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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    Eight facts you need to know about Vermont’s new cellphone law

    The Vermont Department of Public Safety posted highway signs warning drivers of the new law banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Beginning Wednesday, Vermonters can no longer hold their cellphones or other electronic devices while driving. Check out VTDigger’s card stack style summary explaining the new law.

    Scott’s camp says four debates is enough

    Lt. Gov. Phil Scott at the governor's budget address on Jan. 15, 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Progressive/Democratic challenger Dean Corren, who had asked for 10, says incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is avoiding him.

    Throw out Vermont Health Connect, gubernatorial candidate says

    Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination through a write-in campaign in the Aug. 26 primary. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Libertarian Dan Feliciano said he would scrap the state’s health exchange and switch to the federal website. He also called for eliminating the Green Mountain Care Board and abandoning single payer.

    Primary write-in ballots tallied

    Supporters of Progressive Party candidate for lieutenant governor Dean Corren rally at a news conference Thursday to talk about campaign finance reform. Photo by Cory Dawson/VTDigger

    Progressive candidate Corren wins Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor with 60 percent of write-in votes cast on primary election day. Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott received 30 percent of the Democratic write-ins.

    Gov. Shumlin names Scott Coriell campaign manager

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    Governor will formally kick off his bid for a third term Sept. 9.

    Primary Roundup: Who won in contested House, Senate primaries

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    Political newcomer uses political training program for women to gain the edge in Windham County Senate. Incumbents bumped off in Grand Isle, Caledonia.

    Student loan scammers seek slice of $1 trillion pie

    From left, VSAC President Scott Giles, Kate Ash of Sen. Patrick Leahy's office, Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Rep. Peter Welch attend a news conference Friday warning of student loan scams. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell, Rep. Peter Welch and Scott Giles of VSAC warn against schemes that charge hefty fees for loan services that are available free.

    Video: Shumlin, Scott doused in ice water for ALS challenge

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    Wearing suits, Vermont’s governor and lieutenant governor have 20 gallons of ice water dumped on their heads to promote awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    Sorrell seeks dismissal of GMO lawsuit

    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling bill into law on the Statehouse steps in Montpelier. Joining him was Brigid Armbrust, 11, of West Hartford (in black), who launched a letter-writing campaign in support of GMO labeling. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell on Friday responded to a federal lawsuit by a group of food manufacturers against a state law requiring the labeling of certain products containing genetically modified ingredients.

    Story and video: Libertarians, and Republicans, upset by Feliciano’s bid for GOP nomination

    Supporters of Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Smith join him Thursday at a news conference in which he announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination through a write-in campaign in the Aug. 26 primary. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    The Libertarian Party nominated Dan Feliciano to run for governor, but the candidate has angered some of the party faithful by backing away from some of its themes to seek the Republican nomination. GOP supporters of Scott Milne are also miffed.

    Secretary of state launches campaign finance reporting system

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    Candidates, parties and political action committees can now file and maintain their financial reports online, Secretary of State Jim Condos said Tuesday.

    Vermont officials say long-term fix needed for Highway Trust Fund

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    Congress passes a 10-month extension to fund transportation projects, but Vermont authorities say the deal avoids making hard choices.

    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.

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