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On the issues: Where the candidates for governor stand

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VTDigger’s beat reporters compare the views of Dan Feliciano, Scott Milne and Peter Shumlin on health care, the environment, criminal justice and the economy.

Voter registration deadline Wednesday, Oct. 29

The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 4 General Election is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Voters can register at town clerk’s offices or by mail. The Secretary of State’s website offers voter registration forms that can be mailed to local town clerks. Click here to download the voter registration form. For information about voter […]

Vermont debate provides fodder for political humorists

Vermont’s colorful cast of gubernatorial candidates garnered attention from national media outlets and the late night talk shows this week. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart poked fun at Republican Scott Milne, who forgot momentarily that he was not born in Vermont. Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon suggested debate moderator Stewart Ledbetter would make a better […]

Republican PAC nears $250,000 in campaign spending

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The Republican State Leadership Committee has made $242,759 in media purchases on behalf of GOP legislative hopefuls in Vermont, nearly $100,000 of that for seven state Senate candidates.

Shumlin launches new campaign spot

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday released his fourth television ad, this time highlighting the state’s response to opiate addiction. The 30-second spot features Raina Lowell, a former opiate addict who was featured in the documentary “The Hungry Heart,” about opiate addiction in Vermont. She calls Shumlin “caring and courageous” for approaching addiction as a health […]

Milne reports $139,000 income, $2.6 million net worth

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne releases his financial information for 2012 and 2013, calls for mandatory disclosure.

House Democratic caucus fingers property tax reform as a top priority

Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Bradford, left and Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, speak at a press conference in the Statehouse. Oct. 15, 2014. Photo by Anne Galloway

Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas said the caucus is committed to reforming the property tax system in 2015 and that reform will include an income tax component. “It’s time to craft an education finance reform bill that is less reliant on the property tax,” she said.

Milne says plan would cut school spending, provide free college tuition

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne laid out his education funding plan Wednesday at news conference at Spaulding High School in Barre. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

In his first major policy address, Republican Scott Milne unveiled a proposal to fund education that includes school district consolidation and would provide free college tuition for every Vermont student.

Differences emerge in lieutenant governor debate

Candidates for lieutenant governor (from left) Progressive/Democrat Dean Corren, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Marina Brown of the Liberty Union appear at a debate Tuesday at the Burlington Free Press. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Progressive/Democrat Dean Corren disagree on health care, education funding, energy in Free Press debate.

On the issues: The race for lieutenant governor

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VTDigger’s beat reporters compare the views of Dean Corren and Phil Scott on health care, the environment, criminal justice and the economy.

Margolis: Vermont economy out of the governor’s hands — whoever that governor may be

Gov. Peter Shumlin (left) and Republican challenger Scott Milne participate in a televised debate at WCAX studios in South Burlington on Wednesday night. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

It’s October of an election year, and the hills are alive with the sounds of clashing statistics.

Vermont gets low marks on gender equity in elective office

Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin announced Vermont’s partnership with Emerge America, an organization advocating for more women in politics, during a news conference at City Hall in Burlington on Monday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Women are well represented in the state House of Representatives, but not at higher levels. Vermont has had only one female Governor, Madeleine Kunin, and has never sent a woman to Congress.

Underdogs spice up gubernatorial debate

All seven candidates for governor meet in a debate Thursday at Vermont PBS in Colchester. From left: Peter Diamondstone, Cris Ericson, Dan Feliciano, Scott Milne, Bernard Peters, Emily Peyton and Gov. Peter Shumlin. Photo by Dorothy Dickie/VPT

Ignored by previous debates, candidates with the least chance to win keep the favorites on their toes in Vermont PBS event.

Former House Majority Whip to leave single-payer advocacy group

Former Democratic Majority Whip Tess Taylor, will leave her current position with single-payer advocacy group Vermont Coalition for Universal Reform (Vermont CURE) after the Nov. 4 election. Taylor, a three-term representative from Barre, resigned from the legislature in March to join the group. Bram Kleppner, chair of the Vermont CURE board, told Vermont Public Radio […]

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