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Proposed solar arrays spark concern in New Haven

South Burlington's new twenty-five acre solar farm promises to generate a reported 2.2 megawatts of electricity for the state, enough to power roughly 450 homes. VTD/Eric Blokland
A solar-energy developer wants to build two large installations in New Haven. Some local residents are concerned about the potential aesthetic impact.

 

Political advocacy group pushes Sorrell to clarify campaign finance law

Navigator Peter Sterling, director of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security, at his table in the Motor Vehicle Department lobby in Montpelier. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger
The Vermont Right to Life Committee accuses the pro-health care reform group Vermont Leads of improper reporting. The charge is part of a legal battle over state campaign finance law.

 

In new ad, Sanders’ nemesis Skip Vallee demands Jane Sanders return ‘golden parachute’

Screenshot taken from Skip Vallee's ad calling on former Burlington College President Jane Sanders to return money the college paid her when she left in 2011. YouTube video
Republican donor Skip Vallee produces TV ad attacking Jane Sanders for taking severance pay from Burlington College, and calling Sen. Bernie Sanders a hypocrite for his opposition to “golden parachutes” in the corporate world.

 

Slow Money Vermont seeks to connect investors with local food producers

Cheryl DeVos of Kimball Brook Farm Organic Milk shared her experience raising "slow money" capital to restructure her family's business. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
In the Slow Money paradigm, enhanced quality of local life is prioritized over monetary returns on investments. The new chapter, formed by Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network, is recruiting businesses, investors and volunteers, and will focus primarily on food-related enterprises.

 

Shumlin launches first ad

Gov. Peter Shumlin, WDEV debate. Photo by Anne Galloway
The ad consists of a series of statements from Vermonters on Gov. Peter Shumlin's accomplishments.

 

Davis predicts Shumlin could be hurt by low turnout for General Election

Vote. It's good for you and for democracy.
“I expect Shumlin to come in first,” Davis said. “But Shumlin needs to work hard to get above 50. If he wants a mandate for single payer he needs half of the votes cast.” He suggested that the Democratic field organizers are going to need to work hard to get independents who lean Democratic to turn out and get Shumlin’s percentage above 50.

 

Two arrested at Vermont Gas pipeline project

Raymond Micklon (center) and David Przepioski, both of Craftsbury Common, locked their necks together in an eight-foot-deep ditch Monday to protest the Vermont Gas pipeline extension through Addison County. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Two members of the group Rising Tide Vermont were arrested Tuesday after locking their necks together in an attempt to stop work on a natural gas pipeline project in Williston.

 

New DCF chief plans to revisit housing vouchers for homeless

Gov. Peter Shumlin talks with an attendee at an affordable housing conference in Randolph on Tuesday. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
One week into the job, Department for Children and Families Commissioner Ken Schatz wants to explore alternatives to using motels to house homeless people in winter.

 

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Commentary

Patrick Leahy & Doris Matsui: Keep the Internet free and open for all

Right now, the Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal that would create a two-tiered system and significantly alter the public’s unfettered ability to access content online. This should not…

Rebecca Foster: An open letter to Vermont’s climate marchers

Somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 of us are leaving our Green Mountain haven this weekend to join some 200,000 marchers from around the world in New York City. Hundreds more…

Walter Carpenter: You can get there from here

A striking irony about Mr. Brock's parable is what has been omitted: The Old Vermonter is probably on Medicare, the publicly funded single-payer program for seniors.

Quote of the Day

“I expect (Gov. Peter) Shumlin to come in first. But Shumlin needs to work hard to get above 50. If he wants a mandate for single payer he needs half of the votes cast.” — Eric Davis, retired Middlebury professor

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