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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There's a bill at the Vermont Statehouse that would raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old.

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A shortage of primary care doctors in most parts of Vermont has the medical community concerned, with nearly 30 percent of primary care physicians over age 60 and nearing retirement. 

Profile of Governor Phil Scott with Vermont flag in background.
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Vermont's state budget tops one billion dollars, and the balance of raising revenue and controlling costs is a contentious issue between the governor and the Democratic leadership in the Legislature.

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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation are in sharp disagreement with most of the priorities that President Trump outlined in his address to Congress on Tuesday night.

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Gov. Phil Scott says he wants lawmakers to pass a marijuana driver impairment law before they consider a legalization bill. But transportation officials say the kind of test that Scott wants to use doesn't exist at this time.

Sen. Patrick Leahy is calling for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson joins the program to talk about a range of topics, including the Legislature's reaction to Gov. Phil Scott's proposal for Vermont school budgets.

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In a unanimous 30-0 vote, the Vermont Senate has advanced legislation that's designed to blunt part of the impact of new immigration policies of the Trump Administration. 

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Gov. Phil Scott says the Legislature needs to act soon to blunt the impact of a new Trump Administration policy on immigration.

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As Vermont's House Judiciary Committee considers a bill to legalize marijuana, there has been discussion about exactly how much marijuana an individual could possess.

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Knee deep into the second month of the Legislature's new biennium, a number of key issues have emerged in Montpelier.

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All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation are calling for an investigation to look at possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian intelligence officials.

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Gov. Phil Scott says he won't support legislation legalizing marijuana in Vermont unless the bill contains strong provisions to allow law enforcement officials to determine if a person is driving while impaired.

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Both of Vermont's U.S. senators, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, say they plan to question President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, on a number of specific issues.

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All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation strongly support a federal court ruling that rejects President Trump's attempt to reinstate a travel ban from seven predominately Muslim counties.

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Last year, a marijuana legalization bill that would have set up a big state regulatory system similar to Colorado's failed. And many thought legalization would be put on the shelf for a while.

But new legislation being discussed at the State House would allow for personal possession, modeled after the law used by Washington, D.C.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has strongly criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for blocking Sen. Elizabeth Warren from speaking during the senate's debate over the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.

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The Vermont Senate has given its unanimous approval to legislation that creates an ethics commission in the state. Some supporters of the bill say they're disappointed that the proposal is a scaled-down version of the original model, but others argue it's a good starting point.

Talking Taxes

Feb 3, 2017
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With the Legislature back in session, it's open season to discuss taxes. And there are many tax issues to talk about.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy is calling for thorough review of President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, and he says the operations of the Senate will be severely hurt if Republican leaders decide to change the rules to make it easier to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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