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Digger Dialogue Candidate Forum

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Save the Date: Digger Dialogue with gubernatorial candidates on November 3 in Burlington.


Wind meetings planned in Grafton, Windham

A turbine at Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project on Lowell Mountain.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
A developer and landowner plan public hearings to present a draft map of potential turbine locations at Stiles Brook, the controversial site for a proposed wind facility in the towns of Grafton and Windham.


Burlington group pushes for amnesty for marijuana crimes

Albert Petrarca of Burlington, a member of BTV Green, seeks amnesty for those convicted of marijuana-related crimes. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger
BTVGreen wants the state’s largest city to pass an amnesty referendum to send a message to Montpelier that there is broad popular support for legalization.


Agency of Education employee charged with sexual assault of teenager

Perry Thompson in criminal court in Chelsea Monday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
Prosecutors allege that Perry Thompson, an assistant to Secretary Rebecca Holcombe, repeatedly molested a 13-year-old over three years.


Dissident investors seek to oust Casella’s chief executive

Casella, which is headquartered in Rutland, provides solid waste management services, including collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States. Photo by Damon Taylor.
A Houston shareholder is leading a slate of alternative candidates for company's board. James Pappas alleges that the company is being mismanaged by John and Doug Casella .


Dunne vows to rebuild economy, restore trust

Democrat Matt Dunne kicks of his campaign for governor Monday in Barre. Photo by Jasper Craven/VTDigger
Democrat Matt Dunne kicks off his gubernatorial campaign by touting his business experience and citing failures of Shumlin administration.


State steps up demand for details of Vermont Yankee spending

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State officials are asking the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to require more information about how Entergy spends the nuclear decommissioning fund.


Special Report: Betting on Bernie in his first presidential debate

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The stakes will be high next week in Las Vegas when Sen. Bernie Sanders participates in the first Democratic presidential debate. Vermont rivals who have engaged in rhetorical battles with him handicap his performance.


Digger Projects

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

Your go-to resource for the 2015 Vermont legislative session . Visit project

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

Enter your address in VTDigger's Legislative Lookup to find your lawmakers and learn more about them, including biographical and contact information, sponsored bills, voting records, committee memberships and campaign finance details. Visit project

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


Patricia Sears: For older workers in northern Vermont, ‘remote’ doesn’t have to mean ‘removed’

With new job-information and transportation services available, older residents are aiming to contribute more to northern Vermont's revitalization.

Walt Amses: All bets are off in GOP race

The longer Trump remains in the race, the worse the rest of the field looks trying to siphon off some of his support by becoming almost as unelectable as he…

Eileen Rodgers: Central planning comes to your neighborhood

Climate change has been a very convenient phenomenon. It has given a sense of validity to all sorts of projects the big guys support.

Quote of the Day

“I think Phil is going to be a good governor. I’m supporting him and I think he’s got a good chance of winning the race.” — Scott Milne in endorsing Lt. Gov. Phil Scott for governor

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  • Jamie Carter commented on Dunne vows to rebuild economy, restore trust: Use an income tax to replace the current home (...)
  • Glenn Thompson commented on Brian Dubie: Wind turbine noise — what you can’t hear can harm you: What siting process? Was there one for Lowell (...)
  • Randy Jorgensen commented on Dunne vows to rebuild economy, restore trust: Don't hold your breath. It's not happening, n (...)
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  • Kim Fried commented on Wind meetings planned in Grafton, Windham: One more foreign corporation getting ready to (...)
  • Keith Stern commented on Walt Amses: All bets are off in GOP race: Sure lump all Republicans together. I have no (...)
  • Tom Sullivan commented on Walt Amses: All bets are off in GOP race: "You can’t seriously be comparing the republi (...)
  • Keith Stern commented on Dunne vows to rebuild economy, restore trust: Fred look at the state budget sometime. It is (...)
  • Rick Cowan commented on Burlington group pushes for amnesty for marijuana crimes: Paul and Ed, By your logic, we’d better ban t (...)
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