Phil Baruth

Senate rejects statewide teachers health care contract

Under Beck’s plan, teacher health care would be moved to the state level. Any agreements made by the union and the governor would be ratified by a statewide vote of the teachers, administrators and town school employees.

Local school board members slam Act 46 in hearing

Some said Act 46 had caused deep divisions in their communities and implored lawmakers to trust local people instead of pushing another top-down approach.

Senate approves more flexible merger plans for school districts

More than 100 school districts have merged under Act 46. Lawmakers this year have focused on ways to help areas of the state where consolidation discussions have stalled.

Voters reject 18 school budgets

Thirty-seven budgets were struck down in 2014 when calls for tax relief hit a fever pitch.

Inside the Golden Bubble: Battle lines drawn over budget

Scott’s education proposal is a problem for Democrats who for years have resisted significant changes in education funding for fear of running afoul of local control and the powerful teachers union.

Baruth: The political art behind Fred Tuttle, the Man with a Plan

On the 20th anniversary of John O’Brien’s classic Vermont film, Sen. Philip Baruth tells the surreal story of Sen. Patrick Leahy’s 1998 race against Tunbridge dairy farmer Fred Tuttle.

No GOP senators from Chittenden County

Democratic incumbents as well as Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson and Debbie Ingram won their bids for Senate seats. In House races, incumbents Paul Dame of Essex and Joanna Cole of Burlington lost their seats.

Patrick Leahy’s Ground-breaking 1974 Campaign Subject of Sam B. Hand Lecture

News Release — Vermont Historical Society and the Center for Research on Vermont Oct. 3, 2016 Contact: Richard Watts [email protected] October 20, 2016 7:00 p.m. Memorial Lounge, Waterman, University of Vermont Sam B. Hand Lecture: The Children’s Crusade: How Patrick Leahy’s 1974 election changed modern campaigns in Vermont In this talk, UVM Professor and Leahy biographer […]

Democrats to push for universal background checks this legislative session

Following the Orlando nightclub shooting in June, the Vermont Democratic Party vowed to fight harder for gun control measures and added the topic to its official party platform.

Professional firefighters endorse candidates in Chittenden County Senate race

The Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont announced on Wednesday endorsed Senate incumbents Tim Ashe, Michael Sirotkin, Phillip Baruth and Ginny Lyons, and newcomer Rep. Chris Pearson in the Chittenden County Democratic primary. The association says the five candidates have backed legislation that has boosted household incomes and public safety. The Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont […]

Minter says gun control is top priority

If elected, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate says she will lead a push to establish universal background checks for all gun sales in Vermont.

Peter Galbraith: The fighting diplomat

The former ambassador and state senator is uncompromisingly progressive.

Baruth endorses Becca Balint

Senate Majority Leader Endorses Becca Balint Vermont Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth of Chittenden County announced his endorsement for Becca Balint and incumbent Jeanette White for the two State Senate seats in Windham County. Brattleboro, VT August 21, 2014– Chittenden County Democratic Senator and Vermont Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth announced his endorsement of Becca […]

Sodexo sick days policy under scrutiny

The food service giant’s policy that discourages workers from taking sick days raises concerns about labor practices — and public health.