Tom Brown

Tom Brown

Tom Brown is VTDigger’s assignment editor. He is a native Vermonter with two decades of daily journalism experience. Most recently he managed the editorial website for the Burlington Free Press, Vermont’s largest daily newspaper. He has been a reporter, editor, manager and all-around technology resource at newspapers in Vermont, Utah and Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Journalism from Johnson State College and also attended California State University-Fullerton. He lives in Montpelier and loves to spend time with his teenage son.

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    Funeral set Friday for Vermont Law School’s Cheryl Hanna

    Vermont Law School professor and constitutional scholar Cheryl Hanna died July 27, 2014. Courtesy photo

    A funeral service for Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Ira Allen Chapel on the University of Vermont campus, VLS officials said Tuesday. Hanna, 48, died Sunday at her home in Burlington. The cause of death had not been revealed as of Tuesday evening. J. Scott Cameron, […]

    Scheuermann, Ralston form legislative PAC

    Reps. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, and Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, have proposed a new economic development strategy to grow business within the state. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Republican Heidi Scheuermann and Democrat Paul Ralston launch group to help fund legislative candidates who share their vision on economic development.

    Trail Mix: Who the Boies are

    Editor’s note: Trail Mix is an occasional column about Vermont politics. One of the few revelations from Tuesday’s campaign finance report filings was the slow fundraising start by Republican hopeful Scott Milne. Milne, who hopes to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin in November, reported just under $20,000 in contributions, one-fifth of the amount Shumlin […]

    Pew report recommends that Vermont increase reserve funds to 8 percent

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    Heavy dependence on personal income tax makes Vermont one of the most volatile states for revenue.

    Vermont Supreme Court overturns state law on DNA collection

    Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court John Dooley. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    In a 3-2 ruling, the state’s highest court determined it is unconstitutional to take DNA samples from every person arraigned on a felony charge. Law enforcement officials unhappy.

    Civil rights lawsuit filed against state police in Taser death + video

    Rhonda Taylor filed a lawsuit against the Vermont State Police on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. Photo by Cory Dawson/VTDigger

    Rhonda Taylor, the mother of MacAdam Mason of Thetford, who died after being struck in the chest by a Taser, seeks damages for excessive force.

    Video: What you need to know about Vermont’s ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving

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    Ban takes effect Oct. 1. Check out this video explaining what drivers can and cannot do on their cellphones while driving.

    House Speaker Shap Smith intends to keep his job

    House Speaker Shap Smith in his office at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Thursday. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Morrisville representative ends speculation by announcing he will seek a seventh term and a fourth as Speaker.

    Republican Scott Milne to challenge Shumlin for governor

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    Travel agency owner admits he’s a “long-shot,” but says state need more leadership at the top. Gov. Peter Shumlin says he won’t campaign till Labor Day.

    Progressive candidate for Lt. Gov. qualifies for public financing

    At least one candidate for statewide office will qualify for public campaign financing. Dean Corren of Burlington, a Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor, announced Wednesday that he has received enough small, individual donations to receive public funding for his campaign. Corren said in a news release that he has raised more than $18,000 in contributions […]

    Rep. Martha Heath, chair of House Appropriations, steps down

    Rep. Martha Heath, D-Westford, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Heath, a Westford Democrat who served 22 years in the House, including 10 as chair of the budget-writing committee, said it was time to move on to other things.

    Brock bows out of GOP race for governor, Milne ‘on the fence’

    Randy Brock

    State Republican Party chairman David Sunderland says others are interested in a gubernatorial bid and were waiting for Brock’s decision. He declined to say who.

    State employee cleared of misconduct, retaliation denied

    John Howe. Courtesy photo

    John Howe says a lawsuit he filed in Washington Superior Court will go forward. His lawsuit charges four state agencies and departments and seven management staff with violating the state’s whistleblower protection act.

    MVP seeks 15.4 percent average increase in 2015 health exchange premiums

    The second insurance provider participating in Vermont’s health exchange has requested a 15.4 percent increase in its average annual premiums for 2015. MVP Health Care submitted the rate request in a filing with the Green Mountain Care Board on Monday. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the other participant in Vermont Health Connect, requested a […]

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