Government & Politics

Voters in Chittenden cast ballots on Election Day.
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In Tuesday's election, Republican Phil Scott won a second term as governor, and Democrats expanded their big majorities in both the Vermont House and Senate. Vermont Edition is hosting a roundtable with top Vermont politics-watchers about the election results and the impact on the state going forward.

A finger points to a window riddled with bulletholes.
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A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the Central American nation of Nicaragua. Here in Vermont, there are a handful of Nicaraguans in the state legally. One wants to return home but is afraid to. 

Democrat Antonio Delgado stands in front of a microphone with an American flag behind him.
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Democrats will hold a majority in the U.S. House come January, after the party flipped a number of Republican seats around the country — including some in New York state.

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Jeff Sessions, the president's earliest and most fervent supporter in Congress, resigned under pressure as attorney general on Wednesday after brutal criticism from the president, bringing an abrupt end to his controversial tenure as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

Sessions noted in his resignation letter to the president that he was stepping down "at your request."

An empty classroom with a desk looking at a chalkboard. A pencil on the desk.
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There were two Act 46 merger proposals on Tuesday’s ballots, and voters overwhelmingly rejected both of them.

How will Tuesday's vote affect the makeup of elected offices in Montpelier and Washington? "Vermont Edition" will provide insight into the next two years.
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Once the last vote has been cast and most have been counted, it's time to make sense of the results. Then it's time to parse the outcomes and look into what it all means for Montpelier and Washington. We'll talk to politicians and reporters to make sense of the results.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a podium onstage at the Republican Election Night event.
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Republican Phil Scott is headed to a second term as Vermont's Governor. He told VPR that he plans to focus on making Vermont more affordable, protecting the state’s most vulnerable population, and growing the economy.

A shot of the room where the Republicans' Election Night event was held, with people gathered at tables.
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Republicans and Democrats gathered in South Burlington and Burlington, respectively, to watch the returns and celebrate their victories on Tuesday night. Peruse our photos from the evening.

Progressive/Democratic Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman speaks at a podium at the Democrats' Election Night event at the Hilton in Burlington.
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Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman is headed to a second term as Vermont's lieutenant governor, having beat back a challenge by Republican state Rep. Don Turner.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a podium and Rep. Peter Welch speaks at a podium on Election night.
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Vermont's congressional delegation won't change next year. Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch both won re-election last night by wide margins.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott won his re-election bid in Vermont's gubernatorial race.
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The "blue wave" that Democrats had been hoping for nationally on Tuesday crashed over Vermont a long time ago, but one Vermont Republican has somehow maintained his foothold in this otherwise left-leaning state.

Vermont Statewide & National Election Results
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Vermonters head to the polls to vote in the 2018 general election: this is your place to get full results for national and Vermont statewide races, via NPR and The Associated Press. Check back here at 7 p.m. for live updates as the polls close!

Vermont Senate & House Election Results
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Vermonters head to the polls to vote in the 2018 general election: this is your place to get Vermont House and Senate results, via The Associated Press. Check back here at 7 p.m. for live updates as the polls close!

Election observers from the OSCE are watching midterm elections across the country.
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At the VPR - Vermont PBS U.S. Senate debate, there were two election observers present. They were from an international organization called the OSCE, or the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe. They send observers to elections in all participating nation states, and representatives from the organization have been watching many aspects of the midterm elections around the U.S.

Voters in Chittenden cast ballots on Election Day.
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Incumbents vying to retain statewide office in Vermont had a solid showing in 2018 midterm election.

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Among those eligible to vote in the United States, older people show up to vote far more than younger people.

It’s a situation many schools are trying to address by getting kids  interested in local elections before they are old enough to cast a ballot.

To that end, students at Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden, welcomed more than a dozen candidates running for state and local office to talk about issues face to face.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist and Republican incumbent governor Phil Scott say they have very different leadership styles in approaching the top issues facing the state.
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The outcome of the 2018 race for Vermont's governor could have a profound effect on government policy for years to come.

Peter Miller

I think of the confluence of entertainment and politics as dating back to the 1980s at least, with the election of former actor Ronald Reagan – setting the stage for today with a president who starred in the reality TV show, The Apprentice before playing that same role (tough businessman/great deal-maker) on the national stage.

Judge Francis B. McCaffrey Jr. in a courtroom

Visitation services will be held Saturday at the Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland for Judge Frank McCaffrey, who died Oct. 27 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from cancer. He was 82.

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Overall, Vermont has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the country — but one of the highest rates of African-American incarceration. So why is that?