Dean Corren

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The Vermont Progressive Party has joined a growing group of political insiders taking on Attorney General Bill Sorrell.

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Attorney General Bill Sorrell has filed a lawsuit alleging that a candidate who used public money to run for lieutenant governor last year violated campaign financing laws.

Sorrell says Progressive Democrat Dean Corren illegally sought help from the Democratic party.

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Incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott cruised to victory for a third term in office. Scott defeated the Progressive and Democratic candidate Dean Corren by more than a 25 percent margin.

Scott says the key message from the election is that lawmakers understand that the state faces “an affordability” crisis.

The contest showed big differences between Scott and Corren on many key issues.

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Dean Corren’s campaign sent out a text message blast this morning reminding people to vote, and not-so-subtly reminding them to vote for Corren.

“VOTE TODAY by 7 PM!” the message read. “Dean Corren for Lt. Gov. means jobs, healthcare and the environment. He’s endorsed by Leahy, Sanders, Welch and Shumlin.”

But instead of going out to a list of supporters who had opted in to receive text messages, the text blast went out to an unspecified list that included some phone numbers of people who had not opted in.

Lt. Governor's Debate

Oct 28, 2014

Candidates for lieutenant governor met in a live debate on VPR on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm moderated a 90-minute debate with the three candidates running for lieutenant governor: incumbent Republican Phil Scott, Progressive and Democratic nominee Dean Corren, and Marina Brown of the Liberty Union Party.

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For an office that can't actually do that much, the race for Vermont's Lieutenant Governor – between incumbent Republican Phil Scott and Progressive/Democratic candidate Dean Corren – is getting a lot of attention.

VPR's Peter Hirschfeld explains why.

Courtesy Dean Corren

Candidates have a week and a half of campaigning left before Election Day, and Dean Corren is among those working hard for votes. He's the Progressive and Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, and he's our guest Friday on Vermont Edition. We'll look at why he's made single-payer health care his top priority and the challenges in implementing that system.

Also in the program, political analyst Eric Davis looks at the impact of what will likely be a low voter turnout election.

And we listen back to some of the voices in the week's news.

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Property tax reform has become a key issue in the race for lieutenant governor. Although the two leading candidates have very different plans to reduce tax burdens on the middle class, they both see an expanded role for state government in education funding.

Republican incumbent Phil Scott and his Progressive and Democratic challenger Dean Corren do agree on one thing: Many middle class families are getting hammered by higher property tax burdens.

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The lieutenant governor’s race is the one to watch this election season. And this weekend, both candidates hit the campaign trail. Or at least the campaign track.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott was in the middle of a race this weekend. Well, two races actually.

“For some of my competitors, they think being lieutenant governor is somewhat of an interesting hobby for a race car driver,” said Scott.

Scott had just completed a time trial to qualify for the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre. It’s one of the biggest stock car races in Vermont.

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A new poll shows Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott with a commanding lead over his main challenger. But the Progressive/Democratic fusion candidate Dean Corren thinks that Scott’s views on abortion will cost him some of that support.

In an otherwise ho-hum election season, political pundits had pegged the race for lieutenant governor as the contest to watch. But according to a new poll from Castleton Polling Institute, Scott, the incumbent, isn’t exactly fighting for his political life.

Courtesy Dean Corren

The Vermont Democratic State Committee voted Saturday to formally endorse Progressive Lt. Gov. candidate Dean Corren.

But that doesn’t mean he’ll have access to all of the party’s resources.

Corren already had the Democratic nomination under his belt, thanks to a write-in campaign in the Democratic primary. But the party stopped short of formally endorsing Corren.

That changed Saturday, when Democrats voted 31 to four in favor of endorsing the Progressive candidate.

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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.

The AG’s office settled a case this week against Dean Corren. Former Attorney General Bill Sorell filed a case in 2015 saying a email sent by the Vermont Democratic Party in support of Corren’s 2014 lieutenant governor campaign was an illegal contribution
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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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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.

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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.”