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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]

Black Lives Matter movement rallies at the Statehouse

Activists are concerned about systemic bias that permeates Vermont’s correctional, educational and child protection systems.

Inside the Golden Bubble: Swing votes, Sanders and Gov. Shap?

Sen. Dick Sears casts a key swing vote in the sick leave bill. Gov. Shumlin and Rep. Anne Donahue sharply disagree on forced psychiatric drugs. Speaker Shap says “we’ll see what happens” on whether he’ll re-enter the race for governor.

Sanders, Clinton spar in final debate before South Carolina

Health care and foreign policy dominated the PBS debate, the last scheduled before key contests in South Carolina and Nevada later this month.

Sanders rakes in $5.2 million in post-primary appeal

The senator also gains the support — or at least the ear — of prominent African-Americans as he looks toward South Carolina.

Democrats pounce on Scott over missing disclaimer

Nine months ahead of Vermont’s gubernatorial election, the Vermont Democratic Party is amping up its criticism of the highest-profile Republican candidate, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, both directly and through operatives. James Valente, a Brattleboro lawyer and former vice chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office alleging campaign finance […]

Margolis: A Sanders presidency?

Sanders’ ability to tap into middle class voter frustration with grimmer economic prospects could carry him to the White House.

UPDATED: Sanders takes New Hampshire by 20 points

The decisive win gives Sanders more delegates than Clinton, but perhaps more importantly adds to his momentum going into the Nevada and South Carolina primaries.

NH Primary: A Front Row Seat at the Media Circus

Candidates Christie, Bush, Fiorina and a gaggle of pundits descend upon an otherwise unremarkable hotel in downtown Manchester that serves as a media command post in the days before the NH primary.

Obama official encourages Vermont to adopt paid sick leave bill

Chris Lu, secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, said paid sick leave, eventually will become as accepted as the 40-hour work week, a ban on child labor and other fair work laws.

Montpelier sneak peek: Budget holes emerge, paid leave in flux

The House is in the preliminary stages of its budget review process, but lawmakers are seeing a lot not to like.

Sanders exudes confidence in final hours before primary

Heedless of attacks from the Bill and Hillary Clinton campaign, Sanders crisscrosses New Hampshire in get out the vote effort.

Margolis: Petty carping, scornful words in final throes of New Hampshire primary

Bill Clinton assailed Sanders as hypocritical and “hermetically sealed”; Madeleine Albright scorned young women who are supporting the Vermont senator; and Gloria Steinem said young women are backing Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie.”

Vermonter commands the troops for Sanders in New Hampshire

After a rebellious teenage dive into liberal politics, Julia Barnes now bucks the conventional wisdom about her candidate’s rise in the Granite State.

Margolis: Neighborhood effect negligible in NH primary

Whatever Hillary Clinton may lack, name recognition is not it. She is one of the best known people in the entire world, far better known than Bernie Sanders was a few months ago, even in New Hampshire.

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