so well!

So glad you are there!!

Wonderful news! Congratulations, so proud to have you representing us .

Best wishes. Congratulations

This is fantastic! Congratulations!

Congratulations, Kath!

Congrats, Kathleen!

Congrats!

Awesome!

Congratulations. You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.

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