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Marijuana advocate plans full-time legalization push in Montpelier

Matt Simon, New England political director of the Marijuana Policy Project, announced Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, the formation of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, a collaboration of groups that support the legalization of marijuana in Vermont. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger
Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project is moving to Montpelier in January to lobby for legal pot. With a shift in tone from House Speaker Shap Smith, and support from the governor, Simon sees an opportunity in 2016.


State granted hearing on Vermont Yankee trust fund use

Vermont Yankee 2010
The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has decided that the state of Vermont can have a hearing regarding Entergy's request to withdraw money from the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund without notifying the federal government 30 days in advance.


Sailing center wins crucial nod as city’s first public investment plan

Rendering of the new Community Sailing Center and its dock area. Courtesy of the center.
A plan to improve the Burlington Community Sailing Center is the first project to come alive under a new public investment process championed by Mayor Miro Weinberger.


Update: Lisman lays out gubernatorial campaign themes

Bruce Lisman
Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman made his candidacy for governor official Tuesday morning with an email to news media and supporters. Lisman will seek the Republican nomination.


Rand Paul rallies GOP crowd around ‘Clinton’s dereliction of duty,’ civil liberties + video

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Republican presidential candidate raises money for Vermont GOP, vows to make inroads in traditionally "blue" states.


Auditor: State not doing enough to enforce employment laws

State Auditor Doug Hoffer. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger
A new report from State Auditor Doug Hoffer says the state isn’t doing enough to ensure that workers are protected by the state’s employment laws.


UDATED: Bruce Lisman to run for governor as a Republican

Bruce Lisman. Photo by Anne Galloway
The former Bear Stearns executive and founder of Campaign for Vermont is expected to announce his plans Tuesday, state leaders say.


Brattleboro area lands federal funding for post-Yankee recovery

Patricia Moulton, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, talks with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and his wife, Marcelle at the Brooks House in Brattleboro on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Photo by Randolph T. Holhut/The Commons
Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. is receiving $265,000 in a three-pronged effort to deal with job losses at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.


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Cutting Class: A Special VTDigger Investigation

Declining enrollment in Vermont’s public schools is at a breaking point: The state’s student population has dropped by 21,000 since 1997, and population projections show continuing declines through at least 2030.

Declining enrollment, rising school spending: The data behind the crisis. An investigation by Amy Ash Nixon, Diane Zeigler and Hilary Niles. Visit project

2015 Legislative Guide

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2015 VTDigger/Castleton Institute Poll

The 2015 VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey of 700 Vermonters found support for Gov. Peter Shumlin flagging, but showed an interest in gun regulations and tax options. See the complete results here. Visit project

2014 Election Micro-Site

The 2014 midterm elections are here. Access our comprehensive coverage, including debate archives, candidate profiles, side-by-side comparisons, campaign finance connections, and more. Visit project

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Campaign Finance Database

VTDigger's Campaign Finance Database allows you to find out who gives to political campaigns and how candidates raise money in Vermont.

For the first time, and at no cost to taxpayers, users can easily search for donors and candidates by name, quickly retrieve aggregated totals, and explore business and family connections between donors. Visit project

VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute poll is based on data from 682 interviews drawn from a random sample of registered voters in Vermont. Interviews were conducted by phone by from March 31 to April 7, 2014. Thirteen percent of interviews were conducted with registered voters on cellphones. The data reported are weighted based on estimations of the population of Vermont registered voters to account for differential in response rates among age groups. Visit project


Mark Snelling: A new approach for Vermont’s budget process — the long view

As a business owner and an active participant in public policy discussions for the last 35 years, I have come to the conclusion that Vermont’s state budget process is broken.

Elizabeth Courtney: Planning for best siting

A renewable energy portfolio will give us needed freedom from dirty fossil fuels, but it will also give us a new set of land use challenges.

John McClaughry: School governance mega-muddle

Instead of pushing forward with the complex and often murky provisions of Act 46, the Legislature and education bureaucrats should give up on the waste management model.

Quote of the Day

“I love Bernie. I have a lot of respect for him. I’m very glad he’s running. We want Hillary Clinton as president.” — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin

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