The death, or near death, of Vermont's independent pursuit of a single payer health care system is the No.1 story, as voted by VTDigger staff. Vermont Yankee, IBM, DCF, Vermont Health Connect and the surprising general election also figured prominently.
Scott Milne, the Republican runner-up in governor's race, is taking time to weigh whether to actively campaign for lawmakers' votes in choosing a winner. He also criticizes Shumlin economic analyst Jonathan Gruber.
Scott Milne has yet to concede the race for governor, and may take his quest to the legislature, which will have the final say. He is within his rights to do so, but he is unlikely to prevail and could put his political future at risk.