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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    UDATED: Bruce Lisman to run for governor as a Republican

    Bruce Lisman. Photo by Anne Galloway

    The former Bear Stearns executive and founder of Campaign for Vermont is expected to announce his plans Tuesday, state leaders say.

    State judiciary workers file unfair labor practices complaint

    Lamoille County courtroom

    Bargaining unit wants to negotiate new contracts earlier in the cycle, but the court administrator’s office has refused.

    Congress passes another short-term highway funding bill

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday agreed to keep the money flowing to highway projects around the country for another three months. Senators voted 91-4 to extend the federal transportation funding bill until Oct. 29. It is the 34th time Congress has voted for short-term extensions since 2009, according to published reports. The House approved the […]

    Bernie 2016 campaign raises $15 million in 60 days

    Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised $15 million in the past two months, most of it in small donations of $250 or less. The Bernie 2016 presidential campaign said Thursday that since April 30 it has received 400,000 contributions from 250,000 people. The campaign said the average donation was $33.51 (400,000 times $33.51 equals $13.4 million; […]

    ‘Just label your products’ Shumlin tells food industry

    Some products contain a voluntary label indicating they were produced without GMOs. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Trade groups challenging Vermont’s GMO labeling law say fines could add up to $10 million a day and ask Gov. Peter Shumlin to reduce their liability. Meanwhile, Congress pursues federal standards.

    Bernie’s Bid: VTDigger launches campaign microsite

    Bernie page

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is running for president as a Democrat. VTDigger will keep readers up to date on his progress through social media, links to national coverage, campaign news, appearance schedules and more.

    Handheld cellphone ban clarified to include stop signs

    Jim Legans Jr./Creative Commons

    Drivers will not be able to use a handheld electronic device while stopped in traffic as the result of legislation passed in the waning hours of the 2015 session. Senate lawmakers inserted language aimed at clearing up a gray area left in a law passed last year that banned the use of handheld devices, such […]

    Bernie’s Bid: Campaign kickoff and the view from afar


    Details of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign kickoff Tuesday in Burlington, plus the best of the Net on Vermont’s favorite son.

    McAllister won’t quit, Senate removes him from committees

    Norm McAllister

    Franklin County senator who is facing sex charges tells Lt. Gov. Phil Scott he won’t resign. Senate removes him from committee assignments.

    Bernie’s Bid: What others say about our presidential prospect


    As Sen. Bernie Sanders pursues his Democratic presidential primary challenge against Hillary Clinton, VTDigger will scour the Web for coverage of his campaign.

    State revenue above target heading into crucial month

    Tax receipts are slightly ahead of projections as the state enters its most critical tax collection month. General fund receipts for fiscal year 2015 are 1.26 percent above target at $966.8 million, according to data released by the Agency of Administration. Receipts for March were 5.49 percent (or about $5 million) above target at $98.2 […]

    Castleton poll shows support for marijuana legalization

    A marijuana plant at a Colorado grow operation. Photo by Brent Levin/Creative Commons

    A new Castleton Polling Institute survey shows 54 percent of Vermonters are in favor of legalizing and regulating marijuana.

    Shumlin dips into negative approval numbers, VTD/Castleton poll shows

    Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers his budget address at the Statehouse on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    A new VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows that 41 percent of those surveyed approve of the job Gov. Peter Shumlin is doing and 47 percent disapprove. The Legislature fares better.

    Marijuana legalization bill introduced, no action expected this session


    Sen. David Zuckerman’s latest draft proposal draws from the recent RAND Drug Policy Research Center report.

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