Government & Politics

Democratic candidate for governor Christine Hallquist introduces herself to a prospective voter in Barre last month.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Many Vermonters say Christine Hallquist’s victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary is already building visibility for the transgender community.

The Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County has been completed, but state regulators are looking into allegations of shoddy construction.
John Van Hoesen / VPR File

Vermont Gas wants to bury gas lines on public rights of way in the town of Bristol, but some residents say the town should have asked them first.

The primary races are decided, and we're on to the general election campaign in Vermont. Christine Hallquist won the Democratic nomination for governor, and incumbent Gov. Phil Scott won the Republican nomination.

Gov. Phil Scott speaking into a microphone in the VPR Talk Studio.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

Incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott turns to his re-election campaign for the general election, after securing his party’s nomination Tuesday night by warding off a challenge from Keith Stern.

Looking down a wing of closed doors at Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania
Marc Levy / Associated Press file

Vermont's prisons — and how the state treats its incarcerated — has been the focus of scrutiny, possible expansion, and proposed reform. We're talking with Corrections Commissioner Lisa Menard about those reforms, potentially expanding state facilities and the status of Vermonters incarcerated in other states.

Christine Hallquist embraces a supporter at her election night party in Burlington
Charles Krupa / Associated Press

For the first time in history, an openly transgender woman is a major party candidate for governor: Vermont voters chose former utility executive Christine Hallquist as the Democratic nominee for governor in the primary election.

Keith Oppenheim

I’m preparing to teach a course this fall about social media. And I’m beginning to think it’s going to resemble something akin to a science fiction movie in which the creators of a vast new technology lose control over what they’ve made.

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist says getting the endorsement of the Progressive Party is a key part of their strategy to win the election
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR file

A midsummer primary in one of the smallest states in the country took on historic national significance Tuesday night when Christine Hallquist became the first openly transgender candidate in U.S. history to win a major party gubernatorial nomination.

Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a podium following The Associated Press calling him the winner of the Republican gubernatorial primary race.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Gov. Phil Scott easily won the Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday against businessman Keith Stern. 

Rep. Peter Welch and H. Brooke Paige.
Anna Ste. Marie, Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch won the Democratic nomination for a seventh term in the U.S. House and will face Republican candidate H. Brooke Paige in November's general election.  

Vermont's three major parties hold their primaries on August 14th.
Jane Lindholm / VPR

The results of Tuesday's primary are in - most of them, anyway. Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist will face incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November. Peter Welch and Bernie Sanders both won the Democratic nomination for the seats they already hold, though Sen. Sanders will turn down that nomination and run as an independent. 

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, left, and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant sign resolutions at Monday's annual conference of New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers. Gallant will host next year's meeting in St. John, New Brunswick.
John Dillon / VPR

New England governors and the premiers of eastern Canadian provinces say the ties that bind the region transcend the trade war between Washington and Ottawa. At their annual meeting held in Stowe, the leaders called for a truce in the trade war.

How To Make A Civics Education Stick

Aug 14, 2018

How do you teach kids to be active participants in government? Or to tell the difference between real news and fake news?

In their last legislative sessions, 27 states considered bills or other proposals that aim to answer these questions. Many of those proposals are rooted in popular ideas about the best ways to teach civics, including when kids should start, what they should learn and how to apply those lessons. Here's a look at some of those concepts.

A polling place with a Vote Here sign and voting stations in a gymnasium-like room.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vermont's 2018 primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 14. Hey, that's today!

To stay up to date on the happenings of the day, VPR has a few ways to help you stay in the loop.

Secretary of State Jim Condos wants to make it easier for Vermonters to appeal a denial of a public records request
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR file

A cybersecurity firm hired earlier this year to try to hack into Vermont’s elections system uncovered a potential vulnerability, according to records requested by VPR. But Secretary of State Jim Condos says his office has since mitigated the risk.

The Passumpsic River overflowed its banks in 2002, washing out roads and flooding homes in and around Lyndonville in 2002.
Vermont Emergency Management, courtesy

Flooding is Vermont’s most frequent and costly natural disaster, but seven years after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, just how ready are homeowners and towns for future floods? We're talking about the threat of flooding in Vermont and planning for flood resilience.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, left, and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott sign a bilateral agreement Sunday in Stow
John Dillon / VPR

New England governors and premiers from eastern Canadian provinces plan to stress cross-border cooperation, not confrontation when they gather this week in Stowe.

At his campaign launch in Barre in May, Democrat James Ehlers touted his policy agenda as the most progressive of the candidates seeking the governor's seat in 2018.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Not many statewide candidates turn to the Vermont Constitution as the foundation for their political philosophy but Democratic gubernatorial hopeful James Ehlers does.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for a third term in the U.S. senate. He'll be on the primary ballot seeking the Democratic nomination.
Steven Senne / AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate. He'll be on the primary ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 14, seeking the Democratic nomination.

Keith Stern is challenging incumbent Gov. Phil Scott in the Republican primary. Stern says Scott has been a "huge disappointment."
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Beating an incumbent governor in a primary can be an uphill battle, but Keith Stern says his opponent in the Republican primary —Gov. Phil Scott — has been a “huge disappointment.”

So, Stern is challenging the governor and seeking to sway voters on the right who feel let down by Gov. Scott.

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