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Transparency challenge is back: Candidates, please send us your campaign finance filings in excel format

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We are asking all candidates for statewide office, House and Senate races, and political action committees and parties, to send campaign finance filings in Excel spreadsheet format to Diane Zeigler, [email protected]


Campaign finance: Shumlin leads the pack; Milne brings in $80,000

Campaign finance reports were due to on Friday. Photo by Kevin Rawlings
In light of the most recent filings, Davis has revised his gubernatorial race prediction for Nov. 4. He says Shumlin will likely get more than 50 percent of the vote, perhaps even 55 percent, and Milne will be under 40 percent. Feliciano could get 3 percent to 5 percent of ballots cast, Davis said.


Pipeline cost increase prompts policy concerns

Vermont Gas building
Following a 40 percent increase in the estimated cost of a natural gas pipeline, some lawmakers are questioning the project approval process, and whether customers should foot the bill for cost overruns.


Vermont Republicans promote candidates for Legislature

Republican House candidate Valerie Mullin speaks at a GOP rally in Montpelier on Wednesday. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger
The Vermont Republican Party held a news conference Wednesday to showcase some of its legislative candidates. The GOP is hoping to reduce the Democrats’ majority in the November election.


Raw milk producers say new rules hurt business

Andrea Stander, director of Rural Vermont, talks about raw milk at a Statehouse rally on new regulations Wednesday. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger
A new law that allows farmers to sell raw milk off the farm includes a rule requiring that the milk be tested in its container, rather than in smaller samples.


Report recommends boosting staff, training, and coordination at DCF

Harry Chen (left), interim secretary of the Agency of Human Services, and Ken Schatz, commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, announce the results of a report on improving DCF. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
A new report calls for more staff, better training, and stronger coordination of services at the Department of Children and Families. The recommendations could run afoul of a Shumlin Administration drive to hold the line on spending in next year’s budget.


Shumlin team in D.C. to seek waivers for single-payer health care

Shumlin, left, with Lawrence Miller
Governor Shumlin and his health care team traveled to Washington last week to request federal waivers needed to implement single-payer health care. They also sought an extension of federal IT grants.


Police union outraged that Goddard College selected Mumia Abu Jamal as commencement speaker

Goddard College's Haybarn Theater in Plainfield. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger
The Goddard alumnus is serving a life sentence for the murder of a police officer; his address was prerecorded in prison.


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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

A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

This special section explains how Vermont's health care exchange works for individuals and small businesses. The guide includes interactive subsidy graphs, a navigator map and detailed information about subsidies, penalties and tax ramifications. Visit project


George Plumb: Are we facing near-term human extinction?

It is now projected that due to overpopulation of homo sapiens, by the end of this century an estimated 50 percent of all plant and animal species on this earth…

Norton Latourelle: An alternative to the pipeline

Does International Paper need a pipeline that would be destructive to the environment, risky to the lake, devaluing to homeowners’ properties and an introduction of an ever-increasing costly infrastructure?

John McClaughry: Health care mutual aid

It’s worth looking back to see how a free people dealt with their health problems before government intervention accelerated in the 1930s.

Quote of the Day

“To have the administration working so hard putting together the details of not only the financing plan and have a lieutenant governor act as an anchor slowing things down, making things tougher to explain than they already are, that was intolerable.” – Dean Corren, Progressive/Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor

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