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YWP: Little Blue Bird

Ada Case is an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. Courtesy photo
+-*This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Little Blue Bird" by Ada Case, an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School.

 

SCOV Law Blog: Precision important in probation conditions

Gavel
+-*Even under a plea agreement, if a defendant objects to conditions being imposed, he or she has to do so at the time of sentencing. If there’s a problem later on, the court will say that the objection was waived.

 

VTDigger has $13,876 to raise over the next 3 days

Anne Galloway, left, Morgan True, and Elizabeth Hewitt at the Statehouse on the day before adjournment of the 2015 legislative session.
+-*Two members of the Vermont Journalism Trust Board will match the next $6,500 in gifts. Please do your part and help us end the campaign.

 

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott ‘considers’ bid for governor

Phil Scott
+-*While Scott has strenuously eschewed rumors that he might be running in 2016, the lieutenant governor has come under pressure from the Vermont GOP to consider the gubernatorial race.

 

State GOP representative says Vermont ALEC trips funded by lobbyists

Robert Helm
+-*Channel 11, an NBC affiliate, caught Helm on hidden camera sitting at a Savannah bar earlier this month as part of an expose focused on corporate lobbyists influence on state lawmakers.

 

McAllister sex assault charges spur St. Albans rally on violence

Norm McAllister
+-*Following accusations that a state senator sexually assaulted three women, community members rallied to raise awareness about sexual violence.

 

EPA zeroes in on phosphorus farm runoff for Lake Champlain cleanup

Photo by Chris Court/Creative Commons
+-*For areas like South Lake A, where the EPA estimates that agriculture accounts for 89 percent of phosphorus flowing into lake, some farmers must go above current legal obligations to reduce runoff and erosion from their farms.

 

Vermonters need $21 per hour to afford rent, study says

Wikipedia Commons photo
+-*For the first time, the annual “Out of Reach” rental cost study finds Vermont’s median “rental wage” for a two-bedroom unit has passed $20 per hour.

 

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

Commentary

Paul Monette: Why not Newport?

+-*I resent Mr. Loucks' statement that there is no logical reason to build AnC Bio or any other high-tech industry in Newport.

Marcelle Leahy: The ticking time bomb of skin cancer

+-*May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month -- a good time to take note that skin cancer is on the rise, but that we can protect ourselves…

Jennifer Stella: Questions for the governor on philosophical exemption repeal

+-*If you sign H.98 into law, you are effectively saying to the families of Vermont: “You do not have the right to be fully informed and make medical decisions for…

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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