Politics

VTDigger regularly publishes stories about Vermont politics. We cover state elections, the Vermont Legislature, the governor’s office, state agencies and major political parties. Jasper Craven covers politics for VTDigger. He can be reached at [email protected]

Democrats highlight young first-timers among House hopefuls

More than 45 percent of the Democratic House candidates who had announced by Thursday morning are female. Seventeen of the 111 are younger than 40, including 11 first-time candidates.

Milne makes his challenge to Leahy official

Scott Milne declared his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy on Thursday. “Pat Leahy is reckless. … (And) it’s taken maybe 42 years for Vermont to figure it out and decide we want to try a new horse,” he said.

‘Important historic’ turnip legislation gets governor’s signature

Maple is Vermont’s official state flavor and apple its official pie. Now Vermont will have the Gilfeather turnip as its official vegetable. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the state vegetable into law Tuesday in the company of the sixth-grade class that lobbied for its recognition and the couple who trademarked the Gilfeather turnip name. The bill […]

Hoping to catch up, Smith hires Wolffing and hits fundraising

Wolffing worked as a top aide to outgoing Senate President John Campbell for two years. She also served as the deputy commissioner for the Vermont Department of Labor.

Republican Dan Feliciano to run for state auditor

The business consultant will be challenging incumbent Doug Hoffer, a Democrat who was elected with the support of the Progressives.

Sanders given significant influence over party platform writing

The presidential campaigns were allowed to name most of the members of the platform-writing committee this year, a change from precedent. Sanders’ picks include Bill McKibben, Cornel West and the president of the Arab American Institute.

Minter: Timing, creativity keys to economic development

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said her InvestVT program would not require any new money, just a rescheduling of existing plans in targeted communities.

Sanders’ fundraising, cash reserves at low ebb

Hillary Clinton, Sanders’ chief Democratic rival, reported more than $30 million on hand in the campaign’s most recent federal filing, while Sanders had a fraction of that.

Updated: McAllister files for re-election as sex assault trial nears

“I don’t think he should run, and if he were to run, I don’t think it’s the best thing for him to run as a Republican,” said Vermont GOP Chairman David Sunderland on Monday.

Scott, Lisman get pointed and personal in state convention clash

Phil Scott tossed the piece of Bruce Lisman campaign literature on the ground, where it remained when Lisman approached the podium for his own remarks to the crowd.

State’s Democratic convention is almost all Bernie, all the time

Lacking entirely was any mention of Hillary Clinton, the all-but-official standard-bearer for her party in this general election.

Bernie Briefing: Sanders caught in a reflected glare

Not just the Vermont presidential candidate but also his wife are facing harsh national headlines.

Margolis: Racism, Vermont-style

The state’s overwhelmingly white racial makeup leaves many Vermonters ill-equipped to deal with people of other races when they do come in contact with them.

Burlington City Council vets upcoming budget

The mayor’s proposed budget would cut property tax rates by half a penny.