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The Republican Governors Association is dropping big money on another TV ad buy. But the organization looks to be shifting tactics as Election Day nears.

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Vermont has had one female governor in its 225-year history. At a debate on women’s issues Thursday, Democratic candidate Sue Minter made the case that it’s time for another.

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For the first time since 2010, Vermont has an open seat for lieutenant governor. We’ll talk to the Republican candidate, Randy Brock. We'll discuss health care reform, tax policy and more.

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On Thursday afternoon, Liberty Union candidate Bill “Spaceman” Lee made his debut on the gubernatorial debate stage. Seated alongside Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott, the former Red Sox lefty fielded questions about issues facing Vermont women. And the Craftsbury resident made it clear early on that he isn’t your average candidate.

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Early voting for the November election officially starts on Friday, Sept. 23, but some towns have been handing out ballots for the past week. The Vermont Republican Party wants to know why the secretary of state's office has allowed this to happen.

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Vermont’s next attorney general will likely inherit one of the highest-profile civil cases in state history, and Republican Deb Bucknam and Democrat TJ Donovan say charges related to a $200 million EB-5 fraud in the Northeast Kingdom would be a priority for their administration.

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Scott Milne is renewing his call on Patrick Leahy to release Senate records related to the alleged EB-5 scandals in Jay Peak. Leahy, meanwhile, says he’s growing tired of his opponent’s tactics, and that it’s becoming evident that Milne lacks the grasp of policy needed to be an effective member of Congress.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says his office is taking the threat of a cyber-attack on the state's election system seriously.

Married political pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville will be at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre Sunday. It’s the latest in a 14-month series aimed at boosting civic engagement during the presidential race.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott released his “comprehensive blueprint for economic growth” on Tuesday, outlining the candidate’s policy proposals to help the state’s economy. The plan includes a number of detailed proposals for changes in the state’s tax policy, but lacks specifics in other areas like “clean and affordable energy.”

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Democratic candidate for governor Sue Minter is calling for a major public investment in higher education. But the tax increases needed to pay for her proposal would land squarely on Vermont’s banks, and banking officials says the plan would harm their industry. 

An article in VTDigger this week revealed that Sen. Patrick Leahy’s daughter is a lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America, and Leahy’s GOP challenger, Scott Milne, is seizing on the news as evidence of his opponent’s ties to corporate interests.

Presidential candidate Jill Stein will speak at Vermont Law School in South Royalton on Tuesday.

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On Saturday, Republican Scott Milne will formally launch his campaign for the U.S. Senate. It’s an awfully late start for a candidate who’s looking to unseat a popular seven-term incumbent in Patrick Leahy. But Milne says his low-budget, old-school approach to campaigning is exactly what voters are looking for.

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Republican candidate for governor Phil Scott says it’s time to take the state in a new direction when it comes to health care reform, but his precise destination remains somewhat unclear. And while the sitting lieutenant governor wants to abandon Vermont Health Connect, he says he isn’t sure yet what to use in its place.

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Vermonters apparently aren’t the only ones interested in the outcome of this year’s race for governor. The Republican Governors Association has already poured more than $600,000 into the contest, and it’s likely just the beginning of what could be record spending by outside groups in a Vermont election.

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Donald Trump's campaign continues to divide many Republicans across the country, with the candidate's controversial stances and statements leading some to decide not to vote for their own party's nominee. We're looking at how this is playing out closer to home.

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Only four states have laws that mandate paid family and medical leave for workers. Democratic candidate for governor Sue Minter wants Vermont to join that small club, and lawmakers and advocates are already working to advance the legislation.

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Central to the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders was a critique of the role of money in politics, especially large donations from wealthy individuals to help candidates who support their policies or principles.

Clearly, millions of people agree with Sanders and supported him, yet more and more money – including "dark money" from undisclosed donors – is pouring into politics in the hope of influencing elections.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says despite resignations by a number of staff members of the newly-formed political organization Our Revolution, he’s confident the group will advance his agenda. 

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