Campaign 2014

Mark Donka, a Republican running for Congress against Rep. Peter Welch, has views on climate change that are in conflict with widely-accepted science on the matter.

On Vermont Edition Friday, Donka confirmed that he believes climate change is real, but argued that humans aren’t necessarily the primary cause.

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Mark Donka won a close three-way race in the Republican primary for Vermont’s lone congressional seat. He now faces Representative Peter Welch for the second consecutive time in the general election.

Donka outlines his positions on the bill to fund Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, the federal budget, the Affordable Care Act, immigration and other issues facing Congress.

A member of Scott Milne’s remaining staff who is doing research and writing for the candidate has, in the past, lost his job for stating as fact what may have been fiction.

Milne’s run for governor suffered a setback earlier this week when his campaign manager, Brent Burns left the campaign.

The Republican candidate said Wednesday that his campaign would go on without a manager, and that he and a group of staffers would make the push through November 4th.

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Did Bernie Sanders’ wife violate her husband’s admonitions against “golden parachutes” by taking a $200,000 severance package from the college she resigned from in 2011?

That’s the premise behind a television ad set to hit network airwaves tomorrow. And it’s the latest volley in a long-running political battle between Vermont’s junior senator and a gas-station owner he says is to blame for “artificially” high gasoline prices in parts of Vermont.

Gov. Peter Shumlin is out with the first television advertisement of his reelection campaign.

The professionally produced 30-second spot features short testimonials from five residents. They tout the second-term governor’s performance on issues ranging from Tropical Storm Irene to college affordability.

Angela Evancie

Heading into the November elections, Gov. Peter Shumlin is sitting on more than $1 million. So we decided to check out where it came from.

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Milne says that as he campaigns around the state, there is no question that the rising burden of property taxes is one of the biggest issues facing Vermonters. That's why he's calling for a two year freeze on the statewide property tax rate for education.

Milne says the freeze could be tough on some local school boards but he says it will ultimately force lawmakers to consider a new and simplified approach to paying for education.

Vermont politicians and political candidates weighed in on Tuesday’s announcement that Vermont Health Connect will be taken offline for fixes for weeks. Here’s what they had to say:

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott

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Dan Feliciano is the Libertarian candidate for governor, and he’s gained more attention than Libertarians usually do in Vermont thanks to a write-in campaign in the Republican primary. Feliciano has been making sharp attacks on incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin, and says Shumlin's health care policy is driven by "fantasy." Feliciano is our guest to discuss his campaign for governor, and why he wants to lead the state.

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The Burlington Free Press reports that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne and campaign manager Brent Burns have parted ways after just two months working together.

"I resigned Friday," Burns confirmed Monday. "For the last six years, I have been working in super high stress jobs. I needed to take a step back," Burns explained when asked why. "All the rest is between Scott and I."

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Dean Corren, Lieutenant Governor candidate for both the Progressive and Democratic parties, joined Attorney General Bill Sorrell for a campaign stop at a gas station in Burlington Monday morning, but they weren’t filling up.

The pair were hoping to bring attention to the discrepancy in gas prices between northwestern Vermont and other areas of the state, like Rutland. In photos taken Sunday, a gas station in Rutland showed a price of $3.39 for regular while a Burlington station was charging $3.58 – a 19 cent difference.

Five states held their primaries on Tuesday, including New York. The race for governor in that state has a local connection: Vermont native Zephyr Teachout mounted an upstart campaign against popular Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Scott Milne is the Republican nominee for governor. He says the Shumlin Administration has put Vermont on a path to become the most radical state in the nation, while ignoring serious economic challenges. On the next Vermont Edition, we get Milne’s perspective on the right direction for Vermont and why he wants to be governor.

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Peter Shumlin has kicked off his bid for a third term in the governor’s office. And the Democrat says he won’t rest until he’s put a single-payer health care system in place.

Vermont is one of only two states where governors serve two-year terms. And the brevity of the span between elections means sitting governors are pretty much always on the stump.

Gov. Peter Shumlin is no exception. And he’s spent much of the past summer using his official appearance schedule to tout his performance in office.

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As he  launched his re-election campaign, Gov. Peter Shumlin said his top priority for a third term is the creation of more good paying jobs. He also wants Vermont to become the first state in the country to implement a single payer health care system over the next two years.

On economic issues, Shumlin  says that while his administration has helped create more than 10,000 new jobs over the past four years, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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There’s only one race for statewide office that offers much drama this election season. And the challenger in the race for lieutenant governor is seeking to draw out the incumbent in a series of debates.

The Progressive Party’s Dean Corren is a first-time candidate for statewide office who has so far spent less than $30,000 on his campaign. So, does Corren think average Vermonters know who he is?

  “I don’t know,” Corren said Monday. “I mean, obviously we don’t have polling and that sort of thing.”

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The Primary Election results have been certified and Labor Day weekend has signaled the start of campaign season in Vermont. We've invited some of the state's top political reporters to examine the candidates and issues in statewide races. Our guests are VPR's Peter Hirschfeld, Terri Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press and Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org.

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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano says Governor Peter Shumlin’s  plan to implement the country’s first state run single payer system is a “fantasy” that has caused enormous harm to thousands of Vermonters.  

Feliciano is offering a very different vision that he says will provide affordable health care.

Since the passage of Act 48 in 2011, Governor Peter Shumlin and the Legislature have put Vermont on track to become the first state in the country to implement a single payer health care system.

Gov. Peter Shumlin over the past two weeks has increased what was already a substantial financial advantage over Republican challenger Scott Milne.

Shumlin collected more than $31,700, spent only $767, and now sits on $1.16 million with only about nine weeks until Election Day, according to a disclosure filed with the secretary of state Tuesday.

Milne, meanwhile, has raised $9,950 since Aug. 15, spent $33,400, and is sitting on about $16,000. The positive balance in Milne’s campaign is thanks only to the $25,000 he loaned his campaign last Friday.

Bob Kinzel / VPR

A special canvassing committee has formally certified the results of last week’s Primary election. State Election Director Will Senning distributed the results of all statewide races to leaders of the Democratic, Republican and Progressive Parties. After they reviewed and signed the documents, the results became official.

Write-in campaigns got a lot of attention this year. In a high profile effort, Progressive Lt. Governor

candidate Dean Corren received just under 4,000 votes in the Democratic primary. This represents 60 percent of the votes in this contest.

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