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We continue our final week of political debates with a meeting between the two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy is seeking an eighth term in office. He is challenged by Republican Scott Milne.

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As Vermonters get ready to go to the polls next week, Secretary of State Jim Condos says he's confident in the steps that the state has taken to protect the process against voter fraud.

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The number of registered voters in Vermont might be at a record high, but on Election Day, it will still come down to who shows up to vote.

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Our final week of political debates begins with the candidates for lieutenant governor.

Phil Scott has held the position for the past six years, but is now running for governor. Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman and Republican Randy Brock are vying to fill this vacated office.

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Democrat Sue Minter decided back in May that she would no longer accept campaign contributions directly from corporate entities. The pledge has not cramped her fundraising abilities, however, and strong support from female donors has given Minter a financial edge over her Republican rival, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott.

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The auditor of accounts is tasked with reviewing state programs to find waste and inefficiency and to hold government agencies accountable.

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With incumbent Bill Sorrell retiring, Vermont is getting its first new attorney general since 1997. Voters will decide who oversees law enforcement in Vermont, and who defends Vermont’s laws from legal challenges.


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The next governor will shape the future of health care, marijuana policy, social programs and taxes in Vermont, and the candidates don’t agree on much.

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The lieutenant governor presides over and sets the agenda in the state senate and, when things don't go as planned, could become governor.

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Vermont’s secretary of state deals with issues of professional licensing, corporate regulations and open records laws. Perhaps this office is best known for running Vermont’s elections.

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Should Vermont divest from fossil fuels? Will today’s state employees get the retirement benefits they’ve been promised? Your vote will help determine who’s in charge of answering those questions.

The auditor serves as a watchdog over the operations of state government and conducts what are known as "performance audits" to evaluate the effectiveness of specific programs, and the major party candidates for state auditor view the role of the office very differently.

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The 2016 Presidential Race has dominated the headlines for much of this election cycle. But as we near Election Day, voters begin to focus on statewide offices and their local State House and Senate races.

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This week, Vermont Edition brings you election debates for three statewide offices.  On Thursday, the leading candidates for state auditor meet in a live, face-to-face debate.

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This week and next, Vermont Edition is bringing you election debates for statewide offices.  On Wednesday, the leading candidates for treasurer meet in a live, face-to-face debate.

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According to Secretary of State Jim Condos, early voting is on the rise in Vermont, and a record number of people are now registered to vote in the November election.

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This week, Vermont Edition brings you election debates for three statewide offices.  On Tuesday, the leading candidates for attorney general meet in a live, face-to-face debate.

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One key Republican strategy in the final stretch of Vermont’s tight gubernatorial race is to try to link Democratic candidate Sue Minter with the policies of outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin. But Minter says her agenda is very different from Shumlin's.

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Last Tuesday, the Hartford Police Department posted a picture on their Facebook page that shows graffiti on the Dothan Brook Elementary School. It reads “AMERICAK.K.K.ANS FOR TRUMP," referencing the Ku Klux Klan.

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Many new parents in Vermont face a tough choice: take a leave of absence from work to stay home with their newborns, and forego a paycheck, or head back to work shortly after the baby arrives. 

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