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Sue Minter touts Irene record in launch of gubernatorial bid

Sue Minter
Minter said her priorities would be improving the economy, investing in infrastructure, reining in property taxes and enhancing educational opportunities at all levels.


Cleanup begins following Amtrak derailment in Northfield

Amtrak president and CEO Joseph Boardman joined Gov. Peter Shumlin to brief the media on a derailment Tuesday morning in Montpelier. Photo by C.B. Hall/for VTDigger
Work begins to clean up debris from Monday's Amtrak Vermonter derailment. The amount of diesel fuel spilled is uncertain. All those hospitalized have been released, officials say.


Conference looks at housing as social justice

Gus Seelig, executive director of the Vermont Housing Conservation Board. Photo by Mark Johnson/VTDigger
While applauding the work of the Vermont Housing Conservation Board and other housing organizations, advocates say more needs to be done.


Gore praises Vermont’s efforts on climate change

Former Vice Prersident Al Gore delivers an address on climate change Tuesday at the University of Vermont. Photo by Jasper Crave/VTDigger
Former Vice President Al Gore credits Vermont for its renewable energy goals during a presentation at the University of Vermont.


Defender general launches online case management system

Matt Valerio
The new IT system is the first major tech project to impact the judiciary — but more projects are on the way.


NRC approves Entergy’s spent fuel management plan

A simulation control room of the Vermont Yankee power plant at the company's training center in Brattleboro. Photo by John Herrick
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff also reiterated approval for the company to use the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's decommissioning trust fund for fuel management.


AG Sorrell says he’ll be cleared ‘if the truth comes out’

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell, on election night 2012. Photo by Anne Galloway
Story and podcast: Vermont's longtime Attorney General Bill Sorrell says allegations of campaign violations were not the reason he is retiring.


Digger Dialogue Candidate Forum

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


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


Mark Whitworth: Vermont needs turnaround in energy policy

Energy developers are poisoning the well of public opinion, turning community after community against renewable energy and against state government itself.

Rama Schneider: The supervisory union as family

The strengths of Vermont's supervisory union structure is shining through and driving the discussions about Act 46.

Rosemarie Jackowski: Sometimes a clock is just a clock

The wars on drugs and terorism are running parallel and creating serious collateral damage.

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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