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]

Scott taps FairPoint president for human resources commissioner

Gov. Phil Scott has appointed a state president of FairPoint Communications as head of the Department of Human Resources. Scott tapped Beth Fastiggi, who has been employed by FairPoint for nearly 30 years and has a wide a array of leadership experience in business strategy, operations, communications, budgeting and management. Scott said in a statement […]

New state Democratic chair once opposed marriage equality

Faisal Gill says his own experiences with discrimination several years ago as a Muslim American candidate running as a Republican in Virginia turned him into a supporter.

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.

Vermont congressional delegation blasts Trump at town hall meeting in Hardwick

Sanders said depriving an elderly person in Vermont a hot meal in order to give more tax breaks to billionaires is “a sick mentality.”

Margolis: Practicing the art of distraction

When it comes to public subsidies of arts and culture, the federal agencies that the president is targeting are all but inconsequential.

Sanders tells concerned Vermont teachers he’ll fight Trump’s budget

Sen. Bernie Sanders said many of the financial struggles educators and students are facing are the result of the political power of billionaire conservative donors.

Former Rutland mayor handily outraised opponents in failed re-election bid

Campaign finance filings with the Vermont Secretary of State show that Louras raised a total of $24,872, compared with $5,835 for David Allaire, a longtime city alderman, and $5,550 for Michael Coppinger, the executive director of the Downtown Rutland Partnership.

Vernon Selectboard chair rebukes residents for complaint to AG

(This article by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on March 23, 2017.) VERNON — The chairman of the Vernon Selectboard rebuked the members of the Vernon Voters Alliance for creating a “public spectacle,” by submitting a letter of complaint “of misconduct/corruption” to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. “Our complaint concerns the misuse […]

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.”

Vermont congressional delegation to hold town meeting Saturday in Hardwick

Vermont’s congressional delegation will hold a joint town meeting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hazen Union School in Hardwick. U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., will hold the forum to discuss a wide array of issues with constituents. In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch […]

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.”

New mayor returns familiar faces to Rutland City Hall

The leadership team under new Rutland City Mayor David Allaire is taking shape. “It’s time for a reset, a new beginning,” Allaire said Monday night at the first meeting of the city’s Board of Aldermen since his election over incumbent Mayor Christopher Louras on Town Meeting Day. The new mayor said hIs first task since […]

Crossover redux: Surviving bills include paid leave, drug penalties, gun seizure

They are among the bills that cleared Friday’s crossover cutoff date for moving forward. Marijuana legalization is one major bill that didn’t make it, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead.

Sanders sees ‘revolution’ in energy

Sanders toured Green Mountain Power’s Solar City operation. The utility can now store solar energy through state-of-the-art control systems that enable the utility to tap power at times of high demand.