Campaign 2014

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Gov. Peter Shumlin will officially launch his 2014 reelection campaign next week, according to a release from his campaign.

A campaign kickoff is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9, when the Democratic governor will outline his case for a third term.

Shumlin has tapped a member of his executive staff to serve as campaign manager. Scott Coriell, who until last week served as special assistant to the governor, has left his job in the administration to run Shumlin’s campaign.

At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, representatives of Vermont’s Republican, Democrat, Progressive and Liberty Union political parties will gather in the wood paneled conference room in the offices of Secretary of State Jim Condos to certify the results from 275 voting precincts across the state. 

If all goes according to plan, they will review the results from the primary election and then certify them.

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Congressman Peter Welch is our guest on the next Vermont Edition. We discuss the Islamic State in Syria and what he thinks the United States' military response should be. We take your calls on domestic issues facing Congress.

Also in the program, the role that write-in votes played in Tuesday's Primary Election. Political analyst Eric Davis discusses the results of voting in an election that saw extremely low voter turnout.

Broadcast live on Fri., Aug. 29 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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A veteran law-enforcement officer who wants to repeal Obamacare has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark Donka eked out a 321-vote victory in Tuesday’s GOP primary, where three candidates had to wait until Wednesday for the Associated Press to call the hotly contested race.

Donka took 36 percent of the vote, ahead of Don Russell’s 33 percent and Donald Nolte’s 31 percent.

Voters in Windham County’s democratic senate primary chose incumbent Senator Jeanette White  of Putney to run for a seventh term in November. White was the top vote-getter in a four-way race for two senate seats.

"I think it says that people think I listen to their concerns," White says. "I don’t know that they always like the votes that I take, but I think they like the way I approach issues."

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Pomfret businessman Scott Milne has easily won the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Unofficial results show that Milne received roughly two thirds of the vote in yesterday’s primary election. Milne says he’s ready to challenge incumbent Democrat Peter Shumin in the fall campaign.  

It was a Primary election where very few Vermonters cast their ballots and it’s possible that voter turnout will be the lowest in state history.

With a majority of precincts reporting, it was clear that Milne had won the election by a large margin.

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Two candidates for statewide office are looking to turn write-in campaigns in the primary as a springboard into the general election. And Libertarian candidate for governor Dan Feliciano, and Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor Dean Corren, say Tuesday’s results signal widespread support for their candidacies.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

It’s Primary election day in Vermont but not many voters are going to the polls and it’s possible that voter turnout today will be the lowest in state history.

There are reports from across the state this afternoon that most voters have no interest in today’s primary elections. How low is the interest? There were no voters at the Ward 3 voting station in Burlington at mid morning and only ten voters cast a ballot during the lunch hour in Montpelier.

Charlie Giannoni is Burlington’s Ward 3 Clerk.

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With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, most major primary races showed a clear victor before midnight on Tuesday, but the three-way race for the Republican nomination the U.S. House of Representatives was still tight. As of Wednesday morning at 9:15 with 240 of 275 districts reporting, Mark Donka held a lead of 94 votes over Donald Russell. Donald Nolte trailed Donka by 409 votes.

Here are the latest unofficial results from the Secretary of State:

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Four candidates walk into a farmer’s market…

It sounds like the beginning to a joke, but this being Vermont, that was the scene in Winooski Sunday.

With traffic zipping through the roundabout nearby, candidates spoke with market-goers as a band played.

The race for the city of Winooski’s (and a small part of Burlington’s) two House seats is putting the spotlight on the changing demographics of the city. Voters will have a choice between familiar faces and political newcomers. 

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An insurgent write-in campaign for the Republican gubernatorial primary is getting some unlikely support from GOP insiders; Libertarian Dan Feliciano hopes to win the party nomination in Tuesday’s election.

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne is still the runaway favorite to win his party’s primary on Tuesday. Milne has garnered a long list of endorsements – including one from former Republican Gov. James Douglas – to prove his support among GOP stalwarts.

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The three Republican gubernatorial candidates have very different points of view on the future of health care in Vermont. They also disagree on ways to make the state more energy independent. These differences emerged during a debate on Vermont Public Radio.

The VPR debate marked one of the very few times that the three candidates, Steve Berry, Emily Peyton and Scott Milne have been together during this primary election season.

While the candidates have somewhat similar views on education and the economy, they disagree on the future of health care in Vermont.

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Steve Berry, Scott Milne and Emily Peyton are the three candidates on the Republican ballot running for governor of Vermont.

In advance of next Tuesday’s primary election, they debate their positions and platforms in the hope of becoming the GOP candidate to face incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.

Broadcast live on Friday, August 22 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Political campaigns in this state are almost always funded by private money. Figuring out where exactly the cash is coming from, however, can be difficult.

Unlike federal elections statutes, which require major contributors to list the businesses they might represent, Vermont mandates no such disclosures. So VPR decided to dig in to the numbers.

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While there seems to be some interest in two write-in campaigns for statewide office in next week’s primary election, state officials think that overall voter turnout will be extremely low. There are also concerns that the write-in efforts will complicate the vote counting process.

By most accounts, this has been an extremely quiet primary season in Vermont. It’s not a presidential year and it’s an off year for U.S. Senate campaigns.

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Voters in the Northeast Kingdom will have some clear choices in the upcoming primary election for state’s attorney. In Orleans County, the incumbent faces three challengers, and two of them have served as his deputies. In Essex County, the race pits a veteran of state politics against a juvenile defense attorney who wants to find alternatives to litigation.

What's the point of primary elections? What are "open primaries"? In the first installment of The Catch-Up, VPR's new explainer series, we tell you what you need to know.

For more information from the Vermont Secretary of State's office, check out this page.

With seven days until the primary election, the first television ad of the 2014 election cycle hit the airwaves Tuesday.

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The race for lieutenant governor is shaping up to become one of the most expensive contests for that office in Vermont history. And Republican incumbent Phil Scott and Progressive Party challenger Dean Corren are raising their money in very different ways.

Among the more onerous tasks of any political campaign is raising the cash needed to fund the effort. On this count at least, Progressive Party candidate Dean Corren is enjoying an operational advantage over the Republican incumbent.

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Vermont will choose a lieutenant governor in November. It’s shaping up to be the race to watch this fall.

Saturday at the statehouse, Progressive candidate Dean Corren officially kicked off his campaign for the office. There, Corren emphasized his Democratic Primary write-in campaign.

The kickoff was hosted by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Yes, that Ben and Jerry.

“Some say the incumbent has the advantage,” Cohen said, introducing the event. “That's what they said about Häagen Dazs.”

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