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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AP/Toby Talbot / The Democratic primary for Attorney General between incumbent Bill Sorrell and challenger T.J. Donovan was one of the biggest

The debate over basing the F-35s in Burlington raged this year. As did the construction of industrial wind farms. The merger between Green Mountain Power and CVPS also had its detractors. A heated primary campaign for Attorney General didn't stop the Democrats from a near sweep of statewide races. The state almost fully recovered from Tropical Storm Irene,but FEMA funding was short of what was expected. And the governor had a much-publicized encounter with some bears.

The shootings in Newtown, Connecticut put the issue of gun control back in the headlines. This week, Senator Patrick Leahy said he'd hold hearings on gun control legislation. We hear from Senator Leahy on what he thinks should happen with gun laws.

And retired Middlebury College political science professor Eric Davis discusses how politics influences gun control legislation in Vermont and Washington.

Toby Talbot / AP File

January 1, 2013 will bring big tax increases and massive budget cuts unless Congress and the president resolve their impasse concerning the federal deficit. The self-imposed fiscal cliff was intended to create an imperative for deficit problem-solving, but President Obama and the Republican-led House of Representatives have yet to reach an agreement.

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Vermont is moving towards a single payer health care system, and doctors trying to imagine how an overhauled system will change the way they treat and interact with patients. Among the issues are the possible rationing of health care, and who decides some of the critical budgetary decisions that will have to be made. We hear from two doctors debate the possible ramifications of single-payer health care: Dr. Robert Emmons and Dr. Jonathan Weker.

Middlebury College Political Science Professors Bert Johnson and Matt Dickinson.

Once again, Vermont was the first state that was declared as a victory for President Obama when he wasre-elected Tuesday. In addition, Vermont gave the President one his most lopsided victories, second only to Hawaii.

Middlebury College political science professors Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson - known as the Professor Pundits - discuss some of the key factors in the presidential race,the future of the Electoral College and the influence of money on our political system.

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All the campaign calls, handshakes, honk-and-waves and debates end Tuesday with the election. We take one last opportunity to evaluate this year's races.

VTDigger's Anne Galloway, Pete Hirschfeld of the Vermont Press Bureau and VPR's John Dillon join Bob Kinzel to look at the people and issues in all the statewide races. They also discuss the impact that Super PAC money has had in this campaign, particularly in the race for Treasurer.

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When Governor Peter Shumlin named Jeb Spaulding as his Secretary of Administration, Beth Pearce was elevated to fill his position as Treasurer. She now faces challengers Republican Wendy Wilton and Progressive Don Schramm, in what has been the most contentious race of this election cycle.

Bob Kinzel hosts a debate of the three major party candidates as they outline their qualifications for the position.

AP/Toby Talbot

Vermont's Attorney General is called the state's top law enforcement officer. Seven-term incumbent Bill Sorrell (D) is running for re-election and faces major party opposition from Jack McMullen (R) and Ed Stanak (P).

Video Deep Links - Attorney General's Debate

Listen to the entire debate, orc lick the topics below to jump to that section.

Bob Kinzel's questions to thecandidates:

AP Photo / Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, and challenger John MacGovern, right.

The major party candidates for U.S. Senate,incumbent Bernie Sanders (I) and challenger John MacGovern (R), met in a live debate Friday, Oct. 12, on Vermont Edition, moderated by VPR's Bob Kinzel.

Listen to the entire debate, or click to specific topics.

Bob Kinzel's questions to the candidates:

Fiscal Cliff Looms

Oct 5, 2012
Senator Patrick Leahy
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Congress put off decisions about several tax and budget issues when it adjourned last month. If those bill aren't passed soon after the election, the tax burden on the average Vermont household will go up 6 percent, about $3,500, starting January 1, 2013.Our guest on Vermont Edition is Senator Patrick Leahy to discuss the stalemate over these bills, and what it will take to resolve these critical issues during Congress' lame-duck session after the November election.

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