Bob Kinzel

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Bob is a veteran Vermont journalist, specializing in political reporting. He is based in VPR’s Capital Bureau located across the street from Vermont’s Statehouse. Prior to joining VPR full time in 2002, Bob ran the Vermont News Service for 21 years. The service provided daily local news for eleven stations, including VPR. Bob started the News Service following a stint as news director for WNCS.

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Gov. Phil Scott says he's troubled by President Trump's comments about the violence in Charlottesville last weekend.
screenshot from Gov. Scott's Facebook video.

In a video released Thursday, Gov. Phil Scott says he's troubled by President Donald Trump's comments about the violence that took place in Charlottesville last weekend.

On this "Vermont Edition," we're talking about a new push for highway safety by state and local law enforcement across the state.
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Live call-in discussion: Following a recent rash of traffic fatalities, state and local law enforcement officials are conducting high-visibility campaigns to encourage Vermonters to use their seatbelts and to slow down. On this Vermont Edition, we're looking at efforts to improve highway safety in Vermont.

All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation - Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Peter Welch and Sen. Patrick Leahy - are critical of President Donald Trump's comments regarding the violence in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend.
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The three members of Vermont's congressional delegation have criticized President Donald Trump for his comments about this past weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Vermont's shortage of primary care doctors will soon get worse because a number of them will retire in the next few years.
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Many states across the country have a need to attract more primary care physicians, but Vermont's situation has an additional twist - a sizeable number of the state's primary care doctors are expected to retire in the next few years.

We're talking about the impact of income sensitivity on school budgets across the state.
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Vermont has a program – known as income sensitivity - that allows some homeowners to pay their school taxes based on their income and not the value of their property.

Gov. Phil Scott is reconsidering his opposition to a primary enforcement seat belt law.
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Throughout his political career as a state senator, lieutenant governor and now as governor, Phil Scott has always opposed legislation that would allow police to stop drivers who are not wearing a seat belt. But the governor says he's now rethinking how he feels about this issue.

Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson speaks at a highway safety press conference in Waterbury on Tuesday afternoon. Following recent fatalities on Vermont roads, Anderson says there will be a greater presence of state and local police on roadways.
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Over a 48-hour period beginning this past weekend, eight people died in traffic accidents in various parts of the state. Vermont has rarely witnessed this many highway deaths in such a short period of time.

FILE - Rep. Pete Welch, D-Vt., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Welch won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in August 2016 for re-election that year to a sixth term.
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Congressman Peter Welch has positioned himself as a Democrat who wants to work with Republicans. Polls suggest that's what Americans want from Washington, but so far bipartisanship has been hard to find in a polarized Congress.

Sen. Patrick Leahy is sponsoring a plan to prevent the Trump Administration from cracking down on states that allow medical marijuana.
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Sen. Patrick Leahy is leading an effort in the U.S. Senate to prevent the Trump Administration from cracking down on states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana.

All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation - Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Peter Welch and Sen. Patrick Leahy - are critical of President Donald Trump's comments regarding the violence in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Following the failure by Senate Republican leaders to repeal the Affordable Care Act last week, a group of 40 House members, including 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans, has emerged with a proposal to help strengthen the health care law.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say the president's transportation infrastructure plan is a giveaway to Wall Street investment firms.
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While all three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation support a $1 trillion plan to rebuild America's roads and bridges, they say President Trump's transportation proposal is a giveaway to Wall Street investment firms, and will send tolls skyrocketing.

Secretary of State Jim Condos, seen here in his office in June, is refusing to turn over Vermont's voter database to the Presidential Election Integrity Commission
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Secretary of State Jim Condos says that for now he won't send any Vermont voter information to the Presidential Election Integrity Commission.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital was the victim of a recent national cyber attack
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A program used by Brattleboro Memorial Hospital to allow doctors to dictate their notes by phone after they've seen a patient was the victim of a computer virus. It's one of three different methods that physicians at the hospital use to record this important information.

Boston Red Sox third baseman Tzu-Wei Lin swings at a pitch during the 8th inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. We're talking about what's coming in the second half of the season.
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The Red Sox started the baseball season sluggish, but now they're fired up. The Yankees meanwhile, got off to a great start but now they're floundering. On this episode of Vermont Edition, it's our annual summer baseball show!

Secretary of State Jim Condos, seen here in his office in June, is refusing to turn over Vermont's voter database to the Presidential Election Integrity Commission
Bob Kinzel / VPR file

Secretary of State Jim Condos says President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission is a "partisan witch hunt" that has the goal of suppressing voting rights in the U.S. And for the time being, Condos says he will not comply with the commission's request that he turn over Vermont's voter data base to the panel.

Gov. Phil Scott says he's troubled by President Trump's comments about the violence in Charlottesville last weekend
Bob Kinzel / VPR file

Vermont has a state budget for the new fiscal year that didn't raise any new taxes or fees, but some elected officials – including Gov. Phil Scott – are already thinking ahead to the financial impact that cuts at the federal level could bring to the state.

Hartland's Civil War soldiers are commemorated with this statue in the center of town.
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Vermont Civil War historian Howard Coffin discusses some of his new research about the role that Vermonters played at the Battle of Gettysburg, a pivotal Union victory.

Montpelier City Clerk John Odum with one of the city's optical scan voting machines.
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Secretary of State Jim Condos says his office is actively taking steps to protect the state's election system from being manipulated by foreign or domestic computer hackers, but says there's no evidence so far to indicate that Vermont's voting system was breached.

Vermont's two U.S. senators, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders both strongly oppose the new GOP Senate health care plan
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In many respects, the new health care bill proposed in the U.S. Senate follows the framework of a  GOP plan that passsed in the House last month.

A summer study committe set to convene in Montpelier next week will set the stage for a legislative debate next year over whether to increase the minimum wage in Vermont to $15 an hour.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

Lawmakers could have overridden two vetoes when they returned to Montpelier on Wednesday. The governor's veto of a pot legalization bill stands, but legislators did strike a deal to approve the state budget. However, their compromise with Gov. Phil Scott puts school boards on the hook to find cost savings.

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