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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    Marijuana legalization foes organize for Vermont debate

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

    A Vermont group opposed to legalizing marijuana has joined forces with a national organization, in preparation for an expected debate in the pending legislative session.

    Milne taking Thanksgiving holiday to weigh his options

    Republican gubernatorial challenger Scott Milne unveiled his plan for growing Vermont's economy Wednesday afternoon, less than two weeks before the general election. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Scott Milne, the Republican runner-up in governor’s race, is taking time to weigh whether to actively campaign for lawmakers’ votes in choosing a winner. He also criticizes Shumlin economic analyst Jonathan Gruber.

    Father of Dezirae Sheldon sues state

    Patricia Holden and her niece, Dezirae Sheldon. Holden's brother is Dezirae's biological father. Courtesy photo

    Willis Sheldon files civil suit against the state, the Department for Children and Families and a social worker over the death of his daughter, who was under state supervision. The new husband of Dezirae’s mother is accused of killing the child.

    Lawmakers briefed on RAND marijuana study

    Beau Kilmer (right), co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center, and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding brief lawmakers Wednesday on the RAND study of marijuana legalization in Vermont. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    In January, the legislature will receive a report on the implications of legalizing marijuana. On Wednesday, lawmakers got an interim briefing from a lead researcher. He promised a “near book-length treatise” touching on all aspects of the issue.

    Shumlin committed to single payer, vows to listen, learn

    Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke about his plans for the next term at a news conference Wednesday in Montpelier. Shumlin holds a lead over Republican Scott Milne in the general election, but neither candidate achieved a majority, leaving it up to the Legislature to choose the next governor. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    “It’s clear (from the election results) that on any issue there was a very clear message to this governor to listen, learn, reflect, be more inclusive,” Gov. Peter Shumlin says in wide-ranging news conference.

    Photo Slideshow: Election 2014

    Bruce Baroffio waits to vote at Northfield High School on election day. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Vermonters had some surprises for the state’s ruling party on Election Day. VTDigger captured some of the action in this photo gallery.

    Feliciano rejects spoiler label in governor’s race

    Dan Feliciano's son, Daniel (right) marches in a parade at the Harvest Festival in Underhill on Saturday, Sept. 27. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Libertarian candidate Dan Feliciano, who finished third, says his supporters did not cost Scott Milne the election and says his foray into statewide politics is not over.

    Republicans gain two seats in Vermont Senate

    Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, greet voters outside Montpelier City Hall on Nov. 4, 2014. Photo by Anne Galloway

    The GOP will have nine senators next session as Dustin Degree picked up a seat vacated by Don Collins in Franklin County and Brian Collamore won a seat in Rutland County. Incumbents Anthony Pollina and Mark MacDonald survive stiff challenges.

    Condos predicts better election reporting

    An AccuVote ballot counting machine, worth about $6500, in the Secretary of State's Montpelier office. Vermont owns 185 such machines. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

    Secretary of State looks to improve upon the 87 percent of town clerks who filed results using the state’s online reporting system on primary night.

    Feliciano launches TV ad

    With a week to go in the campaign, Libertarian candidate for governor Dan Felicano will launch his first television ad Wednesday. The 30-second spot will run through Election Day on WCAX and WPTZ, Felicano adviser Darcie Johnston said Tuesday. The ad is entitled “Experience Not Party” and begins with Feliciano saying “Like you, I believe […]

    In Profile: Libertarian Dan Feliciano bucks the establishment

    Libertarian candidate for governor Dan Feliciano chats with Jesse Cowan (right) of Underhill at the town's Harvest Festival on Sept. 27, 2014. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    A first-time candidate from a hot-button political party capitalizes on a Republican divide while carrying his message of small government in the race for Vermont governor.

    Republican PAC nears $250,000 in campaign spending

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    The Republican State Leadership Committee has made $242,759 in media purchases on behalf of GOP legislative hopefuls in Vermont, nearly $100,000 of that for seven state Senate candidates.

    PSB won’t reopen Vermont Gas pipeline case

    Sections of pipe are encased in cement at Vermont Gas' staging area in Williston. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Despite a $35 million increase in estimated cost, the Public Service Board ruled Friday that Phase One of a proposed natural gas pipeline in Addison County can keep its certificate of public good.

    GOP PAC invests $142,000 in media campaign for Vermont legislative seats

    Screenshot from an ad sponsored by the Republican State Leadership Committee, a Washington, D.C., political action organization.

    The Republican State Leadership Committee is spending more than $140,000 on media ads to urge voters to choose GOP candidates for Vermont Legislature.

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