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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. Anne Galloway covers politics for VTDigger. She can be reached at [email protected]

Vermont diversity leaders have a message for Sanders

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves to thousands of supporters at his campaign kickoff Tuesday at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Curtiss Reed, executive director of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, says if Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to know about race he needs to engage meaningfully with Vermonters of color.

UVM students join nationwide online meetup for Bernie Sanders

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Seeing him speak helped sway her toward Sanders, said one student. “It was pretty incredible. I actually believed what he was saying.”

Head of Vermont Workers’ Center to launch new policy effort

James Haslam, executive director of the Vermont Workers Center, pushed for universal health care at a news conference Monday in Burlington. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

James Haslam is launching Rights & Democracy to focus on solving many of the issues the Workers Center supports, such as fair labor practices and addressing income inequality.

Sanders expecting ‘largest digital organizing event’ in history Wednesday

The revolution will be televised, a photo taken by Flickr user Marc Nozell (marcn), using the Meerkat app on June 27, 2015.

More than 80,000 people at more than 3,000 house parties and gatherings are expected to hear from Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday.

Phil Scott ‘gets serious’ about possible run for governor

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Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott sent out a letter to 20,000 Vermonters, saying he is “preparing to lead” and asking for financial support.

Galbraith says Iran nuclear accord better than alternatives

Former U.S. ambassador and Vermont state senator Peter Galbraith speaks Friday night at a Brattleboro talk titled “The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Why it is good for America and how it may change the Middle East.” Photo by Kevin O’Connor/for VTDigger

The former U.S. ambassador and United Nations diplomat from Vermont has plenty to say about the plan negotiated by six world powers — but only hints at whether he’ll run for state office in 2016.

Vermont publisher rushes book on Bernie Sanders

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Former political reporter, Shay Totten, who first covered Sanders himself as a reporter in 1994, edited the book in-house. Called a “crash book” in the publishing world, it will be printed less than eight weeks after the manuscript was turned in.

Condos praises first mandatory online campaign filing cycle

Candidates, PACs and political parties all filed campaign finance disclosures through the Secretary of State’s new online system for the first time this month. July 15 was the first campaign finance filing deadline in the 2016 election cycle, and it was also the first time filing online became mandatory. Secretary of State Jim Condos said […]

Lamoille-area lawmakers reflect on session

Sen. Richard Westman, R-Lamoille, listens to a colleague in the Senate. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Fundamental changes in tax structure needed to eliminate deficits and bring state in line with 21st century economics.

Vt. Democratic party leader to run Sanders’ N.H. campaign

Bernie Sanders kicks off his presidential campaign in Burlington. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Julia Barnes’ new title will be New Hampshire State Director for Bernie 2016. The campaign announced her move as an aim to “bolster” the New Hampshire campaign. Barnes worked in New Hampshire politics from 2007 to 2012.

Lisman says 2016 could be ‘right moment’ for gubernatorial run

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Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman says the people of Vermont deserve a higher level of competency from government.

Shumlin backs independent ethics commission

Gov. Peter Shumlin (center) speaks with Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (left) and Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell, D-Windsor after his budget address at the Statehouse Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Gov. Peter Shumlin says his support for an independent body to examine concerns about the actions of public officials is not related to recent departures.

Margolis: Shumlin appointment dredges up calls for state ethics agency

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A managed conflict of interest is a conflict of interest. Whether it is an excessive conflict depends on how transparent the management is, and is ultimately up to each person to judge. But in Vermont, avoiding any hint of such conflict might be impossible.

For $1300 a month you can live like Bernie did

Maple Street apartment, Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders lived sparsely in the unit, with the tow-haired Levi in a small back bedroom upstairs. The place was scantily appointed, a friend recalled.

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