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An open seat for governor doesn’t come around very often. On the rare occasion it does, politicians have a tough time resisting the temptation to compete for it. 

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Gov. Peter Shumlin assembled his cabinet and the press corps for an unexpected announcement on Monday afternoon: Just six months into a term that he barely won, Shumlin says he won't run for re-election in 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is drawing a lot of older voters to his rallies in New Hampshire and Iowa – and older volunteers could prove to be a valuable asset to the Sanders campaign.

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On a hot, sunny Tuesday evening,  Senator Bernie Sanders said the words that 5,000 supporters had gathered to hear: he is running for president of the United States.  Sanders addressed 14 policy areas in his announcement speech at Waterfront Park in Burlington, and now he's taking his message to New Hampshire and Iowa.

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Lt. Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he's considering a run for governor in 2016.

Responding to questions from listeners on VPR's Vermont Edition, Scott said that he's doing some soul searching.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is on board with the latest trend among prominent politicians, and not just because he's running for president. Sanders is one of a few presidential hopefuls having fun with their 404 page. That’s the page on a website that comes up when a user enters an address for a page that doesn’t exist.

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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign with a rally in Burlington Tuesday.

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Senator Bernie Sanders heads to New Hampshire Wednesday to officially start campaigning as a Democratic presidential candidate. Sanders is holding town hall meetings in Concord and Portsmouth on Wednesday, with a house party in Epping. His New Hampshire supporters say his local ties and longstanding practice of holding town hall meetings and people-to-people campaigning will serve him well in the state that holds the nation's first primary.

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Hours before Bernie Sanders took the stage Tuesday to kick off his presidential campaign, people were arriving at Burlington's Waterfront Park to show their support.

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With Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains behind him, Sen. Bernie Sanders officially kicked off his presidential campaign Tuesday afternoon at Waterfront Park in Burlington.

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If it wasn't official before, it is now: Bernie Sanders is running for president. Supporters, members of the press and onlookers are descending upon Burlington's Waterfront Park this afternoon to see the independent senator — who is running as a Democrat — launch his bid for a primary nomination. 

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Plenty of people know a lot about Sen. Bernie Sanders' politics – they’ve been remarkably consistent over the years – but with Sanders kicking off his presidential run this week, there are plenty of other questions. How can Sanders beat Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton? How will Sanders’ Vermont roots influence the way voters think about him? Will Vermont’s close proximity to New Hampshire make a difference in Sanders’ efforts to win that state’s first-in-the-nation primary?

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Even though Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his run for president more than 18 months before the general election, he and his staff had to move quickly.

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Vermont's Independent senator and Democratic presidential hopeful will be kicking off his campaign in earnest on May 26 in Burlington — and his speech may have a familiar ring to it.

Through his 1980s tenure as the mayor of Burlington, his 15 years as a U.S. congressman and his past two terms in the U.S. Senate, on many issues — income inequality, health care, education — Sanders has echoed, well, himself.

Just hours after the staff of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign announced plans for his kickoff event, Gov. Peter Shumlin tweeted his intention to support Hillary Clinton for president.

Shumlin says he stands by his decision and that the timing of his support was purely coincidental.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is officially launching his run for president on Tuesday in Burlington, campaign officials announced.

The event is set for 5 p.m. on May 26 at Burlington’s waterfront park and will feature free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the campaign announcement said.

“My hometown of Burlington and the people of Vermont have a special place in my heart,” Sanders said in a release. “There is nowhere else in the world where I would hold an event this important.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders announced the top tier of his campaign team Friday, bringing on two longtime political allies.

Sanders named Franklin County native Jeff Weaver as campaign manager. Weaver first worked for Sanders on his 1986 gubernatorial campaign and later helped on Sanders’ 2006 Senate campaign before becoming the junior senator’s chief of staff.

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Former Gov. Howard Dean says Sen. Bernie Sanders is a strong presidential candidate.

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Bernie Sanders has proven his popularity in Vermont with lopsided election victories in his campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate. But can he turn that into a successful presidential campaign?  On the next Vermont Edition, we hear perspectives on Bernie Sanders from outside Vermont with political reporters from Iowa, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. who will be covering the early presidential contests. Our guests are Jonathan Topaz of Politico, Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register and Josh Rogers of New Hampshire Public Radio.

Sarah Boden

Bernie Sanders has officially filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission declaring his run for president as a Democrat, but his lack of party credentials may raise questions as he tries to get on the primary ballot in New Hampshire.