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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    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.

    Vermont tech companies welcome FCC’s net neutrality stance

    Peter Welch

    *+-Rep. Peter Welch holds roundtable discussion on the importance of equal access to the Internet.

    Entrepreneurs look to brand marijuana the ‘Vermont way’


    *+-A group of business leaders see Vermont as home to a cannabis research hub and a source for “common sense commerce.”

    State could earn $20-$75 million from legal pot, report says

    Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, presents the group's study Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    *+-A study by the Rand Corp. and commissioned by lawmakers sees the potential for much more revenue if Vermont is the first in the region to legalize the substance.

    Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano joins Republican Party

    Dan Feliciano during the 2014 campaign. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

    *+-“My views are much more aligned with what the GOP is doing now in its platform,” said Feliciano, noting that he is eyeing another run in 2016.

    Mayors urge action on school spending, water quality

    Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon speaks a  news conference Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, held by the Vermont Mayors Coalition. Other mayors attending were (from left) Mike O'Brien of Winooski; John Hollar of Montpelier; Chris Louras of Rutland; Miro Weinberger of Burlington; Bill Benton of Vergennes; Paul Monette of Newport; and Liz Gamache of St. Albans. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    *+-A coalition of Vermont’s eight city mayors urged lawmakers to help curb rising education costs Tuesday and called for a statewide effort to reduce pollution levels in all of Vermont’s waterways.

    House committees set as Legislature opens

    photo of Chris Pearson

    *+-New chairs appointed for Appropriations, Education, Judiciary and Health Care.

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