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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]

Bernie 2016 campaign raises $15 million in 60 days

Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised $15 million in the past two months, most of it in small donations of $250 or less. The Bernie 2016 presidential campaign said Thursday that since April 30 it has received 400,000 contributions from 250,000 people. The campaign said the average donation was $33.51 (400,000 times $33.51 equals $13.4 million; […]

Where Bernie won’t be this Fourth of July

Bernie featured parade

The call of running for president takes our junior senator away from the festivities in Montpelier, Warren and Bristol and drops him in more critical locales like Denison, Iowa.

Leahy cheers normalization of relations with Cuba

Vintage American cars on the streets of Havana, Cuba. Photo by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy

President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba is good news for Sen. Patrick Leahy, who has worked toward that end.

Burlington mayor shuffles staff

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (from left) with new project coordinator Jen Kaulius, new communication director at Burlington Electric Mike Kanarick and new chief of staff Brian Lowe. Courtesy photo

Miro Weinberger’s chief of staff moves to BED, projects coordinator and admin. assistant take on new roles.

Margolis: Bernie the unsocialist

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders may be the most robust social democrat in captivity. But social democracy is not the same thing as democratic socialism.

Welch to seek sixth term in Congress, will not run for governor

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., spoke at a news conference at the Fairmont Farms dairy farm in East Montpelier to promote a new dairy insurance program. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., will seek a sixth term in Congress, opening the field for a slew of Democratic contenders to replace retiring Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Vermont-NEA endorses Sanders for president

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., drew a large crowd in Keene, N.H., on Saturday during a town hall meeting. Photo by Sam Heller/VTDigger

Vermont’s largest union throws its support behind Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination.

T.J. Donovan running for Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan, who challenged him in the primary but conceded Wednesday morning, made a show of unity at the Democratic Party's unity rally. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan is not waiting for incumbent fellow Democrat Bill Sorrell to decide whether to seek re-election in 2016.

Democrats jockey for top slots at gala

Sue Minter

The political aspirations of Minter and Donovan, along with another dozen or so Democrats, are on hold until Welch decides whether he is running for governor.

John Gregg: All eyes on Peter Welch

Gov. Peter Shumlin (left) and Sen. Peter Welch in Waterbury Monday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

With Gov. Peter Shumlin out of the picture, the state’s gubernatorial hopefuls wait for Vermont’s lone congressman to decide.

Franklin County residents petition for McAllister’s resignation

Sen. Norm McAllister, a 63-year-old Republican from Franklin, did not answer questions Friday as he entered Franklin Superior Court in St. Albans for  arraignment on sexual assault charges. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Sen. Norm McAllister, R-Franklin, defended his record of legislative work and his constituent services as petition calling for his resignation circulates following sexual assault allegations.

Vermont’s elected Progressives endorse Sanders for president

Elected officials of the party that claims Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as one of its own made it clear Friday that he is their choice for president in 2016. The Vermont Progressive Party, whose origins date back to Sanders’ surprise victory 34 years ago in the Burlington mayoral race, endorsed Sanders’ bid for the Democratic […]

Shumlin: ‘I didn’t have the fire in the belly for a fourth term’

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Rep. Clem Bissonnette, D-Winooski

The governor told Mark Johnson of WDEV that he would have pursued a fourth term if he had been able to implement a single payer health care system.

Newly elected clerk of the Vermont House was recently disbarred

Bill Magill, assistant House clerk, swears in a new staffer. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

William MaGill was elected with no discussion of past legal trouble. Lawmakers say it has “no bearing” on his work.

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