Becca Balint

Deal would redirect tax revenue from lake cleanup to housing

The agreement between the governor and legislative leaders comes after prolonged talks on how to pay for a $35 million housing bond. An environmental group blasted the deal as “shameful.”

Tug-of-war continues over speech professionals’ licensing

The dispute flared up in the waning days of the last legislative session. It has to do with which agency has control over licensing of speech language pathologists, some of whom work in schools.

Senate scraps Scott executive order on Labor-Commerce merger

The vote means that the Department of Labor will not be placed under the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Balint hopes to be Senate majority leader

The one-term senator from Brattleboro says she is intrigued by the role, having had experience facilitating as a teacher, and she’s been approached by some colleagues in the Senate, “some longtime politicians in Vermont” who told her she should consider it.

Becca Balint: Shaming doesn’t work

Whether the issue is weight loss, shopping, parenting or volunteering, shame is not going to get you what you really want: eager, engaged partners.

Becca Balint: Building compassion one moment at a time

The metamorphosis of the world into a more compassionate one for LGBTQ people is tied into a greater movement towards civility for all people.

Windham Democrats back marijuana legalization bill

The county committee voted to support the legislation and to join the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, a move meant to send a message as the House begins consideration of S.241.

Inside the Golden Bubble: Unusual alliances and motives help pot bill pass

A Republican senator breaks ranks and a Democrat goes against her party almost killing the marijuana legalization bill.

Senate sends marijuana legalization to the House

Speaker Shap Smith says it will be three to four weeks before the House takes up the legislation.

Despite surprises, pro-environment legislators prevail overall in Vermont elections

Despite surprising results in several races yesterday, including the extremely narrow margin favoring Governor Shumlin, Vermont voters broadly supported pro-environment candidates in the 2014 elections.

Five seek Windham County Senate seats

Departure of Sen. Peter Galbraith leaves an open seat in southeastern Vermont.

Windham Senate candidates disagree over debate schedule

Two Democratic candidates for Windham County Senate seats decline to participate in a forum hosted by the rival Liberty Union Party, saying debates should be arranged by civic groups.

Primary Roundup: Who won in contested House, Senate primaries

Political newcomer uses political training program for women to gain the edge in Windham County Senate. Incumbents bumped off in Grand Isle, Caledonia.

Balint, White win Windham County state Senate primary

With 17 of the district’s 20 towns reporting, White had 2,199 votes followed by Balint’s 1,639. In third place was Roger Allbee with 1,149, and Joan Bowman had 427.