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Middlebury residents fight the state on $3 million airport expansion

Planes rest on the tarmac at the Middlebury State Airport in East Middlebury.  Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
+-*Opponents say the plan would increase noise and only benefit wealthy owners of private planes.


Thousands boost Bernie Sanders onto the campaign trail

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves to thousands of supporters at his campaign kickoff Tuesday at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
+-*Surrounded by an eclectic mix of supporters, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders formally launches his bid for president, asking Americans to fight for economic equality.


Text of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign kickoff speech

Senator Bernie Sanders called Dubie’s appointment bittersweet for Vermont. While he was proud to see Vermont’s top military commander appointed to such an important post, he was sad to see him go.
+-*"Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally."


Bill creates college savings account for every Vermont child

Photo by via Creative Commons
+-*A bill passed this session would contribute $500 into a college savings account for each low-income child born in Vermont; $250 for others. Money will come from charitable organizations.


Bennington College conference looks at mental health in jails

Students and other participants listen to a panel discussion at Bennington College's “Incarceration in America” conference, earlier this month. Photo courtesy Bennington College
+-*Part of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action's second “Incarceration in America” conference, the discussion featured five women who direct programs that assist incarcerated individuals with their mental or public health needs.


Environmental groups attempt to block ‘massive’ development off I-89 in Randolph

Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin listen to developer Jesse "Sam" Sammis talk about the details of a new visitor center to be built off I-89 during a news conference at the Three Stallion Inn in Randolph on January 16, 2013. 
Valley News photo/Sarah Priestap
+-*The development near Exit 4 would include housing, office space, light manufacturing, a fitness center, retail space and a hotel and conference center.


Equinox resort thinking big

The Equinox Hotel, photo by Donald Kreis
+-*Comprehensive vision for the future includes new golf clubhouse, 286 additional hotel rooms, 90 condo units and more.


Legislative Wrap: State passes ambitious renewable energy goal

A solar panel and battery storage system at Northern Reliability’s test center in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
+-*The new standard puts Vermont on a steady track to continue building renewable energy projects, such as wind, solar and large-scale hydro power.


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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

VTDigger's Legislator Lookup

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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


Walt Amses: No stopping VTel

+-*VTel is determined to build an unnecessary 140 foot tall communications tower in spite of near universal opposition.

Ron Pulcer: Bernie, run for president of all 50 states

+-*Sanders doesn’t have to follow the same old primary path of past Democratic candidates, especially in the run up to the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.

John McClaughry: The governor’s ‘productive’ legislative session

+-*That appears as a new frontier in spin, possibly coupled with a bit of amnesia. Let’s review the report card.

Quote of the Day

“I could have killed it, but I’m not going to do that. Sometimes it’s tough to be a leader and a statesman.” — Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor, on the passage of a renewable energy bill

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