Government & Politics

Manchester real estate broker Lawrence Zupan is the Republican candidate for one of Vermont's seats in the U.S. Senate. He's challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Nov. 6 election.
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Republican Lawrence Zupan is seeking Vermont's U.S. Senate seat in the Nov. 6 election. In his first bid for office, the Manchester real estate broker is looking to unseat incumbent Sen. Bernie Sanders. We're talking with Zupan about his platform and what policies he'll pursue if elected. 

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee seated in a semi-circle in the hearing room.
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The Senate Committee on the Judiciary voted the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court out of committee early Friday afternoon.

Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Amy Klobuchar standing, conversing with a flag behind them.
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As the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy plays a key role in the panel's review of allegations — and Leahy said he believes the allegations of sexual assault brought against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are true.

Michael Tallman

Governor Madeleine Kunin has given us all a present. Her new book, Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, is a heartfelt and honest look at the process of aging and she writes it with courage, and grace.

Adrian: Secret Justice

Sep 27, 2018
Ed Adrian

Marbury v. Madison, decided in 1803, established the American Judiciary as a co-equal branch of government.

Secretary Of State Jim Condos is seeking his fifth term in that office in the Nov. 6 election.
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After serving four terms as Vermont’s Secretary of State, Jim Condos says there is still unfinished business he would like to accomplish. That's why he is seeking a fifth term in office and will be the Democratic candidate on the ballot on Vermont's Nov. 6 election.

Anya Tynio is challenging incumbent Rep. Peter Welch for Vermont's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Political newcomer Anya Tynio is using her first run for political office to try to unseat six-term incumbent Democrat Peter Welch in the Nov. 6 election.

At 25 years old, Tynio is the youngest an individual can be to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She says her fresh perspective is an advantage for taking on big issues facing Vermont and the country.

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be back before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, as will Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

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During a rare press conference Wednesday, President Trump sent mixed messages about the fate of his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Brett Kavanaugh.
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Following the release of a sworn affidavit containing new sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Patrick Leahy and his fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to either withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination or launch an FBI investigation into the allegations of misconduct and assault.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear this week from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, over sexual assault allegations.

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Brad Peacock
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The general election is a matter of weeks away. Leading up to the vote, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Brad Peacock is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Edward Gilbert
Edward Gilbert

With the Nov. 6 election approaching, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Edward Gilbert is running for U.S. Senate as an independent.

Rep. Kiah Morris at a podium in March speaking about racial justice legislation
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Bennington Rep. Kiah Morris has resigned her seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, saying family health problems will require her to “focus on caring for and supporting my family.”

Secretary of State Jim Condos wants to make it easier for Vermonters to appeal a denial of a public records request
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Secretary of State Jim Condos is backing an effort to give Vermonters easier access to public records.

Madeleine Kunin joined "Vermont Edition" and a live audience to discuss her new book, "Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties."
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Former Gov. Madeleine Kunin has been an author, ambassador, advocate and governor in a career that's spanned decades. Now that long life is the focus of her new book about aging.

Gov. Kunin joins Vermont Edition in front of a live audience to talk about her "journey to the eighties" and how aging changes us in mind and spirit. And as the only woman who's served as Vermont's Governor, we'll ask her about the role of women in our current political climate.

Watts: E-cigarettes

Sep 25, 2018
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I started smoking when I was 15. By the time I was 16 I was addicted. It took ten years to quit, something some of my teenage friends were never able to do.

Updated at 1:06 p.m. ET.

President Trump defended his "America First" agenda in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, in effect spiking the football at what his secretary of state described as the "Super Bowl of diplomacy."

The president boasted that he's accomplished more during his time in office than almost any previous administration — a claim that drew immediate laughter from the assembled diplomats and other world leaders.

Trump pressed ahead, undaunted.

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK," he said.

With the Nov. 6 election approaching, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Stephen Marx is running for governor as an independent on the Earth Rights platform.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to President Donald Trump at U.N. headquarters on Monday.
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President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

VPR will carry NPR's special coverage of the president's U.N. remarks beginning at 10:30 a.m., and the address will also be streamed via video.

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