Politics

VTDigger regularly publishes stories about Vermont politics. We cover state elections, the Vermont Legislature, the governor’s office, state agencies and major political parties. Jasper Craven covers politics for VTDigger. He can be reached at [email protected]

New recount in disputed House election to start Wednesday

The ballots from the six Orange-1 District towns could take until Thursday to tally.

Mayor Louras faces three challengers to win sixth term

David Allaire, who lost to Mayor Louras twice, along with Michael Coppinger and Kam Johnston, are seeking to win the mayor’s office.

Refugee resettlement issue draws big field to run in Rutland

Controversy over the program inspired several to run. Seventeen candidates are vying for six seats at March Town Meeting.

Sanders says Trump is a ‘pathological liar’

Via Twitter, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pounced on President Donald Trump’s ongoing assault on the media. In a campaign style rally Saturday in Florida, Trump said “fake news” outlets are the “enemy of the people” and said he would not allow the media “get away with lying.” The president tweeted the message and pointed to […]

Margolis: Vermont has what businesses really need

Small startups have a better chance of surviving and prospering in Vermont than in most other states.

Scott ‘resistant’ to using Vermont National Guard for deportations

The governor says the state has an obligation to help refugees.

Leahy to Trump administration: Don’t destroy communications with Russian government

The Vermont senator has asked that Trump’s Attorney General recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation.

Leahy, Sanders vote ‘no’ on Pruitt nomination for EPA

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voted against the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate approved Pruitt for the post in a 52 to 46 vote. He is the 14th agency nominee proposed by President Donald Trump who has been confirmed by the Senate. Find a […]

Senate committee advances bill challenging Trump immigration orders

The bill is expected to be on the Senate floor next week. It would require approval by the governor for state and local police to participate in federal immigration raids and ban formation of registries based on religion.

Scott looks to deepen relationship with Quebec

The governor said he is confident the North American Free Trade Agreement would remain largely unchanged.

With rules in place, recount can begin once date is set

Rep. Bob Frenier, whose seat is at stake, said he would have preferred a roll call vote on the rules “so the people who voted for this could be interrogated at town meeting.”

Scott, Quebec premier convene for talks on trade, immigration issues

State businesses sell $5 billion worth of goods in Quebec each year; the province is Vermont’s largest trading partner.

Scott releases EB-5 records; Feds threatened to shut down state program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services demanded answers from the state about oversight of the Jay Peak projects.

Panel recommends ground rules for House recount

The tallying would start Feb. 22. The proposed rules cover everything from how ballots will be picked up from the town offices to what to do in case of tampering.