Voices in the week’s news: August 28, 2009

In addition to Governor Douglas’ announcement to not seek re-election, a Vermont soldier died in Iraq, a whistleblower called into question Fairpoint’s readiness to take over from Verizon.  These were some of the voices in the news this week.

Douglas says he won’t seek re-election

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas says he won’t run for re-election. Douglas, a four-term Republican who has bucked Vermont’s political tide for years, says he won’t seek another two-year term in 2010 but has no plans to seek any other office.  

Douglas fights Pentagon plan

Governor Jim Douglas says the Pentagon is working on a plan that would allow military officials to run their own disaster response operations, independent of those set up by governors. Douglas says the proposal will lead to chaos in the field.