Vermont’s two U.S. senators, Sanders and Patrick Leahy, voted for the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday. The bill would invest nearly $400 billion in fighting climate change, lower the price of prescription drugs and extend health care subsidies.
Leahy, who was born blind in one eye, has struggled with depth perception throughout his life, according to his Senate office. In a statement, his office said the senator was expected to make a full recovery.
Close to 1,000 Vermonters turned out at protests Friday afternoon and evening in Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland — denouncing the decision and calling for Vermont to further protect abortion rights.
The shakeup comes the morning after the filing deadline to appear on the ballot. It leaves Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint, D-Windham, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, former congressional staffer Sianay Chase Clifford and physician Louis Meyers on the Democratic ballot.
The 68-year-old Barre Democrat had been planning to seek reelection but changed her mind last month after she was diagnosed with cancer.
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A Vermont State Police spokesperson said the agency was still investigating whether the suspect in Fern’s slaying, Seth Brunell, may have mistakenly believed that Fern had been in an altercation with his son.
Shumlin took gifts, campaign contributions and apartment stays from Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros while he helped the Miami developer troubleshoot problems, the records show. A top regulator threatened to resign from Shumlin’s cabinet if he failed to protect investors.
The 65-year-old attorney said he would bring to the job “a desire to treat people with respect and civility and to try to get away from the tri-partisan bickering that goes on.”
Michael Cornell was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon at North Country Hospital. Officials said his death did not appear suspicious.