Government & Politics

Suzanne Spencer Rendahl

When I was a high school student in suburban Connecticut in the late eighties, I came across a letter on our family kitchen table one evening about an upcoming school board election.

The Cowmobile is one of the endearing images of Ben & Jerry's. We discuss how important the social mission is to the company today.
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A national consumer group says Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. uses deceptive labeling and marketing to mislead the public about its commitment to a clean environment and humane farming practices.

Rob Hutchins stands in front of the West Windsor municipal building with Mount Ascutney in the background.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

A Windsor County resident wants to change the name of Mount Ascutney, and the state department that has the authority to do so has scheduled a special hearing to consider his request.

The recently reported drop in Vermont’s national rating regarding child well-being should be viewed with concern. We’ve slipped from 3rd to 8th best in the nation.

Christine Hallquist is running for the Democratic nomination for governor.
courtesy of Christine For Vermont

Christine Hallquist is the former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative. She's running for the Democratic nomination for governor, and will be the first openly transgender gubernatorial candidate on a major party primary ballot. We're talking to Hallquist as part of our series of interviews with statewide and federal candidates.

In Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution, it’s stated that Supreme Court justices “shall hold their appointment during good behavior” - which is generally interpreted as a lifetime appointment.

The Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak was one project invested in by foreign investors through the EB-5 program. The federal government has terminated the state-run Regional Center that oversees EB-5 projects in Vermont.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

The federal government has ordered a shutdown of the state-run Regional Center that oversees EB-5 projects in Vermont, possibly jeopardizing the immigration status of about 200 foreign investors seeking green cards through the program.

Updated at 9:28 p.m. ET

President Trump has chosen Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. If confirmed, Trump's choice would solidify the high court's conservative majority and continue the president's push to shift the federal bench to the right.

Trump announced his choice with a prime-time address from the White House East Room.

First, Stephanie Wilkinson, owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, upset by many of President Trump's policies, asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and her party to leave her restaurant – politely by first-hand accounts.

It’s been widely reported that three small Vermont towns issue about one-quarter of all speeding tickets in the state. And the resulting revenue is said to be used to boost town coffers.

Folasade Adeluola is running in Vermont's Aug. 14 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
Matthew F. Smith / VPR

Folasade Adeluola is a newcomer to Vermont politics, but she's hoping her experience working as a volunteer in previous elections and campaigns in Indiana will help her unseat one of the state's most popular politicians: she's running in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Protesters outside of the ICE complex in Williston. The agency operates a tip call center out of the facility that gets call from all over the country.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has roots here in Vermont, with a tip call center for suspected undocumented people located near a shopping center complex in Williston. VTDigger reporter Elizabeth Hewitt recently wrote about this ICE center in Chittenden County.

A court has ordered the attorney general's office to pay legal fees in a public records case. The records at issue included personal emails from former Attorney General Bill Sorrell.
Toby Talbot / AP

A Vermont judge has ordered the state attorney general’s office to pay almost $66,000 in legal fees in three cases where it was forced to comply with the state's public records law.

Scientist Alexandra Kosiba shows a core sample from a red spruce that shows strong growth over the last deacde.
John Dillon / VPR

Remember acid rain? In the 1970s and ‘80s, scientists found that rain 100 times more acidic than normal was harming the mountain forests of New England and New York.

Updated at 6:01 p.m. ET

Scott Pruitt will no longer lead the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt," Trump tweeted. "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this," Trump also wrote.

A stethoscope on top of medical paperwork.
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Vermont health regulators are keeping a close watch on some new federal health care policies to make sure that Vermont consumers don't get ripped off by the plans.

Regardless of where we all stand on the politics of immigration, I hope we can all still agree that our constitution can act as a salve beyond party and dogma to bind up our wounds of division.

Auditor Doug Hoffer says it's hard to tell which Agriculture Agency programs are most effective at cutting phosphorus pollution from farms.
Jane Lindholm / VPR

Vermont’s state auditor says a taxpayer-funded program to reduce phosphorus pollution from farms needs better monitoring and data collection to show what measures are most effective.

When History Rhymes

Jul 2, 2018

In troubled times, people often turn to history for guidance: surely, they think, the past has some instructive message for the present.

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