Jasper Craven

Jasper Craven

Jasper Craven is VTDigger’s political reporter. A Vermont native, he first discovered his love for journalism at the Caledonian Record. He double-majored in print journalism and political science at Boston University, and worked in the Boston Globe’s Metro and Investigative units. While at the Globe he collaborated on Shadow Campus, a three-part investigative series focused on greed and mismanagement in Boston’s off-campus student housing market. The series was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. He also spent two years at MuckRock, a news sited dedicated to investigation and analysis of government documents. Craven covered Vermont’s U.S. Congressional delegation for the Times Argus in the summer of 2014, and worked as a Metro reporter for the Chicago Tribune before joining the staff of VTDigger.

Email: jcraven@vtdigger.org

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    Leahy will not vote for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

    The Vermont senator does not support Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s decision to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination, which would effectively block a full Senate vote.

    Trumpcare bill pulled in unexpected turnabout on House floor

    The messy fight over the bill — waged among Republicans who control both Congress and the White House — was an embarrassing failure for the party, which has pledged for seven years to eliminate one of President Barack Obama’s signature achievements.

    Republicans struggle to find votes to pass Trumpcare

    The legislation — drafted and promoted chiefly by Speaker Paul Ryan and the president — has been flayed in recent days by Republicans of all stripes.

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee deflects Senate questions about abortion, voting rights

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reiterated her concern that Neil Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Gorsuch tersely replied, “No one is looking to return us to horse-and-buggy days.”

    Gorsuch declares independence from political pressure

    U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Tuesday that the interests promoting Neil Gorsuch’s nomination have an agenda. “They’re confident you share their agenda,” he told the nominee.

    Senators draw battle lines over Gorsuch nomination

    Leahy: “I do not know of any other Supreme Court nominee who was selected by special interest groups rather than by a president in consultation with the Senate.”

    Welch pushes drone privacy protections

    The congressman and Sen. Ed Markey are sponsoring legislation that would include privacy rights involving the collection of information by drones.

    Trump budget cuts would gut federal funds to Vermont

    The president’s plan eliminates many federal programs and shifts the financial and regulatory burden of government on to the states. Read VTDigger’s complete analysis of how the budget would impact Vermont.

    Welch: Expedited repeal of Obamacare ‘an unprecedented breach’

    U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., says members of Congress did not receive details about the complexities of the plan and no witnesses were called for guidance before two panels passed the American Health Care Act.

    Donovan backs new challenge to Trump on immigration

    He and other state attorneys general say the new order would bring the same economic harm and injustice to states as the first one, which a federal judge blocked.

    Trumpcare would cost 24 million their coverage, says CBO

    That would start with 14 million in the first year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The plan would also reduce the deficit.

    Former Fox News star pitches an end to corporate closed door negotiations over sexual harassment

    Fox eventually settled with Gretchen Carlson for $20 million, publicly apologized and pushed out CEO Roger Ailes out. Carlson says a forced arbitration clause prohibited her from speaking out.

    Sanders: House Republican plan ‘will throw millions off health insurance’

    Under a Medicaid block grant plan, states would be given greater flexibility with federal money, but spending would be capped.

    Trump meets with Welch to hear pitch on Medicare drug bargaining power

    Welch urged the president to harness his business background and strike a huge deal for the American people.