Margolis: Is Vermont spending too little?

Dezirae Sheldon.

Budget cuts have a cost – an economic cost if state colleges can’t train the technicians and nurses of the next decade, and a more intimate, personal cost if the disabled get fewer services, the streams get more polluted, and the babies of poor, confused, and perhaps irresponsible young mothers are less safe.

Leahy accompanies American freed from Cuban prison

Sens. Patrick Leahy (right)  and Jeff Flake (left) felw to Havana Wednesday to pick up freed American Alan Gross (center). Photo courtesy of Sen. Patrick Leahy's Office

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is being credited with helping to broker a prisoner exchange that resulted in the release of American Alan Gross, who was held for five years in a Cuban prison. The event is being seen as a thawing of U.S-Cuba relations.

Rep. Bill Lippert to play pivotal role as chair of House Health Care

Rep. William Lippert, D-Hinesburg, chair of the House Committee on Judiciary. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Rep. Maxine Grad will be chair of House Judiciary; Rep. Dave Sharpe will lead House Education and Rep. Mitzi Johnson will take over House Appropriations.

Snelling steps down as part of changes in GOP state committee

Mark Snelling, president of the Snelling Center, in his for lieutenant governor.

Three members of the state Republican Committee, including treasurer Mark Snelling, leave the organization as it appoints a new executive director. “It’s a changing of the guards,” Snelling says.

Inside the Golden Bubble: Caucus jocularity belies tough game ahead in Montpelier

Speaker of the House Shap Smith also attended the ceremony.

This year the fault lines are difficult to see in advance. With more Republicans in the Statehouse and a post-election sense that the electorate put many Democrats who won on probation, there could be a number of divided votes in both the House and Senate chambers.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to replace Shumlin at DGA

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will succeed Gov. Peter Shumlin as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. Bullock, who was first elected governor in 2012, was chosen as chairman Tuesday at the DGA’s annual convention. Shumlin served as DGA chairman for the past two years. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy was named chair-elect and will become chairman […]

Burlington Progressives back Goodkind for mayor

Burlington Progressives have endorsed former public works director Steve Goodkind in the race for mayor. The party also backed Progressive candidates for five City Council seats and supported two independents in a meeting on Sunday. Goodkind will challenge Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger in the March election. “Although there are plenty of things we should be […]

Trail Mix: Milne concedes he won’t concede

Scott Milne

VIDEO While Milne insisted at a press conference on Monday that he won’t twist the arms of lawmakers, he launched into a post-election campaign speech at the Statehouse that was apparently designed to shame them into voting against Shumlin.

Change would let voters overturn Bennington select board

Citing the Shires Housing grant as an example, a Gage Street resident is suggesting the town alter its charter to expand citizen’s ability to reverse Select Board decisions.

Shumlin fills two Cabinet posts

Justin Johnston, deputy secretary for the Agency of Natural Resources, was appointed Secretary of the Agency of Administration at a news conference in the Statehouse on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The new year will bring two new faces into Gov. Shumlin’s cabinet. Justin Johnston will replace Jeb Spaulding as Administration Secretary, and Hal Cohen will move from a private social services agency to Secretary of Human Services.

Scott Milne expects to make announcement Monday

Republican Scott Milne said Thursday he will likely tell the public Monday how he plans to proceed with his campaign for governor. Milne on Nov. 4 lost the popular vote by 2,434 votes against incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. But because neither candidate garnered more than 50 percent of the votes, the Legislature will choose […]

Minter to replace Searles at Agency of Transportation

State Transportation Secretary Brian Searles speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the AOT garage in Berlin. Searles will retire at the end of this year and will be replaced by his deputy, Sue Minter (center). Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles will retire Dec. 31 after four years at the helm. Deputy Secretary Sue Minter, who helped lead the state’s Irene recovery effort, will become the next head of the agency.

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.

Secretary of State to audit more election results this year

Secretary of State Jim Condos will conduct a random audit of election results from six towns Thursday. The audit will be performed using new technology from Clear Ballot Group, Condos said in a news release Monday. The new system will allow for faster retabulation and will allow more towns to be randomly audited than in […]

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