Bob Kinzel

Host, Reporter

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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During his gubernatorial campaign, Gov. Phil Scott said that if he was elected, he would move to eliminate Vermont's health care exchange and bring the state into the federal system. But just three weeks into his term, the message from his administration has changed dramatically. 

Angela Evancie / VPR file

In what would amount to unprecedented legislative intervention in local education spending, Republican Gov. Phil Scott has asked lawmakers to wrest control over school budgets so that his administration can fund an array of child care programs and higher-education initiatives.

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The nation's largest online retailer, Amazon, has announced that beginning Feb. 1, it will begin to collect the state sales tax from its Vermont consumers.

Officials in Montpelier are preparing for one of the largest political rallies in the history of the capital.

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A new report released Thursday shows that Vermont's economy is continuing to make slow and steady progress. Among the findings are that corporate profits are lower than expected, due in part to a number of companies hiring new workers.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they plan to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday. More than 55 Democratic members of Congress have announced that they plan to boycott the event.

Neal Goswami / Vermont Press Bureau

Congressman Peter Welch told state lawmakers Wednesday that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could result in the state of Vermont losing tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Backers of legislation that would create an Ethics Commission in Vermont say they're optimistic about the future of their bill. But some critics argue that the proposal doesn't go nearly far enough to restore public trust in the operations of government.

In his inaugural address, Gov. Phil Scott identified a number of broad areas where he hopes to have a significant impact on the operations of state government. But Scott is leaving the details of these new proposals to his budget address that he'll deliver in 10 days.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Vermont's new governor Phil Scott is our guest Friday at noon on the next Vermont Edition for a live, one-hour interview.

Oliver Parini for VPR

Sen. Patrick Leahy says a comprehensive review of publicly released reports and more detailed information provided to members of Congress leads to an inescapable conclusion: The Russian government used cyber espionage to influence the presidential election by trying to undermine the credibility of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, who ran as a Progressive and a Democrat, says he wants his office to provide working Vermonters with greater access to state government.

Angela Evancie / VPR

It’s been a busy week in Montpelier. The state Supreme Court blocked Gov. Peter Shumlin from making an appointment to the Court. Shumlin gave his farewell speech to lawmakers. There are new leaders in both the House and the Senate. And Gov. Phil Scott outlined his vision for the state.

Angela Evancie / VPR

In his farewell address to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon, outgoing governor Peter Shumlin said he believes the state is in much better shape than when he first took office in January 2011.

Lauren Victoria Burke / AP/File

Rep. Peter Welch is taking two approaches to the new session of Congress: He says he's willing to work with President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders on policies of common interest, but will oppose any effort he sees as an attack on civil rights.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR/file

A very unusual legal case will be decided in Montpelier Tuesday. The Vermont Supreme Court will hold a special hearing to determine whether Gov. Peter Shumlin has the authority to appoint a new member to the court.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

It appears the siting of industrial wind projects could be a key issue during the 2017 legislative session. That's because Governor-elect Phil Scott says he wants lawmakers to enact a two-year moratorium on all large, ridgeline wind proposals.

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News of hacks are filling the headlines: from election-shaking political intrusions to huge breaches at companies like Yahoo. It means that many people are paying new attention to questions about cybersecurity. 

Toby Talbot / AP File

This year marks the second time in the past five presidential elections when the candidate who won the popular vote nationally did not receive a majority of votes in the Electoral College. Should the system be changed to a national popular vote system?

Sergei Karpukhin / AP

Members of Vermont's three-person Electoral College delegation have varying opinions on how to act on information that details Russian efforts to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

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