Story and video: Milne takes aim at Shumlin’s policy, style and record

Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (right) shakes hands with Republican Scott Milne, who launched his campaign for governor Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Cory Dawson/VTDigger

Republican challenger Scott Milne depicts governor as “ultra-progressive,” “radical,” “brazen” and “reckless.” Vows to campaign on health care, energy and the economy.

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Vermont looks for housing for child refugees from Central America

Leahy Weinberger Shumlin

Gov. Peter Shumlin has agreed to take a preliminary look for facilities in response to the Obama administration’s request to governors around the country to host the children temporarily until their cases are heard.

Scott Milne to kick off campaign Wednesday in Barre

To listen to Milne’s statement, click here Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne will formally kick off his campaign Wednesday in Barre. Milne, president of Milne Travel American Express, declared his intention to run June 12, but had not formally launched his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Peter Shulmin. Milne, who attended school in Barre […]

Congress one step closer to shoring up Highway Trust Fund


Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., was one of 10 Democrats in the House of Representatives to vote against the “pension-smoothing” plan used to generate $11 billion for a temporary fix to the national road maintenance and construction fund.

Lobbyist, single-payer advocate among hosts for Shumlin fundraiser

Shumlin supporters wave to drivers on Williston Road

A party hosted by KSE lobbyist Todd Bailey and Tess Taylor, executive director of a single-payer advocacy group, is not a conflict, they and the governor say.

Milne says regional planners have too much power over development

An artist's rendering shows the Quechee Highlands development with the U.S. 4 entrance at the bottom. Joseph Architects/Courtesy of the Valley News

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne cites personal experience in criticizing Shumlin administration’s implementation of Act 250 review process.

Vermont Conservation Voters group endorses ‘pro-environment’ candidates

The political advocacy group Vermont Conservation Voters has endorsed a slate of 40 candidates in state House and Senate races, based on their voting record on environmental issues. The nonprofit said it released an early round of endorsements before Vermont’s Aug. 26 primary and will issue a complete list of endorsements in September. The organization […]

Trail Mix: Who the Boies are

Editor’s note: Trail Mix is an occasional column about Vermont politics. One of the few revelations from Tuesday’s campaign finance report filings was the slow fundraising start by Republican hopeful Scott Milne. Milne, who hopes to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin in November, reported just under $20,000 in contributions, one-fifth of the amount Shumlin […]

By the numbers: Shumlin and Corren way ahead in the money race

Gov. Peter Shumlin speaks at the signing of a law that regulates toxic chemicals in children's products. The ceremony took place at Seventh Generation in Burlington. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Vermont Democratic House Campaign brought in a whopping $108,019 this cycle.

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Campaign finance reports were due to on Friday. Photo by Kevin Rawlings

VTDigger needs your help to update the state’s only searchable database of campaign contributions. Send us your spreadsheets, and we’ll put you on our “Transparency Winners” list of candidates and PACs, which will be published on July 18.

Absentee ballots for primary election now available

The Vermont Secretary of State has announced the start of absentee voting for the primary election.

Revised Vermont open meeting law causes worries in towns

Moretown residents heard from Moretown Landfill's new management team at a select board meeting on Thursday night. Photo by Audrey Clark

Vermont municipalities are concerned whether requirements for posting agendas and meeting minutes online may make it even more difficult to find volunteers willing to serve on small committees and boards.

Leahy pushes for constitutional convention on campaign finance reform

Senator Patrick Leahy praised General Dubie’s work with the guard. He joked that the thought crossed his mind to reject President Barack Obama’s appointment of Dubie in order to keep him in Vermont.

Effort has little chance of succeeding, but makes a statement, senator says.

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