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Minter to replace Searles at Agency of Transportation

State Transportation Secretary Brian Searles speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the AOT garage in Berlin. Searles will retire at the end of this year and will be replaced by his deputy, Sue Minter (center). Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles will retire Dec. 31 after four years at the helm. Deputy Secretary Sue Minter, who helped lead the state’s Irene recovery effort, will become the next head of the agency.

Milne taking Thanksgiving holiday to weigh his options

Republican gubernatorial challenger Scott Milne unveiled his plan for growing Vermont's economy Wednesday afternoon, less than two weeks before the general election. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Scott Milne, the Republican runner-up in governor’s race, is taking time to weigh whether to actively campaign for lawmakers’ votes in choosing a winner. He also criticizes Shumlin economic analyst Jonathan Gruber.

Secretary of State to audit more election results this year

Secretary of State Jim Condos will conduct a random audit of election results from six towns Thursday. The audit will be performed using new technology from Clear Ballot Group, Condos said in a news release Monday. The new system will allow for faster retabulation and will allow more towns to be randomly audited than in […]

#VTDchat: Post-election Twitter chats start Tuesday

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Join VTDigger reporters from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Tuesday and Nov. 24 for Twitter chats about post-election, pre-session issues at #VTDchat.

Margolis: The affordability question

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On the campaign trail both Democrats and Republicans focused on Vermont’s cost of living. Does Vermont really have an affordability problem?

Central Vermont lawmakers react to the general election

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, a member of the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Republicans in the Waterbury-Stowe area feel optimistic about the general election results. Democrats say the voters expressed their concern over the economy and property taxes, not an opposition to the Democratic agenda.

Margolis: Scott Milne and the pursuit of the governorship

Republican travel agency executive Scott Milne formally launches his campaign for governor Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

Scott Milne has yet to concede the race for governor, and may take his quest to the legislature, which will have the final say. He is within his rights to do so, but he is unlikely to prevail and could put his political future at risk.

Shumlin committed to single payer, vows to listen, learn

Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke about his plans for the next term at a news conference Wednesday in Montpelier. Shumlin holds a lead over Republican Scott Milne in the general election, but neither candidate achieved a majority, leaving it up to the Legislature to choose the next governor. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

“It’s clear (from the election results) that on any issue there was a very clear message to this governor to listen, learn, reflect, be more inclusive,” Gov. Peter Shumlin says in wide-ranging news conference.

Milne won’t seek recount, but isn’t conceding the race

Republican travel agency executive Scott Milne formally launches his campaign for governor Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

The totals in last Tuesday’s gubernatorial election were made official Wednesday; Gov. Shumlin finished first with 2,434 votes more than Scott Milne. The Republican candidate declined to seek a recount, but didn’t concede the race. He is still considering an appeal to the Legislature, which will formally elect the next governor since no candidate won a majority of the vote.

Milne may drop recount, likely won’t concede

Republican travel agency executive Scott Milne formally launches his campaign for governor Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

“Unless the votes change dramatically it’d be unlikely we’d ask for a recount,” Milne said Tuesday evening in a phone interview.

Analysis: Many voters stayed home rather than back Shumlin

Gov. Peter Shumlin enters the room at the Hilton. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

With turnout hovering around 43 percent, observers say many voters were turned off by incumbent Peter Shumlin. About 33,500 more voters backed fellow Democrat Peter Welch in his House race than Shumlin for governor.

Milne tends to business, family while planning next move

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne speaks with editors at the Valley News in West Lebanon, N.H., on October 22, 2014. Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News

“We’re just trying to understand all the fundamental things, and then all the technical and strategic things will follow.”

Thousands sign online petition urging lawmakers to oust Shumlin

An online petition urging Vermont lawmakers to make Republican Scott Milne governor had 3,137 signatures as of noon Tuesday. Because no candidate for governor received a majority of votes in last week’s election, lawmakers will vote by secret ballot in January to decide who will lead the state for the next two years. The petition […]

Vermont officials issue statements on Veterans Day

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., issued this statement on Veterans Day. Sanders is chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs “The truth is that we can never truly repay the debt that we owe to those men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our country. Since World War II, more […]

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